Cast In Stone

“As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd. Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” – John 8:3-11.

The story in John chapter 8 is one of my favorite stories. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery to Jesus. They said, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”  The Pharisees believed they had trapped Jesus because Israel was under the rule of the Romans. The Jewish law required that a woman caught in adultery was to be stoned to death. (Leviticus 20:10)  But under Roman law a person could only be put to death by the judge. So if Jesus answered that the woman was to be stoned He would have been breaking the Roman law. But if He answered to let the woman go, then He would not have been upholding the Jewish law. 

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” When Jesus straightened up they were all gone. 

This story is an effective backdrop to judging others. When all those who were condemning her, Jesus told the woman to “Go and sin no more.”  People left Jesus and the woman because they all had done something wrong in their life. And while it is easy to judge someone else, it is more difficult to judge ourselves. Because when we judge others, we are comparing ourselves to them: Our behavior and actions, our reputation, our tucked away stuff. Like the Pharisees, we are trying to convince ourselves that we are better than others, and we actually think we deserve more. We are saying that we are all that and then some. But we are not all that, just as the people who were condemning the woman all those years ago found out.

God is the only one who can judge, because He is the only one who is perfect, He is the only one who can judge without any evil intentions or hidden agendas. God doesn’t love one person more than another. He doesn’t love me more than he loves you. And He doesn’t love us more than the person we have judged and written off.

So, just like Jesus told the religious people (you without sin throw the first stone), don’t judge people because they don’t have what you have. Or they look or act differently, or they do things that you don’t approve of. Rather, show them the love of God by not condemning them, but loving them as God loves you.

Discussion Questions

  1. When you catch people in their brokenness, do you look more like Jesus or the religious leaders?
  2. What if you were the person “caught with your hand in the cookie jar” – when your sin was exposed for others to see.  How would you feel?  How would you want other Christians to handle it?   
  3. Romans 8:1 says, “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.” What does that verse mean in the area of judging others? 

I Am My Brother’s Keeper

“Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God. For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ.  Remember what it says:“Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled.” – Hebrews 3: 12-15.  

Cain is not the most inspiring person in the Bible. His name lives on today for the wrong reasons. You know the story: Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. They both brought offerings to God. God looked with favor on Abel and his offering, which made Cain angry. So Cain lured his brother out into the field and killed him. But what makes this story so interesting is not the jealously and murder, it’s Cain’s self-justifying answer when God asks “Where is your brother Abel?” The answer is “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:1-9)

I don’t know what he was thinking when he decided to be snippy with God. My guess, and it is only as guess, is that he wasn’t thinking and that his motivation was to justify a self-focused life. Fast forward to 2016: There are plenty of days when just “keeping” my own life running is about all I feel I can handle. But even so, God has called us to be our brother’s, our neighbor’s, and even our enemy’s keeper. God invites us to love, stand up for, and kneel down in humility to serve others in our lives. And that call occasionally challenges us to step out of our comfort zones and confront a brother who is sinning and lost their way. 

We are commanded to hold each other accountable and make each other stronger. God has given us a brilliant plan for this that keeps all close by his side. Because we are fallen and sinful, we will have conflicts. God has given us a model for working out those conflicts, whether they are big or small. The Bible talks about confronting another believer in Matthew  18:15-20. 

Matthew 7 is where we find Jesus talking about removing the log from your eye before you point out the speck in someone else’s eye. (Matthew 7:3-5)  Note that the passage does not tell us not to take the log out of our brother’s eye, but to first deal with our own sin. This process restores both the confronter and the confronted to Christ. After reading and understanding those verses, one begins to realize that before we confront a bother or sister on their sin, we have a lot of work to do on ourselves.

Confrontation is not to be done as a reaction to being injured out of selfish anger, but as a proactive act of service to the one being confronted. We are not to elevate ourselves above others, but follow Christ’s example and consider one another more important than ourselves.

Remember, you are just one beggar telling another beggar where to find food for the week.

Discussion Questions

  1. Which hindrance to correcting a brother or sister is the most common excuse for not doing it? Can you think of others?
  2. Many think of “confronting” as being abrasive. Others think “gentleness” means not being strong. Where’s the biblical balance? 
  3. What are some biblical guidelines for knowing when to let something go and when to confront?
  4. If the sin of others doesn’t break your heart, it’s probably because your heart has never been broken over your own sin. Agree or disagree and why? 

