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Community and being alone..deep stuff

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This is taken from today’s devotion….wow..very deep. Whoever cannot be alone should beware of community. Such people will only do harm to themselves and to the community. Alone you stood before God when God called you. Alone you had to obey God’s voice. Alone you had to take up your cross, struggle, and pray and alone you will die and give an account to God. You cannot avoid yourself...

Belonging and Community

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Recent events brought back memories a few years ago.  These memories are painful reminders. They are key points on my definition of a Christian community (or the Church). This memory is similar to the post, Fall Short. I can still remember those times in Junior High and Highschool when I do dumb things to feel like I belong.  I remembered in Grade 9 I stole somoene’s...

Quotes: On Christian Community

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The quotes are from Dietrich Bonhoeffer‘s Life Together. They are taken from Tim Chester’s blog post. I have this book and dwell on one chapter while I was in Australia.  It was ironic during the time I was backpacking and alone where I realize what it meant to be part of a Christian community.  Granted to realize and to live it out are often two distant thing… A...

Mission as identity -> Mission as Community?

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“It (Church) is not what you do on Sunday. It is who you are. To be a Christian is to be part of God’s people to express that life, your life through belonging to a Christian community. The heart of the mission of God is the creation of the people of God.” – Tim Chester Taken from (at the 60 min mark): Tim Chester Session 1 | Lead 09 from Atmosphere Church on Vimeo. I am...

Pain, suffering and Christ follower

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I have been doing triathlon for four years. Looking back, I changed quite a bit on my approach in how I train. In this season, I am working on more intense sessions. Time wise they are shorter but they are much more ‘painful’. I am sharing about this pain is because it relates to living a life as a Christian. Most people often wonder why I train so hard. After all, it is much easier...

To serve…to love…

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Once a month, some Christian friends and I go to Open Door to help out. On Thurs night, they serve food to anyone who wants it. The tiny room is usually packed with hungry parents, elderly and kids. For the past two months, I was in charge of organizing games after they had dinner. These past weeks, it had been busy with work and the week prior too I was feeling stress from organizing. In fact...

A little sense of community

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Last night as I was leaving the Y and walking to my car, I thought about the sense of community that I experience outside of church. It was in 2006 when I started to seriously train for triathlon. What this means is a daily routine of exercise and a number of habits(rest, stretch, eating healthy etc.) that I changed to support me in that. It was also the time I was saving up to fix my teeth. I...

If the family were a Church…

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Picked this post from Roy McClung’s blog. We often think of church as a family. What if we think of family as a church…. Here’s one possible scenario: Two young men walked in the den where grandma was watching her “stories”. They shuffled their feet, made small talk, but finally got down to business. “Grandma, we’ve all talked about it, and we don’t...

Confession, my hinderance to community living

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In my previous post, I mentioned about Acts 2 Fellowship. Tonight, over a chat with a few brothers, I made a confession. The fact is a part of me is repulse by such a fellowship is possible. In Greek, the word for fellowship is koinonia. Based on Wiki, koinonia “implies the spirit of generous sharing or the act of giving as contrasted with selfish getting.” I envision if Acts 2...

A small view of radicalness and community living

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There was a snow storm in Mississauga the whole day yesterday. It wasn’t a storm. But a lot of snow fell during the day. By the time I got home, the driveway had about half a foot of the fluffy stuff. I tried to get on the driveway and got stuck half way. I asked my mom to go home first. Backed the car on the road and started to plow my driveway. And my neighbor were also starting to clear...

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