“Neighborly Resolutions: Be Prepared…”

Rev. John Shaver

Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 9:00am and 10:30am

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“…I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” Mattew 5:44


Dear SDUMC Family, I hope this finds you well. Again, many thanks for your prayers and donations for our Nicaragua Project. There were many amazing hope-filled stories that I look forward to sharing with you in the coming days. This Sunday, we’ll conclude our Neighborly Resolutions series as we share how to move along with kindness in a world that isn’t always kind.


I was reminded of this thought in the recent keynote address by Arthur Brooks (author of the current best selling, Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America From The Culture Of Contempt). Here are a few of his thoughts:


“How do we break the habit of contempt? Some people say we need more civility and tolerance. I say, nonsense. Why? Because civility and tolerance are a low standard…Jesus didn’t say, ‘tolerate your enemies.’ He said, ‘love your enemies.’ Answer hatred with love.”

Three pieces of homework: First, “ask God to give you the strength to do this hard thing, to go against your human nature, to follow Jesus’ teaching.” Second, “make a commitment to somebody else to reject contempt…Of course, you’re going to disagree … that’s what makes America great, it’s the competition of ideas, but do it without contempt. Ask somebody to hold you accountable.”
Finally, “go out looking for contempt…Why? [W]hen you answer with love, you change the world. It’s like being a missionary. This is your opportunity to show people what leadership is all about…bring your light.”


“You are Now Entering Mission Territory.”


I hope you’ll join me for an exciting Sunday as we at SDUMC share a message of love for others and be the leaders in our community through neighborly resolutions and living. I’ll look forward to seeing you at 8 AM, 9 AM, or 10:30 AM.


Grace and Peace, John


PS This Sunday, we’ll also celebrate Scouting Sunday. If you still have any of your clothes from scouting, feel free to wear it on Sunday. I’ll be sharing a special merit badge that I received.

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