ED MILAM: Birds of a feather

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Ed Milam

You have heard the saying “birds of a feather, flock together.”

This long-standing proverb has a simple meaning. People who have similar beliefs, likes, goals, tastes and interests will naturally form groups together. These groups are formed when like-minded people do similar activities and spend time together. They gather together and share stories and experiences, set goals and challenge each other. All of which are completely understandable to the group. The group accepts them and they feel like they belong. These groups become committed to taking care of each other and helping each member succeed in life. These groups form at all different levels and some even organize and become service organizations, clubs, athletic teams and churches in the community. People are drawn to the groups that connect with them and their individual beliefs. One such group that I am a part of is the Greenville Lion’s Club. My wife Jenny and I both joined the Lion’s Club last year. We were invited by our friend from church Larry Alman. His simple invitation and explanation of what the group stands for got our interest. We found that the mission of the Lion’s Club and the people involved in the club have the same desire to serve the community as we do. The mission of the Lion’s Club is to empower Lions clubs, volunteers, and partners to improve health and well-being, strengthen communities, and support those in need through humanitarian services and grants that impact lives globally, and encourage peace and international understanding. We have found a great group to be a part of that share similar beliefs and passions about community service. We had both heard of the Lion’s Club. We found out way more about this group because someone took the time to invite us to check it out. That is just one example of birds of a feather, flocking together.

Another such group is the church. As people of similar Christian holds, they form a Christian fellowship. The early church fellowship is described in the Bible in Acts 2:42-47. It says, 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the. 43 Awe came upon everyone because many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45 they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds[a] to all, as any had need. 46 Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home[b] and ate their food with glad and generous[c] hearts, 47 praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number of those who were being saved.

The early church formed based on their belief in Jesus Christ and modeled their lives in a way that reflected his teachings. They supported each other in times of need. They kept each other accountable in living a Christ-like life. They encourage each other to move forward toward their personal and community goals. The scripture says, they devoted themselves to learning about Christ, caring for each other as well as worshiping and praying together.

Church is more than just a once-a-week gathering place. Church is meant to be a place where we connect and share life together. This goes far beyond the walls of the church. Our church, which is the body of believers, extends into the everyday lives of the fellowship. We care about each other every day. The connection we make with our church family can become one of the strongest connections we have in our lives.

Our church fellowship chooses to “flock together” and live life together this way. My family has felt the love and connection with our church throughout the years but most recently with the passing of my mother. Knowing people truly care about you make a huge difference in life. It is the love for Christ that moves us to love one another the way we do. Our doors are open and we look forward to meeting you soon. You are always welcome.

Ed Milam is the pastor at First Congregational Church in Greenville.


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