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Compassion Is a Choice At a time when so much of our world seems out of control, compassion remains a choice everyone still owns. David Staal reflects on how compassion requires us to truly notice other people. Resource type: Article | Source: Ministry Matters | Author: David Staal God's Heart of Compassion Carolyn Brown invites congregations to engage children in worship and provides a wealth of resources for worship planning around the texts of 1 Kings 17:8-24, Psalm 30, Psalm 146, Luke 7:11-17, and the theme of compassion. Resource type: Article | Source: Worshiping With Children | Author: Carolyn Brown Repentance Begins with God's Compassion A commentary on Psalm 51:1-17. Restoration and redemption of the sinful is rooted in the compassion of God. It is the source of our hope for deliverance. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: A Plain Account | Author: APA Admin God's Grace and Compassion Based on Psalm 147:1-11, 20, Isaiah 40, Mark 1:29-39, and 1 Corinthians 9:16-23, this resource reflects on God's abundant grace and compassion for God's people. Resource type: Article | Source: Sacredise | Author: John van de Laar Compassion that Moves! Shively J. T. Smith discusses the nature of compassion in the gospel of Matthew. It is not simply a feeling of sympathy, but it is "acting concretely on the behalf of the afflicted." Resource type: Article | Source: Day1 | Author: Shively J T Smith Compassion: A Healing Tool Referencing Isaiah 43:1b-4a, this book excerpt from Becca Stevens' "The Gift of Compassion: A Guide to Helping Those Who Grieve" juxtaposes the simple compassionate act of lighting a candle with both complex chaplaincies and God's compassion. Resource type: Article | Source: Ministry Matters | Author: Becca Stevens Compassion Louis Tamminga offers a brief reflection on compassion. Christians are called to imitate Christ in reaching out with compassion to the unfortunate, helpless, lonely, and hurting. Resource type: Article | Source: The CRC Network | Author: Louis M. Tamminga Compassion Is Our Only Hope A responsive prayer of confession based on Daniel 9 that acknowledges God's perfect covenant faithfulness in contrast with our own unfaithfulness. We don't deserve a hearing from God; our only hope is his compassion. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship Compassion Hymn A hymn composed by Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, and Stuart Townend that meditates on the compassion shown to us by Christ, which is the basis for the compassion we should show the world. Resource type: Song/Hymn | Source: Global Worship Full Text Hymns on Compassion Jesus, Full of All CompassionPD
Jesus, thou art all compassionPD
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Anthropological Evidence of Compassion The following quote from Margaret Mead, "The evidence of compassion is the first sign of civilization," can be used in a sermon on caring for one another in the church as well as in our community.... Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: R. Wayne Willis Compassion in the Synagogue A commentary on Mark 2:23-3:6 explores two key scenes in Mark that reveal Jesus' ability to guide us beyond religious disputes to see the real needs of suffering people with compassion and sensitivity. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week | Author: Matt Skinner Compassion for Today's Artists Francis Schaffer urges compassion for modern artists whose "tortured expressions" speak of "struggling with their appalling lostness - illustrating Luke 15, Luke 19:10, and Matthew 9:36. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Francis Schaffer Holiness as Compassion and Justice This sermon starter by John van de Laar draws on Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, Psalm 119:33-40, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, and Matthew 5:38-48 to argue that holiness is "doing justice, compassion, fairness, non-violence, and generosity." Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Sacredise | Author: John van de Laar Compassion on the Crowd The disciples reveal poverty of the faith as well as food in Mark 8:1-10. With only a few loaves they give up hope, yet Jesus's compassion on the crowd overwhelms their lack of belief. Resource type: Devotional | Source: ePriest Compassion and Justice This article considers the difference between compassion and justice, suggesting that compassion-focused actions seek to solve the temporary situation, while justice tries to focus on the cause of the situation. Resource type: Article | Source: Ministry Matters | Author: Joseph Yoo Compassion and Need Reflecting on Mark 6:30-34, David Lose writes that this passage starts off with rest among our labors then shifts gears to move instead to talk about compassion and need. What do people need to really flourish? Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: In the Meantime | Author: David J. Lose
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