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A Caring Community
September 30, 2018
"A Caring Community...Prays & Acts"
Focus Scriptures: 
James 5:13-20     Mark 9:38-50

As a caring community we make a point of lifting up those in need in our prayers. In fact, we make this a high priority because we know how incredible the power of prayer is. The James text also talks about how important it is to lift others up in prayer. It can have healing effects on the body and spirit. We need to remember though that at times God needs us to act as well as pray. We might be the answer to the prayer we are praying for someone else. When we pray for another’s health perhaps we also need to offer to drive that person to the doctor. When we pray for those in need of food, we also need to donate food to the co-op or other food pantry organization. We are called to pray and act as a caring community. In our gospel lesson Jesus is telling the disciples that anyone can act in his name, not just those who have walked with him. No one should put a stumbling block before anyone who believes in him. Those with faith should pray and act in his name for the betterment of others.




Daily Devotion
September 23, 2018

The beauty of the text found in James 4:3, 7-8a is that it is so easily applicable to every person. While thankfully we all do not kill because we desire, but we do covet what we can’t have and this often results in fights. The text teaches us that oftentimes we ask with the wrong motives, and it isn’t until no longer seek for our own benefit that we may receive what we so desire. It is only when something is given away that we truly are able to gain something. Conflict has always been a part of humanity and whose root cause can easily be traced back to desires or wanting something that is not ours. It is these ulterior motives that oftentimes are the reason why our prayers may go “unanswered” as perceived by us. Building off the wisdom and good works discussed earlier in the text, our confidence in God and the gifts He provides should allow us to pray with confidence that God will grant us what we truly need through the Holy Spirit.  

Written by Robbie Schwartz


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