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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
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Proper 8 (13)

"Whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple--truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward."    Matthew 10:42

Texts & Discussion:

Genesis 22:1-14
Psalm 13
Jeremiah 28:5-9
Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18
Romans 6:12-23
Matthew 10:40-42


Other Resources:


Matthew Henry,    Wesley

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This Week's Themes:

Human Obedience and God's Provision
Grace & Sanctification
Reward for Service

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          Everyday Heroes, Matthew 10:40-42, Rev. Frank Schaefer

Just a week ago--as I was thinking about these words by Jesus--I came across this headline:

Woman helps blind Chicago Cubs fan hail a taxi outside Wrigley Field
- Casey Spelman helped a blind man hail a cab outside Wrigley Field in Chicago
- As the 26-year-old helped the man, a witness took photos and put them online
- She was happy she was there to help and that he was able to find a ride home

Isnít that a perfect modern-day example of what Jesus is talking about? If we all started to be a bit kinder to one another, this world would be such a happier and peaceful place.

And notice that according to Jesusí words, it doesnít take a huge effort. It doesnít take an act of bravery to show a gesture of kindness. Just welcoming another person who God sends your way, just helping a blind man hail a taxi, just giving a cup of water to a child will have tremendous rewards. Superheroes not necessarily needed...just everyday heroes.

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