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SLAM NEWSLETTER

Contents
1. Something for Your Heart
2. Surf Report
3. Forgettable Fact
4. Potent Quotables
5. Parting Shot
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1. SOMETHING FOR YOUR HEART

In 1 Corinthians 12 Paul uses the analogy of the human body to describe how Christians should interact. He writes, “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink” (1 Corinthians 12:12-13).

We are all part of the body of Christ if we believe in Jesus the Son of God who came to take away the sins of the world. We are all baptized in the same spirit. Some people like to worship in different ways. Some have the gift of singing, while others have the gifts of playing music. Some people have the boldness to raise their hands in worship, while others silently kneel at their own pew in quietness to the Lord. It doesn’t matter much how you worship as long as you are giving God the best worship you’re capable of.

We need to stop pointing our fingers at different “body parts” and accusing them of being sacrilegious. Brothers and sisters united in Christ need to be mature enough to handle all kinds of worship. Dismissing people because of the way they worship is ungodly; furthermore, it keeps the entire body of Christ from being able to witness effectively to the world.

Instead of falling prey to sarcasm and other unproductive ways of treating people, we Christians need to learn to celebrate the gifts of others. If someone’s gift is singing, rejoice in her ability to sing rather than trying to put her down to make yourself feel better about the gifts God has given you. We need all parts of the body to perform their jobs in order for the whole body to function properly.

Taken from “Love This!” by Andy Braner, copyright 2007, Zondervan/Youth Specialties. Used by permission.

2. SURF REPORT

~ National Yo-Yo Contest & Museum http://www.nationalyoyo.org

~ Puzzlemaker- Create puzzles online http://puzzlemaker.school.discovery.com

3. FORGETTABLE FACT

The Eiffel Tower shrinks 6 inches in winter

4. POTENT QUOTABLES

“I often found myself prefering the company of people outside my congregation, men and women who did not follow Jesus. Or worse, preferring the company of my sovereign self. But soon I found that my preferences were honored by neither Scripture nor Jesus. I didn’t come to the conviction easily, but finally there was no getting around it: there can be no maturity in the spiritual life, no obedience in following Jesus, no wholeness in the Christian life apart from immersion and embrace of community. I am not myself by myself. Community, not the highly vaunted individualism of our culture, is the setting in which Christ is at play. ”
– Eugene Peterson

“Community is like a large mosaic. Each little piece seems so insignificant. One piece is bright red, another cold blue or dull green, another warm purple, another sharp yellow, another shining gold. Some look precious, others ordinary. Some look valuable, others worthless. Some look gaudy, others delicate. As individuals stones, we can do little with them except compare them and judge their beauty and value. When, however, all these little stones are brought together in one big mosaic portraying the face of Christ, who would ever question the importance of any one of them? If one of them, even the least spectacular one, is missing, the face is incomplete. Together in the one mosaic, each little stone is indispensable and makes a unique contribution to the glory of God. That’s community, a fellowship of little people who together make God visible in the world.” – Henry Nouwen


5. PARTING SHOT

A metaphor is like a simile.

copyright 2007 :: Youth Specialties

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