Rand was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and she came of age during the Russian Revolution of The newly-installed Bolsheviks seized her fathers business, igniting in her a life-long hatred of communism.
This sermon is the first of six that will lift up the six core values discerned to guide Central Woodward Christian Church. It is reposted from Words of Welcome.
We discerned these values in a context of prayer, worship, and study. We talked about our community and what it means to be a Disciple in the context of this community, beginning with our 5-mile radius, and expanding outward in concentric to the ends of the earth Acts 1: As we discerned these values, we assumed that we are called to be a missional congregation, and that these values will help guide our practice of mission.
Each is equally important to our life together. We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness As part of the one body of Christ, we welcome all to the Lord's Table as God has welcomed us.
Jesus is our Model As I was thinking about how to preach on this core value, I knew I had to choose a text that would fit the theme. The one that came to mind was John 11, where Jesus mourns the death of a close friend, a man named Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha.
I had us stop here, because that verse, and the words that precede it underline the centrality of compassion to the ministry of Jesus and the ways of God. If we affirm the principle that Jesus incarnates the word and wisdom of God, then we should affirm that he reveals to us the heart of God, which is full of compassion.
But is this the God of the Bible or the God revealed in the person of Jesus? Jurgen Moltmann, whom I had the privilege of hearing speak this past week, answered this question with this response: Compassion and Empathy There is another word that goes with compassion and that word is empathy.
You may have heard this word recently in the news, because there was a lot of debate up on Capitol Hill about it. The context was the Supreme Court hearings, and the question was whether an empathy standard was appropriate for a judicial nominee. So what is empathy?
According to the dictionary definition, it involves such attitudes and actions as understanding, awareness, and sensitivity. One online dictionary puts it this way: In fact, to be without empathy is to suffer from a mental illness. In this case, according to John, moved by his own grief, he chose to raise Lazarus from the dead and restore him to life.
While this story illustrates what it means to be a good neighbor, it also serves to encourage us to act on our compassion Lk The Letter of James also speaks of the centrality of compassion to the life of faith.
James defines true religion in terms of caring for orphans and widows who are in distress James 1: James goes on to say that faith without works is dead— that is, without acts of compassion our faith is meaningless James 2: Harvard chaplain Peter Gomes suggests that compassion is both the source and the manifestation of inner strength.
If we were to brainstorm, I expect that we could come up with a myriad of possibilities.
In this case we will make room for those needing a roof over their heads and a meal to sustain them. Anne will be organizing this ministry — so be sure to see her soon. The Stephen Ministry program is another place where we can live out compassionate ministry.
Stephen Ministers are equipped and released to minister to those experiencing physical, emotional, and spiritual need. It occurs whenever we sit and listen to someone who grieves or hurts. It can happen when we mow a lawn or paint a wall for someone who is physically unable to accomplish this task.
It might involve providing meals for a person who is hungry. Or, it may simply involve offering a shoulder to lean on.Often, these tropes were a sign of the times, and as the times moved on so did the tropes, morphing to fit the current metin2sell.com tropes evolved this way, and while their ancestors went extinct, the fossils remain (as do, occasionally, vestigial features in their descendants).
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