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A year ago while checking out the Phoenix ministry Apprenticeship to Jesus, I took a photo of this art work on their fence. Little did I know that I would get to know Steve Malakowsky of Hope thru Art not more than a year later. Steve organizes all the wonderful art work at 8th Day Coffee & Culture – a coffee shop in downtown Phoenix that serves up community-trade coffee from Rwanda. He is well known in the local art community and works with many of the homeless people here by promoting their art work. Hope Thru Art’s motto – no politics. no religion. simply art with a message. Steve passed away last weekend. I got the message while in Philly at the Justice Conference and was blown away. Tonight at the First Friday art walk, 8th Day honored Steve Malakowsky. He had a beautiful memorial service and it was touching to see all the people come out to share how his art touched their lives. God Bless you Steve.

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Tonight I was being interviewed by a journalist after going to a cooking demonstration at Phoenix Public Market about what I like most about the local food and artist connection in downtown Phoenix. I told her I love the community that is going on down here.  We have so much to learn from these people. There is so much support for the local agriculture farmers with people buying and supporting each other and by owners using their products in their restaurants.

Mishkan House

I have been seeking what it is like to start living a modern-day Acts life. Our MC has been praying about heading that direction for this year and being more in each others’ lives. But I have also been seeking to find people already living this out as a model for myself. I met this guy Joshua who told me about a group of people in downtown Phoenix that are living out the book of Acts in a house called the Mishkan House (Hebrew for tabernacle). They are totally living in community with each other and sharing everything they have with each other. I went down there tonight for a potluck.

Apprenticeship to Jesus is one of a family of ministries that are part of Antioch Network, an international, interdenominational fellowship preparing the way for the Lord. These guys are living together, having dinner together and are in constant prayer each day together. They are seeking to reach the surrounding areas and to share the love of Christ to their fellow neighbors. I was really encouraged by what I saw and it showed me a lot about my own selfish life that I have been living. My prayer is for change in how I am with people and to learn to be more Christ-like and open to my fellow neighbors.

  • – From their website on what a shared life looks like:

Shared Life

We are a community committed to becoming the type of people who routinely act in and respond to the real demands and opportunities of life, such as relationships, work responsibility, family life, community needs, as Jesus did.  We see that He was a powerful help to those around Him and desire to increasingly act with His wisdom, humility, beauty, and power.  We believe this same beautiful life, the very life of Jesus, is available to us as we increasingly engage our body, will, thoughts and emotions with Him in His Kingdom. In order to go deep with Jesus, allowing Him to live in us, we make a decision to alter the daily patterns of our living.

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