Sin, Faith, Duty
1Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come. 2It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. 3So watch yourselves.
“If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.
Colossians 3:13 (NLT)
Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
4If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.”
5The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
6He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.
7“Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Would he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? 8Would he not rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? 9Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’ ”
“. . . we have only done our duty.”
A Psalm of Single-Mindedness
by Joe Baily
Lord of reality
make me real
an actor playing out his part-
I don’t want to keep a prayer list
but to pray,
nor agonize to find Your will
but to obey what I already know,
to argue theories of inspiration
but to submit to your Word.
I don’t want to explain the difference
between eros and philos and agape
but to love.
I don’t want to sing as if I mean it,
I want to mean it.
I don’t want to tell it like it is
but to be it
like You want it.
I don’t want to think another needs me
but that I need him
else I’m not complete.
I don’t want to tell others how to do it
but to do it,
to have to be always right
but to admit when I’m wrong.
I don’t want to be a census taker
but an obstetrician,
not a professional
but a friend.
I don’t want to be insensitive
but to hurt where other people hurt,
nor to say “I know how you feel”
but to say God knows and I’ll try
if you’ll be patient with me
and meanwhile I’ll keep quiet.
I don’t want to scorn the cliches of others
but to mean everything I say
Ten Healed of Leprosy
11Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosymet him. They stood at a distance 13and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
Psalm 28:1 (NLT)
I pray to you, O Lord, my rock.
Do not turn a deaf ear to me.
For if you are silent,
I might as well give up and die.
14When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
15One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.
Psalm 30:2 (NLT)
O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
and you restored my health.
16He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
17Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
Psalm 107:1 (NLT)
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.
Choices! Songs and so on about the ten lepers. Enjoy — and remember to give thanks today!
A song from the Medical Mission Sisters: HERE.
Thanksgiving card tricks: HERE.
A cartoon retelling from Global Gospel: HERE.