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What makes a Church timeless?

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“The early church had none of the things that we think are so essential for success today—buildings, money, political influence, social status—and yet the church won multitudes to Christ and saw many churches established throughout the Roman world.

Why? Because the church had the power of the Holy Spirit energizing its ministry. They were a people who were “ignited by the Spirit of God.”
- Vance Havner

The book of Acts is a thrilling drama that follows the origins and early zeal of the first followers of Jesus.
Dr. Luke a traveling physician who often journeyed with the Apostle Paul records the "Characteristics" of those first Christians!

42And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44And all who believed were together and had all things in common.

45And they were selling their possessions and belongings and …

By God's Appointment!

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Andrew Murray, (1828 – 1917 (aged 88), was a South African writer, teacher, and Christian pastor.

In 1895 Andrew Murray was in England suffering from a terribly painful back, the result of an injury he had incurred years before. He was staying with some dear friends.

One morning while he was eating his breakfast in his room, his hostess told him of a woman downstairs who was in great trouble and wanted to know if he had any advice for her.

Andrew Murray handed her a paper he had been writing on and said, "Just give her this advice I'm writing down for myself. It may be that she'll find it helpful."

This is what was written:

In time of trouble, say, "First, He brought me here. It is by His will I am in this strait place; in that I will rest."

Next, "He will keep me here in His love, and give me grace in this trial to behave as His child."

Then say, "He will make the trial a blessing, teaching me lessons He intends me to learn, and working in me t…

Breakfast in St Louis!

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Three hungry people two adults in their 30’s and a strawberry blond, curly headed little boy of four, made their way to I hop for breakfast. What to eat, even the adults for a moment thought why not have the chocolate chip pancakes that have a smiley face on them?

Breakfast selections made, and the wait began in that I hop in Saint Louis.

The little boy had brought them to the city, he and his medical condition a degenerative hip disease that was being treated by the Shriner’s hospital at no cost!

Breakfast arrived, the young family enjoyed it thoroughly, after the final drink refill, the family made their way to the counter to pay, only to be told that there was no charge!

No charge, asked the Father? But why? The cashier replied; A man saw you and your family eating, and decided to pay for your breakfast, he does so from time to time, and today was your day!

Kindness unexpected, is often most appreciated!

My family will never forget that( My wife Laura and I, and son Ben, now almost…