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Help Somebody and Help Yourself
Theme of the Week: Change Your Life Through Service
Sunday, August 17, 2014

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Who Said It … Reggie McNeal

Reggie McNeal serves as the missional leadership specialist for Leadership Network—a Dallas-based organization that seeks to activate the church for greater impact in the world. He is the author of Get Off Your Donkey!: Help Somebody and Help Yourself—the book from which this week's readings are adapted. Reggie and his wife, Cathy, live in Columbia, South Carolina.

What he Said … Help Somebody and Help Yourself

Harvey is a retired gentleman who volunteered last year to become a mentor in a local middle school through a tutoring program started by his congregation. His mentoree is John, a young man who had failed eighth grade. It was at that point that Harvey entered the young man's life. Not only has John now finished eighth grade with As and Bs, he's knocking the ball out of the park in ninth grade.

Harvey meets John every Monday morning before school. To say they have become tight friends is too anemic a description. Harvey couldn't even talk to me about his relationship with John without tearing up. When I said that he was obviously making a tremendous contribution to John's life, Harvey began shaking his head side to side. With tears streaming down his face and his lips quivering, he croaked, "What he's doing for me is so much more than anything I'm doing for him!"

Do yourself a favor: help somebody. You won't just be helping them; you will be giving yourself a big break. Because when you help others, you help yourself.

Key Study Passage: Matthew 25:31-46

Adapted from Get Off Your Donkey by Reggie McNeal (Baker, 2013; by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Lord Jesus, help me to see serving others not as a "Christian obligation" but as an exciting path to a truly fulfilling life.

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ANTHONY Swaggerty

August 17, 2014  8:06pm

Amen, this is a calling that I have had for quite awhile and it is time to get off the couch and make it be. I find it exhilarating to share what I can with someone less fortunate that I have been. Thanks M.O.I. for the continued influences you are providing me and the world. Thanks. M.O.I. Anthony

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August 17, 2014  11:48am

To have a soft sensitive heart and remain humane requires reaching out to others, for only when we share do we experience the grace of God.

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Curt Schleicher

August 17, 2014  10:11am

All too often i view myself passing by those in true need to satisfy my own wants. i say this not to gain your pity but to state the facts as they are. i pray , Lord, that you would make me aware of how i might best assist others to show them your love and bring them into the fold. Open not only my eyes but my ears to show me these facts all around me, already working within me, and yet to be explored by me that need Your Hands moving into. i thank you and praise you already in anticipation of Your Voice calling to me the answer. In your Holy Name i pray , Amen!

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