A Great Culture

While I was over on the Deschutes River rafting I camped with a group from our church who were doing the guiding for those who were coming over each day to raft. There were about 15 or so who were there for the full three days of rafting, many of them young people. On Wednesday morning I got up at 5:30 am to read my Bible and pray a bit for the day. When I got up Pastor Mike was already up reading his Bible and while I sat in my lawn chair reading next to the Deschutes River in the next 30 minutes I think every person got up and sat and read and prayed for a bit before they started the day. As I sat listening to the roar of the river and watched the sun come up, I thought, what a wonderful culture we have as a church where we highly value the Word of God and have established the discipline of reading every day, even on a camping trip. I am so thankful to be part of it. I am so thankful that I am an integral part of it, like my hand is part of my body. I draw grace from my relationship with my church family, I give grace, I pray for every person in our church family each week and God does life changing things in the life of every person because of my prayers. Many people pray for me, and God does great and amazing things in my life because of the prayers of many in our body for me. In my physical body, my heart, lungs, liver, brain and all the various parts work together for my health. That is the way it is supposed to be in a church. I am so thankful for JBC, we are not a perfect church, but we are moving in that direction every day.

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