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FamilyLivingPictureAmazing isn’t it – no matter where we are in the world – we have family.

Others who walk with God and are followers of Jesus Christ immediately become members of the family of God.

How strange it is when we do not act like we are family?

Sometimes our church is a different church than another family member, sometimes our celebrations are different, sometimes are baptisms are different, sometimes our understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit is different – does that give us any reason or excuse to ignore our family?

I remember an evangelist had called our church to describe a financial situation he was in because a church had hired him for a week event and then cancelled the event after he had driven from Florida to Toronto.  He was asking for gas money and food.  We gave it to him…family

My dad went through bankruptcy.  No one took us under their wing fully, but one gave us their cottage to live in during the fall season, another gave us day old donuts and sandwiches, another gave my brother and I room and board on their dairy farm so we could attend school, another gave up their home when we moved back into the city giving my dad enough time to put together first and last payment on an apartment once he found a job…family.

We have bad stories too.  My daughter went on a mission trip with her university and because this was not a denomination mission trip, our church would not support her with resources or with prayer.  Of course, we now go to another church family, hoping that they understand that we are part of the same family – God’s family.

I pray that anyone looking at us see a family of God that love and give and resemble their Father in many different ways.

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“Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emman′u-el” (which means, God with us)." Matthew 1:23 RSV

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