Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Guts to Act

When I read 1 John 3:17 in the King James Version,
But who so hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
I couldn't help but giggle at the language.
Bowels? What's up with that? Constipation? 
To the ancient Greeks, in addition to their digestive functions, the bowels (guts) were the center of the higher emotions such as fear and love. Think "gut-wrenching." Note that the phrase of compassion is in italics, so it is not in the original Greek. The language connects the gut-wrenching hunger pangs of the poor with the very center of our very being, our will. 
The Evangelist follows with
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
Do you want the love of God to live inside you? Can you walk the walk or just talk the talk? Do you have the guts to do something about hunger? 
FBC's World Hunger Offering is your chance to act instead of talk.

Robert Strickland, Chair of FBC Austin's Mission and Ministry Committee

W.H.O. Emphasis
The initial campaign of "First Serve" is simply about raising awareness for the World Hunger Offering. Three times a week from now until May 10th, the Missions Committee of FBC will be providing snippets about world hunger, ways FBC is engaging the issue, and small steps of engagement. 

Spread the word, connect others to this initiative and by May 10th, let us have raised awareness and support working together to end hunger.


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