August 23, 2021

Ben Kiowski
“42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.43 [Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles.”
Acts 2:42-43

I accepted the gift of salvation when I was young, and I was baptized at 6 years old. I remember vividly the look on my Dad’s face as he baptized me in the name of the Father, Spirit, and Son. I believed in Jesus, I understood the Gospel, and I committed then to live my life for Him. At that point, the fellowship of believers became a coworker with my parents in the nurturing of my spiritual development. Over the years, as a continual student of the Gospel and a consistent participant in the goings-on of the Church, I have become one of many examples of how the fellowship of believers, devotion to the apostles’ teaching, and prayer loves, protects, corrects, and empowers those who are in Christ. When I am wrong…I receive corrections. When I am hurt…I am comforted. When I am weak…I am lifted up. When I am confused…I am supported. When I am sick…I am healed. All of this and more through the gift of the Church…His church…the very bride of Christ for whom he died. What a humbling and awe-inspiring reality it is that God has provided for us a place to grow and be loved. May I never lose the wonder and awe of the day I first believed and may wonder and confirming miracles continue to happen in our midst!