Greetings to you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord,

All the believers were one in heart and mind.  Acts 4:32

Luke’s description of the early Christian community sounds too good to be true.  Is Luke telling us that there were no conflicts, no differences of opinion, or problems?  Before we say that Luke is painting the picture of a nonexistent utopia, we might ask what does it mean to be of one heart and one mind?

One heart expresses purpose to me.  The Christians in Jerusalem were focused on proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ.  That was their one purpose, and they were totally unified and dedicated to achieving it.

One mind expresses thinking.  They were dedicated to thinking the same way as Jesus Christ who was a servant of everyone.  They were determined to serve each other just as Jesus had served people before he left this earth.

You can have one purpose and have divisions over the ways that you accomplish it.  You can think like a servant and have divisions over the form of service that will take.  The unity in Luke’s community was a unity of identity as disciples of Christ.  Conflicts might arise and they would be resolved by determining what is the best way to preach about Jesus or what is the best way that each member of the community could be served.

Cathy and I will be going to Rochester next week so there will not be a weekly letter or an online devotional on Thursday.  We thank you for your prayers and support.  The meals have been helpful, and the prayers have been necessary.

Purple Gang will end on April 21.  We have had a good year, but it has been hectic.  The kids have enjoyed it and we have been able to teach them about creation, Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Jacob and Esau, Joseph and his brothers, and Moses and pharaoh.  They have had some interesting questions, and some remember the lessons quite clearly.

If you wish to mail a check, you can use the following address: First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 69, Schaller, Iowa 51053, or you can drop the check off at the State Bank of Schaller.

Please pray for our leaders. Pray for people in our community who have Covid.  Pray for all who feel anxious or isolated. Continue to pray for teachers, students, and staff. Remember the medical personnel who are on the frontlines, and all who transport patients to the hospital.  Pray for our community, our troops, and the various people on our prayer list. 

May God bless and keep you,


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