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If LOVE Made A Difference

Our next Mission: Hope team will be leaving for the Dominican Republic in just a few days. As you support us in your prayers, and as the team labors on site, the writing of Paul is a fitting reminder to us all. The ‘famous’ part of Philippians 2 begins in verse five, Have this mind in you which was also in Christ Jesus… But verses 1-4 tell us about missional living.  And, they ‘set up’ verses 5-11.
loveMissional living is our calling whether we are in a foreign country or here at home. The fact is, we are all in a foreign country. It’s called Earth! This is not our home. We travel through here as pilgrims on a journey to a real, eternal home. In fact, Scripture tells us that home is made without hands! When we forget that we are pilgrims just passing through, we can cause ourselves and others a great deal of pain.
The best picture of missional living is the life of HumilityJesus as Paul tells it in Philippians 2:5-11.  Jesus took no thought of Himself in order to ‘lend a helping hand,’ (verse 4).  I love the way The Message puts the Word into the modern mind! Here are verses 1-4:

If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if His love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care–then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.

MissionSo, whether you are here at home next week, or serving as a mission volunteer, have a GREAT time letting your love make a difference! How? May I suggest we start with things like agreeing, preferring, loving, and helping? Those things will help others in their journey of faith and service.

Soli Deo Gloria!

PSTHANK YOU for responding to the previous post concerning Pastor Alberto. Needs are ongoing and I’ll be updating you from the D.R. Please keep praying – and you can still use the donation links in the previous postfriend