Standing for Justice

God is Love

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:8 (NIV) For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:12-13 (NIV)…

Love Those Who Are Different

If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?  And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Matthew 5:46-47 (NIV) Do you have a friend who loves to eat at the…

Seek to Understand Others

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.  James 1:19-20 (NIV) Think of past conversations where you felt strongly about an issue.  During those times, you probably weren’t really…

Racism Is a Sin Issue

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  Galatians 3:28 (NIV) Racism is not a skin issue – it’s a sin issue.  Based on that statement, who do you think benefits from sin?  Racism is an effective tool used…

Don’t Show Favoritism

My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others?  For example, suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in dirty clothes.  If you give…

Are You Willing to Help Jesus?

I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room… Matthew 25:35 (MSG) Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it…

We Are Adopted

God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. Ephesians 1:5 (NLT) We are all born into a family. We don’t choose our parents or siblings. God decides who we need in…

Set in Place

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families… Psalm 68:5-6 (NIV) God has created a place for each of us. He placed us in a family. He placed us in our workplace. He placed us in our church family. While some of…

Support the Cause

Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. Psalm 82:3-4 (NIV) As Christians, we sometimes keep our beliefs to ourselves. We don’t want to offend people in case they don’t believe the way we…

Pure and Faultless

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27 (NIV) God cares for us more than we could imagine. He encourages us to stay unpolluted from the world. He also tells…

Called to Serve

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself. Galatians 5:13-14 (NIV) God has called us to be free. We are…

Be the Solution

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me…

Get to the Root

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. Psalm 34:18 (NLT) Have you ever been overwhelmed by grief or disappointment? You didn’t know how you were going to get through the situation. It could come from the loss of a family member or not getting the promotion you worked…

Be a Lender

If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord…” Proverbs 19:17 (NLT) Many of us have allowed someone to borrow money in the past. In some cases they were able to pay us back, but in other cases they were not. There are times when their ability to repay us influences our decision…

Your Assignment

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18-19 (NIV) When you…

Love with Time

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV) People today live on such strict timetables. The to-do list never seems done. How many more things could we or should we do if we just had more time? How do you spend your time? We all…