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My sister in Christ, mentee and friend, Ritha, always wanted to go on a mission trip to Haiti. However, things just always seem to fall through. Then, on January 12th, 2010 a 7.0 magnitude Earthquake hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti and killed over 200,000 people. That did it for Ritha. She set out to go to Haiti and this time she wasn’t going to miss her opportunity.

She sent a letter to all of the student groups @ Fordham Law where she attends and asked if any were interested in going to Haiti. One replied affirmatively. They began to plan the trip and @ the 11th hour the dean approved the trip (which is the first of its kind at the school). On Sunday, March 14th, 2010 Ritha landed in Cabaret, Haiti with 14 students from the Fordham Law Disaster Relief Network and the Dean of Student Affairs. Since then she has been sending me tons of pictures of the devastation and life in Haiti. (We will be featuring these photos on our site as they come in.)

Many of us have felt a tug at our heart to get involved, support or start a particular ministry. We give it a try and at the first sign of failure we throw our hands up in the air and give up. Ritha could have given up on her desire to serve her country but she didnt . She persisted and when one door shut, she pursued another. As Christians, we must never allow the enemy to cause us to grow weary in doing good.

He knows that if we all were to stannd up for what is right and fulfill the missions God is calling us to do, the world would come to God. It is time that our lives are no longer just about our comfort zones and little world in a bubble. There are millions out there who we can help in some way or fashion. Some of them are right in our backyard.

Jesus showed us that in order to be a leader, we must first be a servant. We must learn to serve on another instead of just shouting out orders. Is there something God has been calling you to do that you have just pushed aside? If so, isn’t it time you made it happen?

I pray that we will all learn a little something from Ritha’s determination and heart for mission.

Memory Text

And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.”
– Mark 9:35, KJV”

Prayer Prompt
Dear Lord,
Thank you for teaching me that I am to have a heart of a servant. Show me where I can be useful to your children and give me the courage to step out in faith..

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“Let go of me” she must have said as they dragged her out of the room and through the streets. “Stop it, your hurting me.” She said. They continued dragging her through the crowd and threw her on the ground. Right there in the center of the crowd laid Mary Magdalene.

I could just imagine the pain and shame she felt as the lawmen rallied to have her stoned. “What will become of me? I don’t want to die this way.” She must have thought. “He said he loved me, why is he now chanting with them.” She cried. Then the crowd grew silent.

“Jesus, what do you think of this case? This woman was caught in the very act of adultery. According to the mosaic laws, she must be stoned” said the lawmen. “STONED!?! Oh No!” she thought. She looks up and sees Jesus writing in the dirt. He then looks up and says, “You have judged rightly, she is guilty of sin. So, he amongst you who is WITHOUT sin, cast the first stone.” Mary shreeked, tightened her eyes shut and quickly covered her head. A few moments later, she opened one eye and glanced around. To her amazement, they were all moving back and dropping their stones.

She opened the other eye and looked around again and they were moving further and further back. Then, she looked up and saw Jesus’ outstretched hand and He said, “woman, where are thy accusers? No one accuses thee and neither do I, go and sin no more.”

Hallelujah for Jesus! Although Mary was the talk of the town, Jesus showed her compassion and forgave her of her sins. Christ saw beyond her sins and gave her a second chance. Despite her distasteful reputation, Jesus went to bat for her. He became her advocate, He stood up for her and then He set her free.

When Jesus forgives you of your sin and delivers you from the enemy’s stronghold, He doesn’t just leave you there to fend for yourself, He sets you free and restores you.

Are you the talk of the town? Is everyone pointing their finger at you? Have you been placed on the “don’t be like her” bulletin board? Mary Magdalene’s story has a message for all of us. The message is Jesus can restore us. Don’t be concerned about what others are saying, what they are thinking, etc. The only thing that matters is if you come to Jesus, He will go out to bat for you.

I remember when I was the talk of the town, “What’s wrong with that girl? Why can’t she ever keep a man? Is she ever gonna get married or is she planning to be an old maiden? ” People would go on and on and on about what they thought I was not doing right in my life. Sometimes it would get so discouraging that I actually started to internalize their words. Thankfully I would remember this story and be comforted knowing that I would rise again.

