GC3: Great Commandment | Great Commission | Great Community

GC3: Great Commandment | Great Commission | Great Community

It seems we have an imbalance. Some people/churches lean toward social concern, such as food banks, justice issues or community development. Other people/churches focus on equipping, teaching and developing leaders. Some churches not only lean one way, they disparage the other as liberal or fundamentalist. Rare is the church that sees the need for both. Some large churches seem to do both, but they do a lot of things well because of their size, even by accident. Some certainly by intent.

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How can I raise a welcomer?

How can I raise a welcomer?

A new school year has begun and with that greater opportunity to connect with our immigrant neighbors, new Americans. I am reminded of a book I read with my daughter over the summer, The Hundred Dresses by Elenor Estes. Although this book was published several years ago, in 1944 to be exact, the story is timeless and surely appropriate today. While it is good that Wanda’s classmate Maddie resolved after-the-fact to welcome new Americans, I want to know, how can I help my kids be on the front-end of welcoming? How can I raise a welcomer?

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Repost: Love Thy (Immigrant) Neighbor

Repost: Love Thy (Immigrant) Neighbor

Along with offering a review of the film, the blog post also offers practical steps that one can take towards loving their immigrant neighbor - whether or not they watch the film. Emily’s approach is to begin first with the bible and next with listening (to your immigrant neighbors). “Humbly asking questions to learn from an immigrant helps dispel misconceptions that we automatically, unknowingly, intuitively form.”

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Our response to the crisis on the southern border

Our response to the crisis on the southern border

Our prayer for the church and those concerned for the immigrants among us is that we will seek first God’s heart and not be conformed to the pattern of the world around us.  God can fuel our compassion in ways that are honoring to him and can convey his grace to all side of the issue while seeking to do his will in these difficult times.  May his blessings rest on us as we care for the least.  Amen.

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