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Aug 15, 2017

The Least of These

By |Aug 15, 2017|Christ, Compassion, Devotionals, Justice, Kingdom of God, Righteousness|0 Comments

Doing good to the “least of these” separates the sheep from the goats (Mt 25:31-46).  This parable actually defines what righteousness is, compassionate actions toward the “least of these”.  The kingdoms of men care for those at the top.  The Kingdom of God cares for those at the bottom: the least, the lost, the last. 

Jul 29, 2017

Love’s Actions

By |Jul 29, 2017|Compassion, Devotionals, Giving, Justice, Love|0 Comments

If we love, it leads us to action.  Love that is not expressed is merely empty sentiment.  Real love for God expresses itself in obedience to its Lord.  Genuine love has empathy and compassion.  Agape is not passive.  It can’t be.  It will not allow us to sit on the sidelines.  It draws us toward

Jul 28, 2017

“Busyness”

By |Jul 28, 2017|Church, Compassion, Devotionals, Service|0 Comments

We can become involved in a kind of “busyness” that keeps us from more important tasks, yes, even in the church.  We get preoccupied with the insignificant and miss the significant.  Without priorities we will not get the consequential and essential things done.  “Busyness” with the minor may make us feel good about our service,

Jul 10, 2017

Making A Difference

By |Jul 10, 2017|Christ, Compassion, Devotionals, Influence, Power|2 Comments

As Christian Sisters and Brothers, we are here to make a difference in the lives of people with whom our lives intersect.  It is not about building our reputation, portfolio or resume, and certainly not for our power and influence.  There is nothing better than to be iron that sharpens iron.  Be a mentor.  Be

Jul 4, 2017

Be Like Jesus

By |Jul 4, 2017|Christ, Compassion, Devotionals, Discipleship, Kindness, Love, Mercy, Ministry, Prayer, Service, Spirit|0 Comments

So you want to be like Jesus!  It is more than gentleness, kindness and loving your enemies.  Eaten with any sinners lately?  Fed any hungry people?  Prayed for the sick?  Had any prayer vigils all by yourself?  Have you yet been moved by compassion for folks who have no Shepherd?  Have you brought any straying

Jun 17, 2017

Songs And Justice

By |Jun 17, 2017|Compassion, Devotionals, Justice, Righteousness, Worship|0 Comments

Songs are a turn-off to God if the singer is not working for righteousness and justice.  God said, ”Take away from Me the noise of your songs; I will not even listen to the sound of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” Amos 5:23-24, (NASB).  Our

Jun 14, 2017

Body And Soul

By |Jun 14, 2017|Christ, Compassion, Devotionals, Discipleship, Evangelism, Justice, Kingdom of God, Ministry|0 Comments

To choose either evangelism or social justice over the other is to pervert the gospel.  The good news of the kingdom of God includes both.  People need to come to personal faith in Christ.  Human problems need to be met with true compassion.  A disciple of Christ is to be concerned about both.  Jesus fed

May 29, 2017

Heroism

By |May 29, 2017|Christ, Compassion, Devotionals, Mercy|0 Comments

Sometimes what we call a hero is a human acting with courage, compassion, and feeling for another human.  No one had more compassion for humanity than did Jesus.  He died for the unrighteous, ungodly and sinners.  His great acts of mercy were driven by His love for us.  It was not a kind of spontaneous

May 12, 2017

By Chance

By |May 12, 2017|Christ, Compassion, Devotionals, Mercy, Righteousness, Service, Works|0 Comments

I am stricken by Jesus’ chosen words in the parable of the Good Samaritan, “By chance”.  “And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.” (Lu 10:31).  On this well traveled road walked a priest and a Levite, where a random

May 10, 2017

The Risks Of Caring

By |May 10, 2017|Christ, Compassion, Devotionals|0 Comments

There are risks to being a good Samaritan, so goes the story.  It cost him out of his own pocket; he also put himself at risk by helping someone at a spot on the road that was frequented by robbers.  He could get hurt and beaten up, just like the man he was helping.  The