We must remember that Jesus was also the talk of the town. The lawmen called Him all sorts of names and tried repeatedly to entrap Him. They made all sorts of false accusations just to get rid of Him. Though they succeeded in getting Him crucified, He rose again on the third day. Hallelujah! The icing on the cake was that Mary Magdalene – the talk of the town – became Mary the Evangelist spreading the message of His ressurection to the people of the town. God restored Mary and He can restore you.

Just try Him!

Memory Text:
“Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28

Prayer Prompt:
Dear Lord,
Thank you for showing me that you can restore me. I have not always made the best decisions and have fallen into sin so many times but, I know that if I come to you, you will be my advocate and forgive of my sins. Lord please help me to rise again and transform me into a mouthpiece for your Kingdom….

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The story is told in Luke 19:1-7

And Jesus entered and passeth through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.
And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was of little stature.
And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.
And he made haste, came down and received Him joyfully.
And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.

Why are the children of God so condemning? Although we preach the Salvation message, our self-righteousness threatens to destruct the very message we are trying to relay. Zacchaeus was a publican (collector of the Roman revenue as defined in the Smith’s Bible Dictionary) and because he collected taxes for the Romans from his own people, he was considered a sinner. It was also mentioned that he was rich. It may be that he was believed to have pocketed some of the revenue. Basically, Zacchaeus was not one of the crowd favorites. Matter of fact, he was no where near making the list.

Regardless of his not so favorable reputation, Zacchaeus heard that Jesus was in town and was determined to see the man who has performed all of these miracles. He wanted to SEE Jesus for himself. However, there was a tiny problem (no pun intended…ok maybe a little), Zacchaeus was too short to see over the crowd. What is he to do? Well, Zacchaeus had made up his mind that he was going to see Jesus. So, he came up with the brilliant idea to climb up the sycamore tree. He was sure to at least get a glimpse of the Savior now.

As he scanned through the masses, he could see the shadow of the master coming down the road. “Yes, YES! I can see him.” Zacchaeus said to himself. Before he could even finish that thought, Jesus looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down; for today I must abide at thy house.” Zacchaeus must have thought to himself, “WHAT! You want to go to my house? Wait, how’d you know my name? and out of all the people here to see you, why’d you pay attention to me?”

Isn’t it amazing how Jesus not only noticed Zacchaeus atop the sycamore tree, He called him by name. Despite the multitude of folks who came to see Jesus, He noticed a tax collecting sinner sitting in the sycamore tree. He told him to come down because he wanted to go to his house and abide (stay a while). This wasn’t a 2 minute walkthrough visit, he got comfortable at Zacchaeus’ house.

While all this is going on, the crowd did what they do best- MURMUR. “What is up with Jesus going to Zacchaeus’ house? Doesn’t he know he is a sinner?”
Ofcourse Jesus knew of Zacchaeus’ past. However, Christ was more concerned about his future. Christ didn’t care whether the crowd murmured, criticized or downright threw tantrums. All that mattered was Zacchaeus sought him out and He intended to “ABIDE” with him.

Zacchaeus’ story teaches us that if we sincerely seek Jesus and commit to let nothing or no one stand in our way, Jesus will call us by name and will come & ABIDE with us. It doesn’t matter what murmurs go on about you, Christ still wants to ABIDE with you. Christ can pinpoint a sincere heart from amongst the masses. God doesn’t look for quantity, he seeks quality. Zacchaeus desired to see Christ and his sincere desire brought him a unexpected, soul saving and life changing guest.

Zacchaeus has also taught us that in order to see Jesus, we need to rise above the noise of the crowd. We must also learn how to not allow ourselves to be intimidated by the masses. Zacchaeus could have easily said I don’t belong here, but he didn’t. When it comes to your relationship with God, there is no one else around but the two of you.

How serious are you about seeing Jesus? What mountains or trees are you willing to climb to see Jesus? All He wants you to do is take the first step towards Him and He will do the rest. Don’t be concerned about the murmuring! It’s about you and Jesus. Don’t be concerned about the noise! It’s about you and Jesus. Don’t be concerned about the condition of your life! It’s about you and Jesus. Jesus has called you down from the sycamore tree. Won’t you take a step for Jesus?

Memory Text:

As far as the east is from the west so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12


Prayer Prompt:

“Dear Jesus,
I know I am not perfect, but I really want to know you. Please come into my home (heart) and ABIDE. Like Zacchaeus, I want to make right what I have done wrong and I pray that I too will receive forgiveness from you for…..”

We participate in Walk With Him Wednesdays.

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