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Stay in Your Lane!

Stay In Your Lane!

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Delano Dove came over to my house last week to do some household repairs. We had a list of things for him to do that Denise and I had talked about. Delano is a friend and a church member. I followed him around, trying to learn something about fixing up a house. We talked about a lot of things. I told him how glad I was that he was there to do the repairs because my wife wanted things ready for Christmas. I think it came up when we started talking about our wives and how important it is for a man to give his wife space to live her life the way she chooses and to allow her to do what she wants to do. Delano then said it: “You have to know when to stay in your lane.” We both laughed and agreed that it is important to give a woman space and not to “Crowd” her with your issues.

“Stay in Your Lane”! As Delano and I talked about “Staying in your Lane,” I began to think about places in the bible where God says something about “Staying in your lane.” One of those places happens in the Book of Joshua in the first chapter. Moses is dead. Joshua, the younger assistant to Moses is named the new leader. God makes a promise to Joshua. The promise is straight forward – God promises to support Joshua in the same way that God supported Moses. The only thing that God requires of Joshua is that he continue in the path that Moses followed. God tells Joshua that if he is consistent and does not veer to the left or right, in other words, “Stay in the lane that Moses followed,” God would bless Joshua and the people of Israel.

Back to Delano. He and I could not stop laughing about the importance of “Staying in your lane.” I told him, this is going to be the title of my sermon for this Sunday. We laughed even harder.

Joshua 1: Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to act in accordance with all the law that my servant Moses commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, so that you may be successful wherever you go.[1]

Questions for Reflection:

  1. After the death of Moses, what message is God telling Joshua?
  2. What does it mean to “Stay in Your Lane”?
  3. Does “Stay in Your Lane” mean never to try something new?

 

Prayer: Lord, help me to become comfortable with myself. Teach me to understand my skill sets, my hopes desires and my comfort zone. Lord, I commit this day to follow your law, trust your providence and love my neighbor as I love myself. Through Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.

 

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

Photo by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Jos 1:7). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Be Still and Know

Be Still Before the Lord!

Bernice Divers is a woman in her eighties. She is a member of the church I pastor in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Mrs. Divers and her husband, Dr. Arthur Divers have been married over 60 years. I asked her how she and her husband met. She said it began in a church that is down the street from my church. She attended the Friendship Baptist Church where the late Rev. Louis Johnson was the pastor. One Sunday during prayer, she stood before the altar with tears streaming down her face. When the worship service concluded, she told me that Rev. Johnson approached her and asked, “Bernice, what is troubling you?” She told him that she wanted to be married, but had not met a man who seemed right for her. The response of the pastor was direct: “Bernice, be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him.”

As things turned out, a short while after her conversation with the pastor, someone introduced her to the man who would become her husband. She found him to be kind, loving, attentive and ambitious. They married, produced three children, and have shared marital harmony for over 60 years!

The advice Rev. Johnson gave Mrs. Divers is still worthwhile: “Be still before the Lord!” Patience with God can be nerve racking. God’s time is not always on the same frame as our time. We tend to want things right away. We often think we know what we want. As I look back upon many of the things that I felt did not come my way at all, or when it came my way it seemed so long, but things have always worked out for the better. In fact, I am so pleased with how things have worked out, because in hindsight, If I had gotten my way when I wanted things my way, I probably would have been disappointed. So for me, the words of David are still relevant –

Psalm 37: 7  Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him; do not fret over those who prosper in their way, over those who carry out evil devices. [1]

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What does it look like to “Be still before the Lord?”
  2. When is our “Patience” with God become an excuse for personal laziness?
  3. How should the Christian view people who “Carry out evil devices?”

 

Prayer: O God, today I seek to “Be still before the Lord.” Show me how to be patient, yet persistent. Teach me to be observant. Educate my ears, so I might better hear the messages you send to me. Show me a better way to follow you and not to become consumed with those who disrespect you, mock you and mistreat others. Lord, I commit my way to you. Lead me and I will follow. Guide me so I might grow. Push me, even through my patience to love my neighbor as I love myself. Teach me to be still as I wait for you. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.

 

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

Photo by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III are located at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ps 37:7). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Trust in the Lord and do Good!

