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Topical Study on Kindness Kindness shows itself when we treat other people deferentially, going beyond being merely polite in order gently and tenderly to extend warmth and love. Kindness involves a generosity of spirit, a desire to say or do something that ennobles another person and makes them feel cared for and cherished. Somewhat... The Grit and Tender Gravity of Kindness Poetry by Naomi Shihab Nye https://onbeing.org/blog/the-grit-and-tender-gravity-of-kindness/ Poetry by Naomi Shihab Nye Topics: Kindness , Sorrow , Suffering , Compassion Source: On Being Guided by Naomi Shihab Nye's beloved poem "Kindness," Parker Palmer reflects on our capacity to emerge from the depth of suffering, into the fullness of compassion. Kindness Returned with Kindness Sermon Illustration by Marshall Shelley http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2000/october/12650.html Sermon Illustration by Marshall Shelley Topics: Kindness , Illustration Source: Preaching Today Lewis and Clark's famous expedition was saved by a stranger's simple act of kindness—practiced years before. This story illustrates the power of sowing and reaping kindness. Appropriate for Colossians 3:12-17 and other similar texts. Try a Little Kindness Devotional https://www.theologyofwork.org/the-high-calling/try-little-kindness Devotional Topics: Kindness , Work , Service Source: Theology of Work: The High Calling This devotional on Ephesians 4:31 draws on the author's experience in being served kindly by a waitress to encourage readers to demonstrate kindness toward others. Feasting on Fruit: Kindness Practical How-To by Kasey Hitt https://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/5074/feasting-on-fruit-kindness Practical How-To by Kasey Hitt Topics: Kindness , Fruit of the Spirit , Spirit Source: Ministry Matters A breathing exercise meant to help the exerciser imagine, embody, and multiply kindness toward others. Kindness Evangelism Sermon Illustration by John Trent http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/1999/october/12036.html Sermon Illustration by John Trent Topics: Kindness , Conversion , Evangelism , Witness Source: Preaching Today This is a story of Mark, who came to faith by witnessing a simple act of kindness at a Young Life group. It may serve as an illustration for Matthew 22:34-46 and 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8. Each Kindness Sermon Illustration by Krista Lovell http://storypath.upsem.edu/each-kindness/ Sermon Illustration by Krista Lovell Topics: Kindness , Love , Water , Story Source: Storypath Krista Lovell explores the book Each Kindness, a story about young girls learning that their actions have consequences for the people around them -- a useful lesson for those following Jesus' command to love one another. Sow a Little Kindness Devotional https://www.theologyofwork.org/the-high-calling/sow-little-kindness Devotional Topics: Kindness , Justice , Injustice , Compassion Source: Theology of Work: The High Calling Discussing human desire for retributive justice and retaliation, this devotional by Dave Peterson on Matthew 5:38 encourages readers to respond to injury and injustice with compassion and kindness. The Creative Power of Kindness Sermon (Complete) by John R. Claypool, IV http://day1.org/6397-30_good_minutes_john_claypool_on_the_creative_power_of_kindness Sermon (Complete) by John R. Claypool, IV Topics: Kindness , Mercy , Adultery , Identity Source: Day1 This sermon works through the passage of the adulterous woman brought before Jesus and challenges us to mimic the kindness and mercy he shows. Dr. King taught kindness ; Why Song/Hymn by Hattye C Miller http://cdm17178.