Category Archives: Purpose #2: Fellowship

My Purpose Driven Life: – Day 18 – Part 5: Sympathy

The Purpose Driven Life: In real fellowship, people experience sympathy. Sympathy is not giving advice or offering quick cosmetic help; sympathy is entering in and sharing the pain of others. Sympathy says, “I understand what you are going through and what … Continue reading

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My Purpose Driven Life: 03-26-13 – Day 18 – Part 4: Mutuality

The Purpose Driven Life: In real fellowship, people experience mutuality. Mutuality is the art of giving and receiving. It’s depending on each other. Mutuality is the heart of fellowship: building reciprocal relationships, sharing responsibilities, and helping each other. …all of … Continue reading

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My Purpose Driven Life: – Day 18 – Part 3: Authenticity, part 2

John 3, right after Nicodemus, talks about what happens when the “light of Jesus Christ” comes into the darkness of this world. We don’t know if this is part of the conversation with Nicodemus or a commentary by the author … Continue reading

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My Purpose Driven Life: – Day 18 – Part 3: Authenticity, part 1

The Purpose Driven Life: What is the difference between real and fake fellowship? In real fellowship, people experience authenticity. Authenticity is the exact opposite of what you find in some churches. Instead of an atmosphere of honesty and humility, there is pretending, … Continue reading

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My Purpose Driven Life: 3/23/13 Saturday – Day 18 – Part 2: size matters

The Purpose Driven Life: When it comes to fellowship, size matters: smaller is better. You can worship with a crowd, but you can’t fellowship with one. Once a group becomes larger than about 10 people, someone stops participating – usually the … Continue reading

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My Purpose Driven Life: 3/22/13 Friday – Day 18 – Part 1: Life is meant to be shared.

The Purpose Driven Life: Life is meant to be shared.  God intends for us to experience life together.  The Bible calls this shared experience fellowship.  Today, however, the word has lost most of its biblical meaning.  “Fellowship” now usually refers … Continue reading

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My Purpose Driven Life: 3/21/13 Thursday – Day 17 – part 3

There’s another aspect of Happy Bunny Christians that’s worth mentioning. They don’t always hop from church to church. Sometimes they settle in and loudly begin to turn the church they attend into something that takes care of their needs – … Continue reading

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My Purpose Driven Life: 3/21/13 Thursday – Day 17 – part 2

The Purpose Driven Life: Today’s culture of independent individualism has created many spiritual orphans — “bunny believers” who hop around from one church to another without any identity, accountability, or commitment. Many believe one can be a “good Christian” without … Continue reading

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A Glimpse of Heaven: The Communion Scene from Places in the Heart

As my thoughts turn to Easter, and the new life that resurrection allows, I’m reminded of the closing scene of the film “Places in the Heart.” The movie ends as it began, on a Sunday. The church choir sings “Blessed … Continue reading

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My Purpose Driven Life: 3/20/13 Wednesday – Day 17 – part 1

I remember a Dennis the Menace cartoon from years ago. The two little boys are standing in a butcher shop in front of the meat case, talking to the butcher. Dennis says, “I want to order one of everything! Joey … Continue reading

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