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Bear Each Other’s Burdens

TODAY’S VERSE
Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2 (NASB)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
If I was asked to describe Christianity using only one word, I would choose the word, “love”. John tells us that God is love. It is His love that makes mercy and grace possible. Is it no wonder then, if we are really going to fulfill what Christ wants us to do, we must bear each other’s burdens? Bearing a burden means to take that burden on as if it was your own. We are called to help the wounded, love the hurting and to do whatever it takes to help those that are overburdened. If we don’t, who will? Who else is called to do this? It is this love of Christ, lived out by us in community, that is the mark of true Christianity. And if community is going to work, then each of us must prefer the needs of others to our own. We must put the needs of others above ourself. Jesus set the example. His whole life exemplified sacrificial love. So must ours. Today, ask God to help you sense when someone needs help. Ask Him to help you bear their burden.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I am so grateful that You have borne every one of my burdens. Give me a heart like yours and the filling of Your Spirit so I might love others in the way You have loved me.
AMEN

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Help Those In Need

TODAY’S VERSE
There should be no poor among you – do not be hard-hearted or tightfisted toward them. Instead, be generous and lend them whatever they need.- Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the LORD your God will bless you in everything you do.
Deuteronomy 15:4, 7, 8, 11 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
The Lord cares about those that are poor. It is true that Jesus said we will always have the poor with us, but He never said to leave them that way. God knew that there would be circumstances that would make some poor and destitute, so He created a system that would make up for life’s struggles and troubles. He told those that have plenty not to be hard-hearted toward those that are poor but rather loan them money so they could provide for their family. How often have we been hard-hearted toward those that are homeless or destitute? Have we been quick to judge and say that it is their fault that they are in need and not deserving of our assistance? Do we turn our back and hang on to our wallets? This is not God’s desire. Instead, God told His people, “Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the LORD your God will bless you in everything you do.” We are to be salt and light to a lost and dying world. This includes helping those around us who are less fortunate, find a way out of poverty. Today, ask God to help you be more generous to those in need.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me to see those that are in need around me through Your eyes of compassion. I pray that You will guide and direct me in being
more generous to those you bring my way.
AMEN

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Love Others

TODAY’S VERSE
While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and ‘sinners’ came and ate with him and his disciples.
Matthew 9:10 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
So often we forget that God loves all of mankind. Jesus came and exemplified this. We get so caught up in our Churches, small groups and Bible studies that we can’t remember how to relate to everyday normal people. Jesus expects us to be good neighbors. He desires that we share His love with those that don’t know what it is like. The Pharisees did not get it. They were offended that He ate with “sinners.” In response to their disdain, Jesus said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” There are people all around us in need. Broken hearts, addictions, depressed, lonely, angry, poor, hungry. Wonderful people needing someone to stop and show mercy and love. Someone to invite them in and eat with them. Someone to be their friend. God has called you and me to be that someone. Today let Jesus love someone through you. Look around and ask God who He wants you to befriend.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for Your love and mercy in my life. Help me go and give the same to others. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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We Need To Walk The Talk

TODAY’S VERSE
What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.
James 2:14-18

TODAY’S THOUGHT
There is a world in such need, but we are so busy we don’t see it. We are so inwardly focused, so concerned about our own welfare, we don’t stop to help others. That is not the way of Christ! Our churches should be making huge differences in our communities, but we don’t. Often we are trying to be the best church in the community. But the author, Eric Swanson challenges us and says that instead, we should try to be the best church for and with the community. That is Christ’s way. When will this change? It can change TODAY if you and I decide to do something. Today, we can make a difference in someone’s life if we just open our eyes and hearts. We can encourage others in our church to make a difference. May God help us to “walk our talk.”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord Jesus, help me see other peoples’ needs with Your eyes. Bring someone into my life today who needs help. Give me the mercy to stop, the wisdom to know what to do and then the love to do it. Thank You, God, for all You have done for me; help me do for others.
AMEN

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Go and Do Likewise

TODAY’S VERSE
The Lord gives justice to the oppressed and food to the hungry. The LORD frees the prisoners. The LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are weighed down. The LORD loves the godly. The LORD protects the foreigners among us. He cares for the orphans and widows, but he frustrates the plans of the wicked.
Psalms 146:7-9 (NLT)

TODAY’S MESSAGE
The Psalmist is painting a picture of a God who cares for those in need. He loves them and rescues them. Yet we could ask of the church today, is this the God we see in the Bible? Is this the God we pray to? Where do we find this God in our Christian lifestyle? The truth is, the God we worship in the Bible has always taken the poor, downtrodden and displaced people seriously. He expects us to do the same.  In His famous parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus tells the story to a lawyer who asked Jesus what the greatest commandment was. Jesus told him to Love the Lord and love your neighbor as yourself. The Lawyer then asked, “Who is my neighbor?” When Jesus was done illustrating that the Samaritan was the only one of the three who passed the wounded man on the side of the road that showed mercy, He asked the Lawyer, “Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” The Lawyer said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.” He tells us the same. We serve God when we serve others. Ask the Lord to show you ways you can serve the needy. He cares. Do we?

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord, I confess I need to be more compassionate. I need to be more proactive in helping the lonely, hurting and distraught. Please show me ways I can start to love those in need the way You do. Even today, lead me to someone I can help.
AMEN

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Are You Using Your Spiritual Gift?

TODAY’S VERSE
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
Romans 12:6-8

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Can a carpenter build a house without tools? Can a farmer plant a field without seed? Can a professional athlete compete without the necessary skills? Why is it we feel we can serve God to our fullest, do all that He has for us to do, see mighty deeds done in His name if we do not use the spiritual gifts He has given us? Look at the church today. What’s missing? Is there healing, miracles, a sense of God speaking to us? Is there great faith, Godly knowledge or wisdom? Are we seeing great and mighty things done in the name of Jesus? Is injustice stopped, the sick healed, the poor rescued? If these deeds sound more at home in a fairy tale than our church, perhaps we need to start using our spiritual gifts. God never expected us to do His work on our own. He sent the Holy Spirit to equip us, empower us and give us gifts to be used. God wrote through Paul that concerning spiritual gifts, He did not want us ignorant. Might we learn more about our own spiritual gifts today.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I know that You gave me the Holy Spirit to equip me for Your service. I also know that You said that You give all Christians a spiritual gift. Help me know what my spiritual gifts are. Help me use them so I can do the work You called me to do in the fullness of Your power. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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