Monday, November 5, 2007

More from Loving Deb Smith

While Karen and I were out of town we received the following note from Michael Cristiani, one of the heroes along with Rick and Barb Hine of the creative and interconnected blog for Deb Smith and her family. Read and look at the photos.

These men and women were mostly college students when Karen and I opened our house and heart the hordes coming to faith in Christ in 1970, 71, 72 and 73. Tom Smith was called at that time to head the new Christian Student Fellowship Ministry on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. He met and married Deb and they developed "The House of the Carpenter". This experiment in communal living had rooms and real love that became a center of Revival for Cincinnati in the Seventies.

Now those "kids" are mothers and fathers, grandparents and business owners, church leaders and engineers, politicians and preachers. They have been "SEASONED" by life's realities. The love, truth and power offered them at the House of the Carpenter soaked into their DNA. Most God and His people in many and varied ways both inside and outside formal ecclesiastical systems. But, they began their faith walk as revolutionaries so finishing that way is no surprise.

Hello, Dear Ones!

Today, November 4, 2007, is Deb Smith's 54th birthday. In remembrance, there is a new entry on Loving Deb Smith. It notes that today is Deb's birthday, and includes a link to a new photo album, Celebration of the Resurrection, which contains the photos used during the Mt Vernon and Cincinnati Celebrations.

There is also a small photo album (thanks to Randy Moody) of pix from the dinner and fellowship at Vineyard Community Church in Cincinnati. If anyone else took pictures during the weekend of the 20th-21st that they would like to share, please send them to Loving Deb Smith
and they will be added to the album.

Your constant kindness and love are the Good News!

All Glory to God!
Peace and All Good!

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and God of all encouragement, who encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God. For as Christ's sufferings overflow to us, so through Christ does our encouragement also overflow. If we are afflicted, it is for your encouragement and salvation; if we are encouraged, it is for your encouragement, which enables you to endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is firm, for we know that as you share in the sufferings, you also share in the encouragement. (2Cor 1: 4-7)

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