Saturday, August 27, 2016
Friday, August 26, 2016
Thursday, August 25, 2016
A once-dilapidated clinic, with no water, electricity, or trained staff, has received a new lease on life, thanks to the Abundant Health initiative and the work of the Liberia Annual Conference health board.
The John Dean Town Clinic is the only health facility serving the remote John Dean Town community in Grand Bassa County, Liberia. Until recently, most care, including that for pregnant women, newly delivered mothers, and babies, was provided by traditional birth attendants with limited skills. This often led to negative outcomes for mothers and babies.
Now, with support from Abundant Health and the Liberia Conference health board, the John Dean Town Clinic has the capacity to provide community health education, delivery services, medicines, medical supplies, immunizations, family planning services, and treatment for common childhood illnesses. The clinic has hired a new nurse midwife, built a well with water piped to the clinic, and established a regular supply of medicines. The resident nurse/midwife also helps train Community Health Volunteers to serve the community and encourage mothers to have their babies at the health center.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Call to worship, Psalm 30
Children, 2 Kings 5.1-14 (Naaman)
Message, Galatians 6.7-18
This conclusion has the most damning assessment of the preachers of this no-gospel that Paul is refuting: They preach circumcision because it makes them more acceptable and removes the risk from following Jesus: Galatians 6:12 only that they may not be persecuted.
Again, Paul points to the cross: Galatians 6:14 May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
Again, Paul points to the Spirit – “sow to the Spirit”, “eternal life from the Spirit”.
Galatians 6:8-9 If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. 9 So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.
Naaman could have quoted these verses
Sow to his flesh – his pride
Sow to the Spirit – humility
Galatians 6:15 For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything!
Creation/new: It is God’s work, not our work
Neither circumcision (purely outward, “spit and polish”)
(Mt 23.3, MSG)
Nor compulsive obedience and discipline
2 Corinthians 5:17-18 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 18 All this is from God
“I don’t drink, smoke, or chew, and I don’t go with girls who do”