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Ministry Moments Blog
A devotion by Mona McDonald, Vice President of Pursue Life Adult Ministries
Core Value: Be a good steward with what we have been given.
Each of you should use whatever gift you received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. – 1 Peter 4:10
One of my friends is a gifted artist. She teaches others what she knows, sells and gives away much of her beautiful work and then creates more. As a Christ-follower, one of her other gifts is being a faithful encourager. Years ago, she sent a scripture passage tightly rolled and placed in a ceramic vase to a pastor serving on a faraway island. This gift was intended to encourage him to not give up in doing good and he placed the gift on his bookshelf as a reminder. God gives his children gifts to be used for the benefit of others. What gift(s) have you and I been given to manage and who is benefiting? You and me, or others? Stewardship is a significant responsibility. When we understand our responsibility to be good stewards, we feel the weight of it. It compels us to give our best to what we’ve been given*. My friend creates with the intentions of encouraging others and pointing them to God. The important principle about stewardship is that it’s not about the amount we’ve been given but about managing well what we have*. Imagine the surprise and the rare blessing that took place, while on a recent international trip with my artist friend, when this pastor met the artist who encouraged him so long ago. Let’s be faithful today with what we have and use it to serve one another.
*Taken from The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership by Jenni Catron
A devotion by Andrea Stuart, Vice President of Staff Services and Care
Core Value: Build relationships through trust and respect.
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ - Luke 10:27
Being able to build relationships with others relies upon our relationship with God. We must love Him first and foremost and then out of that love comes the ability to love others. We find the ability to trust others and respect them well when our identity is secure in Christ. If we remember that we are wholly loved, we are able to show grace, trust Him with circumstances and have a heart for people that might appear difficult to love. It is in loving people in light of His love that provides an opportunity for our relationships to show His glory. We can be consistent in trust and respect with others because He consistently loves and is trustworthy. I forget sometimes that I can build relationships on such a solid foundation, that is all about Him and not about what I can do for Him. Let’s take the time to remember the importance of this core value and Christ’s foundational importance in it today.
A devotion by Michelle Clements, Vice President of Development & Communications
Core Value: Honor God in all we do.
Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father - Colossians 3:17
This ABCS Core Value is easy enough to understand – it means that we should bring honor to God in every aspect of our work and daily living. But how easy is it to live like this? As Christians we represent Christ to an unbelieving world and to other believers in everything we say and do. Ask yourself, “What is my life saying about Christ? How am I representing Him when people see me or talk with me?” Eek. My guess is that most of us have a twinge of conviction following these questions, or in certain seasons a tidal wave of conviction. The passages proceeding Colossians 3:17 call on us to put our earthly nature to death and instead clothe ourselves with virtues such as compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. This is not possible independent of Christ as our righteousness is found in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21) As sinners we are going to fall short of honoring God in all we do, but we can repent and turn back to God, and rest in the assurance that “…there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1)
A devotion by Chris Chan, Assistant Executive Director
ABCS Mission Statement: Providing hope and care to hurting children and families through Christ-centered ministries.
The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." - Matthew 25:40
In verses 35-36, Jesus says the righteous care for the physical needs of people by feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, taking in the stranger, clothing the naked, and visiting both the sick and the imprisoned. He then points out that the righteous care for the "least of these," the lowly in society which often included the sick, the poor, widows and orphans, and the neglected. Then comes the clincher: serving the lowly in this manner is our expression of serving the King Himself. Today, people struggle with the same physical needs listed in this passage. And we also have the "least of these" in our society: the poor, the hungry, the elderly, the orphans, the neglected and abused, the unborn, the imprisoned… My prayer is that we will be deemed righteous by the King for caring for the least of these as we fulfill the ABCS mission: Providing hope and care to hurting children and families through Christ-centered ministries.
A devotion by Matt Gaston, Leader Care Facilitator - Eastern Region
And a woman having an issue of blood of twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, came behind Him, and touched the border of his garments: and immediately her issue of blood was dried up. And Jesus said who touched me? -Luke 8:43-44
Having been on vacation with our grandchildren for a week, riding in the same van together, we heard the phase you all know to well as parents. Mom, Papa, Nana, Caleb is touching me. Nana, please tell Haylie to quit touching me. Then, as you know, the arguments begin, “I didn’t touch you.” “Yes you did, I saw you.” On and on it goes until you scream out, “Ok, everyone quit touching each other, keep your hands to yourselves. Read my lips stop it now!”
I love this story about the broken woman with the issue of blood for she comes and touches Jesus and is healed immediately. Jesus asks the question, “Who touched me”, not to bring condemnation but to bring out the Faith in this woman’s life. Listen, Jesus wants us to touch Him. He told the disciples; don’t neglect the children to come to me. I personally believe that Jesus touched them all and blessed them individually.
Some scholars say that the woman touched the tassels of Jesus’ robe which was a reminder to the Jewish male that they were to keep the Law. The Law forbade such action of the woman. The Law declares, “Don’t you dare touch me”. Ah, but Grace says, “Come here and touch Me and be healed”.
Dwell on the Wonderful Grace of Jesus today. We can touch Him because we have an intimate relationship with Him and by His touch our faith in Him is strengthened.