Christianity's Essential Events
When my wife & I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary, our children shared important things they really valued in us as parents. What they shared was very meaningful. It was also interesting to note what they didn't share. None thanked us for 'things' we'd bought them, or for any the 20+ recre- ational ball teams of theirs I'd coached. None mentioned the 100's of ballgames we drove them to or attended to watch them play. What did stand out was time we gave in ways that connected the six of us as a family - including traditions that we did year after year that brought us together.
I realized that day that much of our activity & business to "better" our children's lives didn't have the value I gave it at the time. Perhaps this is true for personal families & God's family - the Church. My previous church had so many ministries & acitivities, but in hindsight, it may have separated us more than united us. There was a lot of activity, but it was perhaps more busy than it was bonding.
Another life lesson came from watching my parents age. I found it ironic that in many ways, their faith grew the most when they were able to do the least. In their 80's they couldn't go to near as many events, but they could still worship, pray, read God's Word, and love others. Their faith blessed me their entire adult life, but did so more in their last decade than any other.
The book of Acts in the Bible, records the history of the early Christian church. When it first began, Acts 2 gives us a picture of a church devoted to Biblical teaching, to prayer, to worship, and to the fellowship of loving & caring for each other. Here at Hope Alive, we value these essentials. They are living repeated events that connet us to our Triune God and to each other. We value the timeless traditional essentials of Biblical teaching, prayer, worship, & fellowship.
Pastor Dennis Cupery