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Opportunities to do good

Matthew 6:1-4, TLB-Giving to the Needy

“Take care! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired, for then you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven

When you give a gift to a beggar, don’t shout about it as hypocrites do- to call attention to their  acts of charity! I tell you in all earnestness, they have received all the reward they will ever get. 

 But when you do a kindness to someone, do it secretly—don’t tell your left hand what your right hand is doing. 

And your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you.”

The Living Bible copyright © 1971 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

if you do one good deed your reward is to do another and harder and better one. C.S. LEWIS,

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C.S. Lewis, author 

Author of the popular The Chronicles of Narnia fiction book/movie  series,

C.S. Lewis was a writer, teacher,  and lay theologian.

His books on Christian belief are read and quoted widely, years after his death.

The Chronicles of Narnia

C.S. Lewis

Women and C.S. Lewis

Helping in Secret

Leslie Koh, writer/editor for  Our Daily Bread  reflected on this passage in a devotional from November 26, 2017.

He wrote about  Denise, who mentored a hurting young woman in her church. She met with her frequently, counselling and praying.

But when a church staff member was assigned to work with the young woman, Denise felt overlooked and unappreciated.

Leslie reminded us that when we feel unappreciated (and all of us do at times) God recognizes what we do even when no one else does.

I think we might ask ourselves- What is my motive in helping others?

  • To serve myself by receiving  praise and recognition from other people?
  • To serve God, to receive His reward?
  • To serve others, obeying God’s command to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 19:19?

Helping the distressed

Recently Leslie  reflected on the Christian response to the world wide refugee crisis. In this piece for The Christian Post, he encourages us to

not mistreat foreigners and migrants-embrace them.

OPPORTUNITIES TO DO GOOD-watercresswords.com

“Some time back, people from abroad who work in my country started gathering on the church property for a picnic every Sunday.

This evoked a range of responses from fellow churchgoers. Some fretted about the mess the visitors would leave behind. But others saw this as a divine opportunity to extend hospitality to a wonderful group of strangers—without even leaving the church grounds! “(excerpt)

I hope we all find “divine opportunities” to extend hospitality  and help to friends and strangers.

Learning from The Sermon on the Mount 

This post is based on a passage from The Sermon on the Mount by Jesus in the Bible book of Matthew. Here are some other posts about that passage.

The surprising blessing of discomfort

How to be blessed, happy, and healthy

How to satisfy hunger and thirst

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Weekend Words-sharing faith, hope, and love

(1 Corinthians 13:13)

Thank you so much.    Dr. Aletha                 

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FAITH, HOPE, LOVE

Weekend Words from Hebrews

Hebrews 13:1-3 ,ERV

Worship That Pleases God

Continue loving each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. 
Always remember to help people by welcoming them into your home. Some people have done that and have helped angels without knowing it. 
Don’t forget those who are in prison. Remember them as though you were in prison with them.
And don’t forget those who are suffering. Remember them as though you were suffering with them.
quote from Tim Chester

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Dr Tim Chester is a pastor of Grace Church Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire; a faculty member of Crosslands; and author of over 40 books.

 

 

 

 

Weekend words is a regular feature of watercress words. At the end of the work week we share  words of faith, hope and love from the Bible and other carefully selected writings.

 

 

 

FAITH, HOPE, LOVE

Weekend Words from Hebrews

Hebrews 13:1-3 ,ERV

Worship That Pleases God

Continue loving each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. 
Always remember to help people by welcoming them into your home. Some people have done that and have helped angels without knowing it. 
Don’t forget those who are in prison. Remember them as though you were in prison with them.
And don’t forget those who are suffering. Remember them as though you were suffering with them.
quote from Tim Chester

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Dr Tim Chester is a pastor of Grace Church Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire; a faculty member of Crosslands; and author of over 40 books.

 

 

 

 

Weekend words is a regular feature of watercress words. At the end of the work week we share  words of faith, hope and love from the Bible and other carefully selected writings.