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Future Fellowship

The importance of having close relationships in the community of believers is hard to overstate. It is a vital part of the abundant life in Christ. It helps us overcome and bear the burdens of life and brings joy. It brings joy in this life and the resurrection carries that fellowship into the future, into heaven itself as part of our reward.

“So with you: Now is your time of grief” – John 16:22a
Jesus had been with his disciples for 3 years, and they were close to each other. They had just eaten the Passover together for the last time, a Passover that Luke tells us Jesus eagerly desired to eat with them. Their close fellowship provided strength to overcome the rough times ahead for the disciples and for Jesus. But that sweet fellowship was about to be broken. The days of grief, the dark time of the cross was fast approaching. Jesus had to leave!

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Listen to the Voice of God – He Is In Control

We serve a God who is consistent in listening to our every need, spoken and unspoken. When it is the middle of the night and you need someone to talk to, chances are you may find someone who is willing to stay up and talk, but eventually they will become tired and go to sleep. Our God is available for his children. God is also Omniscient, All Knowing. He knows what we need before we can even ask. He listens to our hearts, prayers and desires. Not only is he all knowing, but he is consistent. He listens to us, but do we always listen to him?

I grew up in the urban area of Los Angeles, surrounded by violence, drugs and all kinds of bad influences. I went to school in Compton, elementary through High School, but throughout my journey I’ve had many challenges that left me no other choice, but to listen to God.

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Unity

I was born an Auburn Tiger fan. My dad graduated from Auburn, so it was inherited. The Auburn – Alabama rivalry is the biggest and most intense rivalry in all of college sports. However, in the spring of 2011 those differences and strong dislikes were laid aside in the spirit of something much more important. In April of 2011 the state of Alabama was ravaged by one of the most deadly tornado outbreaks in U.S. history. The city of Tuscaloosa, home of the University of Alabama was nearly destroyed by a mile-wide F5 tornado, leaving many dead, including some University of Alabama students.

Showing up unannounced in the aftermath was about 70 Auburn football players (Not wearing Auburn blue & orange by the way) ready to help with cleanup anyway they could. An outpouring of help from the Auburn faculty, fans and alumni quickly followed, and suddenly these 2 intensely polarized groups were 1, just Americans. These rivals were unified Americans who had a common goal of rebuilding lives and rebuilding their state.

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Thorns

Recently, I ran a race in the San Angelo State Park with my sister. We were excited because it was a half-marathon trail race, and as former one-time marathoners, we were positive this would be an easy and fun race. During mile 12 I lost my balance and fell into a large patch of prickly pear cactus. As I fell head first into the prickly pear, I turned my body to the left so I wouldn’t land face first into the patch. As I stood up and attempted to brush off the dirt and blood I realized that hundreds of prickly pear thorns were stuck on the left side of my scalp, ear, and neck. I’ve fallen before during races and practice runs, and I always continue running, so I began running again knowing that I was near the end of the race. After running a couple of minutes, I began walking. The pain from the thorns radiated over my entire body. I tried removing thorns. I finally began crying, and then stopped crying, because I couldn’t breathe and cry at the same time. I heard a cowbell, and realized I was near the end of the race, so I started running again. When I reached the location of the cowbell, I realized I was simply at the second aid station. There were exhausted and confused runners refilling water bottles, and volunteers handing out energy gels and orange slices. As a volunteer handed me a wet wipe to clean my dust and blood covered hands and face, I tuned into the surrounding conversation. We were at mile 12.5 or perhaps mile 14…no one actually knew for sure, and the volunteers were telling participants that there were still 4 more miles to run, and the racing company had measured the course incorrectly.

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Conversation Topics

The word “conversation” according to the RAE (Royal Spanish Academy) dictionary is from the Latin “conversatǐo” and is defined as the action and effect of talking familiarly from one or more people with other or others.

In our daily lives we have many conversation topics in which we participate in many ways, and if we pay attention, we’ll notice where our heart is and in what condition. Jesus said clearly, “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”

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