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John 13:34

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Facebook Study Update

For over a year now I have been facilitating Facebook Bible Studies online. It began as a desire for some personal accountability to read Scripture regularly. I was hoping a few people might join me.

Typically, we have had 30-40 people involved and I have split the study into two groups of 15-20. Participants do the reading according to a schedule I set. As they have time, some will add comments and questions to the Facebook Group. Others do the reading but don’t “talk” as much.

Well, this January, we have had over 80 people join us! We’ve been reading Acts and I have learned a ton from the group. There is a lot of wisdom shared and I am super grateful for everyone who joins in the discussion.

You are invited! February 1st, we will be starting a 14 day study on the Story of Moses and Pharaoh. We will read Exodus 1-14, so just one chapter a day. Again, you can comment and ask questions as much as you like on the Facebook Group.

If you are interested, be looking for my Facebook posts promoting the group this week, and just “like” them. If we aren’t Facebook Friends and you are interested, feel free to email me.

Thank you to all of those who join me online. Even if you just gave it a try once, I appreciate it. For those that continue to join, group after group, thank you for the accountability and wisdom. You are a blessing.

Stay updated on the latest Facebook Bible Study here.

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Monday Prayer

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LORD, open our eyes that we may SEE YOU in our brothers and sisters.

LORD, open our ears that we may HEAR the cries of the hungry, the cold, the frightened, the oppressed.

LORD, open our hearts that we may LOVE each other as You love us.

LORD, renew in us Your Spirit, make us FREE and make us ONE.  Amen.

~ A Prayer of Mother Teresa

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Beautiful Things Happen When a Woman Trusts God: Sheila Walsh

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Lord, in a big, loud world — we hold on to Hope.

Hope for the impossible, hope for the unlikely, hope for the unexpected, hope for the improbable — because hope is nothing else but the spine of faith.

Hope is our bread, hope is the only way we keep living, hope is what we dance to, believing the music will someday soon begin.

We dream hope again tonight, our rest steadied in the storm — for Hope in You is the anchor of our soul (Hebrews 6:19)

~ Ann Voskamp with Andrea Monceaux and Kimmah Keevil

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Does God Care About That Person?

Luke 15: 1-7

15 Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

So he told them this parable: “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

When reading from the Bible it is important to ask, “What can I/we learn about God from this passage?” These verses in Luke 15 reveal something very important about God. Throughout history, most people would not attribute this truth to God. Even in Christian History, we have not always stood by this value of Jesus.

God cares about the one.

There may be multiple things we can learn about God from Luke 15, but this one stands out. The unreached one is a priority to God. The hard-to-reach are on God’s heart. Those standing out away from the rest of the body, He cares even about them.

For God, “acceptable loss” is not part of his plan. Jesus teaches us to love even that person we would be tempted to let go of…the wanderer, the broken, the hurt, the lost one. Travel, hard terrain, difficult conversations, embarrassment, reputation loss are all part of the deal for God and for his followers, but Jesus doesn’t care. He so loves the one.

May we get this. May we take this very clear teaching and do something about it. Send me today, Lord, to the one you care about who does not know the depth of your love for them.

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