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Pass it on

The kindness of a gentle word when I am hurting or discouraged; the brilliance of a heart-felt smile to me when my world seems quiet, still, a little narrow; a hand reaching over to shake mine and holding it for just a few seconds, the warmth of that touch when I feel separated, isolated, unvalued; a direct look straight into my eyes when I feel that no one notices me, if I am here or not; all these wonderful human things are extensions of God the Father to us to say, "Yes, I know you are here and Yes, I really do care that you are."
I wonder, do you ever have days or seasons like that? I think, if we are honest, we would all say, "Yes!"
The mercy and the kindness of our Lord Jesus is a wonder to behold. He always knows and He always extends Himself to us.  I hear people say quite often, "God never does those things for me."  And yet, He does. You just choose not to see.
God uses people all around us to minister to us if we would only take the time to notice. Christian people are extensions of our God and are to be sure to do so.
Do you extend yourself to others for His sake? Are you filled with His compassion and mercy for others?  Are you aware of the assignments God has for you each and every day, or are you missing it all?  One of the laws of the Kingdom of God is to love your neighbor as yourself. We must do so. We all need encouragement, touch, love, compassion, and understanding. Pass it on so that when you need it, God will send someone to you to "pass it on!"  
- Pastor Sandi

Mark 12:31  ........"The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself'.  There is no commandment greater than these."
John 14:21    "Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him."
Ephesians 4:32   "And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you."

4 Comments to Pass it on:

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raeann on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 10:57 AM
love your words this morning, I do have been thinking about faith, took Jim's accident to develop it! I find now through I am a lot more weepy about everything. I want to ask you a question I don't know if I'm right or wrong, but I have been thinking about this for a while,We are to tell others about Jesus and when they ask to answer their questions if we can. But some ask over and over and some even say where is your God now? I know God doesn't need our help defending Himself but if someone asks we are to say it in love, but did Jesus meekly say it in love when He confronted the money changers? can't we with boldness just say it like it is? (No name calling)Like yesterday on Facebook someone said look at these storms, where is your God now? I just told him, we push God out of everything in American, (schools for example)so now He is slowly taking His hands off America! How do we like it? Was I wrong? Should we be more bold for God, take a stand, sometimes Christians can be so wishy-washy, I don't want to be politically correct! Be advise, I feel like Mom your our pastor, a shepard and most of all your my friend and I can trust your answer!
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Pastor Sandi on Friday, January 01, 2016 8:20 AM
Good questions! Yes, Christians need to learn to be bolder and speak the Truth in love. There is such a fear of not being politically correct or that we may get in trouble. And yet, people are hungry to know, to understand. I think I would answer that Jesus Christ never promised to keep us from trials or tribulations, but He did promise to show us a way through them; He promised to give us Peace as we went through them; and that they are designed to mature us in Him and to show us an amazing facet of who He is, of His character. This is not the world He designed for man but the world man exchanged by his own actions. With or without Christ in man's life, he will suffer in this world. I would prefer to suffer in Christ and to have a creative thought to cut through it all, to stand victorious over it all, even if my circumstances do not seem to change immediately. It's the difference of freezing in a storm or having a warm coat to help me go through it. I want the coat! These issues and trials of our life are the power of our testimony. Keep up the good work. Your words and encouragement to those around you, even those who seem to oppose you, are powerful and full of the seeds of life and possibilities. Continue to be a living example of Christ.

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