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Acts 28:11-16

Twice in six short verses today we see Christian "brothers" stepping up to help other Christians. And the extra special thing about what we see here in Acts 28:11-16 is, these two groups of Christians aren't helping Paul because they know him. They've never met him before. Yet there they are giving him support and providing for his needs. What an excellent example. These verses got me thinking about my own actions, and I have to tell you, I felt that prick of conviction. Yes, my husband and I do help others, but we could--and should--be doing more.

So how can we be more tuned in and intentional when it comes to meeting the needs of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, both people we know and those that we don't? Who might we help physically (moving, picking up groceries, baby sitting, etc.), or emotionally (praying for someone with a need) or financially if we're able? Tami W.

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I love these thoughts, Tami. I have been the recipient of this kind of practical help on more than one occasion. I think it boils down to spending time with people and getting to know what the need is. It's so easy on Sunday AM to just say "hello, how are you" without really even noticing or paying attention. Small groups are good for this as well. Small groups that meet in a home often take the time to get to know each other better and know the needs.

Wow! We are finishing up a 'love study' at our church and one of the primary strategies that has surfaced is helping others in 'small groups.' I'm sure we've all experienced times where we've wanted to help our brothers and sisters in Christ, but didn't exactly know what to do or how to do it. Through this experience, we're learning that connecting to a small group can 'inspire' you to become more intentional in meeting others' needs because you're more aware of the needs and you don't feel so overwhelmed in having to address them alone. Glory to God for the wonderful things that we can discover as we 'plug into' the body of Christ! Thank you Tami & Carol for sharing!


Sometimes we may see a write up in the newspaper on someone who requires some type of assistance. We can check if it is bona fide case and then see what help we can offer. Help comes in many forms, as you have listed Tami, physically, emotionally or financially. We must also keep our eyes open and our ears alert because in our own neighbourhood or church there could be people who need our support but are too proud to seek it. A person might think everybody is facing financial crisis so "I do not want to burden anyone with my problems". As Carol and Alexis mention working through small groups is an excellent idea. At our church we have a "Care in the Community" group.

I believe that God created us was that we should love Him with all our heart and all our mind and soul and our neighbour as ourselves. To me, this is saying we are our brothers keepers and whatever God has blessed us with we must share with others not necessarily close family only. It is not ours anyway. It is only in trust for the Lord.

I was going over doing these things one day with a good christian friend!And back ~n~forth,we made decisions escpeially concerning whether they were christians or not!She said you dont have to help the non-believers out and do you know where she is coming from?They believe they can do it without God!But certainly we can help people out as well without being a financial aid!I did this with one guy & finally I asked him(he was making $14-$16/hr when I was making $11 at the time.But this guy could blow money like there wasn't going to be any made tomorrow)!

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