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42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
I think I have shared before that when I was in seminary I lived in a big house on North Galt Avenue in Louisville with nine guys. It was a houseful Nine guys, we had a pet dog named Sammy, a pet duck, a goose, and on Sunday nights there was this guy named Dave that would show up and sleep on our couch and I never knew his last name so we knew him only as Sunday night Dave. I really learned a lot in those days about living in community with one another, and bearing with one another, and being patient with one another. But what I also learned in those days maybe for the first time in my life was how to engage with my neighborhood. There were a lot of families on our street that were not churched and so it was great to just be a neighbor and get to build some incredible relationships with our neighbors, and with our non-Christian neighbors we saw some come to Christ, and many more move in that direction.
One of our favorite couples on Galt Avenue was a couple that wasn't married but they had been living together for years. And they even had a child together, so as we got know one another I would often ask the guy, hey why don't you guys get married? And he would often reply with. ''Oh I don't know. Oh you know things are good now we don't want to me ...
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