The Family of Faith

At Dwelling Place, we have renamed our sanctuary the “Family Room.” We know and understand God has allowed us and even called us to be His family.

Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus that “We are no longer strangers or aliens, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.” (Eph. 2:19)

It’s when we walk together that we walk wisely, effectively, and faithfully.

It’s our hope and heart that in Dwelling Place people find a place of meaningful relationships in the family of faith. Whether your a first-timer or long-termer in Dwelling Place we want to walk out this thing called life with you.

For those of us who call Dwelling Place home, our first challenge is to make sure we ourselves are connected. Although we work to facilitate your connection to the family, (Life Groups, Ministry teams, Family/Fellowship ministries and functions), in the end it’s your choice as to whether you pursue relationships or not.

Our second challenge, which is no less important than the first, is to consistently reach outside ourselves and our circles to make sure no one feels new for more than a moment. This Sunday, consider asking someone you don’t know to your home for lunch or dinner, or for coffee and conversation sometime next week.

If you’re relatively new to our family, please show us mercy and make a choice yourself to be proactive in the way you connect to the body. Over the next several weeks we’ll be highlighting Life Groups and other points of connection. Don’t let the devil rob you of your place in the family just because we aren’t as attentive as we need to be.

Bottom line, we all need to choose connection, fellowship, friendship. It’s who we’re made to be. We’re not perfect, but we are FAMILY…

Endurance of another kind…

The following is a repost of a Blog Laura Johnson wrote in March of 2010. Thanks Laura…

Things are tough right now. In my own body, in my family, in our country, in the world. So, sure, I feel down sometimes. But I have hope, yet it is not hope in anything specific happening and certainly not in my own fortitude.

However, maintaining that hope is requiring more endurance than I have had to apply to anything else in life. Circumstances threaten it daily, big ones and small ones. Going to physical therapy twice a week with no running on the horizon is requiring a different kind of endurance than any race I’ve ever completed. Staying positive in my thoughts requires work, really hard work.

The good thing is, the races I have done have taught me something that I can apply to the real stuff of life – that endurance is mostly trust that things will turn out on the other side regardless of how long it takes, and that enduring builds something intangible in character. I’ve also learned that endurance is 90% mental….and only 10% physical.

So, I’m hopeful I will have more race experiences in the future that are not only fun, but build endurance for the stuff of life – and in the mean time I will choose to keep pressing in, on, and mostly, up.

“let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” – Hebrews 12:1b, and my current Word to live by…

Redemption’s Story

For God so Loved that He gave…

In Romans 3:23 the apostle Paul wrote, “for all sin and fall short of the Glory of God.” (NASV) None of us have hit the mark, and yet Paul also said in Romans 6:23 that though “the wages of sin is death, the gift of God is eternal life.” (NASV)

GIFT indeed!

Amazing to think that we who were and are short of the righteous capitol necessary to take care of our own sin debt were covered by Jesus who owed no such debt, and to whom the debt was owed. He not only forgave our debt but He in fact paid it. Talk about redemption!

As we approach the Easter weekend each of us should remember to consider ourselves center stage in Redemption’s Story. There are no extra’s in this story. This script was written before time began, and though there are alternate / options to the ending, clearly His hand penned a plot that planned for our eternal redemption.

Jesus the Savior, we the saved, He the forgiver, we the forgiven, He the Redeemer, we the redeemed, only in Redemption’s Story…