"Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you; not as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
- John 14:27
"When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.” Proverbs 10:25 Life in Christ is a daily faith adventure and God is calling us to “stand strong” in the midst of both our success and our sorrows. While many of those sharing their stories in this series of daily devotionals will describe the persecution they suffer, their focus is on the power of Christ in the midst of trouble, the power of Christ to change lives and the power of Christ to build His kingdom in the midst of this dark world. We know you’ll embrace the adventure. Join master storyteller Paul Estabrooks and the suffering church as together we Stand Strong Through the Storm.
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Is there a such thing as a "bad" Christian? Some seem to think so:
"Help for those who have been harmed by Christians–and those who have inflicted the wounds. Throughout history, Christians have done considerable damage to others–both independently and in the name of Christ.
Each time this occurs, one of God’s precious creations is wounded and the church’s witness to the world is grievously weakened. For years, unbelievers and Christians have rejected the church because of damaging encounters with a Christian, a Christian leader, or a group of Christians. No matter how much we wish to reverse the damage, however, we cannot reach the unchurched with the life-changing message of the gospel–nor can we protect those still within the body–unless we insist upon dramatic changes within our church communities.
Targeting every person who has ever been hurt by a Christian–as well as those believers responsible for inflicting such damaging wounds–author Dave Burchett calls for a new way of relating that will bring healing to the church and transform our witness to the world."
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Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
- Colossians 3:23
This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
- John 15:12-13
“Veggies, chicken, soy, rice!” The race to pack five thousand meals to combat hunger was on. Their chant kept everybody focused on the goal as they poured heart and energy into the missions project. This was no ordinary church gathering. It was more than an opportunity for personal and corporate revival. The 92nd Southwest District Church of God Camp Meeting in Mountain Grove, Missouri, was about reaching out and carrying out the Great Commission.
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We feel servant leadership is extremely important within outreach ministry. Jesus Christ, as God incarnate, illustrates a theme which runs throughout the scripture: the theme of the leader as servant. The ultimate historical act of Servant Leadership is found in Paul's letter to the church at Philippi.
Philippians 2 beginning in verse 3:
[Let] nothing [be done] through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, [and] coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to [the point of] death, even the death of the cross. (Philippians 2:3-8).
Do you feel it is important to demonstrate a strong desire to serve within outreach ministry?
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Teaching children to help their communities will allow them to develop compassion for others and they will gain a better understanding of ways to share God's love. They will learn skills that help them build positive relationships. It will also empower them to make a difference in the world around them.
Below are ten, simple ways children can show kindness:
1. Read a book to a local senior in the community.
2. Write a letter of appreciation to a U.S. soldier and his/her family.
3. Hold a door for someone.
4. Bake cookies for a friend.
5. Help a neighbor with their yard work.
6. Send a thank you card to the local police department.
7. Visit an animal shelter.
8. Clean up after yourself.
9. Pick flowers for someone who is sick.
10. Plant a flower or a tree.
Please feel free to add other suggestions of ways children can show kindness!
Shelter From the Rain, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, based out of Savannah, Georgia, designed to enrich the lives of low-income single mothers and children in need through acts of kindness that nurture the mind, body, and soul.