Sunday December 21, 2014 “Don’t Hide From Responsibility”

Isaiah 58:7 “Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,  and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out;  When you see the naked, that you cover him, and not hide yourself from your own flesh?”
Welcome to the 6-9pm (all time zones) edition of “We are the People”.  It is asked that you pray 15 minutes or more for the three prayer focuses below.  “Don’t hide yourself from your own flesh.”  Jesus taught, “Love your neighbor as yourself” and that “everyone is our neighbor.”  So in a sense our neighbor is like our own flesh.  It is so easy to rush about our Christmas activities and miss the hungry, poorly clothed and homeless among us.
In the story of the “Good Samaritan” Jesus said that it wasn’t the two religious men who kept themselves undefiled and ready for “church” who did not stop to help the beaten half-dead man that were being neighborly but the Samaritan half-Jew who understood his responsibility toward another human being that stopped, helped and provided for the man’s welfare.
Thank you for joining us this evening and Merry Christmas!
Prayer Focus #1:  “Share your bread with the hungry.”  Pray that all Americans will do something to help the hungry.  There are Food Banks people can support or simply ask a Pastor or even a county agency how you can help.  Filling a stomach can open a heart to God this Christmas.
Prayer Focus #2:  “Bringing the homeless to your home” may not be practical for everyone but everyone can give a little and pray for organizations who conduct the difficult job of housing the homeless – especially families in the cold winter season.  Pray that Christians meet the need as we see the opportunity.  Also pray that we who belong to Christ be blessed in the New Year ahead so we can pass on the blessing.
Prayer Focus #3:  When you see the naked, clothe him.”  All of our prayer points tonight have been concerning practical needs being met.  Our final focus is on the subject of clothing.  There are many community clothes closets, ministries and government organizations that are worthy causes where you can donate money or good, clean used clothing that will keep someone warm this winter.
Many people will receive gifts of clothing for Christmas.  This is a good time to clean out the closets and storage bins and fulfill the call by the prophet to a God-ordained fast.
Pray that we be sensitive to the needs of our “neighbors” this holiday season and beyond.  In Matthew Chapter 25 Jesus taught that the only difference between sheep and goats is what we do and don’t do.  Be a doer of God’s word and be blessed in your deeds.



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