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Hello Good People

Hello Good People,
 
I say “good people” and it reminds of something the apostle Peter said in Acts 10.  He had been sharing the Gospel at Cornelius’s house. Cornelius was a Gentile (i.e.: non-Jew, outsider). Peter, previously conditioned to not relate with Gentiles, was convicted by the Lord through a dream and now “realized how true it is that God does not show favoritism” (vs. 34).
 
He went onto boldly declare the message and ministry of Jesus, specifically “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him” (vs. 37,38).
Did you catch that?  Jesus went around “doing good.
 
I love that. 
 
In the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit, Jesus went from place to place doing good. One example (among many) of “doing good” was that he healed people that were under the influence of the devil.  Oh, how we need more and more Jesus-followers to do that kind of good within their spheres of influence!
 
The Scripture informs us that the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy. That is his M.O. You know..his modus operandi…his method of operating. But the passage of Scripture doesn’t end there; it goes on to declare that Jesus came so that people can experience true and lasting life. 
 
Jesus went around doing good. He went around extending true and lasting life to people that were, and continue to be, under the influence of the enemy of our souls.
 
And then, through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit (like Jesus was anointed), we too can “go around doing good.” That’s exactly what Jesus-followers should be doing. Good. Do good. To everyone.  Not just a select few. Not to those that are like us or so-called insiders.
 
Do. Good. To. Everyone.
 
Just like Jesus. 
 
 
Grace & Peace to you!
John
 
P.S. Coming up October 3-6  is LOVE WEEK, which is perfect opportunity to “go around doing good.” Visit the sign-ups in the lobby to be a part of various outreaches across our city. We will be praying through downtown, connecting with the elderly at Capital Manor, ministering to homeless folks at CityVibe, and being a blessing to Grace House, which is a faith-based transitional shelter for women. Other opportunities, as well as administrative help, are available. Lots of places to serve and love people! Let’s do this TOGETHER!