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疊撲克牌遊戲的技巧很簡單，單獨一張牌當然無法豎得起，但只要有兩張或以上，就可用不同的組合方式豎起來。可有想過這樣的紙牌能疊得有多高？目前的世界記錄是布萊恩貝治（Bryan Berg）在 2010 年創下的，他花了 44 天時間，用 218,792 張撲克牌，疊出一座 10.39 米長、3.54 米闊、2.88 米高的紙牌建築群；他另外更疊過 7.86 米全球最高的紙牌屋。完全沒有任何黏貼劑，單憑牌與牌之間的互相結連扶持，就可發揮出這麼強大的支撐力，真是匪夷所思！
Connect and Support
Rev Law Wai Fun
The techniques involved in card-stacking games are simple. A single playing card does not build a house. But when you have two or more cards, you can start exploring various building combinations. Has it ever occurred to you how tall a free-standing card structure can be? The current world record was set by Bryan Berg in 2010. Using 44 days and 218,792 cards, he came up with a building complex measuring 10.39 meters long, 3.54 meters wide and 2.88 meters tall. He has also built the world's tallest house of cards. It measures 7.86 meters in height and has no adhesive. The cards supported each other with their own strength in a way that amazes all the world!
Meanwhile, when brothers and sisters gather together in mutual support, immeasurable power is also released. It is the will of God that brothers and sisters as part of the Christian community should love, help out, support and build up one another. "From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work" (Ephesians 4:16). The love mentioned in "builds itself up in love" towards the end of this verse refers, first of all, to the love of Christ for the church. To grow the church, He gathers together various parts of the body and has them connected to one another, each practicing its own role and function. Secondly, it refers to the love among different parts of the body. We are all guided in the love of Christ to fulfil our specific role in the church community. We care for and support each other so the church continues to grow in love.
Entangled by sin, man loses sensitivity towards love. But the salvation of Christ brings rebirth and restores our belief in, and expectation of, love (1 Corinthians 13:13). When the redeemed gather together, they are willing to love and be loved, and they appreciate the acts of love from one another. All of this support and build up the faith community in love.
In the past two weeks, I have received support in acts of love from brothers and sisters on two occasions. First, a sister in my prayer support group who knew that I had to administer baptisms gave me a packet of ginger powder. This was for me to wash my feet with hot water after the service to dispel the chill after getting wet. In another instance, a praise team readily changed the selection and order of songs to tie in with my sermon. When I discussed with the praise leader whether or not the song and order could be changed, he said nothing else but "Not a worry. No worries." His reply almost made me cry. I was worried that last-minute changes might upset a lot of good arrangements. His reply gave me much comfort.
Two simple acts, but so moving and comforting. They represented genuine care and support. Thanks be to God for these brothers and sisters who gave me a spiritual home. Dear brothers and sisters of NPAC, you need to get connected. Never get lost in this big family with a large number of believers. God will prepare brothers and sisters for you so you can get support in your growth to greater spiritual maturity.