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ARM Webinar-Tuesday 12:15pm

Ever wanted to know a little bit more about our ministry? How do we use local folks to partner with us and how do we host groups coming from out of town? Why is home repair and housing so important? These questions and more will be shared and answered in an upcoming webinar.

Join us for a 30 minute overview of ARM from 12:15-12:45. You can view on laptop or mobile device or listen in as a conference call. We will be showing slides so recommend some type of viewing device. We look forward to seeing you! Below is the link and call information.

Tue, Sep 20, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT

https://global.gotowebinar.com/pjoin/1366276615423819267/5006989412920401924

Before joining, be sure to check system requirements to avoid any connection issues.

2. Choose one of the following audio options:

TO USE YOUR COMPUTER’S AUDIO:
When the webinar begins, you will be connected to audio using your computer’s microphone and speakers (VoIP). A headset is recommended.

–OR–

TO USE YOUR TELEPHONE:
If you prefer to use your phone, you must select “Use Telephone” after joining the webinar and call in using the numbers below.
United States (Toll-free): 1 866 952 8437
United States: +1 (914) 614-3429
Access Code: 254-742-782
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the webinar

We look forward to having you!

lisa

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Put it On!

Unless you are a Soldier, police officer, nurse or someone who wears a uniform every day, we wake up with a few choices. It’s what to wear. Sometimes we can be extremely deliberate and other times just throw some things together. We consider our audience and what is going on for the day. In Colossians 3, Paul pens yet another list. A list of words such as anger, wrath, and malice are noted. These are items we are to take off, cast aside. He goes on to say we are to put on compassion, kindness, gentleness, humility, and patience. Now pause for a moment. Read over that list carefully. What comes easier and more naturally for you? What is more difficult and challenging? I found myself challenged by each of these words. Interestingly the list is bookended with compassion and patience. The root of both of these words is “to suffer”.

Living a life of compassion, kindness, generosity is not easy. Wrapping it all in love is a deep, humbling challenge. As you consider each day what you will wear, I invite you to pin this list up near your closet or dresser. Maybe the list of what to take off goes near the place where you put your dirty laundry :).  Paul’s point is that a life of love, serving God and serving neighbor takes wholehearted intentionality. We are so grateful to those who continue to live lives of intentionality with us-whether you have served, given, prayed, or something else-you are a link in a long chain and we are grateful. I hope as you read you see the fruit of ministry. Whether big or small-all were done with great love and we thank you!

So to summarize:

1) Put on values each day the same way you put on clothes-be intentional

2) These values are how we treat each other-it is how we live out “loving your neighbor as yourself”

3) Take off the negative vices the same way we take off our dirty clothes

Love is an action, a choice, and must be intentional.

Grace and peace-Lisa

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Hillary Rizk biking across the US

Hillary is a recent graduate from Auburn University and has taken on an amazing challenge called Bike and Build. Since early this summer, she and others have been cycling from Jacksonville, FL (Atlantic Ocean) and will end in Monterrey, CA … Continue reading

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The Quest

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 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will … Continue reading

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Seeking Simplicity

Seeking Simplicity:

If I have learned anything over the past several months and especially the past two weeks, embracing simplicity, seeking a lifestyle marked by simplicity, is anything but simple. It is actually quite complex. Requiring us to evaluate our heart and intentions it then manifests externally.

Why even have a discussion about simplicity and its importance in our discipleship and our integrity as follower’s of Jesus? Why does it matter and what does it mean? For one, we do after all follow a Savior who said, “foxes have holes and birds have nests but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head” (Luke 9:58). And even more haunting, “what does it profit one who gains the whole world but loses their soul” (Mark 8:36)?

“Seeking Simplicity” is the theme for the youth groups we are hosting this summer. Our summer ministry team aka summer staff have been digging deep using the parable of the Rich Fool found in Luke 12:13-34 to develop nightly discussions and morning and lunch devotions around the principles in Jesus’ parable and follow on teaching about not worrying and seeking his kingdom first. It is pregnant with meaning and equally disturbing for we are embroiled in a consumerist culture which demands nearly 24/7 that we buy, accumulate, and acquire. We are deeply confused and conflicted about what is a need versus a want. Rarely do we consider how our buying and spending patterns affect others globally i.e the U.S. uses 1/4 of the entire world’s resources.

Will we ever solve the significant issues of our time such as hunger, housing, disease, water resources and the like when we stand to lose if our population does not thin itself out in these ways? Here is the most disturbing question: Do we really want to save all the thousands of people who die every day from solvable problems such as these? Because if we do solve these and people do not die…then we in the U.S. will have to significantly reduce our consumption patterns or we will all be fighting over basic resources such as food, energy, shelter, clean water, and medicine. At the rate we, US citizens, consume energy alone, we would need four more Earth’s if everyone consumed as North Americans do. That should give us pause.

So, instead, we use shopping as a comfort. We stand in long lines for hours to get new iPhones and the opening of the local Krispy Kreme while other people die because they cannot eat and they waste away, slipping out of site unnoticed by most of us. It does not affect us because we cannot see it nor do we really want to.

How do I respond as a Christian living in the wealthiest country on the planet consuming  life giving resources at an unsustainable rate for the rest of the world? How do I live responsibly and with integrity “loving my neighbor” yes, the one in Ethiopia or Calcutta, “as myself?”

Today, I do not have an answer. Just questions. Just principles so that I guard my heart against hoarding, accumulating, and living beyond my means. There is freedom and responsibility that I as a follower of Jesus I must grapple with and pray for grace and wisdom. So, before we go shopping again just because it is what we do… I hope we deeply consider if we need it and how it might affect someone else around the world.

Just a few musings for your Friday… “live simply so that others can simply live”-Mother Theresa

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