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April 5, 2020

GOD SEES WHAT OUR EYES CANNOT

Have you ever felt powerless? In today’s global battle against COVID-19, it’s certainly easy to feel powerless: economic fears, jobs furloughed, jobs lost, cities and nations on lockdown, loved-ones sick. What was normal a few weeks ago looks drastically...

“The Lord turned to (Gideon) and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” – Judges 6:14

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April 4, 2020

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

Jesus’ disciples had often seen Him go off on His own to pray. Curious to learn more, they asked Him to teach THEM how to pray. Now, there’s no real mystery to praying; after all, you’re just talking to...

“Pray, then, in this way…” – Matthew 6:9a

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April 3, 2020

WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR?

“Who is my neighbor?” the lawyer asked after Jesus’ famous command to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus responded with a parable: A man had immigrated to Israel from Samaria. While traveling, he saw someone beaten and left for...

For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in.” – Matthew 25:35

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Jesus“Who is my neighbor?” the lawyer asked after Jesus’ famous command to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus responded with a parable: A man had immigrated to Israel from Samaria. While traveling, he saw someone beaten and left for dead on the side of the road. The religious leaders had passed by, too fearful to stop and offer help. But the foreigner, the immigrant, the Samaritan, stopped and helped the man. Jesus asks the lawyer, “Who was the neighbor?” (Luke 10: 25-37)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The point Jesus was making was we ALL should respond like the Samaritan who helped regardless of nationality. Our neighbor is all mankind. Our neighbor includes people of all ethnicities: refugee, immigrant, or the person born next door.  Our neighbor is everyone – especially those who are hurting.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Jesus continues and says – “When you feed the hungry when you give a drink to the thirsty when you offer hospitality to the stranger, the immigrant or refugee, that is how you treated Me (my paraphrase).” In other words, how we respond to refugees and immigrants is how we respond to Jesus. How we treat those hurting and in need is how we treat Jesus. And for followers of Jesus, this is an incredible opportunity to demonstrate God’s love through our response to strangers, refugees, and immigrants living in our local communities.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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So how are you doing? The government’s role is to decide which immigrants and refugees can enter. It’s their role to protect the citizens, and our role is to care for and reflect the love of Jesus. Period.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Can people see Jesus in the way you care for refugees, immigrants, and the hurting in your community or do you need a change of heart? Ask God to help you love others like the Samaritan (the immigrant) loved the wounded man.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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“For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in.” - Matthew 25:35 #rfthministries #dailydevo #dailydevotion #dailytruth #dailydevotional #quiettimeWhat would Jesus do? It’s one thing to know how Jesus would respond, and it’s another thing to actually do it. The apostle Paul described nine ‘fruit of the spirit,’ or characteristics of a Christ-like life (Galatians 5:22). Today, let’s look at the last three: faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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FAITHFULNESS: Faithfulness means being loyal to God, even when people or culture push us to go against God’s best for our lives. A Jesus follower will remain faithful, standing up for the truth found in Jesus and described in His Word.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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GENTLENESS: Gentleness does not mean weakness, but rather a powerful strength that is under control. It’s a bit like a tough offensive lineman who intimidates on the field but is a teddy bear off the field.  All that strength under control is the picture of gentleness.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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SELF-CONTROL: Self-control is the ability to remain calm and under control even under tremendous pressure. Self-control is staying true to what you know is right even under constant pressure to conform and fit-in to culture’s standards and opinions. It’s not easy.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Whew! These character traits aren’t easy.  Is it really possible to live this way? No, not without ever falling short, it’s not. Jesus was the only one to perfectly display all these characteristics, these What does it mean to be ‘Christ-like?’ We talk about it a lot in church, but what does it look like - practically? The apostle Paul described the ‘Christ-like’ life using nine characteristics referred to in Scripture as the fruit of the spirit. These ‘fruit’ contrast a self-willed and sinful life without God, with a life that is based on living in the truth of Jesus Christ. It’s the difference between a ‘Me-focused’ life and a ‘Christ-focused’ life. So what fruit are we’re talking about?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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LOVE: The biblical definition of love has nothing to do with a feeling. It is based on a decision of the will that we are going to love – whether we agree with or even like a person. We are going to love our neighbor no matter how we feel. We are called to love.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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JOY: Joy is not temporary happiness because life is going my way at the moment. It’s a joy found even in struggles and grief. It doesn’t mean that we necessarily enjoy the struggle, but that we have the joy of knowing we’re fulfilling the will of God for our life.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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PEACE: Trusting Christ brings peace. We are finally reconciled with God – and that peace with God creates a growing inner peace which leads to a desire for peace with others.