Healing the Nations

“On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.” (Revelation 22:2) Don’t we desperately long for that day! Now more than ever. But this is not just meant to be a lovely future to look forward to. This is what the church is meant to be right now – what the true church IS right now – hidden behind the selfishness and greed and worship of power that we find in all church institutions. As we follow Paul and Lydia’s example in Acts 16 we move towards that vision by understanding that: 1. The church is built when God and people work together. 2. The Church is built when we respond to the people and circumstances in front of us, rather than holding on to our prejudices and expectations. 3. The church is built when our words and actions are congruent with our faith. 4. The church is built when followers of Jesus support each other even when it is costly.