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100 Ways to Love Like Christ + Free Book Contest

posted by Tom Davis

Since we are discussing “how” Christlike love works, I want to host an open forum to gather the BEST ideas for how to love those around us.  Building off yesterday’s post, I want everyone who reads this post to leave a comment that answers this question:

What simple thing can I do (or learn how to do) that will help me display the love of Christ to those around me?

I gave you two practical ideas yesterday. 1. Learn how to jumpstart a car and keep jumper cables with you.  2. Learn how to change a flat tire.

There are thousands more like these two. What’s your take?

These things seem positively boring and mundane. Yet, in the right context, they become the currency of Christ’s love.

Now let’s face it, like the story of the Good Samaritan, we’ve all passed people who are “stranded” on the side of the road with a flat tire. We’ve all seen situations where we could have responded, but instead thought, “I’m sure someone else more qualified will help that poor person.” And we walk on by.

We rationalize with well thought out objections. My favorite is safety. “If I stop on the side of the road to help this person change a tire, they will probably be a rapist or axe murderer. I should keep going.”

You probably have a greater chance of being killed by a falling coconut than you do stopping to help a stranded motorist. The fear you feel is not from God. The gripping fear that tells you that helping others is dangerous and leads to pain and suffering and abuse is not from God. It is Satan suggesting to you the very rational and “human” reasons why you should love yourself MORE than that person in need. Your safety is MORE IMPORTANT than stopping to help.

We all fight this battle.

Today, let’s assemble 100 great ideas for how to put love into action in ways that overcome fear.

You can leave comments that relate to any kind of tangible expression of love. Think of the simple everyday actions. We’re not talking about grand gestures. We’re talking about practical preparation to engage the world around us. What does it look like?

100 ideas please. Leave your idea or comment below. Feel free to put in even more than one, if you’re feeling inspired.

As an extra incentive–and because I love you guys–I will choose one comment at random and send you a free copy of one of my books. But, I’ll only hold the drawing once we’ve hit 100 comments. Comment to enter. The winner will be drawn at random and receive one copy of one of my books (see titles to the right.) And if we hit 200 comments, I’ll give away 2 books at random.

Looking forward to reading your ideas.



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Jena Penner

posted August 18, 2010 at 7:51 am


Have a casserole in the freezer at all times. Ready to drop off at a moments notice.



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tymm

posted August 18, 2010 at 7:57 am


we try to keep some non-perishable items handy in the car for when we come across somebody who might be hungry. It’s small, but it helps.



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Vicki Bowman

posted August 18, 2010 at 8:04 am


Tom,because of physical resons,I couldn’t change a flat tire if I wanted to.My way of trying to be more like Jesus;always treat eeeeveryone with kindness,not just the people you like.Be willing to lend a helping hand,anyone can help an elderly or disabled person put their groceries in their car,return their shopping cart.You may not be comfortable picking up a homeless person on the street,but you can go purchase them a meal,a blanket,shoes,ect.Most of all we can love one another as Christ loved us.



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Jessica Smith

posted August 18, 2010 at 8:08 am


Be known for your smile! By smiling at strangers and those around us we emanate warmth. Smiling is contagious. Smiling shares our joy and can brighten someones day. Be intentional about it and smile :)



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Christine Decker

posted August 18, 2010 at 8:19 am


Look out for single moms…give them opportunities for respite, invite them to share a meal, offer to go with them to doctor visits that might be scary so they don’t have to go alone, listen to their struggles…



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Smeeta R

posted August 18, 2010 at 8:38 am


Dear Tom, thank you for this post. As you rightly mentioned we are more often than not in a dilemma to express ourselves when it comes to being like Christ.
Jesus has always shown His love through mercy upon those who may not even deserve it. Despite being God, He did not stop Himself from expressing that love through humility. Every action of His, spoke aloud of His abounding love; be it washing the feet of His disciples, healing, raising the dead or even dying on the cross.
He sat and ate with people who had sold Him to make some money (Judas), someone who carried a knife (Peter), Peter is known for being impulsive and someone with a bad temperament; I think the disciples exhibited qualities just like us. But even after knowing the truth about them , He chose them to be His disciples, we at times are so judgemental about others, who they are, what they do, what we like about them, what we dislike….we do so much of profiling!! We want to give to those who deserve it, but Christ also gives to those who do not deserve. To love like Jesus for me would be to accept and love others despite their weakness.



