I've had a fantastic week at home with my wife and two sons. What a blessed man I am! Although I have now gone back to work for a rest! ;-)
As much as I enjoyed time out and time away, it was really good to join with the community of God's people on Sunday. Of course everyone wanted to see the new baby, but they also wanted to give us genuine love and congratulations, which were greatly appreciated.
The best part about being back with the people of God, of course, is the presence of God himself. Although God is with us everywhere at all times, there is a corporate anointing when we are joined together like living stones to form a spiritual house where God dwells by his Spirit. The church is not a physical building, but a spiritual dwelling, made out of people, and designed to be filled with the manifest presence of God. Although we are each individually designed to be filled with his Spirit, there is a dynamic that can only be experienced corporately. And even our individual filling is never designed to function in isolation. God has arranged each gift in the body just as he has seen fit.
So it was great to be back, and stepping out in the corporate dimension of the Holy Spirit again.
It's also good to be blogging again. Did you miss me? ;-)
One comment I had last week really tickled me:
Remember, while we all enjoy open, challenging, thought-provoking debate, we also like cute pictures of babies too!!!
That made me chuckle, so if baby pictures is what you want... click here.