No excuse to neglect those who have deep needs

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, August 10, 2015

Today’s scripture reading:

This parable describes acts of mercy we all can do every day. These acts do not depend on wealth, ability, or intelligence, they are simple acts freely given and freely received. We have no excuse to neglect those who have deep needs, and we cannot hand over this responsibility to the church or government, Jesus demands our personal involvement in caring for others’ needs. (NLT)

Matthew 25:32-40 – [Jesus said] “All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate them as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left. Then the King will say to those on the right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you? And the King will tell them, ‘I assure you, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!'”

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Ted De Hass (Iowa) titled his story “MAKE ME A BLESSING;” here is a portion of Ted’s story:

“When I was a child, my pastor and his wife made a real difference in my life. . . Their gentleness, thoughtfulness, kindness, and uplifting spirits have inspired me to become a means for God to bless others.

“As I have grown older, I have found that being preoccupied with my own problems — physical infirmities, financial troubles, or difficult relationships — can keep me from seeing the needs of others and stand in the way of my helping them.

“The solution lies in remembering that our God is greater than our problems. Knowing that God will take care of our worries enables us to shift our focus away from ourselves and toward helping others. Only when we let go of self-centeredness and become truly concerned about another’s welfare can we then act to meet that person’s needs.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Despite my weaknesses and struggles, God can work through me to bless others.

Prayer: All-powerful God, give us opportunities to show your love by caring for others. In Christ’s name. Amen.

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May you find comfort, encouragement, guidance, hope, inspiration, love, and peace – May you also find answers to your question(s) through the Scriptures that address every situation you face, and help with your problems: ; ;;

DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, August 9, 2015

Today’s scripture reading:

We often assume that Jesus’ disciples were great men of faith from the first time they met Jesus. But they had to grow in their faith just as all believers do. Although it took time for Jesus’ call and his message to get through, the disciples followed. In the same way, we may question and falter, but we must never stop following Jesus. (NLT)

Mark 1:16-20 – One day as Jesus was walking along the shores of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother, Andrew, fishing with a net, for they were commercial fishermen. Jesus called out to them, “Come, be my disciples, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and went with him.

A little farther up the shore Jesus saw Zebedee’s sons, James and John, in a boat mending their nets. He called them, too, and immediately they left their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men and went with him.

Jesus said, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I tell you? I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them.” — Luke 6:46-47 (NRSV)

Barbara D. Price (Pennsylvania) titled her story “PLAIN SPEECH;” here is Barbara’s story:

“I love language. I have studied foreign languages. I have studied prose and poetry, speeches and interviews. One thing I have learned is that language, no matter how beautiful or subtle, is useless if it does not clearly express what the writer or speaker wants to say.

“Jesus speaks plainly when he tells us to love one another, to do right by God and neighbor, and to be kind and compassionate. But sometimes we want to debate the meaning of ‘love,’ argue about all the ways in which ‘right action; can be interpreted, or explain why some people are not ‘worthy’ of kindness. I have learned the less talk the better. All that noise we make is really just the sound of us making excuses. ‘No, Lord, I’m not ready to do that.’ ‘No, Lord, it’s too much to ask.’ ‘No, Lord, I have a few things I want to do first. Just give me some time.’

“When Jesus called the disciples, they did not make excuses. They followed. Plain speech demands a clear response. And the Lord does call us — all the time. God is not inviting a discussion; God is merely awaiting our response.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Let our words be clear to express God’s love.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to reflect your love in plain speech and compassionate actions so that we may be your worthy disciples. Amen.


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May you find comfort, encouragement, guidance, hope, inspiration, love, and peace – May you also find answers to your question(s) through the Scriptures that address every situation you face, and help with your problems: ; ;;

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