Trust in the Lord and Do Good

For the next few days I will be expounding on Psalm 37. This psalm is said to be a psalm of David. Psalm 37 provides a contrast between the wicked and those who follow the way of God. The expectations the wicked can expect are so different from the promises extended to the righteous:

Psalm 37: 1  Do not fret because of the wicked;

do not be envious of wrongdoers,

2    for they will soon fade like the grass,

and wither like the green herb.

3    Trust in the Lord, and do good;

so you will live in the land, and enjoy security.

4    Take delight in the Lord,

and he will give you the desires of your heart. [1]

David tells us that the wicked, “Will soon fade like the grass…” (vs. 2) The contrast is that those who “Trust in the Lord…will live in the land and enjoy security…” (Vs. 3)

Often, we do the very thing David says in verses one and two, we “Fret because of the wicked and are envious of wrongdoers.” Some people begin to doubt the providence and justice of God because some folk seem like they will never be punished for what they have done. I do not know if you will agree with me, but I have lived long enough to wonder why some people who clearly do wrong sometimes seem to get away with murder. Then, there are times when the bad guys and women are caught during their trouble and they are made to pay for the consequences of their actions. Case in point, we had a mayor in my city of Detroit, Michigan, who was elected in 2001, who seemed like he could get away with anything. However, in seven short years, he ended up convicted of public fraud and is now in the process of serving a 28-year prison sentence! As the Apostle Paul would say in Galatians 6: Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. 10 So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith. [2]

David was far ahead of his time. Hundreds of years before the era of Jesus and Paul, David felt it was imperative that people of faith, try to do good and to trust God. He understood the importance of connecting our faith to our actions. David was king, but he also was a man of deep faith. He wanted his faith in God to be lived out in how he treated others. Likewise, you and I should believe in God, trust God and try to do good to all people on all levels. If we try to live in such a manner, the Lord has promised to bless each of us for all of the days of our lives.

Psalm 37: 3  Trust in the Lord, and do good; so you will live in the land, and enjoy security. [3]

 

Questions for Reflection:

  1. How difficult is it for you to trust in the Lord?
  2. What are the challenges to as David would say, “Do good”?
  3. How does trusting in the Lord and doing good provide a believer to “enjoy security”?

 

Prayer: My Lord and my God, grant me the courage to trust you and the presence of mind to do good, even when others are not nice to me. Increase my faith, that I might trust you in the most difficult of times and days. Enlarge my love, that I might be compelled to do good and love others. Lord, you are my rock and my salvation, in you I have put my trust. Sometimes the light is dim and the road is rocky. The fog can be so thick that I cannot see the way. Hold my hand and lead me to level ground. Contain my heart, that fear cannot rule. Bless me now and lead me safely home. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.

 

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

Photo by Karen Routt

Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III are located at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ps 37:1–4). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[2] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ga 6:7–10). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[3] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ps 37:3). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

 

Take Delight in the Lord and He will Give You the Desires of Your Heart!

Take Delight in the Lord and He Will Give You the Desires of Your Heart-

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A desire for personal empowerment in a world that is increasingly unsettled, seems to be a theme I have noticed in many that I speak with. On so many levels the modern individual is left to fend for themselves. I get a little uncomfortable when I settle in front of my laptop computer to purchase an airline or train ticket for me and my wife. When my mother in law comes to visit, she often asks me to purchase a bus ticket for her return to Ohio. Let me pause for a word about the bus ticket for my mother in law. I would rather that she drives to Detroit or let us pick her up, but the marketing for Greyhound has her number: Taking the bus gives her a sense of independence. She is not dependent upon anyone for her transportation to see Denise or me. Back to my discomfort at making travel arrangements. Not that long ago, the way a person made travel arrangements was to call the airline or bus company directly or a travel agent and they took responsibility for your travel reservation. Now, we are on our own. Travel agencies still exist, but they are not plentiful. If the airline, bus, train or boat ticket is messed up, the company takes no responsibility, because it was you, the individual who made the reservation, and you are on your own!  In a similar way, it used to be that many corporations and governments would provide a defined benefit pension for their employees. Now, the employee is often on their own and must take responsibility for some sort of defined contribution to pay for their own pension.

Let me share with you where I am going with this thought about personal responsibility. It all boils down to personal empowerment. I believe one of the key elements of human life is to have a sense of self-sufficiency. To be self-sufficient gives a person a sense of power over their own destiny.

