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Good Morning MVC · April 1st

by Sarah Goodale on April 1, 2020

Good Morning MVC,

Today I wanted to start out with the Parable of the Good Samaritan:

Luke 10:25-37 New International Version (NIV)

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

This is an iconic story of the bible. Most people, believers or not, know what a “Good Samaritan” is because of this story. Many people that I have talked to want to know what they can be doing to help during this time and I think that our response during this crisis should be “Love your neighbor as yourself”. I know what you are thinking, “How can I do that when I am not allowed to leave my house?” My answer would be that your cell phone has a contact list full of your “neighbors”. Your contact list is all the people that God has placed around you. Today I challenge you to go through your contact list select a few people to call or text with an encouraging word today. Right now, we are seeing medical needs and financial needs but can I also tell you that there are mental health and emotional needs today. There are people in your contact list that would give anything to be encouraged by you today. We have the opportunity to speak life and encourage someone today. As Christians, we should be known by how we love others so take a moment to tell someone how you see God working in their life or something you admire about them. If it is a co-worker tell them what you appreciate about the work they do or how they have handled this time of crisis. I guarantee that you will be blessed by this and that some of these texts or phone calls are going to come at exactly the right moment that someone needed to be encouraged. I miss you church family and I am hoping to see you tonight at 7 pm for the Prayer and Worship Livestream at either maplevalleychurch.org or on the Maple Valley Church Facebook page. I hope you have a blessed morning!

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