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What Happened First

Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8). All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions were his own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus There were no needy persons among them (Acts 4:32-34). What happened first? What...

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I Have Christ, What Want I More?

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does theLordrequire of you?To act justlyand to love mercy and to walk humblywith your God (Micah 6:8). All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessionswas their own, but they shared everything they had.With great power the apostles continued to testifyto the resurrectionof the Lor...

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It Doesn't Happen "Naturally"

Act justly; love mercy; walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8). Selling their possession and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need There were no needy persons among them (Acts 2:45, 4:34). This week's two passages from Acts both follow immediately upon the apostles' proclamation of the resurrection. Our passage from Acts 2 comes right after Peter's sermon on Pentecost...

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New Creation

"He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does theLordrequire of you? To act justlyand to love mercy and to walk humblywith your God" (Micah 6:8) "They devoted themselves to the apostles' teachingand to fellowship, to the breaking of breadand to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.All the believers were to...

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Jesus Continues to Do and to Teach

Act justly; love mercy; walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8). Acts 2:42-47 and 4:32-37 As we enter this fourth and final week of our Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly series, we want to explore how the early church began to walk out the Jesus way. We'll use two passages from early in the Book of Acts, Acts 2:42-47 and 4:32-37. Luke authored both our Gospel of Luke ...

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The Justice That Seeks and Saves, Part Two

What does the LORD require of you? To act justly, love mercyand walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8). For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost (Luke 19:10). Are you catching echoes of the prodigal son story in the story of Zacchaeus? A son who has "un-son-ed" himself based on his attitudes and behavior a good shepherd/good Father who seeks the return a...

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The Justice That Seeks and Saves, Part One

What does the LORD require of you? To act justly, love mercyand walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8). For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost (Luke 19:10 As we have been attending to the perhaps familiar "Zacchaeus story" this week, it's important to set it in its wider context. Good Bible reading doesn't just attend to a given passage, it also notices...

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A Wee Little Dose of Justice

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does theLordrequire of you? To act justlyand to love mercy and to walk humblywith your God (Micah 6:8). And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold" (Luke 19:8). The story of Zacchaeus the tax collector...

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Original-Identity Restoration

He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8). Jesus said to him (Zacchaeus), "Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost" (Luke 19:9-10). Scripture tells us of two...

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Lessons from a Little Guy

Do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8) (Luke 19:1-10) [Editor's note: we're continuing our Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly series, diving this week into the story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19. I think you'll find that our writers will help you see that there's more to this story than we thought!] "Zacchaeus was a wee little man, a wee little m...

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Waiting for Mercy

Do justice, love mercy, walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8). "Please come put your hands on my dying little girl and heal her," Jairus asked.So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed. And a woman (Mark 5:23-25). The waiting is the hardest part: waiting for lab results, for the doctors to evaluate them, for the doctors to finally get to you and give you the news t...

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All Wrapped in Bandages

And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God (Micah 6:8). ...one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus...fell at (Jesus') feet and pleaded earnestly with him, "My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live." So Jesus went with him... And a woman...who had bee...

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The Sweet Solace of Mercy

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does theLordrequire of you?To act justlyand to love mercy and to walk humblywith your God (Micah 6:8). He went in and said to them,"Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep." But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child's father and mother and the disciples who were wit...

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Mercy is Magnetic

He has shown you what is good and what the Lord requires of you -- do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8 When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake Then one of the s...

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Love Mercy

What does the LORD require of you, but to do justice,love mercy and walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8). Why doesn't Micah 6:8 instruct us to do mercy (act mercifully), just as it tells us to do justice (act justly)? Why are we to love mercy? We're taking Micah's three verbs in reverse order. Last week we looked at the third, walk humbly with your God. This week we'll ...

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Simple or Complicated?

What does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercyand to walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8). Six months ago life was already pretty complicated, right? Now add in a pandemic, turmoil and conflict around our complicated history with respect to race, and accompanying economic uncertainty, political gridlock, and it's feeling more complicated than ever. N...

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"I Surrender All"

He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God (Micah 6:8). Jesus gave them this answer, "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does" (John 5:19). He was standing alo...

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Following in My Father's Footsteps

He has shown you what is good and what the Lord requires of you -- do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8). Jesus gave them this answer: "Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does (John 5:5-21). Children learn by example: that adage ri...

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Stoop and Conquer

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does theLordrequire of you? To act justlyand to love mercy and to walk humblywith your God (Micah 6:8). "Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself;he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does" (John 5:19). The old saying goes something like this: "if you ...

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What is Good?

What does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercyand to walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8). So because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jews persecuted him. Jesus said to them, "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working" (John 5:16-17). It's a bit complicated but hang in there and allow the Holy Spirit t...

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On Earth, Part II

Another angel with a golden censer came and stood at the altar; he was given a great quantity of incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel. Then the angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth; and there were peals o...

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The Color That Unites Us

Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, "Who are these, clothed in white robes,and from where have they come?" I said to him, "Sir, you know." And he said to me,"These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robesand made them white in the blood of the Lamb" (Revelation 7:13-14). Every human being on the face of the earth has a unique...

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A Bigger Table, A Bigger Dream

After this, I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice, 'Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb' (R...

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