Love One Another

Be Extraordinary

Resist the ordinary . . .

Hungry men seek food,
Sick men healing – none the less;
After meals or cures,
Ordinary lives persist,
The ups and downs still await

Yet not faint promise
Of economic reforms,
Social justice brought,
Though heaven on earth must wait,
Loving neighbours pleases God

. . . be extraordinary

written in response to today’s prompt at The Daily Post

Love is . . .

Even blessed with faith,
Without love, I am nothing;
Though giving my all,
Without love, I sound hollow;

Love always protects,
Always trusts, hopes, perseveres;
Its patience endures
With kindness which overcomes;

Love rejects evil;
It rejoices with the truth,
Not records of wrongs,
Which too easily anger;

Love honours others,
It is never self-seeking;
It does not envy,
Shall not boast, is not proud;

Know this: love never fails.

written in response to today’s prompt at The Daily Post – “record” – and re-working the well-known opening eight verses of 1 Corinthians:13

Sir Nicholas Winton – “The British Schindler”

A memorial service has been held today for Sir Nicholas Winton, who rescued hundreds of children from the Holocaust in the months before World War Two.

Some 28 of those he saved as children were among 400 people who attended the event at London’s Guildhall, along with Czech, Slovak and UK government representatives.

Sir Nicholas organised the “Kindertransport” in which 669 mostly Jewish children came to Britain by train from Czechoslovakia in 1939.

He died on 1 July last year, aged 106.

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Please read and watch – I defy you to not shed a tear.

Sir Nicholas George Winton, MBE is a British humanitarian who organised the rescue of 669, mostly Jewish, children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War, in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport. Winton found homes for the children and arranged for their safe passage to Britain. The UK press has dubbed him the “British Schindler”. On 28 October 2014 he was awarded the highest honour of the Czech Republic, the Order of the White Lion, by Czech President Miloš Zeman.

Nicholas Winton was born on 19 May 1909 in Hampstead, London, a son of German Jewish parents who had moved to London two years earlier. The family name was Wertheim, but they changed it to Winton in an effort at integration. They also converted to Christianity, and Winton was baptised.

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Faith Unlocked’s Friday Haiku – Igniting Love

Written following this week’s prompt on Haiku Horizons:

God’s Word lights a spark
Igniting love in my heart –
Humbly, to serve all

“Your heart will take you places your head can never go”

This is the fourth of a series of posts on summarised Lessons from New Wine – United 2014. @ChristyWimber, Senior Pastor of Yorba Linda Vineyard spoke on this topic in Week 1.

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Where the Enemy tries to divide, God’s purpose is to unite. Praying to love more each day leads to unity. Loving individuals leads to a loving church. Love underpins unity. Jesus’s love for us should naturally lead to our love for others, leading to the church’s love for the world.

Loving Jesus first, living in that place – everything in the kingdom stems from how we receive God and from God: salvation, faith, healing – these are all gifts we need to learn to receive.

The toughest thing for many people is to love themselves, and to accept that they themselves are loved.

The greatest anointing of the church, the greatest of its riches, is love. If you don’t have love, any other gifts mean nothing. It’s not about what we know – we can know plenty of the wrong things. It is about love, and never getting over our encounters with God.

Unity stems from the community of Jesus – we are one body. Jesus unites us for a purpose as a community of unity and diversity. “Unity” does not mean “agreement”; unity means choosing love and grace, a “commitment to other” which is bigger than simply understanding our differences.

How did Jesus reach the broken, bitter, the hardened? He loved them anyway. There is power together with all of the saints when love is present. Where love is, there is overflow of blessing.

Your heart can lead you to people you would never dream of. Be vulnerable to where God wants you to go, love the differences, rooted and grounded in love.

Reblog: $100 of Lunches

I love it when stuff like this happens: one person’s Random Act of Kindness rippling out, and out, and out . . .

‘Magnificent Kindness’ – Sam Bailey

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When I posted yesterday and offered free lunch for people by putting $100 on a Subway card, I had no idea what people would do with it.

You can view yesterday’s post here.

The balance dropped as I watched the transactions online, people around the country getting free subway, it was so exciting to watch!

And then, one guy, walked into subway waihi, and as well as enjoying a sub, decided to top up the card by another $100!!

People kept doing this! In fact, over $230 got topped up, meaning over $330 of subway being available for people for free!

It was an amazing day and I’m so grateful. If you have any doubt, friends believe me today; people, are awesome!

Here’s some of the messages I received yesterday, and a few of many more stories I heard.

Thanks so much for getting involved!

‘There was a very…

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#FF @compassionuk ‘Follow Friday’ Haiku – Hope for the Children www.compassionuk.org #compassion #sponsorachild

Hope for street children –
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Compassionate love

by @faithunlocked

dedicated to @compassionuk http://www.compassionuk.org/

Commissioned Living

Great commission
Missional living
Missional loving
Greatest commandments
Love God, love yourselves
Love your neighbours
And your enemies
Lay down your lives
For your brothers
Sacrificial giving
Sacrificial loving
Missional living
Intentional faith
Commissioned loving