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The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. John 1:9-11

Jesus created the sun and sunflowers and yes, the morning glories as well. Surely they bowed low to worship the Son of God and rose high to rejoice in him while he was in the world.

And humans, those whom He made in His image? Not so much. They were preoccupied with their own power and position; their own place and imagined purpose. They kinda missed the light of the Creator. They failed to notice the love that brought God incarnate among them.

Some felt threatened by Jesus. Their eyes were not opened. They did not have ears to hear. They preferred darkness to light. They preferred to extinguish the light. They are still doing it today. Thank God for sunflowers and morning glories.

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

David, the man after God’s own heart, fell.

His life was never the same.

It was filled with turmoil until his dying day.

What happened? Why?

It behooves us to ask and answer the question,

“What became different about David?”

lest we become different too.

Perhaps Proverbs 3:5,6,7 is a good place to begin

looking for the answer.

When anyone stops trusting the Lord with all their heart,

and starts leaning on their own understanding,

It is the beginning of the end.

Picture of the crucifix in the Catholic church in Tlacolula, Oaxaca, Mexico

After living for 16 years in a Christian community I have come up with 10 principles for people to consider who either live in community or are thinking about it. These principles are inspired by Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book Life Together and the Lord’s Prayer.

10 Principles for living in a Christian Community

Followers of Jesus, living in community, are those that:

1-are dedicated to serving and cooperating with a holy God who is perfect in righteousness, goodness, love, truth, power and beauty.

2 – realize that they are called to be part of the kingdom of God, living for Christ the King and for each other.

3 –seek earnestly to know God’s will through His Word and put it into practice.

4 –gather around the table of fellowship and thank God for their daily bread, and all good gifts that come down from the Father of lights, knowing that if He doesn’t supply their needs, they won’t get supplied.

5- recognize they are sinners who have not loved God with all their heart, mind, soul and strength, and that they have not loved their neighbor as their self and look to Him for forgiveness.

6-are quick to forgive one another and and never shame each other.

7-do not necessarily like everyone in the community, but definitely love everyone as brothers and sisters in Christ and are always available to help sacrificially when needed.

8-trust in God to surround the community with his hedge of protection and to save them from the time of trial.

9-know that the Devil is a roaring lion, seeking to devour the community with strife and dissension, gossip and denigration, but seek refuge in the great truth that they are God’s dearly loved children made in His image.

10-strive to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever by making beauty, doing good and embracing truth.

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This week I am celebrating 16 years of building strong children at the FFHM Home For Needy Children in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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