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Gratitude is an Action

As we approach a season in North America that reflects on thankfulness and the gift of Jesus, we are reminded that there is still much that needs to change. Ann Voskamp, after a recent trip to Africa, tells a story that we all need to hear. Her message contains challenging truths regarding what needs to change in the Church, beginning with us.

We are excited to share the many resources of the Advent Conspiracy, a grassroots program that was started in 2006 by five pastors. These pastors partnered together and imagined a better Christmas practice for their communities. The result is a program embraced by thousands of churches and making an impact in how we live Christmas.

One of the greatest things about this season is celebrating with family. As I watched the video of the Onchenge Family, I thought of my own family. I am reminded of the great gift each unique personality is that makes my life so rich.

Faithwalking is creating a transformative community of disciples mobilized as a functioning body of Christ in their neighborhoods, workplaces and 3rd places – to serve the poor, the marginalized, and those in need. How do they work for the common good? How does this process restore individuals, social systems, communities and nations to God’s design? Jim Herrington shares how radical obedience to God, the power of a reflective life with God, and the characteristics of authentic relationships are the building blocks for enduring community transformation.

 

Abounding grace to you. With gratitude,


Rob Harvey
Executive Director

 


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The True Fast

Isaiah 58

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

1 “Cry out loudly, don’t hold back!
Raise your voice like a trumpet.
Tell My people their transgression
and the house of Jacob their sins.

2 They seek Me day after day
and delight to know My ways,
like a nation that does what is right
and does not abandon the justice of their God.
They ask Me for righteous judgments;
they delight in the nearness of God.”

3 “Why have we fasted, but You have not seen?
We have denied ourselves, but You haven’t noticed!”
“Look, you do as you please on the day of your fast,
and oppress all your workers.

4 You fast with contention and strife
to strike viciously with your fist.
You cannot fast as you do today,
hoping to make your voice heard on high.

5 Will the fast I choose be like this:
A day for a person to deny himself,
to bow his head like a reed,
and to spread out sackcloth and ashes?
Will you call this a fast
and a day acceptable to the Lord?

6 Isn’t the fast I choose:
To break the chains of wickedness,
to untie the ropes of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free,
and to tear off every yoke?

7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
to bring the poor and homeless into your house,
to clothe the naked when you see him,
and not to ignore your own flesh and blood?

8 Then your light will appear like the dawn,
and your recovery will come quickly.
Your righteousness will go before you,
and the Lord’s glory will be your rear guard.

9 At that time, when you call, the Lord will answer;
when you cry out, He will say, ‘Here I am.’
If you get rid of the yoke among you,
the finger-pointing and malicious speaking,

10 and if you offer yourself to the hungry,
and satisfy the afflicted one,
then your light will shine in the darkness,
and your night will be like noonday.

11 The Lord will always lead you,
satisfy you in a parched land,
and strengthen your bones.
You will be like a watered garden
and like a spring whose waters never run dry.

12 Some of you will rebuild the ancient ruins;
you will restore the foundations laid long ago;
you will be called the repairer of broken walls,
the restorer of streets where people live.