“But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do” (John 14:31).

As we follow Christ’s model, it is through our obedience to the Father that the world will know we love the Father.

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I stumbled upon this observation from Pastor Steve Hemmeke of Covenant Heritage Reformed Fellowship today:

So the people asked him, saying, “What shall we do then?” – Luke 3:10

Reading this verse made me realize something about repentance. Sincere repentance can be seen by a desperate search for what to do next. “What shall we do then?”

Is this “desperate search” a defining mark of my life? I pray to our Father that it might be so.

The following quote is from Pastor Ouattara Koumbondohou, a participant in Chalmer’s Institute training in Cote d’Ivoire. Pastor Ouattara’s words apply to the work in Peru and everywhere where the Church is applying Christ’s model to minister to the poor and lost. You can read the full article about Pastor Ouattara’s work here.

“I work to help the church recover the holistic nature of the Gospel. Somehow we lost this along the way, thinking that some problems were only spiritual problems and others were social or physical ones. But in reality, all of these facets of ourselves are integrated and balanced in the Gospel message. And the people are very excited to hear this. They’re excited and hopeful to see that their challenge of poverty is being addressed in concrete ways.”