Who are Your Neighbors?

Neighborhood This week, I learned that the missing hiker found dead in Oregon is the neighbor of one of our church members. Last week, I found out the the man in Allen, Texas, who was turned in by a hit man for paying him to murder his pregnant wife was the neighbor of one of the other families at Highland Oaks.

A couple of thoughts…

1) Is it just bad luck to live next to someone from Highland Oaks? Answer: I don’t think so.

2) It would take media coverage for many of us to know what is going on in the lives of our neighbors.

Em and I are on the go a lot. And, a lot of our relational energies and time are spent on people in the church. Here’s a brutal confession…after 4 years… I still don’t know the names of my next-door neighbors. I know them, but not well enough to remember their names.

That’s bad.

That’s embarrassing.

That’s going to change.

How well do you know your neighbors?

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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