When I flew into Portland, Oregon to support Vicki during her mother's funeral, the problem of getting from there to Salem was solved through the gracee of God by a former RF member: mikalikat. Lori Raines and her husband Mike drove the hour up to the airport to pick me up and transport me safely into Vicki's arms! How awesome was that??? I thank God that He provided in our time of sorrow and need; and I thank Lori and Mike for their goodness in acting out their Christian faith in deed as well as in word. May they be greatly blessed. (And, for you who remember Lori, I also got to meet the famous Alison— the incredible little daughter Lori always referred to. She really is a gem!)
The day following the graveside service in Arizona, I got to spend an awesome hour of fellowship with Sonseeker (John S) and his wife, Kim. (I would have been able to spend longer with them had I not taken a 100 mile detour. Turns out reading a map and knowing where you are going is as important as reading the Scriptures for the same purpose. ) In any case, they are a lovely couple and I was blessed by the time we spent together, brief as it was.
This now brings to five the number of members I have met online through RF that I have finally met in person. In addition to mikalikat and her husband (and younger daughter) in Salem, OR and Sonseeker and his wife in Willcox, AZ, I have met GlennO and his wife in Yachats, OR, MikeD in Baton Rouge, LA, and Carl and his wife in Warren, MI. In addition, there are quite a few people with whom I speak by telephone in addition to sharing on RF. I can tell you that God has blessed me (and Vicki) through all of the fellowship here. RF truly functions as a church in the truest sense of the word— a gathering, an assembly, a fellowship, a communion of saints where we exhort, encourage, teach, learn, comfort, and pray for one another. Meeting some of you in person just makes the communion even sweeter.
Something that I think is worth noting is that each and every person I have met in person is genuinely exactly how I thought they would be from their posts on RF! This tells me that people are genuine in their faith. What they post from their thoughts, fears, hopes, and ideas is not a "front" but rather springs from the genuineness of their heart and their relationship with their Savior. I hope that fact encourages others here. I think it is evident—both from what and how people write on this site and through the witness of the Holy Spirit—which people are not merely genuine but also mature in the faith and the knowledge of the Lord. A person cannot consistently fake a walk with the Lord. The truth will always out. So I think you can be sure that if a person here appears to walk with Christ, they most likely do. Certainly, the Holy Spirit WILL testify within you as to the presence of the nature of Christ within another.
Anyway, I want to give all the praise and glory to God for having led Chris to create this site (not to mention the daily maintaining of it) and for leading so many awesome brothers and sisters here. We may not always agree on all things, but we who are Christ's share a brotherhood, a spiritual "family" connection that He intends for our mutual benefit as we grow in Him and thus become more profitable servants in the execution of His command to love and serve one another and to proclaim the good news of God's salvation through Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world that will soon come under the terrible judgment of the Father!
May Rapture Forums always maintain a sound witness to the truth of the gospel and the love of God!