There’s Nothing Quite Like Family (2 meanings)


Family Portrait
Originally uploaded by smh00a.

Here’s an updated family portrait of the Holts with all of our new haircuts for you family types and close friends. (you can click on the photo for more)

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Last night at our weekly church assembly, Christ was noticeably present.

Christ showed up while we were sitting out back on our deck, eating hot-dogs and burgers, enjoying the cool evening, and talking about the joys and pains in our lives.

Christ showed up in the form of pounds and pounds of food brought to us by our friends because “they had a lot extra and knew they wouldn’t eat it.” Wow.

Christ showed up in a wonderful time of prayer for each other in which we lifted up each person’s needs and commissioned each person for ministry.

Christ showed up in our communion time, where we remembered our brothers and sisters meeting at different times and in different ways around the globe, many of them celebrating the same commemorative meal.

And most memorably, Christ showed up in the spontaneous foot-washing performed by a guy who has been with our community maybe four times total. He just felt led by the spirit to serve his brothers and sisters in that way.

We are so blessed to “be the church” (not simply “go to church”) with such servants. Chrissy and I are beginning to understand first-hand Luke’s description of the first church:

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their posessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:42-47)

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