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Have you ever known a family that all have a similar look about them? Maybe you can’t even put your finger on it, but it is unmistakable. You are convinced that if you lined up 50 people and mixed in members of that family, you could pick them out. Jesus uses a similar metaphor to describe his followers. In a parable Jesus tells how one day He will sit on a throne to judge humanity. He says he will separate those who are His followers from those who are not. He explains how there is one quality that His followers all have. This attribute is so commonplace that he can use it as the basis for identifying those who are His. Those who are saved by the grace of God will have an undeniable compulsion. The gospel plants a seed in us. Since Jesus sacrificed everything to save us who were spiritually poor, we cannot help but to sacrifice ourselves for the “least of these” among us.

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#LoveSFL, Part 2: Using Need To Help Get Them Freed The Command to Minister To Single Parents

 

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Have you ever known a family that all have a similar look about them? Maybe you can’t even put your finger on it, but it is unmistakable. You are convinced that if you lined up 50 people and mixed in members of that family, you could pick them out. Jesus uses a similar metaphor to describe his followers. In a parable Jesus tells how one day He will sit on a throne to judge humanity. He says he will separate those who are His followers from those who are not. He explains how there is one quality that His followers all have. This attribute is so commonplace that he can use it as the basis for identifying those who are His. Those who are saved by the grace of God will have an undeniable compulsion. The gospel plants a seed in us. Since Jesus sacrificed everything to save us who were spiritually poor, we cannot help but to sacrifice ourselves for the “least of these” among us.


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Black Friday. For some those words get the blood pumping. Armed with a canteen of coffee and comfortable shoes, it is a chance to prove that no mob will stop you from grabbing up the deals of the year. For others, nothing could tempt you out into the crazed chaos that is the shopping frenzy the day after Thanksgiving. Especially, not after a tryptophan induced coma the day before. No matter which camp you fall into, no one can deny that Black Friday is a once a year opportunity. But what if there were another opportunity that begins this weekend? The potential reward is not merely a few dollars saved. It is at this time of year, that our culture is more open to coming to church and hearing the gospel than any other time of year. Does that get our blood pumping?

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People from all over the world view South Florida as a sunny oasis and a vacation destination. For those of us who call South Florida home, we can agree that it certainly is those things, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. The reality is that we live in one of the wealthiest parts of the country and also one of the poorest. Census statistics show that among the 4.4 million people living in Broward or Miami-Dade county, over 800,000 of them live below the poverty line. Throughout history, the Church has loved and served the poor, following in the footsteps of Jesus who championed their cause. As a church living in this community, it’s our duty and privilege to proclaim and display God’s love in selfless service to the poor.