Special to the blog this week I take an up-close look at Amy L Sherman’s “Sharing God’s Heart for the Poor”, a new devotional available for group and individual study this fall. Free download available of the introduction and first chapter at the end of the blog.
Did you know…
- 785 million people around the world do not have access to clean water?
- Over 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness in a given year?
- Every 20 seconds a child dies as a result of poor sanitation?
- The richest 62 people on earth have as much wealth as half of the world’s population (more than 3 billion)?
These statistics are alarming, but as we know, statistics can only take us so far. We can read these numbers or see reports on the evening news, but it can still be difficult to know how to respond or event want to respond. Our minds are filled with questions as we hear stories of tragedy day after day.
Can one person really make an impact? Is there a role for me in alleviating the suffering of others? What role does God play in the midst of catastrophe? Does He even care about those in need? All of these questions can lead us to a point of paralysis.
But then something amazing happens. Something unexpected.
God says, ‘I do care. I care deeply about the poor; the marginalized, the suffering. I care so much that I want you to be my ambassadors. To be my salt and light in a world of incredible need.”
Sharing God’s Heart for the Poor by Amy L. Sherman is a brand new bible study for group or individual. Below is a short excerpt from the devotional.
We are often guilty of rocking-chair kindness.
You know, the type that clucks and sighs (or posts on Facebook) about the griefs and woes of the world… and goes right on rocking, never getting up out of the chair to do something about those concerns. By contrast, the man we know as the Good Samaritan acted – even at risk and cost to himself.
In his book, Ministries of Mercy, Reverend Tim Keller explains that the Jericho Road was twisty, shadowy and dangerous. He suggests we picture walking along a dirty, dimly-lit street in the inner city at midnight. Passing a darkened alley, we hear a moan. Will we go into the alley to explore and help? This is akin to what the Good Samaritan did.
The story of the Good Samaritan is one of the most beloved of Scripture, and also one of the most challenging.
Sharing God’s Heart for the Poor helps us to respond to the story in new light. It asks questions like, “In the world today, who is the person most likely to be abandoned on the side of the road?” as well as “What stops you from helping someone in need” and will even challenge you on new personal levels.
Filled with beautiful soul searching photos donned with scripture, your mind and heart will be inspired to take action.
Purchase Your Own Copy Today
However you choose to use these studies, may you be richly blessed as you seek the face of God. In turn, you will discover His presence in the most unlikely of places as you serve “the least of these” in your community.
Purchase your copy of “Sharing God’s Heart for the Poor” on the Church Leaders Top(ics) website. Proceeds from the sale of the book support the work of World Vision Canada.