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Gainesville, Six Months In (A Day In The Life Of Organic Church)

February 1, 2011 officially marked six months since my family and I moved to Gainesville, FL.  It has been an incredible time here.  If you don’t know why we moved, read this post, I’ve been told it is a great description of why we (and others) have made the move to be here.

There are so many ways I could describe what we are living in, what we’re experiencing, what we are a part of here.  I’ve been trying to sort through the many thoughts because I’ve wanted to post about our lives here, but there is so much.  So I will simply describe tonight and perhaps more explanation will come in a different post.

This evening started with the brothers meeting up at an apartment community that one of our brothers lives at.  We have a strong brotherhood here.  The brothers met for a game of TC Ball.  What is TC Ball, you ask?  Well, it’s a combination of wiffle ball and baseball played on a tennis court with a few variations on the rules.  The game started around 6:45 p.m. and didn’t end until around 8:30/8:45 p.m.  The game went for 7 innings with a score of 35-32 (our team won), but we didn’t leave the courts.  We gathered around each other and shared in the Lord through a song and prayer.  Because our brotherhood is so strong, many of us wanted to continue in fellowship and fun, so one of the brothers offered to play Settlers of Catan with any willing participants if we could gather somewhere to hold us all.  Our house is large enough, so with the consent of the other brother we share the house with, I told them to bring the game to our house and all who wanted to be there were welcome.  Six brothers came (and are still here as I type this) and have been enjoying each other and sharing in the Lord through out the game, playing on the Wii and also just spending time in conversation and uplifting one another in prayer.  Praying for things like jobs, housing situations and relationships, trusting the Lord is with us, in us, and through us all.

While the brothers were busy with TC Ball, the sisters met up for pizza (with some of the children) followed by a night of tumbling, twisting and tricks at a UF ladies gymnastics meet (I think they competed against Georgia).  From what I heard, it was a good event and they all enjoyed it.  Most of them went home, but a few of the sisters came over and joined the brothers in conversation and games.  So not only are there brothers and sisters at our house, but all of the children that belong to us and the other brothers and sisters are here as well.  I can hear several of the children singing songs to the Lord together off in a distant bedroom.  While a couple of boys and their imaginations dismember one another using light sabers in the other bedroom.  It is a house full of laughter, joy, music, noise, conversations, yawns and love.

It is now 12:23 a.m. and the last brother just left for the night.  The love and warmth still linger in my heart and mind.  This is only a portion of the people we share our lives with.  But it is a good taste of what we experience on a daily and weekly basis.  Sharing in the Lord, His life and love over, in and through us all and sharing our lives and love for one another, knowing that each person here is here for the Lord’s purpose and heart.  He is our center, our life and our love.


9 Responses

  1. Beautiful post, brother…I’m definitely sharing it!


    • Thanks bro. Feel free to do so. I’ve been wanting to post for so long about being here and what we’re experiencing. The words finally came tonight. I hope to post more often. I also added you to my Friends of re:Think blogroll. Check it out! Love you bro.


  2. A joyous time, indeed! And, since we have freedom in Christ, I was able to go to bed and participate in His rest! 😉


  3. Thanks so much for sharing a day in the life of authentic church community. blessings bro!


  4. Thanks for bloging that experience. It was a blessing to hear as well as inspirational.


  5. How come you didn’t respond to my comment? DISCRIMINATION!!


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