When I first heard the theme for Minda Street Church of Christ’s 35th anniversary celebration “Think Kingdom; Family Matters”, I felt the theme was thought provoking. When I think of Kingdom, that is the Kingdom of God, the Lord’s Church; there is a sense of joyful obligation to contribute as any loyal citizen of a kingdom would do. I want to carry myself in a royal manner, representing the kingdom with pride. I want to let my light shine in my attitude and actions so that others will be encouraged. There is also a feeling of gratitude toward the King, our Lord and savior, for all of the blessing and privileges that the benefits of being heirs to the throne. As a Christian and heir of the King, my demeanor should be of regal thankfulness and praise. People should observe me and know that I am part of the Christian Kingdom.
The ‘Family Matters’ part reminded me of the 90’s sitcom with the same name. I can still hear that familiar theme song ending with the words, “As days go by…it’s the bigger love of the family.” As a member of the Minda St. family for more than 25 years, I have seen days go by. I have seen many Christian brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers come and go. For some Minda St. has been a place to learn the foundations of the gospel and be baptized. For some it has been a safe place to heal and recover from the hurts and wounds of the world. Some have learned acceptance and forgiveness inside the walls of our congregation. Many members have stayed and grown with us for years and some have stopped by for a short while for their time of refreshing and moved on. Leaders have been trained at Minda St. and sent out to bless works in other locations. Whether you have visited Minda St once or one hundred times, you have learned about New-Self Love. You have learned about putting off the old-self and putting on the new-self in order to not only Love God but to love others, in a bigger more genuine and unconditional way. The way families should love one another. That is the one characteristic that has always been consistent at our congregation….the bigger love of our family…At Minda Street Church of Christ.