Judging The Judges

“Don’t speak evil against each other, dear brothers and sisters. If you criticize and judge each other, then you are criticizing and judging God’s law. But your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you. God alone, who gave the law, is the Judge. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to judge your neighbor?” –  James 4:11-12.

We have many opportunities to judge others. When we are asked to serve on a jury, we are expected to judge the guilt or innocence of the person who is on trial. Over the last year, we were asked to judge which presidential candidate will do the best job over the next four years. But our ability to judge extends far beyond legal or civic matters. We judge other people’s actions and behaviors as well. 

Jesus knew humans would struggle with judging. He issued a warning in Matthew: “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.” (Matthew 7:1-5).

This verse does not mean that we should never make judgments. We make judgments every day. We judge between right and wrong, dangerous choices from safe ones, to name two. Jesus is cautioning us to not to be a hypocrite. He is telling us to take the log out of our own eye so that we can help the other person. In other words, we shouldn’t be critical of someone when we have things in our own lives that need to be corrected. 

This is not the only verse in the Bible about judging others. Don’t judge anyone by your human limitations. Only God’s judgments are flawless (John 8:15-16). Don’t be quick to condemn someone else’s actions. God is patient, but He doesn’t overlook anyone’s disobedience, especially our own (Romans 2:1-5). Don’t attack each other. Try to be a good example so others won’t copy our bad behavior (Romans 14:13). Don’t speak evil about others. Are we qualified to perfectly judge someone else? (James 4:11-12).

It is clear that we are not to judge others, but it is equally clear that we cannot or should not ignore sin. Not ignoring sin sometimes requires us to judge others, but in a Biblical way. I know that initially sounds confusing. It is important to understand the difference between the judging mentioned in Matthew 7:2-5 and the righteous kind of judgment that comes with discernment. John 7:24 says, “Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly.”  This means that we should not judge on the basis of insufficient, superficial information. Outward appearance is usually deceptive and first impressions are often inaccurate. “Remember, the sins of some people are obvious, leading them to certain judgment. But there are others whose sins will not be revealed until later.  In the same way, the good deeds of some people are obvious. And the good deeds done in secret will someday come to light.” (1 Timothy 5:24,25). The Bible forbids us from judging on the basis of appearance, personal opinions or unsubstantiated suspicions.

Discussion Questions:

  1. When you size others up, do you tend to write them off (condemn them) or walk away (avoid their problems)? Why do you think you respond the way you do?
  2. Talk about a time when your first impression of a person was wrong. How did what you later learned about the person change your relationship with him or her?
  3. Have you been sized up recently but refused to listen and instead wrote the person off as being judgmental? If so, what is one thing you can do this week to listen to the feedback you’ve received and begin to make changes?

Judgment Without Being Judgmental

“You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things. And we know that God, in his justice, will punish anyone who does such things. Since you judge others for doing these things, why do you think you can avoid God’s judgment when you do the same things? Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?” – Roman 2:1-4.

We are all familiar with Jesus’ words, “do not judge.” We stand all the ready, with best of intentions, to judge the mistakes and wrongdoing of others. Something is satisfying about somebody paying for their misdeeds. We judge through opinions, jokes, rumors, name calling, and characterizations, to name a few. Some of these methods can seem like mere words, but we can’t fool ourselves, in many cases we are judging others. And when we are being judgmental we are not using good judgment or truly understanding what Jesus is talking about in Matthew 7.

Yes, we are to discern good from evil, but not when judgment turns to condemnation. Being judgmental is one of the biggest reasons people leave the church or refuse to attend church in the first place. Being judgmental creates a divide. Everybody makes mistakes and sometimes it can seem like Christians can’t overlook those mistakes. Judging people creates the sense that you are not welcome in church. Yet, this phrase “do not judge” is telling us to do the exact opposite. It is telling us to stop looking outward and look inward. We have no right to feel superior and righteous. We are all in need of reconciliation. And as such we are called to be ministers of reconciliation. That calls for good judgment, not being judgmental.

The actual message in the phrase do not judge, deals with one’s own sins before looking at anyone else’s, since good judgment requires a pure heart. Likewise, it is critical to understand that Jesus emphasizes repentance and right action and assumes that once these things are in place, good judgment can be made and is in fact necessary. 

