Board Games and Community

This past weekend was the 13th annual Tennessee Game Days.  It’s a board game convention that’s held in Franklin, TN.  This year was the 4th year that I’ve attended.  I was always one that enjoyed playing board games even as a kid.  But I really got into playing board games when the resurgence of popularity of them took off earlier this decade.

For those that don’t know, a board game convention (like this one) is where people from all around come together to play board games.  People from all walks of life get together and sit down to play games.  How cool is that?  This being my fourth year I’ve seen several people that I recognize from previous years as well as meet new people who are there for the first time.

People that know me know I’m a “extroverted introvert”.  I like small groups and need my time to recharge the social batteries.  But I love going to events like this to meet people and interact.  It is a cool way to build community sitting around talking and playing games.

People from different backgrounds can come together and fellowship and build community.  That is what the church is about as well  People from all walks of life coming together to fellowship and worship.  And I’ve found that something as simple as playing a board game can be a way to connect with people and build relationships.

In our society of being connected digitally, it’s nice to unplug and connect in such an analog way.  I think it would be well for all of us to find a group of friends (or make new friends) and play board games.  Connect and develop relationships through something as simple as a game can have a big difference in someone’s life.

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Thursday Quote Day: Pete Wilson

This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features another quote from author Pete Wilson:

“When you’re hurt or doubting, there’s nothing more comforting than hearing someone say, ‘I know what you’re going through.’ When you’re questioning and crying, there’s nothing that helps more than being told, ‘I’m in it with you.'” (Pete Wilson Plan B)

Sunday Devotional: Romans 15:5-7

“Now may the God who gives endurance and encouragement allow you to live in harmony with one another, according to the command of Christ Jesus, so that you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with a united mind and voice.

Therefore accept one another, just as the Messiah also accepted you, to the glory of God.” (Romans 15:5-7)

We live in a world with a lot of discord and disharmony.  There is a lot of division.  Sin divides us.  But Jesus brings us together.  Paul wrote to the church in Rome and reminded them of this.  On their own, there is division and strife.  But with God, there is unity.

God gives us the endurance and encouragement.  He gives us the hope to come together united.  This is possible through the work of Jesus Christ.  Jesus, who died on the cross for our sins and rose again, is able to bring together people from all walks of life.

The other big thing in this passage is accepting.  Paul is not saying we are to accept sins but we are to accept sinners because we all are sinners.  But through the grace and glory of God, we have been accepted by the work on Jesus Christ and we can repent and turn to Him.

This week let us encourage one another.  Let us live in harmony and let us show love and acceptance to others and as we do point them to Jesus.

Thursday Quote Day: Joshua Harris

For this week’s “Thursday Quote Day” here is a quote from author and pastor Joshua Harris:

“The purpose of Christian community in the church is not only our joy and spiritual growth. The purpose is also mission–displaying and advancing God’s reign and rule in the world.” (Joshua Harris Dug Down Deep)

Sunday Devotional: Psalm 122

“I was glad when they said to me,
    “Let us go to the house of the Lord!”

Our feet have been standing
    within your gates, O Jerusalem!

Jerusalem—built as a city
    that is bound firmly together,
to which the tribes go up,
    the tribes of the Lord,
as was decreed for Israel,
    to give thanks to the name of the Lord.
There thrones for judgment were set,
    the thrones of the house of David.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
    “May they be secure who love you!
Peace be within your walls
    and security within your towers!”
For my brothers and companions’ sake
    I will say, “Peace be within you!”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
    I will seek your good.”  (Psalm 122)

It is a blessing to gather together to worship.  Corporate worship is something that God wants for us.  Because He knows that is a great way to honor him.  When we gather together to sing songs of praise, when we give tithes and offerings, when we study a portion of his word together, we are honoring and worshiping Him.

David in this psalm shares about the joy he has about going into the house of the Lord (which in the Old Testament days was the temple).  There they could worship the Lord, they could pray to Him and they could enjoy God’s peace among them.  Like David, we can enjoy that as well when we gather together to worship.

As we gather together to worship today, let us celebrate that we get to gather together for corporate worship.  And let us celebrate all that God has done for us and will do in the future.