Life Apps for the Week of 3/1/15 to 3/7/15
A way to live:To what extent are love and justice the values we strive to follow? Sure, we fall short at times. Do we try again admitting our wrong but wiser for the experience? When we live this way, life continues to open up for us and for all around us. All with God’s help. [A way to live Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 from the Revised Common Lectionary for 3/1/15; The Second Sunday in Lent; God promises a rich heritage as we strive to walk in God’s ways.]
More life apps for readingWider world – “Social Programs That Work” by Ron Haskins in the NY Times of 1/1/15. Rigorous evidence can inform spending with examples of programs that have worked well – home visits to vulnerable families, K-12 education, pregnancy prevention, community college and employment training. A similar biblical reference: “All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one” (from the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5:37). http://nyti.ms/1Af6AEf Leisure – “!Viva Mexico!” by Mark Bittman in the NY Times for 11/29/13. Can we limit sodas and snack foods as the Mexicans have done through taxing them? Are we aware of the dangers of sodas and snack foods? A similar biblical reference: “And I’ll say to myself, ‘You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’” (Luke 12:19-20). http://nyti.ms/1c0Mwqw 1st picture on top left
For Preaching and Teaching About the Christian's Job
"Loving and being just are our job as Christians. Members on mission can do even more than congregations on mission."
Member Mission Story
“How do you do this (what we've just talked about) outside?” So asks the “children’s time” (nursery through 6th grade) leader at the end of their ten minutes as part of the start of the main worship at the Plattsburgh, NY United Methodist Church. Doesn't that word “outside” say it for the member mission vision? Members on mission take what they receive in church in Sunday into wherever they are Monday to Saturday.