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/fa-gospel/id/26579 Song/Hymn by Hattye C Miller Topics: Gospel Music , Music Source: Baylor Black Gospel Music Restoration Project This album from the Baylor Black Gospel Music Restoration Project was recorded by Hattye C. Miller and the Sherls Brothers, with the songs "Dr. King taught kindness" and "Why." Sermon Illustrations on Kindness Sermon Illustration https://thepastorsworkshop.com/sermon-illustrations-2/sermon-illustrations-kindness/ Sermon Illustration Topics: Kindness , Leadership , Change Source: The Pastor's Workshop This list of sermon illustrations explores the power of kindness that transforms people's life and the impact of unexpected kindness. "Pay It Forward": Exponential Kindness Sermon Illustration http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2001/august/13214.html Sermon Illustration Topics: Kindness , Love , Ministry , Generosity Source: Preaching Today The movie "Pay It Forward" demonstrates how kindness can be multiplied exponentially if people respond to others' kindness by their own kind acts - illlustrating Colossians 3:12, Galatians 5:22-23, and Luke 10:30-37. Rest, Kindness, and Sacrifice Sermon Starter/Outline https://www.theologyofwork.org/the-high-calling/sermon-notes-1st-quarter-2015-rest-kindness-and-sacrifice Sermon Starter/Outline Topics: Kindness , Rest , Sacrifice , Faith Source: Theology of Work: The High Calling These three sermons outlines focus on rest, kindness, and sacrifice in the context of faith and work. Sermon Quotes on Kindness Book Quote by Aesop https://thepastorsworkshop.com/sermon-quotes-by-topic/sermon-quotes-kindness/ Book Quote by Aesop Topics: Kindness , Sermon , Love Source: The Pastor's Workshop Two proverbs from Aesop and Basil about showing kindness and love. Marriages Thrive on Kindness Sermon Illustration by Emily Esfahani Smith http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2014/october/6101314.html Sermon Illustration by Emily Esfahani Smith Topics: Kindness , Divorce , Love , Marriage Source: Preaching Today Romance and passion are often considered essential ingredients for a successful marriage, but this illustration describes the importance of kindness and the absence of contempt for a successful relationship. Kindness on the Putt-Putt Course Article https://www.theologyofwork.org/the-high-calling/i-learned-kindness-putt-putt-course-mom Article Topics: Kindness , Shame , Honor , Culture Source: Theology of Work: The High Calling This article reflects deeply on shame, culture, and kindness. Hike Based on Kindness Fails Sermon Illustration by Brian Lowery http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2008/march/5032408.html Sermon Illustration by Brian Lowery Topics: Kindness , Generosity , Hospitality , Journey Source: Preaching Today Describing a failed attempt to travel a long distance without money by relying on the kindness of strangers, this sermon illustration demonstrates principles of hospitality. God's Marvelous Loving-Kindness Study Guide by James Miller https://episcopalchurch.org/library/bible-study/bible-study-proper-13-2014 Study Guide by James Miller Topics: Blessing , Compassion , Covenant Source: Sermons That Work A Bible study guide by James Miller focused on blessing (Genesis 32:22-31), God's compassion (Psalm 17:1-7,16), God's eternal covenant (Romans 9:1-5), and the compassion seen in Jesus (Matthew 14:13-21). Justice, kindness, and humility Sermon Starter/Outline by Courtney Clayton Jenkins http://www.theafricanamericanlectionary.org/PopupLectionaryReading.asp?LRID=403 Sermon Starter/Outline by Courtney Clayton Jenkins Topics: Kindness , Justice , Oppression , Reconciliation Source: The African American Lectionary Courtney Clayton Jenkins offers a sermon starter on Micah 6:6-8 for a Sunday designated to celebrate pastors. "We honor those who have humbled themselves and committed their lives to the work of 'doing justice.'” The kindness of strangers Study Guide by Patrick Keyser https://www.episcopalchurch.org/library/bible-study/bible-study-pentecost-4-c-july-7-2019 Study Guide by Patrick Keyser Topics: Joy , Lament , Unity , Hospitality Source: Sermons That Work In this study guide, Patrick Keyser highlights the role of seemingly insignificant persons in 2 Kings 5:1-14, joy and lament in Psalm 30, unity in Galatians 6:1-16, and the hospitality of strangers in Luke 10:1-11, 16-20.... Do Justice. Love Kindness. Walk Humbly. And Vote. Sermon (Complete) by Emily C. Heath http://day1.org/7560-emily_c_heath_do_justice_love_kindness_walk_humbly_and_vote Sermon (Complete) by Emily C. Heath Topics: Kindness , Love , Humility , Election Source: Day1 In this reflection on Christianity and civic duty first published before the 2016 presidential election, Emily Heath connects the words of Micah 6:8 to the act of voting, arguing that Christians should vote with Micah's injunction...

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