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August 17, 2016, 12:00 AM

Life Together

I bring you greetings in the strong name of Jesus Christ! I trust you are having a blessed start to your week. Wasn’t that a tremendous service this past Sunday? Praise the Lord! I am truly excited about what God is already doing in our midst. In addition, Kiley and I continue to be blown away by your generosity and welcoming spirit as we get settled in to our new home. We constantly thank God for you and are lifting you up daily in our prayers. In fact, one of the great blessings and responsibilities of being part of the family of God is the call to intercede on behalf of each other. Yet, to be honest, all too often this call is neglected within the Body of Christ. This must not be so. Prayer – especially prayer for one another – must be at the heart of all that we do. This is especially so if we desire to be a holiness people.

Consider the following thoughts by Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his timeless classic Life Together

"A Christian fellowship lives and exists by the intercession of its members for one another, or it collapses. I can no longer condemn or hate a brother for whom I pray, no matter how much trouble he causes me. His face, that hitherto may have been strange and intolerable to me, is transformed in intercession into the countenance of a brother for whom Christ died, the face of a forgiven sinner. This is a happy discovery for the Christian who begins to pray for others. There is no dislike, no personal tension, no estrangement that cannot be overcome by intercession as far as our side of it is concerned. Intercessory prayer is the purifying bath into which the individual and the fellowship must enter every day. The struggle we undergo with our brother in intercession may be a hard one, but that struggle has the promise that it will gain its goal… To make intercession means to grant our brother the same right that we have received, namely, to stand before Christ and share in his mercy."

What a wonderfully, powerful and challenging thought! Intercession not only impacts the one for whom we pray, but our very selves. With this in mind, will you join me in making the Avon Parkside Church a House of Prayer filled full of a people who are committed to prayer – especially prayer for one another. May we be men, women, children, and teens who are constantly lifting one another up before the Throne of Grace.

You are Loved!
Pastor Jason Stevens

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