Through the Ages
by Beth LaBuff 12/31/2007 / House & Home
Early Church -- 30 A.D.
1. Most excellent Theophilus, with this additional treatise I will seek to answer questions you had concerning the church. 2. Many souls are being added to the church daily. 3. There are some who have sold their possessions and share all things in common. 4. With gladness I report that Ananias and Sapphira, whom you asked about, are among those seeking to sell a possession and have promised the money to the apostles.
1. It is with joy that I now inform you of the house meetings. 2. Those who believe are going from house to house enjoying fellowship. 3. Daily they continue in the apostles doctrine and prayer. 4. With gladness they are breaking bread, proclaiming the Lord's death until He returns. 5. Never has there been such singleness of heart and praises offered to God.
Log Cabin -- Rural North America 1850's
Dear Gabe and Mattie,
We hope that things are settlin down after your wedding. If there be anything we could help you with just give a holler. As Charles is making a trip to town, I thought I'd have him deliver this invite. Now that winter is upon us and the circuit preacher unable to come until after spring thaw, we invite you to our home on Sunday mornings if the weather be good. We will have a church service. Charles is a right good minister of the Word. We'll have a hymn time too. We're sending word to the DeWitts and the Millers who live up near Possum Crik. Claude DeWitt has an ear for playing the fiddle and his wife Sarah sings like an angel. Afterward please stay for Sunday dinner. Iffen you want to bring food to share we'd be pleased, but it's not needful.
Calhoun County Post Gazette -- August 10, 1966
Seven ladies met at the home of Mrs. Herbert Smith's on Wednesday, August 3rd for their Mary and Martha Bible Study. Those in attendance were Mrs. Fred Appleby, Mrs. Gerald Talbert, Mrs. John Fitzsimmons, Mrs. Arthur Ellsworth and daughter Debbie, Mrs. Kenneth Craig and her sister, Miss Donna Newcomb, who is visiting from Emmetsburg. The topic for the afternoon was Proverbs 31 with Mrs. Smith leading the study. Mrs. Talbert brought a delicious fresh apple pie that was enjoyed by all present. The study for next week will be at the home of Mrs. Ellsworth.
Thank you for agreeing to host a home group. We will be studying prophecies from the book of Daniel. The study books are ordered and according to the UPS tracker, should be arriving Friday. This is a 13 week course. At the end of the thirteen weeks, all five home groups will meet back at the chapel for a fellowship dinner and a time of sharing.
May the Lord bless you as you use your gift of hospitality for Him,
I've attached a list of additional suggestions that may help you to prepare for this.
World Date -- Daniel's 70th Week
Location -- Unknown
Was that footsteps?
Two practically inaudible taps followed by a delayed third sounded on my door.
Did I imagine it?
I dared not open the door. A paper was slid underneath. Scrawled on the paper was,
"Tonight, just after sundown -- Alpha House
Bring your section of the Word to trade
Delta House raided -- residents will receive the martyr's crown of life -- their section, Mark's Gospel, was confiscated"
Alpha house was where John and his extended family stayed. John, a believer of seven months, was the elder for our group. It would be good to meet with the others and be able to trade sections of the Bible. My heart wept at the loss of the Gospel of Mark and for the residents of Delta House. I was envious that they no longer lived in fear and yet for them I rejoiced. Time is short.
Copyright Beth LaBuff 2014
Before Beth LaBuff and her husband, Tilman, moved to the high desert of Arizona, she lived most of her life surrounded by the cornfields of Adair County, Iowa.