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Ministry Moments Blog
A devotion by Michelle Clements, Vice President of Development & Communications
Core Value: Honor God in all we do.
Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father - Colossians 3:17
This ABCS Core Value is easy enough to understand – it means that we should bring honor to God in every aspect of our work and daily living. But how easy is it to live like this? As Christians we represent Christ to an unbelieving world and to other believers in everything we say and do. Ask yourself, “What is my life saying about Christ? How am I representing Him when people see me or talk with me?” Eek. My guess is that most of us have a twinge of conviction following these questions, or in certain seasons a tidal wave of conviction. The passages proceeding Colossians 3:17 call on us to put our earthly nature to death and instead clothe ourselves with virtues such as compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. This is not possible independent of Christ as our righteousness is found in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21) As sinners we are going to fall short of honoring God in all we do, but we can repent and turn back to God, and rest in the assurance that “…there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1)
A devotion by Chris Chan, Assistant Executive Director
ABCS Mission Statement: Providing hope and care to hurting children and families through Christ-centered ministries.
The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." - Matthew 25:40
In verses 35-36, Jesus says the righteous care for the physical needs of people by feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, taking in the stranger, clothing the naked, and visiting both the sick and the imprisoned. He then points out that the righteous care for the "least of these," the lowly in society which often included the sick, the poor, widows and orphans, and the neglected. Then comes the clincher: serving the lowly in this manner is our expression of serving the King Himself. Today, people struggle with the same physical needs listed in this passage. And we also have the "least of these" in our society: the poor, the hungry, the elderly, the orphans, the neglected and abused, the unborn, the imprisoned… My prayer is that we will be deemed righteous by the King for caring for the least of these as we fulfill the ABCS mission: Providing hope and care to hurting children and families through Christ-centered ministries.
A devotion by Matt Gaston, Leader Care Facilitator - Eastern Region
And a woman having an issue of blood of twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, came behind Him, and touched the border of his garments: and immediately her issue of blood was dried up. And Jesus said who touched me? -Luke 8:43-44
Having been on vacation with our grandchildren for a week, riding in the same van together, we heard the phase you all know to well as parents. Mom, Papa, Nana, Caleb is touching me. Nana, please tell Haylie to quit touching me. Then, as you know, the arguments begin, “I didn’t touch you.” “Yes you did, I saw you.” On and on it goes until you scream out, “Ok, everyone quit touching each other, keep your hands to yourselves. Read my lips stop it now!”
I love this story about the broken woman with the issue of blood for she comes and touches Jesus and is healed immediately. Jesus asks the question, “Who touched me”, not to bring condemnation but to bring out the Faith in this woman’s life. Listen, Jesus wants us to touch Him. He told the disciples; don’t neglect the children to come to me. I personally believe that Jesus touched them all and blessed them individually.
Some scholars say that the woman touched the tassels of Jesus’ robe which was a reminder to the Jewish male that they were to keep the Law. The Law forbade such action of the woman. The Law declares, “Don’t you dare touch me”. Ah, but Grace says, “Come here and touch Me and be healed”.
Dwell on the Wonderful Grace of Jesus today. We can touch Him because we have an intimate relationship with Him and by His touch our faith in Him is strengthened.
Read about the Powell family's experience in foster care and their heart for ministering to children in need. Article was first published in the May/June edition of Portraits magazine.
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