June 2017

The Unseen Partner

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Scripture

Proverbs 19:17 (NIV)

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.

Consider

God takes our relationships with one another very personally. As our Creator, Sustainer, and Savior, God is constantly present with us and intimately concerned with every activity and relationship we have.

When we show kindness and compassion toward one another, Scripture says we are doing the very same toward God. In other words, to ease the suffering of a brother or sister is the same as caring for God.

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Meeting God

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Scripture

Psalm 84:1-2 (NLT)

How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of Heaven's Armies. I long, yes, I faint with longing to enter the courts of the LORD. With my whole being, body and soul, I will shout joyfully to the living God.

Consider

This psalm was written centuries before Christ, when followers of God believed that God's Spirit dwelt in the Temple in Jerusalem. The psalmist writes about the joy and anticipation of the pilgrim who makes his way to the Temple. We realize, however, that he longs not for the Temple courts themselves but for the God who will meet him there.

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The Narrow Gate

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Scripture

Matthew 7:13-14 (NRSV)

"Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it."

Consider

Discipleship is not an easy road. The Greek word for "disciple" in the New Testament means both a learner and an adherent, that is, one who studies with a teacher for instruction and also imitates the teacher as the ideal model. It is no coincidence that "disciple" and "discipline" come from the same Latin root.

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Those Who Hate

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Scripture

John 15:18-19 (NRSV)

"If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me before it hated you. If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. Because you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world—therefore the world hates you."

Consider

"Hate" is a strong word. As a child, I was taught that to hate someone meant wishing they were dead. Although somewhat dramatic and simplistic, this axiom holds a grain of truth.

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