Adding To The Family

Many years ago, Jenny and I were starting and growing our family. First Laura, next Lachlan and then Daniel. After three children I thought our family was complete, but Jenny still had a desire in her heart for another child. She waited patiently and prayed while God worked on my heart to birth a desire to add one more child to our family. Our joy and family was complete when Alana was born. Each new addition had made our family better.

That joy of adding to our family, in some small way, reflects the joy of our Father in heaven when a new believer is added to His family. Heaven rejoices, and we do too when a sinner repents and turns to God through faith in His Son Jesus Christ.

A healthy church, just like a healthy family, is blessed by those who are added to the church family. Acts 2:42-47 highlights one such healthy church which enjoyed growth as new believers were added to God's family.

"They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved."

May Liberty, likewise, enjoy good health and may God increase our joy, and His, as He continues to add daily to those who are being saved.

Yours in Christ,

Peter Rogers

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