People often describe Christians as hypocrites, meaning that Christians say one thing and do another. Everyone is hypocritical to some extent (even those who call Christians hypocrites). Authenticity draws people to Jesus and the church, and people can tell from a mile away when Christians are inauthentic.
—Linda Tower Pevey, We Are the Church . . . Let’s Act Like It: A Study on the Book of Acts (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
—Acts 2:42 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God, help us be the church you created us to be. Amen.
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