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Good Morning, Ministry Partner!

September 2, 2019

Be Encouraged by God's Word
My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in, and if you take notice of the one wearing the fine clothes and say, “Have a seat here, please,” while to the one who is poor you say, “Stand there,” or, “Sit at my feet,” have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters. Has not God chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you? Is it not they who drag you into court? Is it not they who blaspheme the excellent name that was invoked over you? You do well if you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

  James 2:1-8, NRSV


Wisdom from Fellow Pilgrims 
Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.

 - Francis of Assisi



Pray Together with Us

God our heavenly Father,
   when the thought of you
   wakes in our hearts,
   let its awakening
   not be like a startled bird
   that flies about in fear.
Instead, let it be like a child
   waking from sleep
   with a heavenly smile.

   - Søren Kierkegaard

New Every Morning: a daily (M-F) encouragement resource for clergy that includes a scriptural start for the day, a thought from a brother/sister of the faith, and a prayer to enrich the service of the minister. It is an inner life component of the Soul Care ministry of the Church of the Nazarene's Clergy Development Office.
— Dr. Daniel Copp, director
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