The Puzzle of Community - Rich Braaksma

May 14, 2017

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryPastor Rich reflects on the good, bad, and ugly of community and... just what have we signed up for?

GOD makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for people to cultivate—bringing forth food from the earth: wine that gladdens human hearts, oil to make their faces shine, and bread that sustains their hearts.
-Psalm 104:15

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
-Galatians 6:2

“Therefore, let him who until now has had the privilege of living a common Christian life with other Christians praise God’s grace from the bottom of his heart. Let him thank God on his knees and declare: It is grace, nothing but grace, that we are allowed to live in community with Christian [brothers and sisters].”
-Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”.
-Hebrews 10:24-25

“For as in one body we have many members and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.”
-Romans 12:4-5

“I can no longer condemn or hate a brother for whom I pray, no matter how much trouble he causes me.”
-Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
-Matthew 18:20

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Psalm 104:15,Galatians 6:2

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