HIS MOTIVATION
Date: 10/16/2014 08:43 - Subscribe


Scripture:

(Jesus said) "Even as the Son of Man came
not to be served but to serve, and to give His life
as a ransom for many." Matthew 20:28

The Savior says He had been born into this world
to be a Servant. From His first breath in
Bethlehem's stable to that moment when
He gave up the ghost on Calvary's cross, Jesus
was motivated by a divine love for others.

In other words, Jesus considered your eternal
welfare to be of greater importance than His
temporal needs and desires. Winning your
forgiveness and salvation was what motivated His
daily life and took Him to the cross where He gave
His life as a ransom for many.

And now, in response to the Savior's love, believers
are given the opportunity to throw others a lifeline,
rather than cutting it.

(excerpt from Lutheran Hour Ministries)

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THE COMPOSER
Date: 10/11/2014 03:14 - Subscribe


The world-renowned composer, Rudolph Friml, once
turned on the radio and was outraged to hear one of
his great compositions being used as background
music for a beer commercial. Immediately, he called
his manager and expressed his indignation over his
song being "vulgarized" in such a manner. "I demand
that you do something about this outrage at once,
" he bellowed. "But, maestro," the manager replied,
"I've been saving this as a surprise. I made a deal
with the beer company and you'll get at least fifty
thousand dollars for the rights." After a moment's
silence, the maestro offered, "Well, it does have a
nice ring to it!"

(DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR)

(The Staff and editors of Sunday Sermons Online)

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FINISH WITH FAITH
Date: 10/09/2014 07:42 - Subscribe


Psalm 42

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God. — Psalm 42:11

PLEASE REMEMBER

No matter what you may be facing today, be it a difficult
conversation with a family member, a serious medical
issue, or a gloomy financial outlook, we can pray like the
king of Judah did. Let’s say, “God, we have no power to
do it on our own. We do not know what to do, but our
eyes are on you.” Even when our faith falters, let us
return to this prayer and finish with faith.

"GOD, WE HAVE NO POWER TO DO IT ON OUR
OWN. WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO, BUT OUR
EYES ARE ON YOU!"

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THE BOOK OF LIFE
Date: 10/07/2014 08:41 - Subscribe


Scripture:

Inscribed in the Book of Life

This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses
against you that I have set before you life and death,
blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you
and your children may live. — Deuteronomy 30:19


According to Jewish tradition, every night as we sleep,
our souls ascend to Heaven. There, we record what we
did that day and we sign our signature. We quite literally
inscribe ourselves in the Book of Life, or God forbid, for
the other.

Let’s live our lives in a way that we can be sure to be
inscribed for life. Let us write that we live each day with
faith and devotion. Let us write that we do our best to
make our lives count. Let us write that we choose God,
choose good – and that we most certainly choose life!

With prayers for shalom, peace,

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein

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CRADLE-TO-PRISON
Date: 9/29/2014 08:32 - Subscribe



Congregations are working alongside communities, wrapping
around families, and pursuing restorative justice. As Christians
who understand the divine character of grace, we have to
become people of second chances. While I understand the
impulse towards zero-tolerance policies, this approach is
especially problematic for kids of color; it has a direct impact
on these kids getting involved with the prison system later in life.

There’s an example of a church here in Washington, D.C., that
has opened their doors and set up education, counseling, and
a safe space for any child that has been suspended from school.
Instead of spending a week at home, or worse, getting into even
more trouble out on the streets, this church welcomes them with
open arms. Rather than doubling down on shame and punishment,
the congregation views these suspensions as teachable moments,
asking, "What can we do for kids who we know have the strong
potential to get caught up in a system that’s going to have terrible,
life-altering consequences?"

There are more than 300,000 churches across the United States
and 40,000 high-poverty public schools. That's a ratio 6 to 1. How
amazing would it be if every church in America was proactively
involved in wrapping around the kids in these struggling schools
and advocating for polices that will ensure more of our kids get
through high school, receive a quality education, have expanded
options in life, and discover their God-given purpose?

(Nicole Baker Fulgham is president and founder of The
Expectations Project)

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