David the author of Psalm 37 writes that when a person takes, “Delight in the Lord,” God will provide, “The desires of your heart.” I know someone reading this is asking, “How can I obtain the desires of my heart when I have prayed, hoped and wished for something and it just did not happen?” My response is that we take another look at what David is saying. When a person “Delights in the Lord,” it means that their focus is on trying to live a life that is consistent with the teachings of Jesus. It means that our joy comes from believing the word of God, hoping in the word of God, and living a life that is guided by the word and promises of God. When this happens, a change begins to come over our lives. We think differently. We look at our personal relationships differently. We attempt to solve our problems in a different manner. We act different. Ultimately, when we take delight in the Lord we will find that God provides for us the desires of the heart.

Psalm 37: 4  Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. [1]

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What does it mean to, “Take Delight in the Lord”?
  2. Are there any limits to, “The desires of the heart”?

 

Prayer: Lord, I seek delight in your word, your power and your love. I trust in your providence. I rely in your promises. I relax in your protection. Your mercy is magnificent, like the eastern sunrise on a mountain in the morning. Your grace is goodness in real time. Your love is everlasting in this life and the life to come. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.

 

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

Photo by Deacon Michael Daniels

Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III can be found at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ps 37:4). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Conversation Starter for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day Family and Personal Conversation on Thanks

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The following is a conversation starter for Thanksgiving Day.  It can be used before, during or after the Thanksgiving meal.  I encourage you to invite your table guests to read the following scripture from Psalm 9.  Next, ask your guests to reflect upon the questions I have included.  Feel free and welcome to add additional questions for discussion.  I have included a prayer to concluded the table conversation.  May the Lord continue to bless you and your family this Thanksgiving.

Psalm 9

God’s Power and Justice

To the leader: according to Muth-labben. A Psalm of David.

1    I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;

I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

2    I will be glad and exult in you;

I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. [1]

 

Conversation Starter for Thanksgiving Day

  1. Thanksgiving Day is a day that many give pause to reflect upon those things that they are thankful for. What are some of those things you thankful for?
  2. In Psalm 9, David says that, “I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” What are the “Wonderful deeds” you feel the Lord has or is doing in your life?
  3. What are you prepared to do differently in your life because of your gratitude to God?

Prayer:  Lord, I give you thanks for so many things.  I thank you for the life you have given me.  I give you thanks for family.  I thank you for friends.  I thank you for my health.  I thank you for the shelter I call home.  I thank you for the challenges of life.  I thank you for every opportunity.  Bless the food on this table.  Bless the hands that have prepared it and those who will share it.  Make me mindful of the poor and help me to find ways to feed the hungry, satisfy the thirst of the thirsty, and to work to make peace and prosperity throughout the world.

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

Photo by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III of Steve and Dr. Monique Butler

Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III can be found at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ps 9). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Jesus is the Open Door!

Jesus is the Open Door

Yesterday after a quick lunch I drove from Detroit to Livonia, Michigan to see one of my members, Vera Woodruff, who is in a hospice facility. As she slept, I held her hand and spoke with her daughter and a collection of family and friends who gathered around her bed. When we come to the end of a life, often the best we can do is simply be there, reflect, rejoice and share in love with the hope and conviction that Jesus Christ has promised us newness of life, not only in this life, but in the life to come!

At 3:30 I arrived at the Calvary Baptist Church in Detroit to meet an older man, Mr Euric Creighton, 

expressed an interest in August in being baptized with others in the Detroit River. He missed the August baptism because of illness so we contacted my friend in the ministry, Rev. Lawrence Foster and he graciously allowed my church to perform his baptism in their pool. To my pleasant surprise, my associate minister, Rev. Dr. Georgia Hill, arrived to inform me that four children, Kambri Davis,D’Andre Davis, Breana Peterson,LaShawn Foster, two sisters and their two brothers had expressed an interest in also being baptized.

Once everyone had arrived, I asked each of the candidates for baptism to sit in the first row of the church and I explained to them what baptism is all about. I talked to them about the love of Jesus and the significance of making a personal commitment to honor the Lord as our savior. I tried to prepare them for the sacrament of baptism and what would happen once we went into the water.

After gathering in the water, I asked each of them the same questions: “Do you believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior?” “Do you believe in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.” “Are you prepared to renounce all sin and give your life to Jesus Christ?”

