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Verse 9: “For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.”

The first time our Carpenters for Christ group had heard of the Church of the Brethren, it was on a mission trip to help a COTB church in Erwin, TN. One of the church members was telling us about the history of the church, and said something that struck me interesting. Whereas a lot of us call the building we worship in “the church”, the congregation up there called it “the meeting house”. The church member said it is because the congregation is the church…and he is right.

We may worship in a building, but God’s people are the church. The day after the deadly tornadoes that struck North Alabama some years back, one of our CFC “churches” was worshipping on a slab that was the only thing left of their “meeting house”. But they worshipped and praised God; as I recall, there were even some baptisms that day that had to take place in a church member’s pool!

In Matthew 18:20, Jesus said, “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Sometimes it’s good to bring a visitor to the meeting house, but if you can’t bring them to the house, take the church to them! The church is to serve God! We are to be God’s tools to deliver the Gospel and to minister and serve others.

I close today with a good quote from our pastor, Bro. M. R. Hamilton: “if you don’t like the lot in your life…build a service station on it!”

Something to think about.

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verse 1: “For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”

Paul here is continuing his discourse on earthly bodies contrasted with resurrection bodies, according to my Bible footnote. This verse brings something additional in mind for me.

I used this verse in a devotion while on our most recent Carpenters for Christ mission trip. The church whom we were building a new sanctuary for, had lost their building to a lightning-strike-caused fire that pretty much gutted their original building. What was neat to marvel at, though, was the congregation’s attitude: when asked how the church was, they would say, “oh the church is doing fine and in good shape…our meeting house needs some work though.”

What a wonderful way to look at their situation. The building they worshipped in was “the meeting house”…what they called the church is truly that…the body of believers in Jesus Christ. Even if our meeting houses or earthly tents need some work or are looking worn, may His church continue to grow and thrive every day for Him.

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