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Acts Chapter 2 Supper

 

Calin, Sharon and Dale

The kitchen was hot from cooking our meal for supper.  I opened the windows to let a breeze flow onto us while we sat at the table, ate, and listened to “God-stories” for hours. Oh my goodness, I felt like we were outside of time in one of those early church meetings in the book of Acts.  Each person (there were 8 of us) giving testimony to the power of Jesus Christ — I can’t describe the glory of our time together.

Calin was one of the ministers at our table.  He was visiting from Romania.  His grandparents and parents had lived under communist regime in Romania. Story after story, he shared of how faithful they were to Christ no matter the cost. His great-grandfather was beaten to death for going to a prayer meeting.  He died three days after the beating. Calin’s grandfather was put in prision for a year and a half for not renouncing Christ. Then Calin’s father stood in front of 300 people and testified of Christ when it was not allowed. God protected him.

After communism ended in 1989, Calin’s father started a church. It is a growing and “on-fire” church today, thriving in the power of Jesus Christ.  Calin is the youth pastor of this church. He shared story after story of children coming to Christ and God’s power healing many. The seed that the great-grandfather planted in faith grew to this future generation of believers and now Calin who is an evangelist speaks to thousands.

We all shared stories around the table that night.  Each just waiting for our turn to testify of Jesus’ power in our life.  It was one of the most glorious visits ever.  After talking for hours, it was late, and I could hear our goat through the open window crying for us to come milk her.  We milked her, gave milk to our guests, and ended the night in prayer for one another before they left.

The breeze blew in through the kitchen window and I could hear their laugher outside as I put dishes away and treasured each testimony in my heart. This had been a beautiful night.  One I hope to repeat many times. Fellowshipping with believers, eating food together, encouraging and praying for one another — the body of Christ.

God is SO good to us, even in the midst of persecution, trial, and suffering!

 

Comments

  1. Sweet friend, I would have loved to have been the 9th person sitting around your table. How I enjoy listening to and sharing God-stories.

    I could hear your precious voice saying, “Oh my goodness…” Your delight and excitement in God’s power and provision blesses my heart. I’m sure it tendered God’s heart to share in your evening as well.

    Just have to share quickly that this morning as I read Eph. 1:6 (The Message), I was drawn to the phrase, “his lavish gift-giving”. In researching the word “lavish”, I discovered it meant “torrent of rain” and came from the same root word as “lather” and “wash”. I loved the visual of a “torrent of rain”. The roaring sound…rushing water…awakening my senses…seeing, hearing, feeling…flooding my life with Christ and His gifts. This morning I threw my head back, lifted my face to heaven, anticipating His downpour.

    The fasting element of the 30-Day Challenge has made me put action to faith that was easy to speak, but was my life giving testimony to my words? It’s a struggle, but the thrill of victory delights when I make the right choice.

    Blessing and love to you…and happy birthday again,
    Joy

  2. Doreen Armstrong says:

    Sharon – What a blessing and a privilege! I, too, would have loved to be person #9 at your table.

    Joy – Thank you for sharing your insight. The imagery is very powerful.

    Blessings my friend,
    Doreen

  3. Wow! Me too. What a beautiful time of fellowship …to sit and enjoy hearing all that Jesus has done. Can’t imagine living in a communist country. I pray that I could be that strongin my faith. It’s amazing to see how God is using this same faith in the children and grandchildren.

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