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Go and Do Likewise!

Luke 10:37

Go and do likewise.

82015 RayRecently a Sunday School class in our church took some members to Baltimore to feed the homeless. It was a great lesson in serving others. I’m so thankful for their teacher and the members of their class for undertaking such a mission minded activity for a Sunday morning.

This past year – when the unrest was happening in Baltimore – our church provided health kits and some of us took them up to a church in the community impacted by the riots and unrest. I was proud of our church and some community churches for joining together to take food – health kits – and money to those in need.

Each year our church hosts the homeless in our church – usually a week for the men and a week for the women – of our community. Last year we actually hosted four weeks – two weeks for the men and two weeks for the women – because of a shortage of churches.

Our Vacation Bible School offering the last few years has gone to service projects like LARS and ASP (Appalachia Service Project). We have also supported mission ministries in Paw Paw as well as others.

Our church reaches out to the Hope House and their residents. Hope House is across Main Street from our church and is a detox center and a rehabilitation center for those fighting with addictions of many kinds. Several of the residents attend out second service each week during their 2-4 weeks of treatment. Our church opens their arms to these residents and we try to build a relationship with them – showing them the love of Jesus. Several residents have become regular attenders of worship at First Church after they finish their programs.

On a Saturday morning soon – we will send people out to great neighbors and to pickup trash along the way. We want our community to see us going beyond our walls to serve.

There are other ministries we share in – reaching out to others. The third part of our mission statement is to send people out to serve Christ. I’m touched by the heart of many in our church who desire to go and do likewise.

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. Luke 10:30-37 – 30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ 36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Instead of sitting back and patting ourselves on the back – our heart’s desire is to find additional ways to go and do likewise. We want to be ever ready to serve and to present Jesus to the community around us. How can we? How about some ideas?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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September 9, 2015 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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