Spiritual Sunday — Your Ministry of Mercy

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Hello my Lovlies,  As many of you will notice I didn't post to my blog much this past week.  Well... it's because I was sick most of last week — but fear not I'm back!!!! 

Today for Spiritual Sunday my post is about Your Ministry of Mercy. 

Below is the link to the audio. 

Below please also find the sermon notes so you can follow along with the audio. 


The Miracle of Mercy

Pastor Buddy Owens — Saddleback Church

"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy."Matthew 5:7 (NIV)

Mercy is  


"A man with leprosy came to Jesus and begged him on his knees, 'If you are willing, you can make me clean.'
"Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. 'I am willing,' he said. 'Be clean!' Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.
"Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning: 'See that you don't tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.' Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him from everywhere."
Mark 1:40-45 (NIV) 

"Compassion is about making a decision. It's not an emotion . . . Expressing compassion is a deliberate choice [to embrace pain that is not your own] . . . We are most like Christ when we choose to offer the gift of our presence and choose to absorb within ourselves the suffering of the least, the last, and the lost. Are you looking for Jesus? That's where you'll find him." — Kay Warren

"[The priest] is to slaughter the lamb in the holy place where the sin offering and the burnt offering are slaughtered . . . The priest is to take some of the blood of the guilt offering and put it on the lobe of the right ear of the one to be cleansed, on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot."Leviticus 14:13-14 (NIV)

"Moses slaughtered the ram and took some of its blood and put it on the lobe of Aaron's right ear, on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot. Moses also brought Aaron's sons forward and put some of the blood on the lobes of their right ears, on the thumbs of their right hands and on the big toes of their right feet."Leviticus 8:23-24 (NIV)

Whether you're a priest or a leper:  


Mercy is  

"Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for a man to humble himself? Is it only for bowing one's head like a reed and for lying on sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD? 
"Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter — when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? 
"Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: 'Here am I.'
"If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings."
Isaiah 58:5-12 (NIV)

And as we follow your heart We are led to the lost Finding there a place of praise No matter what the cost So we will stand with the weak Give our most to the least Serving you with all we have Your kingdom, God, we seek
A Life of Love — David Gate

My Lovlies I watched this sermon live this morning, and it is an extremely powerful call to action.  

Please watch and enjoy the sermon. Then ask yourself, "What am I willing to do to bring someone in need into the family to God?" 

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