Normally, when I have a group of persons who desire to be baptized, I begin with the youngest person and work backward to the oldest, but because we had a man in his eighties who slipped and fell before we began the ritual of baptism, we started with him and worked backwards to the youngest child.

Baptism is a wonderful moment in the life of a believer. Baptism is the symbolic start of a deeper walk with the Lord. The water symbolizes the washing away of the old self so the new person in Christ can be born again. The water was chilly. The baptismal pool in the church was beautiful and the space was full of peace. All five persons seemed to grasp the fullness of the moment. The children were serious but also joyful. I praise the Lord for the commitment of five persons yesterday to make Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior. Praise the Lord!

John 10: I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture[1]

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What are your thoughts about the personal decision to make Christ your Lord and Savior?
  2. What do you remember about your decision to be baptized?

 

Prayer: Lord, I give my life to you. Lord, I am ready to put away the foolishness. Lord, I am ready to serve you. I want to love my neighbor as I love myself. I believe in you and I trust you has my Lord and Savior. Help me this day to be best Christian I can be. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.

 

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

Photo by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Jn 10:9). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

One Night Stand in the Bible – Judah and Tamar

One Night Stand in the Bible – Judah and Tamar-

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Have you ever had a “One night stand”, when emotion and passion caused you to have sex with someone you either knew or did not know? How do you think God looks upon the “Politics of passion?” One view into the mind of God is the biblical story of Judah and Tamar. Tamar is the childless daughter in law of Judah. Her husband, Er, died an early death. The ancient Hebrew law required the next of kin to impregnate the childless widow of his relative. The brother of Er does not want to impregnate Tamar because he is afraid he might die like his brother. After a while, Judah, the father in law of Tamar loses his wife to death and becomes a widow.

One day, when Judah goes to visit a friend for a shearing of sheep, Tamar takes off her widow’s garb, puts on bright clothes and presents herself as a prostitute. Her face is covered and Judah makes her an offer to sleep with her. Tamar becomes pregnant by her father in law, Judah. When Judah believes that Tamar is a prostitute and makes her an offer, he has no money, but offers her a sheep. Tamar requires him to leave something tangible, so he gives her his signet ring and cord. These items end up saving the life of Tamar because when Judah and his family threaten to burn her because she is pregnant, her life is spared when she produces the ring and cord and informs her accusers that those items were owned by the man who got her pregnant. Judah admits his indiscretion and Tamar is spared.

This story is one of those crazy examples of how truth can be stranger than fiction. Judah’s condemnation of what he thinks is Tamar’s indiscretion is eclipsed by his own poor judgment, wrapped up in a “One night stand.”

Genesis 38: 15 When Judah saw her, he thought her to be a prostitute, for she had covered her face. 16 He went over to her at the roadside, and said, “Come, let me come in to you,” for he did not know that she was his daughter-in-law. She said, “What will you give me, that you may come in to me?” 17 He answered, “I will send you a kid from the flock.” And she said, “Only if you give me a pledge, until you send it.” 18 He said, “What pledge shall I give you?” She replied, “Your signet and your cord, and the staff that is in your hand.” So he gave them to her, and went in to her, and she conceived by him. 19 Then she got up and went away, and taking off her veil she put on the garments of her widowhood. [1]

 

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What are your thoughts about the “One night stand” between Judah and Tamar?
  2. What would you do if you were a childless widow like Tamar?
  3. Does Tamar have any other options than to sleep with Judah?
  4. What do you think about the mean and harsh reaction Judah has towards Tamar when he learns she is pregnant?
  5. What are your thoughts about the “Situational ethics” between Judah and his daughter in law?
  6. How do you think God looks at human beings with the tough and sometimes bad choices we make?

 

Prayer: Lord, help me to be fair in how I treat other people. Teach me to be kind and understanding as I witness the pain in others. Lord, teach me to be sensitive to suffering, humble in the presence of personal hurt and spiritual as I tend to the shame of others. Lord, guide my thoughts, that I might make good choices. Lord, guide my hands that I might make good actions. Lord, help me to feel the pain in others and see something worthwhile in others. Show me the way to a life worthy of your calling. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.

