OCG Challenge #14

During these lazy, hazy days of summer, try to learn about your cross-generational friend’s thoughts on time. Ask your friend what she likes to do when she has nothing to do. Is she comfortable with having “nothing to do?” Is there a difference between what he says he likes to do and what he actually does with free time? Is she at peace with how she uses her time? Ask, listen, absorb and learn!

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OCG Challenge #14

Small serving

“Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.” (Prov. 15:17)

What are you serving out these days? Let this season’s abundance of produce – every farmer’s market, sack of tomatoes from your neighbor, trip down the grocery store veggie aisle – remind you of the value of the heart. It’s the inside, the attitude that matters, in all things.

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Small serving

Real-life walk with Christ

What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens at home needs to leave home. We’re talking about faith here, about a real-life walk with Christ. As you send your kids off to school, jobs, the military, you don’t want them ditching their faith at the door.

Surveys show most kids walk away from faith because of broken homes. If your home has suffered a marriage break-up, it doesn’t have to mean an end of believing for your kids. Pray for them. Keep pointing them to God as the only one who does not change or let us down. Pray for godly friends and mentors to come into their lives. If you know kids from broken homes, pray for them, look into mentoring one or more, show them the reality of Jesus at work even in the hurt and mess of all our lives.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Heb. 13:8) Let’s pray together that our families’ next generations know this, cling to this and pass it on. Because it’s true!

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Real-life walk with Christ

Wallenberg’s playbook

2017 08 04 - homelessRaoul Wallenberg would turn 105 today. But he likely didn’t live to see his 34th birthday, having disappeared from Hungary near the end of WWII, after saving thousands of Jews from extermination. Wallenberg was Swedish, wealthy, an architect and businessman. He was sent to Budapest in 1944 with Sweden’s diplomatic corps, where his persistent efforts saved thousands of Jews’ lives. Today he is honored around the world for his courage and compassion. Oh, that we might all be a little more like Raoul. We may not find ourselves jumping atop a train loaded with Jews to distribute fake (life-saving) passports while being shot at by Nazi sympathizers, but in each of our worlds, we can stand up for the oppressed, put an arm around the hurting, go out of our way to care for someone in need.

Take a page from Wallenberg’s playbook. Be brave today. Step up for the defenseless, love the seemingly unloved. Show Jesus to them.

Wallenberg’s playbook