Speak out

Hate is not the opposite of love; apathy is. –———-Rollo May

Apathy is a dangerous thing. It can lead us to do nothing and see a Hitler arise. We have to speak out against evil. We cannot ignore it. We cannot wait for someone else to take care of it. We must speak.

Jesus never sat back. He always spoke out.

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Gracious Lord, help us to have the strength to speak up against evil. Help us to not be afraid. AMEN

Parent

An ounce of parent is worth a pound of the clergy.———–Spanish proverb

Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs on earth. It is also one of the most important. What can matter more than shaping the lives of others. God sees us as his children and wants us to see what a loving parent looks like. Follow God’s example and love your children with all your heart.

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Loving father, you remind us that you love us. Help us to share our own love and yours with our children. AMEN

We cannot stay silent!

martinlutherkingjr1-2xIt is so easy to remain silent. Too often we are with people that we like a someone says something that we violently disagree with. It is much easier to remain silent than to cause an upheaval. But silence can be damning. It reflects back onto us. There are times when we must speak up. If we don’t nip the evil ideas in the bud they grow to proportions that we cannot stop. Speak up!

Great Lord, you expect us to counter evil and stop it before it grows. Help us have the courage to do so. AMEN

Understand and DO

Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand. ————–Mark Twain

“Love your neighbor as yourself. Turn the other cheek. Follow me.” These are passages from the Bible that I do understand. There are many more. The trouble is that they call me to be a better person. Who they ask me to be seems impossible. How can I learn to be the Christian you want me to be?

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Lord help me! I do understand these words you have given me, but I don’t seem to be able to follow through. Help! AMEN

Follow Jesus

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.                  Nelson Henderson

God does not just expect us to do things that help right now but also things that will help those to come. The most important of these is to live as he lived. In this way we will draw people to him. To preach is good, to talk about Christ is good and those things help ……but if we live like him no explanations are necessary. Our actions will show his love.

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Jesus you call us to follow you in all that we do. Help us to do this so that others will also follow you. AMEN

Go – Serve

Matthew 28:19 

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
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We are not called to sit at home and read the Bible. We are called to go out and tell about Christ. Sometimes the best way to do that is in our behavior. If our love for others makes someone ask why we act that way then we are doing the right thing.
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Send me?

Whom shall I send? Is it I Lord?                           from the hymn Here I am Lord

Sometimes we are brave enough to actually ask God to send us. When we do we don’t know what might happen. It is certainly possible that he will call on us to do something that surprises us. I may be something that we never expected and might not really want to do. Are you strong enough to say: send me?

We are not really sure that we want to answer God’s call. We may not be ready to do it. Lord let us not be afraid to ask and answer.

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Speak up

The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing

It is so easy to walk away from things that are wrong. We may not want to get involved so we just fade out of the picture. Unfortunately, people like Hitler count on this. We cannot ignore evil. We have to speak out. God will be with us.

Ever present God, it is so frightening to speak out against evil. We put ourselves at risk. Help us to have the courage to do the right things. AMEN

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Lead!

leaderIt is so easy to sit back and let others take the lead. We are afraid that we can’t do things well enough. Jesus did not ask the disciples if they could do what he asked. He asked them to follow him but he expected them to lead others to Him. You can’t just follow. Christ asks us to lead!

Wonderful Savior, you called your disciples to learn your ways and then sent them out to do likewise. Teach us to step out and lead others to you. AMEN