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We cannot sidestep the requirements of God.

Pastor Bill

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Jesus taught that our love for God will always be demonstrated by our love for those around us. That’s something to spend some time thinking about.

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It is far easier to sit back comfortably, and let others demonstrate their courage. . . . Lord, give me the courage to act, the courage to speak and the courage to be what You want me to be!

Pastor Bill

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YOUR TURN!

My fingers were so numb I was unable to untie the wet, nylon fabric rope from around my waist. It was just going to have to wait until I got some circulation restored to my fingers. I was rubbing and massaging my fingers in an effort to get some feeling in them. I had concluded that it was going to be some time before I ever warmed up again. Not only was I soaking wet from head to toe but there was just a hint of a breeze blowing and it was enough to make me even more uncomfortable.

I finally had enough feeling return to my fingers that I was able to loosen the knot on the rope. I shivered involuntarily as my partner pulled the long line taut between us. As I hung onto the loop that was on the very end of the rope, he then tied one of the large gear bags to it, midway along its length, in such a way that it left a long length of the line for him to hang onto and pull the empty rope back to him, once the bag was on my side of the stream. The bag contained our jump suits, main and reserve parachutes, tools, grub and personal gear. A few moments later he shoved it off of the opposite bank and into the swift flowing water of the stream. I pulled it rapidly to my side. The bag was buoyant, even though it weighed nearly 100 pounds. It floated well and that made it a pretty easy task to get it across the water.

I pulled the bag up onto the shore and untied the rope. My partner pulled it back towards him as I let the wet strand play out through my hands. In a short time he had tied the second bag onto the rope and I pulled it across the stream.

I stood up after untying the second bag and looked across the stream at my partner and yelled, “Ok, partner. It’s your turn now! Enjoy! You’re gonna’ love every second of this unless you have somehow learned to walk on water!”

I watched as he tied the rope around his waist and moved down the bank of the stream towards the water whipping past in front of him. This was going to be fun to watch!

My partner stopped at the edge of the water and yelled across to me, “Now don’t forget to pull. I don’t want to stay in this water a second longer than necessary!”

“Whadaya mean,” I hollered back. “I didn’t have anyone over here pulling me across. I think you can just do it on your own. I am here to watch and observe! Start swimming, ol’ buddy! If it appears you aren’t going to make it, I will reconsider whether or not I should help you out!”

I was enjoying this! My partner was going to find out just how cold that water was! Yeseree! It was his turn!

Why is it that we sometimes seem to enjoy watching others go through discomfort? Especially when they seem to have “earned” it and more than likely, “deserved” it? Are we ever really justified in looking at others with such an attitude? This caused me to recall the story from the New Testament that Jesus told in Luke, chapter 10, that we refer to as the story of the Good Samaritan. Here is the way it is given to us in paraphrase of the Bible, The Message:

Jesus answered by telling a story. “There was once a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. On the way he was attacked by robbers. They took his clothes, beat him up, and went off leaving him half-dead. Luckily, a priest was on his way down the same road, but when he saw him he angled across to the other side. Then a Levite religious man showed up; he also avoided the injured man.

“A Samaritan traveling the road came on him. When he saw the man’s condition, his heart went out to him. He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds. Then he lifted him onto his donkey, led him to an inn, and made him comfortable. In the morning he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take good care of him. If it costs any more, put it on my bill—I’ll pay you on my way back.’

“What do you think? Which of the three became a neighbor to the man attacked by robbers?”

“The one who treated him kindly,” the religion scholar responded.

Jesus said, “Go and do the same.”

This story often causes me to stop and consider how I am responding to those around me who are less fortunate. A lot of humanity seems to be “laying” alongside the roadways of our community and people are choosing to pass them by on the other side of the street.

Prayer: Lord, help me to be sensitive to those whom I may come across this week that you want me to offer some kind of assistance to. Show me what you want me to do, and help me be obedient. Thank you, Lord, for using me! In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

Pastor Bill

 

 

Scripture quotations from THE MESSAGE. Copyright © by Eugene H. Peterson 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group."

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When was the last time you took a risk for God? What are you doing with the talents, skills and gifts He gave you? What are you doing with who you are? Why not choose to be faithful to your God!

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We need to get into the habit of taking “chances” for God. Watch for the opportunities He gives us, and then run with them.

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Where faith abounds you will always find “works.” We are saved by faith but our works show what is happening in our spiritual lives.

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