In summary, in this passage, Jesus warns of the human tendency to judge based on our own faults and flaws. This warning should be considered before trying to judge another’s actions or intentions. Instead, the passage tells us that we should always examine ourselves first to see if the log we see is actually affixed to our own eye—and only if our eye is clean can we trust our judgment enough to begin the process of helping remove the offense from anyone else. This is an incredibly important point, both emphasizing the importance of good judgment and the steps necessary to acquire it.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What in your mind is the difference between good judgment and being judgmental?
  2. Why do you think it’s so hard to let go of judgments we make about others?
  3. What can we do this week to replace judging others with good judgment?    

You Be The Judge Of That

“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. Then Jesus gave the following illustration: “Can one blind person lead another? Won’t they both fall into a ditch? Students are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher. And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying, ‘Friend, let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.” – Luke 6:37-32. 

There is a story of a bishop who was embarking on a transatlantic voyage. When on board, he discovered he was sharing the cabin with another passenger. After going to his cabin, the bishop went to the purser’s desk and inquired if he could leave his gold watch and other valuables in the ship’s safe. He explained that he normally didn’t take that type of precaution, but after meeting his cabin mate, he grew concerned that the other man appeared to be untrustworthy. The purser accepted the responsibility for the valuables and remarked, ’It’s all right, bishop, I’ll be very glad to take care of them for you. The other man has been up here and left his for the same reason!’“

The verse about not judging lest you be judged, is probably the most misquoted and taken out of context verse in the Bible. I have talked about it and have heard it talked about on multiple occasions. Often it is used to stop a conversation. Somebody will say “Judge not, lest you be judged,” and the conversation generally stops because who wants to be labeled judgmental? This series is intended to help us to learn and understand the Bible. 

Let’s look at the big picture of Matthew 7:1-5. Those verses are not saying not to “judge” things, but it is saying not to do it hypocritically. There are many examples in the Bible where we are even called to judge things. Jesus even tells us how we are to judge things in John 7:24, “Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly.” We are to first “judge” ourselves. We are to examine ourselves to make sure that we aren’t doing the very thing that we are admonishing someone else to not do.

Jesus’ point here isn’t to say that we always have the same problem we see in others, just that we tend to see in others what we have in ourselves. In this passage, Jesus warns of the human tendency to judge based on our own faults and flaws. This warning is one that should be considered before any assumption about another’s behavior or intentions. Instead, the passage asserts that we should always examine ourselves first to see if the splinter we see is actually affixed to our own eye—and only if our eye is clean can we trust our judgment enough to begin the process of helping remove the offense from anyone else. This is an incredibly important point, both emphasizing the importance of good judgment and the steps necessary to acquire it.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What are some ways that we have a tendency to judge others? What are some general perceptions of what it means to judge others?
  2. According to Jesus, why are we often unfit to be judges (Matthew 7:3-4)? Are we ever fit to be judges?
  3. Some have assumed that Jesus was forbidding all judgment. How would you respond to this suggestion? What kind of judgment does He have in mind?
  4. Jesus refers to our relationship to believers (brothers and sisters). What steps must we take to truly help a brother or sister? 

God's Love Is Proactive

“Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.” – Psalm 27:10.

When you hear the word adoption, most believers think in one of two ways. First, they are praying for a family that is thinking of adopting, or second, they are giving a love offering to help the state or local children’s home. These are good things to do. We should pray and we should help economically when we are able. But if that’s all orphan care is to us, then we have missed God’s perspective on adoption. 

Adoption was never plan B for God. It wasn’t an alternative solution. It was plan A. Before the universe existed, God had planned on adopting us into his family through Jesus Christ. Ephesians 1:5 says, “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.”

God did not adopt us because of who we are or what we bring to the table. He adopted us because of His amazing mercy.

Ephesians 5:1 says, “Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children”  God’s completely underserved mercy for us should compel us to mirror His adoptive love to a world in need. God’s love is proactive. In our fast paced world where we are bombarded with news and information constantly, we have become very reactive. That reaction can be building walls between what is happening and our lives. The question is are we building walls to separate ourself from those who need Jesus or are we building bridges of love to lead them to Him?” The only way I’ve seen to build bridges is to be proactive in sharing God’s love. Christian love is not based on loving people the way we want to be loved. It’s loving people the way God has loved us. He acted. He pursued. He showered grace on the sinner. This is the way we should look at adoption.

