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Something we’re all called to: In your everyday life with family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, customers – everyone – practice the discipline of holy attentiveness to genuine human need this week, and respond with appropriate, corresponding acts of compassion.
Maybe God is drawing you to another area of living compassionately. The following are links to just a few of the local ministries Jeff Street partners with:
Hands2Feet touches the homeless with the Love of Christ by washing/caring for their feet.
Living Alternatives Pregnancy Resource Center exists to reach pregnant women who are considering abortion, present them with accurate information about their options, and make the life-affirming options of parenting and adoption as hopeful as possible.
Woven Together seeks to help families and churches in Logan County respond to the needs of orphans and foster children both locally and around the world.
“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
These are the words of a desperate father, asking Jesus to heal his son.
Have we been honest enough to confess our doubt? Have we been boldly humble enough to ask Jesus to help us believe?
We all struggle with doubt – that land between belief and unbelief. Neal led us through some specific sources of doubt and offered us some ideas about how to overcome them with God’s help.
1. Ingratitude? Read and re-read Psalms 95-100.
2. A Faulty View of God?Get to know Psalm 103.
3. Weak Foundations? Talk to Aaron Cantrell, and join a huddle group.
4. Lack of Commitment? Get involved in ministry.
5. Lack of Growth? Find a mentor, and set a date.
6. Unruly Emotions? Get help, eat well, rest, take care of yourself.
7. Failing to Believe? Become very familiar with Psalm 77.
9. Impatience? Learn to pray with Job.
Pray: Spend some time praying about and identifying possible sources of unbelief in your life: lack of commitment, untested faith, faulty view of God, unruly emotions, preferring the “safety of doubt” over the “risk of disappointment,” all questions/no answers. Name your doubt(s); offer them to God in a prayer of faith.
Dirt Matters: The Parable of the Soils (Mark 4:1-20)
3 “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”
Jesus presents us with 4 types of soil. He’s even going to explain what they represent. That’s certainly a huge help to our understanding, but we’ve still got to wrestle with what it means in our daily lives.
The first soil:
“Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.”
How can we ensure we’re not the ones who contribute to hardening the spiritual soil of those around us? Could we ask God for wiser and deeper love for those who are hurting and hardened?
The second soil:
“Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.”
What can we do to remove the rocks that prevent deeply rooted faith in others? How can we encourage new Christ-followers?
The third soil:
“Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.”
What are the thorns that are threatening to choke the word of God planted in you? Are there perhaps even too many good things distracting you, filling up your time and sapping your energy?
The fourth soil:
“But the seed planted in the good earth represents those who hear the Word, embrace it, and produce a harvest beyond their wildest dreams.”
What can you do to improve your soil? How could you draw nearer to God, allowing him to produce an unimaginable harvest in your life?
This week, try improving your soil in these ways:
Pray: Keep praying Psalm 139:23-24, asking God to reveal the answers to the questions above – then to lead and empower you in living out your responses.
New International Version (NIV)
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Read: Crazy Love by Francis Chan for your personal “soil enrichment” or Dirt Matters by Jim Powell to get some ideas about how to improve our spiritual dirt in a church-wide context.
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