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We Need A “Community” In Order To Really Know God

The pub where Lewis and his friends experienced "community.

My husband, Tom and I have been discussing an amazing quote used by Tim Keller in his book “The Prodigal God.” It comes from C.S. Lewis’s The Four Loves.

For context, it’s important to point out that Lewis is referring to community within the Inklings, a small group of men who met weekly for almost 20 years. Lewis’s closest friends seemed to be in this group, and Charles and Ronald were both members. “Ronald” is J.R. R. Tolkien and “Charles” is Charles Williams.

“In each of my friends there is something that only some other friend can fully bring out. By myself I am not large enough to call the whole man into activity…Now that Charles is dead, I shall never again see Ronald’s reaction to a specifically *Caroline joke (see below). Far from having more of Ronald, having him ‘to myself’ now that Charles is away, I have less of Ronald…we possess each friend not less but more as the number of those with whom we share him increases.

In this, Friendship exhibits a glorious ‘nearness by resemblance’ to Heaven itself where the very multitude of the blessed (which no man can number) increases the fruition which each has of God. For every soul, seeing Him in her own way, doubtless communicates that unique vision to all the rest. That, says an old author, is why the Seraphim in Isaiah’s vision are crying ‘Holy, Holy, Holy’ to one another. The more we thus share the Heavenly Bread between us, the more we shall all have.”

*”Caroline” is an adjective which comes from the Latin for Charles, which is (I believe) Carolus. So a “Caroline” joke would be a “Charles-y” joke – in other words, a joke of the type Charles told.

Another interesting tid-bit gleaned from the blog world, Tolkien never liked Charles Williams and wondered what Lewis saw in him. He also was a bit jealous of Lewis splitting his affections between him and Williams. So we may wonder to what degree he would have endorsed this paragraph from Lewis!

What are your reactions to this quote and the importance of community that it underscores?

Other posts you might like: A Vision For A Church God Can Grow https://womenatcrossroads.wordpress.com/2008/12/31/vision-2009-%E2%80%93-a-vision-for-a-church-god-can-grow/

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Two Reasons Why Blogging is not a Time-waster!

Reason #1 Blogging can be good for you; it is beneficial for people to share the contents of their heart in healthy ways.

Science research says:  Scientists (and writers) have long known about the therapeutic benefits of writing about personal experiences, thoughts and feelings. But besides serving as a stress-coping mechanism, expressive writing produces many physiological benefits. Research shows that it improves memory and sleep, boosts immune cell activity, and even speeds healing after surgery.”  (from Scientific American Magazine, May 2008).

The Bible says:  The Bible advocates sharing your true thoughts and feelings with God and with each other.  Jesus told his disciples that he considered them his friends because He felt it a privilege to reveal all the intimate details that He knew about His Father with them.  David held nothing back from God in His communiqués with Him in the psalms and we can expect he was just as candid in his personal relationships.  And Paul’s emotions as well as thought and experiences are written out with expressiveness and clarity in his epistles.  In Scripture we are also commanded to comfort each other with the comfort we have received from God (2 Cor 1:3-4) and to share freely with one another (Heb. 13:16).  Blogging is just another vehicle for “one another” ministry and an online community that shares God’s love through the written word is in my opinion a justified and much needed extension of the Body of Christ.

…but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.  John 15:15 (NKJV)

 

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.   2 Cor 1:3-4 (NIV)

 

But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

Heb 13:16 (NKJV)

 

Reason #2 Blogging gets you connected!

Scientific research says:  “Blogging can help you feel less isolated, more connected to a community and more satisfied with your friendships, both online and face-to-face, new Australian research from University of Technology in Melbourne, has found after two months of regular blogging, people felt they had better social support and friendship networks than those who did not blog.” (from ABC Science Online Mar 3, 2008)

The Bible says:  The Bible stresses the need for connectivity in the Body of Christ.  It is important that Christians feel a part of a dynamic community for fellowship and support. Humans were not designed for isolation but for relationship.  We all know that men and women were not meant to live alone (Gen 2:18) and it is not good when human beings find themselves separated from the regular companionship of others.  With this in mind utilizing the internet is a great way for people to reach out and connect.  Blogging is an especially useful vehicle for single individuals who live in solo conditions because it is a way to be in contact with others from the restful recesses of your own home.  If you have not yet tried blogging—try it you’ll like it!  It gives you a chance to know others and be known—and that is always a very great thing.

We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord.  Romans 15:2 (NLT)

 

And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another. Heb 10:25 (NLT)

 

What are the things you find interesting about the phenomenon we call blogging? Feel free to share how interacting with the cyberspace community has changed your life for the good or for the bad.  Also discuss how “blogging” in particular has benefited you. 

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Grand Opening

Welcome to the grand opening of our new blog for the Women at Crossroads.  Our desire is that this will become a site that you can access any time that you can be online in order to interact with other women.  The idea is to have a place where you can share ideas, information, challenges, comfort and fun with those who possess similar values to your own.  Our perspective of course, will be first and foremost Christian since our primary desire is to be a home away from home for the community of women at Crossroads Church of Denver.  My ultimate hope for this site however is that this could be a safe place for individuals from all walks of life and places of origin to come and gather in cyberspace when they are in need of fellowship.  While men are obviously not forbidden from this site the content will feature topics relating to women’s issues and articles from a female point of view.  Please feel free to register your opinions and any desires that you might have for this blog.

Important Instructions to newbie blog readers!  I would love this blog site to become a community but you must participate and be willing to interact.

In order to comment on a blog you must click on the title of a post that interests you and you will see a reply or comment box appear at the bottom of the thread.  You will have to leave your e-mail address in order to comment (but don’t worry it will not be made public).  You will have to leave a name in order to post and that name will be posted (but never fear) you can use your real name or a nickname or pseudonym in order to post your comment.  Don’t be shy the only way a blog community is born is if someone takes the risk to be a part.

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