Obviously, not everyone is called to adopt, but every believer is called to act. That means not merely feeling sorry for orphans. Sentimentalism is no substitute for action. There are many ways we can help orphans in our area. We just need to seek God’s guidance where we can best help. How is He calling you to love the orphan today?

Discussion Questions

  1. Adoption is who’s responsibility? Why do you feel that way?
  2. How can we be more proactive in helping orphans in our area?
  3. Pray and ask for guidance on how to get involved?

A Change Of Heart

“ You know that these hands of mine have worked to supply my own needs and even the needs of those who were with me.” – Acts 20:34 

I admire and thank God for the people who are willing to become foster parents. It is not easy. It is an exciting adventure. No doubt about it. It also has its fair share of trials. To be honest, it can be like boarding a rollercoaster with so many twists, turns, and loops that you feel it’s never coming to an end. 

But every day foster parents across this country are opening their doors to children, guiding them and helping them reach their potential. Every day they invest their love, energy and prayers to give these kids the home they need. And when you watch from a distance, the sacrifices these parents make to first reach these kids, see their progress and witness their development, brings a smile to your face. Foster care is just as much about changing the story of the child, as it is changing the story of the foster parents.

It is easy to view foster care as simply bringing a child from an unstable place into a better one. While that is in part the case, it is more than that. When a child is welcomed into a foster parent’s house it is actually the child that is inviting the parents into their story. Foster parenting has the ability to warm your heart and turn your life upside down all in one. 

You will become attached. It happens all the time and it won’t take long for it to happen. You can try to fortify your heart, because it would make it easier for you to detach from them when the time came for them to return home. It probably won’t work. Foster parents have told me that it was nearly impossible not to love the children they are caring for. It just happens. You get hooked and that’s not a bad thing. You cannot have these precious children in your lives and not be moved by them. You cannot open your heart to them and not have it transformed by them. The experiences and memories will always be a part of you, and a piece of you is now always a part of them. Mark 9:37 says, “Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not only me but also my Father who sent me.”

The need for foster parents is great. Yes, there can be challenges, but there’s an overwhelming need for loving people to step up to the plate. There are unexpected blessings if you do. You could be positively rewriting the story of a child’s life while rewriting your own. 

Discussion Questions

  1. John 14:18 says, “No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you.” What does that mean to us today?
  2. What, in your view, are the qualifications of being a foster parent?
  3. Do you believe the child or the foster parents receive the bigger benefit?

Where The Action Is

“What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.“ –  James 2:14-17.

We believe that only the church can truly change the reality of orphans around the world. First, we need to be educated on the needs both locally and globally. Then we need to move from learning to action. Whatever your skills and experience, and however much time you can offer, there are ways for you to make a difference. It is just a matter of where and what. I encourage you to suspend reality for a moment and see what is possible. But if we are to be the solution, we need more than good intentions. 

Doing something in the area of orphans may cost you. Maybe some money, certainly some time, definitely some energy, and more than likely some emotion, convenience, comfort and normalcy. No one ever said, “Yes, I want to get involved, but I don’t want that involvement to change any part of my life. The reality is nothing will be the same, everything will change.

There will be costs, but it is important to stress that it is worth the costs because of the gains the child may receive. A child is always worth the process and more valuable than the costs. Always. 

This is not for everybody, but maybe, just maybe it is for you. The Bible urges us to care for orphans, and provides some context as to why we should. In James 1:27, we are told that of all the measures by which our faith can be demonstrated, caring for orphans in their distress ranks among the highest and purest. “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” Why does God rank caring for orphans among the highest expressions of our faith? Perhaps because caring for orphans is not only one of the clearest expressions of the heart of God, but also a tangible demonstration of the Gospel. Or maybe it is a beautiful continuation of the redemption story of God and a vivid demonstration of the love of Jesus extended through us.

Let me end with this: If you’re someone who keeps wondering about it, talking about it and praying about it then you’re probably someone that just needs to do it…and most likely somebody that would be great at it. And I understand this post may not be written to your particular circumstances right now. No book, blog or article ever can address the uniquenesses of everyone’s situations. But please pray about the orphans in this world that need a family. We have a job to do, and that job is being God’s Plan A for people without families.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What comes to mind when you hear the word “orphan?”
  2. Caring about orphans is a way to define your faith. Agree or disagree and why?
  3. “God sets the lonely in families.” (Psalm 68:6 NIV). How does He do that? What might your role be in His plan?
  4. What steps can you take to make your heart more like God’s with regard to orphans?

