Acquiring Grape Juice Stains

Posted: March 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

Story of the day: Acquiring Grape Juice Stains

I love to fellowship with other Christians.  I love to spend time with people and get to know them.  Each to his own has a unique story, and I am always intrigued by what they have to say.  So many times, we wander around running into each other and not actually taking the time to blend with one another. I read an interesting piece and I found how this author grouped people quite interesting.

Anne Orlund says this:

Christians can be grouped into two categories-marbles and grapes.  Marbles are single units that don’t affect each other except in collision.  Grapes, on the otherhand, mingle juices: each one is a part of fragrance of the church body.

The early Christians didn’t bounce around like loose marbles, ricocheting in all directions.  Picture them as a cluster of grapes, squeezed together by persecution, bleeding and mingling into one another.

Fellowship and worship, then, is genuine Christianity freely shared among God’s family members.  It’s sad to think of how many Christians today are missing that kind of closeness.  Sermons and songs, while uplifting and necessary, provide only part of a vital church encounter.  We need involvement with others too.  If we roll in and out of church each week without acquiring a few grape juice stains, we really haven’t tasted the sweet wine of fellowship.

Quote of the day:  Jack R. Van Ens

“People join churches more because they want warmth than light…Sermons may get them into church the first time, but what keeps them coming are the friendships that foster inward awareness and support.”

Bible verse of the day:  Matthew 18:20

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I am so grateful for fellowship.  I love spending time with my brothers and sisters in Christ.  We always seem to have a great time and the talks that we have about You are so amazing.  I pray that our fellowship continues on even as we move to other areas in ministry.  I thank You for this day.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen


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