 

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

Photo by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ge 38:15–19). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

The Leper’s Thanks

The Leper’s Thanks-


With the approach of Thanksgiving only a few days away, I have done a quick, but not exhaustive search of some of the times in the Bible when the Lord did something great for people of faith, but there is no record of them saying thank you. In the Book of Daniel, neither Daniel coming out of the Lions Den or the three Hebrew young men who were thrown into the fiery furnace are recorded as saying thank you for their deliverance. In Genesis 21, Hagar and her young son, Ishmael are put out from the house of Sarah and Abraham, they almost die from thirst, eventually the Lord delivers them, but they are not recorded as saying thank you.

One story that has a different ending is the story of the ten Lepers that are healed by Jesus. Ten are healed. One turns around praising God for his health. Jesus told the ten lepers to show themselves to the priests. Even before they arrive at the doorstep of the priests, the lepers can feel and see the healing taking place. When the one turns around to say thank you, Jesus blesses him and raises a question about the other nine who did not come back to say thank you.

This Thanksgiving, I encourage you to take a few moments and thank the good Lord for every blessing you have received over the course of your life.

Luke 17: 11 On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, 13 they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. 16 He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? 18 Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.” [1]

Questions for Reflection:

  1. When are some of the times when you have been most thankful?
  2. Why do the nine lepers in the scripture not turn back to praise the Lord and thank Jesus?

 

Prayer: Lord, I take pause to thank you. I thank you for my health. I thank you for life. For my friends and special relationships, I give you thanks. The mind you have provided me has shown me visions of opportunity, prosperity and faith in you. For every day of life, I give you thanks. For hope and love, I say thank you. For strength and endurance, in the face of the storms of life, I give you thanks. For inner peace and the serenity of the Holy Spirit, I give you thanks. Speak clearly and come quickly, Lord Jesus. I give you thanks. I bless your Holy name. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.

 

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

Photo by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III – Photo of “Blended Voices” singing praises to God at the Plymouth United Church of Christ, Detroit

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Lk 17:11–19). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

I Was Hungry and You Gave Me a Turkey!

 

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Former Detroit Lions helped to give out turkeys at  my church today – I am in the yellow jacket, Allen Hughes is next tto me, #98, Lomas Brown in black… the other names I will have to locate.  photo by Mike Daniels

 

 

I Was Hungry and You Gave Me a Turkey

From the parking lot of my church, 300 turkeys were given away this morning. Every year we give away turkeys before Thanksgiving, but this year was different. The day before, we donated 170 turkeys to the residents of the Medical Center Courts Apartments. The Medical Center Courts Apartments was developed by my father and members of the Plymouth United Church of Christ in Detroit, Michigan, USA. What made today’s turkey distribution different was the addition of several former Detroit Lions. The Detroit Lions is the National Football League franchise in the city. The former Detroit Lions personally helped to pack and distribute the turkeys and other stuff to the people who lined up in the chilly morning breeze for food.

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At the beginning, a few persons asked me if it would be better if we lined people up in the cold and made them sign up to make sure essentially that they were who they said they were. I replied that I preferred to allow people to warm up in the church and we would line persons up shortly before the distribution would begin. Everything went so smoothly; we had given out all of the food within a half-hour.  I had a feeling we would have a big crowd for the turkeys becasue my brother, Steve, interviewed Allen and me on his radio show on 910 AM the day before.

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As we gave out the turkeys, I thought of what Jesus had to say about feeding the hungry. Today was a win-win type of event. The church “Won” because the feeding program was exactly in line with what Jesus said about feeding the hungry. The former Detroit Lions seemed happy to be in the mix. They helped people stuff their bags. Those in line seemed happy because they received a turkey. It was a “Triple Winn” for the Lord. The people who received the turkeys were pleased, but it seemed like the former football players and the staff people of the Olympia Group which co-sponsored the event were at least as pleased as those who received a turkey – for in giving, we actually receive!

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Matthew 25: 35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me[1]

Questions for Reflection:

    1. Why do you think Jesus commands his followers to feed the hungry?
  • What is the right attitude that a believer should have in responding to the needs of the poor?

 

 

Prayer: Lord, fill my heart with a spirit of compassion and love upon the poor. Teach me to share what I have with those who are less fortunate. Lord, show me how to live my life in total service to you. Teach me to give without thought of return.  Teach me to love without expectation of anything other than knowing that I have done what you desired that I should do. Bless me to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty and love for all your children. Through Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.

 

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

Photo by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Mt 25:35). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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