Ties that Bind
When is the last time you attended a family reunion or had a chance to spend time with a group of close friends? For most of us, getting with extended family or longtime friends leads to a great time of sharing and catching up. We get to observe the maturing of children and share stories of times gone by. It may also be a time to meet new members—children and spouses.
Families share a common bond due to ancestry. At reunions, the older generation of grandparents can celebrate their offspring, sometimes with four or five generations being in attendance. It’s enjoyable seeing the interaction of siblings and cousins as they visit and play games. They may not have been together for quite some time, but it doesn’t take long for the atmosphere to “warm up” and the fun to begin.
Friends share a common bond of places and events from our past. For some it may be friends with whom we grew up and went to school. For others, it may be friends from our youth group who grew up, married, and relocated to other areas of the country. We may not have opportunity to be together for months or years, but we can pick up where we left off, enjoying time spent together.
God created us to enjoy community—to have close relationships with Him, family, and friends. I hope you have the opportunity this summer to spend time with those you love!
Melody Reever, Editor
July 6th 2017 @ 11:55 AM
I was six years old when my family moved to the small town of Salem, Illinois. I’m not sure why my parents made the decision to leave both of their families and all they had ever known. However, they later knew without a doubt they had made the right decision.
My parents did not attend church, but someone told my mom about a Pentecostal church in town. She …Read More +
June 29th 2017 @ 11:05 AM
On February 12, 2008, a new season of life became reality for me—widowhood. The morning after my husband’s funeral, I wanted to pull the covers over my head and never get up. As I lay there praying, the Lord sent comforting verses of Scripture to my mind.
“I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5, NKJV).
“My grace is sufficient for you” (II Corinthians 12:9, …Read More +
May 5th 2017 @ 9:50 AM
God started the story almost two decades ago. A little boy and a little girl, hand in hand, walked down the aisle of Truth Tabernacle in Bakersfield, California. They were miniature bride and groom. It was a bit more exciting for her than it was for him, but he endured and made a good showing, then promptly went on with the task of growing up. She, however, never forgot …Read More +
March 3rd 2017 @ 10:45 AM
As I stood next to the hospital bed, looking over my sweet boy Sawyer, the doctor’s words from the previous day rang through my head: no hope, ventilator-dependent, heart and lung transplant, transfer from Dallas to Philadelphia, and no infant had ever survived these procedures. Tears began to stream down my face as hopeless desperation filled my mind and heart. For the past nine weeks, my faith had not …Read More +
March 1st 2017 @ 11:50 AM
I guess it all began in a government housing project in the small town of Lilbourn, Missouri. One night, Momma and Daddy piled into the back of a pickup truck sent into the projects by the local Pentecostal preacher Ernest Jenning Kerr, father of Sister Mickey Godair. The truck—full of migrant workers, farmhands, and their families—headed for a tent revival. Daddy, the handsome square dance caller, …Read More +