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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KINDNESS: The Christ-follower is called to show kindness to those who oppress them, who marginalize them, who disagree with them. Could there be any character trait more appreciated in others than kindness?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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GOODNESS & PATIENCE: Patience is enduring those who mistreat us, and goodness comes from the appreciation of God’s grace in our lives. These two go hand-in-hand because through the truth of Jesus Christ we begin to experience genuine goodness that wants to be patient with those who mistreat and oppress us.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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So which ‘fruit’ do you need more of? It’s not about trying. It’s about asking God to transform you more and more into the image of Christ and these ‘fruit’ will follow. Stay tuned for PART 2 tomorrow! #rfthministries #dailydevotion #bible #bibleverse #faith #jesuschristJames 3:7-8 tells us that every creature on earth can be tamed, but no one can tame the tongue. The tongue is full of deadly poison and can lash out and strike at any moment.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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So, what do after lashing out at someone? How do we respond after spewing hurtful words and reckless talk?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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1) Acknowledge Hurtful Speech – As painful, harsh and reckless as words can be, the greater pain is often caused when we refuse to acknowledge what we did. It can be so healing to simply say, “I realize I was out of line” or “I know that what I said was hurtful.” Acknowledgment of the pain caused, shows that we are aware of what we said and are want to move toward healing.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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2) Apologize! – I know this seems basic, but saying, “I’m sorry,” and really meaning it, is often very difficult. An apology shows we are taking ownership of what we said, instead of becoming defensive or deflecting blame. Oh sure, we may try to rationalize, or explain our tone, but an apology is essential to move toward reconciliation. Don’t minimize the destructive power of your words. Apologize, don’t minimize!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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3) Seek Forgiveness – An apology builds a bridge to seek forgiveness. There are few words that can be spoken with more power than “Please forgive me.” Asking to be forgiven reveals a heart of reconciliation and humility. It is the path to healing and renewal when our words have run wild. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Taming the tongue seems impossible for sinful mankind, but we can all choose to do whatA parent is only as happy as their unhappiest child. With many cities and countries under lockdown navigating the global pandemic health crisis, parents with kids at home understand this more than ever.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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TodayLook at the stars. Try to count them. Impossible – right? Scientists believe the universe is made up of 27 million parts, EACH part having at least one galaxy. The number of stars? That would be over 300 sextillions – 300 with 23 zeros. Can you wrap you brain around the vastness and immensity of the universe? Probably not. In the same way, understanding the greatness of God is equally challenging. Yet, to begin to grasp the full picture of God, the true picture of God, we must look at this one God in three persons. The God who was at the beginning of it all.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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In the beginning, God. These four words introduce us to God: God who has no beginning and no end. God who always is, always was, and always will be. This concept is understandably difficult to understand in our world of beginnings and endings.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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In the Bible, Genesis is all about beginnings - things being created, things starting. The beginning of Israel, the Jewish people, the new beginning after the flood, and the beginning of mankind. Yet, before all of this, was God.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Then God created. God is described “in the beginning” as one God – three persons. The earth was formless and void, chaotic. Imagine an artist in the early stages of a painting. The artist sees the final painting, but to the untrained eye it’s just a mess. We read that the Spirit of God was in the midst of this “chaos.” Like the wind, we can’t see the Holy Spirit, but we can feel it. ThatAnswer the following questions honestly: What are you known for? What do you want to be known for? Is there a disconnect between the two?  Because itActs of kindness inspire us, whether itMy dad was the greatest encourager I’ve ever known. Even at nearly 90 years old, you could count on him to bring a smile to your face no matter what challenge you were facing. However, a true encourager doesn

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We’re excited to announce that in addition to leading RFTH’s mission to Reach, Teach, and Disciple people for Jesus Christ, Bryant Wright is stepping into a new role as President of Send Relief, a collaborative compassion ministry effort of NAMB (North American Mission Board)  and IMB (International Mission Board).

“In today’s culture, compassion ministry is a wonderful way to win the right to be heard, not just with people you’re ministering to who are in great need, but with those who see Christians respond to needs in a compassionate way,” Wright said.

So, what’s next? Bryant will continue to lead RFTH AND will assume full-time leadership of Send Relief. Both responsibilities are based out of Atlanta, Ga.

RFTH Operations during COVID-19 and an update from RFTH Founder Bryant Wright, speaking in his capacity as President of International Relief Organization Send Relief, regarding the Coronavirus

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The Right From the Heart Offices in Marietta, Ga will be participating in Social Distancing in an effort to reduce the impact of the Coronavirus in our community. As a result, our staff will minimize their presence in the office for the forseeable future. We will be monitoring the situation and responding as events unfold. The staff will continue to work, albeit remotely and can be reached through the Main Office phone (678-388-1860) or email at info@rfth.org.

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