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Lost and Forgotten

The Lord is my Good Shepherd

12What do you think? If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? 13And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. 14So it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.

Matthew 18:12-14

Jackie Turner posted a Craigslist ad asking to rent a Mom and Dad for Christmas. She was willing to pay $8 an hour just to have someone to talk to and be with for Christmas. Jackie is an honor student at William Jessup University who has come a long way from her broken and abusive background. The happy ending of this story is that Jackie got numerous responses and, with help of others, is planning a giant party for everyone who responded to her ad. What an encouraging turn of events!

The letters of the scripture passage are written in red because they are the words of Jesus. In a new movement called Red Letter Christianity, Christians seek to pay careful attention to the words of scripture that are spoken by Jesus and base their Christian walks on His direction. We would all do well to be become Red Letter Christians, especially at Christmas time.

Jesus instructs us to remember the lost sheep, but lost sheep like Jackie are often forgotten. Pray that God will give you wisdom to seek out the lost sheep of your neighborhood and community. Take the time to speak, to notice and to touch people around you with His love. It is truly the spirit of the season and the Christian life.

No one should be lost and forgotten at Christmas.

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Practice Being Non-Mean

Martin Marty once said that you can divide religious people into two groups. Not the liberal and conservative, not the Catholics and the Protestants, but the mean and the non-mean. That hurts, but it is also true.

This seems to ring so true in our world today, but if we are to be a Mystic /Missional people we must practice being non-mean. Non-mean people know what they believe and practice the red letters (words of Jesus) of the Bible. The real question is what does that look like?

NON-MEAN PEOPLE

  • Love and respect people who disagree with them.
  • Give without qualification.
  • Never expect payback.
  • Know that they are sinners.
  • Say hello first.
  • Forgive the unforgivable.

That’s a bit of a tough list, but it is a good beginning. We as Mystic/Missional people must be kind and likable so that we have opportunities to be the salt and light of the world. After all if we don’t help-WHO WILL ?

 

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