So much more than the Catch

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The Catch is so much more than the Catch, and as we prepare for our May MemberPartnership campaign, its only fitting to briefly review what some of those things are that make us more.

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All for one and One for all!

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Though it showed up a couple hundred years earlier during the religious persecutions of seventeenth-century Europe, “All for one and one for all” had its modern origin in the nineteenth-century novel The Three Musketeers by French author Alexandre Dumas. “Un pour tous, tous pour un.” In either case, it was a motto that captured unity and camaraderie in the face of opposition.

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Finding the pathway to strength

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In one of our family therapy sessions with Chandler, the therapist came up with the perfect picture for each one of us. She had me isolated and alone in a corner, Chandler standing up on a desk calmly telling everybody the way it is, and Marti jumping up and down on the couch waving her arms and trying to get everyone’s attention. It was so humorously and painfully true.

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What Jesus wants from us

th-20It’s been truly telling to watch this discussion develop over what makes a vital Christian today. Going back to the first century is one way to think about a Christianity that had no reputation to follow — no preconceived notions to confuse the understanding. Identifying true Christianity has been a difficult task of late due to a popularizing and politicizing of Christians and the Christian message over the last few decades. Anything to help sharpen the focus and get to the essence of what a real 21st century Christian looks like.

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These last two Catches have inspired some of you to think about being first century Christians. It’s really all about living fresh every day with your faith. But it’s important for you to realize this is not hard. It’s not about going back to school and learning how to say everything in a new and different way. And if I gave that impression, I was wrong.

What makes Christians first century is pretty much wrapped up in one word: experience.

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I can’t get this out of my head. I love this first century Christian thinking (see yesterday’s Catch) because it solves so many problems, and it ignites so many new fires. It’s almost like getting a new lease on life. So I’ve come up with some more advantages to thinking like a first century Christian. And I’m sure you can come up with some yourself. If you do, write us and let us know.  I think we could be onto something here.

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First century Christians in 2016

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What would it be like to be first century Christians as if there were no early church, no Vatican, no Holy Wars, no Crusades, no Reformation, no revival meetings, no Sunday School, no denominations, no Christian subculture, no culture wars and no worship wars? What if there were just us, today, in the here-and-now, figuring out what it means to walk in the Spirit?

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Hazel’s last entry

Well we’ve done a wedding online for someone in our community. I suppose we could do a funeral. Although this will be a most unusual funeral — a funeral with the deceased present, sitting up, alert, and very much alive. It’s really not such a bad way to do it when you think that most people miss their own funeral. That’s unfortunate, because that’s when we say all manner of nice things about a person. They could have surely benefitted from that earlier.

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