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Some of the most powerful stories captured by This Is Our City thus far center on Christ-followers making personal—and often costly—decisions to pursue the flourishing of their neighbors and neighborhoods. Their "common-good decisions" together demonstrate Christians' willingness to embed themselves in the structures of society in order to mend them. Their participation in God's renewing work inspires us—and hopefully you—to make your own common-good decisions, wherever you may live. To share stories of your and others' decisions to pursue the common good, e-mail the City team at connect@thisisourcity.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

Common-Good Decisions: When Christians Bless the Cities of God

What happens when Christians sacrificially and creatively love their neighbors and neighborhoods.

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Rick Dalbey

May 21, 2013  8:26pm

What I long for is evangelizing the city. By that I mean seeing hundreds of thousands born again as Philip saw in Samaria, or as New York experienced in 1857, shutting down business to pray together at noon, or Portland in 1905 when business closed for 2 hours everyday to sing and pray. Here’s the headline of the Oregon Journal in 1905, “Army of Christians Marches About City," proclaimed front page of March 31, 1905. "At Midnight Nearly Ten Thousand People, Singing Hymns, Proclaim the Power of Revival." The Page 1 story detailed that it was "the unique night of Portland's history - a shaking up such as the town had never known before." 5 days later, the Journal's front page headline was "City Asks for Grace." The story told how daytime business came to a standstill in the city while masses of people elbowed into four of the city's largest auditoriums. Community gardens are good, but eternal life is better. We had a taste of this in the 70s Jesus People movement. Let’s do it again!

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