Matthew 22:36-40


“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

love your neighbor . . .

  • ...wherever you are

    • Prayer Walking
    • Random Acts of Kindness
  • ...in the neighborhood

    • Arbor Trace "Snack & Learn"
    • The Christmas Store
  • ...in the community

    • Harvest House
    • Family Promise
    • Habitat for Humanity
  • ...and beyond

    • Volunteers In Mission
    • Ministry in Haiti

oath of compassionate service

  • Never do for the poor what they have (or could have) the capacity to do for themselves.  
  • Limit one-way giving to emergency situations.  
  • Strive to empower the poor through employment, lending, and investing, using grants sparingly to reinforce achievements.  
  • Subordinate self-interests to the needs of those being served.  
  • Listen closely to those you seek to help, especially to what is not being said—unspoken feelings may contain essential clues to effective service.  
  • Above all, do no harm.

See: Toxic Charity, page 128

recommended reading

  • toxic charity

    by robert lupton

    Veteran urban activist Robert Lupton reveals the shockingly toxic effects that modern charity has upon the very people meant to benefit from it. Toxic Charity provides proven new models for charitable groups who want to help—not sabotage—those whom they desire to serve. Toxic Charity shows us how to start serving needy and impoverished members of our communities in a way that will lead to lasting, real-world change.

               

Still Waters Church  

3617 Scenic Road

Jackson, WI 53037

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