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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Christmas Baskets

Last night, before midweek Bible study, two leaders in our church sorted food items the congregation had donated for needy families. The generosity of our small group was obvious. Christmas goodies, hams, a variety of canned goods, cereals, and other items were abundant to make Christmas a little brighter for those who receive the food baskets.

Of course, our church is not alone in its act of showing God’s love to needy families. Christians throughout the world serve in the forefront of alleviating hunger and suffering, and their action is an appropriate apologetic to those who claim Christians are interested only in souls. What the critics fail to understand is Jesus ministered to the poor and needy and Christians follow His example.

Every soul is wrapped in a body and outlives the body; but while the two are connected, we Christians often reach the soul by ministering to individuals’ physical needs. If you have opportunity to make life more comfortable for the needy of your community, why not do so this Christmas and in the days ahead?

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:10).

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