It is within our communities of faith that the culture of our discipleship is formed and exemplified. … Most people typically do not live in a commune; but when there is need in the community, so often, they respond as though they are one. For example, after a natural disaster occurs in a small community, people respond with a unity that binds them together. By way of another example, many churches collect gently-used clothing for distribution; many also offer clothes closets along with their food-pantry ministry. That practice is one example of distributing assets to those in need.
—Christine Harman, For the Common Good: Discovering and Using Your Spiritual Gifts (Discipleship Resources, 2021)
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All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.
—Acts 2:44-45, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
Give me knowledge and insight that will help me make the right choices in my life. Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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