Keep It Simple
Theme of the week: Be a Good Neighbor
Monday, September 2, 2013
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Key Bible Verse: For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: "Love your neighbor as yourself." (Galatians 5:14)
Dig Deeper: Matthew 22:37-40
You know the Great Commandment, right? Love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself. It's a teaching found in [today's Dig Deeper] and repeated in the Bible for the purpose of reminding us how important it is. The apostle Paul says it most succinctly [in today's Key Bible Verse].
Could it be that simple? I (Dave) remember thinking, Jesus is a genius! He is asked to pick one commandment that is more important than all the others. And he shares something that would change the world, if only every person who believes in Jesus would actually do it.
The depth of the irony was not lost on those of us who were [meeting with Mayor Frie]. God works in mysterious ways, and on that day he used a government official to urge a group of pastors to start a movement that was simple, powerful, and biblical. Leaving that meeting, we began to pray about what God was leading us to do next. As we began to talk to other leaders in our city, we found that many of them shared the mayor's assessment. They saw that our neighborhoods were not as connected as they needed to be.
—Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon in The Art of Neighboring
My Response: What steps can I take to better love the people in my neighborhood?
Adapted from The Art of Neighboring (Baker, 2012) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Lord, please open my eyes to the people in my neighborhood; help me to make efforts to get to know them and boldly reach out to them with the love of Christ.
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