Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


November 6, 2009

Part of the meaning of the word "fraternity" is belonging together with others, sisters and brothers strengthened by a common commitment.

I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.
- Revelation 1:9 TNIV

So John starts his revelation. He does so by telling us who he is:
your brother & companion...but how so, brother in what?
suffering, kingdom and patient endurance...this common bond, this fraternity was founded because of following Christ...
who gives us his Word, and his testimony.

This fraternity is grounded in Christ, and John's current address is a Roman prison island, Patmos...because he's signed up for the kingdom of God and faithfulness to Christ. It may not be like my old fraternity house, but John tells us it's all about life, and life eternal.

Dale Patterson