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Daily Challenge-Remember Those In Poverty

April 14th, 2021 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Endurance, today’s Daily Challenge motivates us to remember those in poverty.

In Galatians 2:10, the Apostle Paul acknowledged that different church leaders were called to different mission fields.

But there was one group of people that all the leaders agreed to remember-those in poverty.

Not everyone has the same amount of resources to relieve people from poverty, but we can do something. Mother Teresa said “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”

Moses said in Deuteronomy 15:11 “There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore, I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.”

Take the daily challenge to remember those in poverty and respond with a generous heart on the journey of faith.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Relationship Building Principle-Upholding Cause Of The Poor

October 15th, 2015 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Relationship-Building Principle comes from Jeremiah 22:15.

Josiah was the last righteous king in the land of Judah before their captivity in Babylon. The LORD said this about King Josiah:

“He did what was right and just, so all went well with him. He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?” declares the LORD.

His example was very different from his successor whose heart was set on dishonest gain, the shedding of innocent blood, oppression, and extortion.

Whatever platform God gives us, that is an opportunity to use our influence for good or evil. Having a relationship with God will move us to use that influence for good. In Josiah’s case, he defended the cause of the poor and needy, whereas his successor exploited them.

Helping those in poverty was a cause that united the early church, and it can be an effort that unites the church today.

Upholding the cause of the poor is a vital relationship-building principle to take to heart in the Year of Connection.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Relationship Building Principle-Neighbors and Needy

September 2nd, 2015 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Relationship-Building Principle comes from Proverbs 14:21.

“He who despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is he who is kind to the needy.”

To despise our neighbor would violate the second greatest commandment in all of Scripture, which is to love our neighbor as ourselves. God calls His people to live with neighborly love-the kind that seeks God’s blessing on their lives and treats them with respect and consideration. Building relationships with our neighbors is a significant step to demonstrating the love of Jesus to them. Our neighbor might be considered the family that lives next to us, but they also might be whoever happens to be next to us at a given time.

A blessing is granted from the Lord for the person who is kind to the needy. We have opportunity to do this in various ways. Proverbs 22:9 talks about the generous man sharing his food with the poor. Proverbs 31:9 promotes defending the rights of the poor. Psalm 15:5 promotes lending to the poor without charging excessive interest. The general idea is to be openhanded and not tightfisted toward the poor.

Loving our neighbors and being kind to the needy are vital relationship-building principles to take to heart in the Year of Connection.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com