My friend recently gave me a book by Michael S. Beates called Disability & the Gospel. Although I’m not quite finished reading it, I highly recommend it. Everyone could benefit by reading this book.
Our world and culture cries out for us to highly regard the status symbols of the day: health, wealth, nice car, the popular person. Christ calls us to embrace the lowly, the least of these, the blind, the crippled, the lame…the forgotten ones, the ones we want to overlook or shoo away. But Christ says, “Come to Me.”
When I was in grade school, the teacher wrote this on the board: chURch and asked what it means. I can remember saying, “The church you are.” She said I was close. “You are the church,” she exclaimed. We, the people, are the church. And we all really do need and benefit from one another. When someone with a developmental disability or mental illness comes to church, we must embrace and love them. We actually learn more of His great love as we learn how to best love each and every person.
This 16 DVD set with 38 sessions features Wade Myers, Harvard MBA. More importantly, though, Mr. Myers is a godly man. This set , offered by Franklin Springs Media, contains 38 sessions, 6 workbooks, and a preloaded USB drive. Have you wanted to become an entrepreneur? Are looking for sound teaching on this subject from a Biblical perspective? Are you at a crossroads in your vocation? Take a few moments to check out this resource. www.franklinsprings.com
Just a few areas you’ll learn about are:
**Productivity and Creativity
**Matthew 25 – Parable of the Talents
**Success : is it really the one with the most toys who wins? Or is it obedience to God’s commands?
Have you considered what it means to be fruitful? We are here on the earth to advance the Kingdom; it’s not about us. When we bear fruit, we are glorifying our Lord. Fruitfulness is a consequence of obedience.
There is so much more that could be said; be sure to check Venture Academy out today.
Act One (TM) writes brief one act skits as ice breakers for youth meetings, devotionals, and messages. This is titled Sister Love. The scene is the bathroom, 4 hair dryers and one straightener are on the counter, along with cottonballs and Qtips plus a generous array of makeup.
M – Mary
S – Suzie
D – Dad
M: “Suzie, where are YOU going tonight? You look so nice.”
S: “A bunch of friends are going for pizza at Buddy’s. I’m sure when you’re older you’ll do fun things like this, too.”
M: “I don’t know…I mean, look at me. Pimples, ugly clothes –I’m such a boring person. Is there REALLY a God? I don’t know anymore.”
S: “Look, sis. Look, look up, look in the mirror. Just take a minute and look.”
M: “Yes, I see…it’s me…I told you…pimples, ugly clothes, a frown…” (Mary is crying now.)
S: “No, sis, look again. I see a WORK of GOD’S HAND, a precious young lady made in GOD’S IMAGE, a talented person, a person who is yearning for answers to hard questions. God made you and don’t you ever forget it. He fashioned you in mother’s womb. I read in my time alone with God today from Psalm 139:13-18 and it says: ‘For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wroought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with You.’ Then, verses 23-24 say, ‘Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.’
M: “Oh sis. Thanks. I really needed to hear that again. My mind plays games, I need to retrain it. I need to think differently. I need to change…”
D: “Hi Girls! I’m back from work. Hey, someone just pulled up. Suzie, is your ride here?”
S: “Yes, Dad. I love you, see you all later.”
D: “Mary — how about going out for an ice cream cone after dinner with me? Mom can stay home with your brothers and we’ll go alone – just the 2 of us.”
M: “OK, Daddy. I’d like that very much.”