Is There Someone Out There Who Cares For Me?

“For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” – Zephaniah 3:17

Imagine that you are a child that was unwanted from the time you were born. Everything about you was wrong. Born to the wrong parents, wrong gender, wrong size, wrong disposition, wrong intelligence; everything is wrong. Your parents never stop criticizing, constantly telling you to be quiet, telling you that you are stupid, that you are an embarrassment and finally saying, “I can’t stand the sight of you, I wish you had never been born.”

Yes, that is an extreme case, but the reality is that there are millions of kids out there who are at this moment wondering if anyone truly cares. And many of those kids who feel abandoned and betrayed are wondering, where’s God? To them, He feels like a distant, impersonal force? Nothing could be further from the truth. God’s love for the orphan is visible throughout the Bible. It is very clear where His heart lies and that He’s called us to join Him to help the orphans all over the world. But here’s the thing. It takes getting involved. Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you take an active interest. But once you do, everything changes.

Saint Augustine said this: “What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has the eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.” We cannot change the world. Only Jesus can do that. We can, however, change the world for one person. We can show an orphan in our area that somebody does care and that there is a God that loves them more than they can know. 

Many people wonder what true religion really is. The Bible leaves no doubt. James 1:27 says,  “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you”

Once we realize how much God loves us and what He went through to adopt us into His family, we really have only two responses. First, it’ll clarify to you how much your life matters. Second, it should make us sensitive to the plight of orphans around the world.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What are the needs of orphans today? Have those needs changed over the years?
  2. Why do you think orphans and widows are mentioned in James 1:27?
  3. What steps can you take to make your heart more like God’s with regard to orphans?

The Heart of The Matter: God Cares About Every Orphan

“True justice must be given to foreigners living among you and to orphans, and you must never accept a widow’s garment as security for her debt.  Always remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord your God redeemed you from your slavery. That is why I have given you this command. “When you are harvesting your crops and forget to bring in a bundle of grain from your field, don’t go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigners, orphans, and widows. Then the Lord your God will bless you in all you do. When you beat the olives from your olive trees, don’t go over the boughs twice. Leave the remaining olives for the foreigners, orphans, and widows. When you gather the grapes in your vineyard, don’t glean the vines after they are picked. Leave the remaining grapes for the foreigners, orphans, and widows.” – Deuteronomy 24:17-21. 

There is a superhero movie coming out every week. The formula is the same; watching these powerful, superheroes defeat their fiendish arch-villains plotting to destroy the planet, or the universe. These movies fall in line with our fascination with the powerful, the rich and the popular. The Bible has a different perspective. The Bible has stories of the meek, the humble, and the disenfranchised. These stories would not be riveting superhero movies, that is for sure. 

We see God’s interest in people on the margins on nearly every page of Scripture. God selected a nation of slaves to be His special people. God chose sheep-tenders to be the first to hear news of the Savior’s birth. But perhaps nowhere do we see this reality more clearly than in God’s passion for the orphan. 

Just think of the contrast for a second. We see God, the indescribable, powerful and self-sufficient creator of all things, concerned about the least powerful and self-sufficient — the orphan in distress. “He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice…” (Deuteronomy 10:18). The Prophets echo the same truth: “No, in you alone do the orphans find mercy.” (Hosea 14:3b). And, again, in the Psalms, “Father to the fatherless, defender of widows—this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families…” (Psalm 68:5-6).

In this, we see the beauty of God’s heart. He cares not only for the orphan, but for each of us as well. He pursued us when we were poor and alone. He adopted us as His children. He invites us to call him “father” and to live as His daughters and sons. Of course, we must not miss the fact that God calls His people to do the same. We are to live out “pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress…”  (James 1:27).

As we do this, we reveal God’s heart to the world. Whether by adoption or foster care or mentoring or supporting the local church in care for orphans in our area, we display that astonishing reality that God cares passionately for the least of these, the least of us.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What does God’s consistent concern for the orphan tell you about His character?
  2. What does it reveal about how He feels about you?
  3. In what ways might you be able to reveal God’s peculiar, beautiful sense of priority to the world?
  4. What can we do this week to help orphans around the world?