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By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. —1 John 3:16-18
Good News for Imperfect Servants
by Katie Pollard
Let’s face it—Bringing “good news” to a city with thousands of unchurched people is daunting. The Kingdom assignment to care for the poor, fight injustice, and have a redemptive influence on society often seems like an impossible task. This passage challenges us to literally “put our money where our mouth is” and practice loving others by being generous with our resources. Open hands are a true indicator of an open heart.
What enables us to serve? Our best deeds and noblest intentions are still tainted by sin, but in Christ we have the perfect savior and servant. May we cling only to Jesus, who laid down his life for us. May we look to his faithfulness as we strive to lay down our lives for others. May we persevere with hope as we trust his promise to make all things new!
Thank God for our partnership with Glenridge Middle School, and the opportunity to assist their programs for homeless students. Take some moments to pray for the students who will receive backpacks and school supplies this month.
Often God allows our deacons to offer confidential assistance to individuals going through a medical crisis or a difficult economic season. Pray for our deacons as they use the deacons fund to offer a “cup of water” to people, all of whom are made in God’s image.