July 24, 2011: Good News with Skin On: Part 6

Scripture

Acts 4:32-27 (NRSV)

Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. There was a Levite, a native of Cyprus, Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (which means ‘son of encouragement’). He sold a field that belonged to him, then brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

Stories, Links and Video

The "wilderness school" is explained in detail throughout the Book of Exodus. For more information about manna (what it was, what it taught the Israelites, etc) ... see Exodus 16:4, 16-21.
For more information about Jesus feeding THOUSANDS of people (we're not exaggerating, here) ... see John 6:1-14, Mark 8:1-9, Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17, Matthew 15:32-39.
 
For more about the amazing story of Zacchaeus (and how giving up some of our pile can change our lives) ... see Luke 19:1-10.
 
To learn about the Early Church, how it functioned and what it stood for ... see most of the Book of Acts, particularly the Scripture above.
 
And if you want to read an amazing book that talks more about sharing, God's abundance, and God's dream for all of creation, check out Manna and Mercy by Daniel Erlander. (We are considering ordering some copies, so if you're interested, let us know.)
 

Setlist (iTunes links provided)

Alive Again

Cannons

Come, Thou Fount/Ubi Caritas

Share the Well

Walk On/Beautiful Day

Hold Us Together

Podcast 7/24/11