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“That there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” (I Corinthians 12:25-27, English Standard Version) We call it many things—body of Christ, family of God, household of faith, the church. Whatever phrase we use, it gives me joy to know that I’m included. I wonder if we really appreciate the blessing of being part of the body of Christ. It’s more…

“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 10:25, English Standard Version) As a child, I remember the excitement of attending the family reunion. It wasn’t anything fancy, just a roadside park with a few picnic tables where the aunts set out platters of fried chicken, potato salad, coleslaw, and other yummy homemade dishes. They loaded those tables with enough food for an army. In the meantime, the cousins ran and played, happy to be together again. The uncles sat and…

“She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy.” Proverbs 31:20 NLT Most of us are familiar with the story of Dorcas as recorded in the Book of Acts. We do not know anything about her early life, or how old she was. What we do know is that she was very active in helping others in her church and city. She may not have had a lot of money, but she was able to sew and thus provide clothing for those in need. She was so well respected by those she ministered to…