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Sandi

posted August 18, 2010 at 9:19 am


This morning loving selflessly looked like this. Letting the dishes not get cleaned for a while and taking a few extra minutes snuggling a two year old who was grumpy. Making eye contact with my eleven year old and really listening to what he was telling me before he left for school. When I love my kids more than I love myself and I show them that are more important than any task I have to do, I am teaching them to love others more than themselves. It goes so much further than anything I could ever tell them.
I think it’s important to start by loving our families selflessly. That’s not always easy since we know all their faults and they know all of ours.



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James Hutson

posted August 18, 2010 at 9:34 am


Reach out to those in need immediately. A family obviously struggling to make ends meet….buy their groceries or contribute to the bill and turn around and say, “God asked me to show you His love today.” At a restruant, where a single parent is with their two kids having a ‘special’ dinner….pay for the meal or contribute and say “God loves you.” At a gas station, where an elder gentleman or lady has pulled up for gas, walk up to them and ask if you could serve them by filling their car up with gas, either paying for it also or contributing to it.



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Colleen

posted August 18, 2010 at 9:45 am


support your local food bank – every week, not just at Thanksgiving. Our grocery stores now have brown bags at the check out filled with things for various amounts, or you can make a donation right there! Really helps me be consistent in helping.



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Amy

posted August 18, 2010 at 9:55 am


Fully engage in listening to others.
Be “for” others and not against them.
Watch for opportunities to do good.
Speak love and truth as often as possible.
(Things I want to do better.)



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David Penland

posted August 18, 2010 at 9:55 am


Tom,
Great article, we can learn basic carpentry skills to help widows with home repairs.



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Sarah

posted August 18, 2010 at 10:47 am


Keep $5 McDonalds gift cards in your wallet or purse at all times to hand out to those who may need a meal.



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Amber

posted August 18, 2010 at 10:49 am


Take a meal to a family for no reason. I find very often people get meals when they have babies, loose some close, or are very sick. But what about the people who just need a break for the night? Be aware of how people are doing around you, and just take them a meal b/c you are loving them, not b/c something has happened for them to receive it.



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Shauna Boselli

posted August 18, 2010 at 10:53 am


Start to move in your community, and reach out to others who might need help, even if they don’t ask for it. Do random acts of kindness, but do it without drawing attention to yourself. do it because you WANT to, not because you want the glory for it.



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Joe Schulman

posted August 18, 2010 at 10:53 am


spend time and buy a meal for the homeless. Not only does it provide them nourishment but it provides them an opportunity to increase their self worth. Chat with them about their lives and the love of Christ. Value them as a person in God’s kingdom, it just may change their life!



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Laura Bergmann

posted August 18, 2010 at 11:05 am


Sometimes it is as simple as letting someone go ahead of you in the checkout line.



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Nicole Holland

posted August 18, 2010 at 11:09 am


Yesterday I saw two guys helping a lady change a flat tire on her car. I stopped to see if they needed anything, they didn’t, however it was 102 (Texas heat) and I lived only a block away. We had cold water bottles at home. My son (7) and I grabbed 3 waters and took it back to them. They were very grateful!



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Nicole

posted August 18, 2010 at 11:11 am


We are in the midst of 5 families who have adopted children from Russia. We are going to start keeping their kids so they can go on a date or just to get groceries. They need a break from time to time.



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Rachel Spies

posted August 18, 2010 at 11:11 am


we keep “snack packs” in our car for the many people that hang out on the street corners around our city. in the snack packs we put non-perishable items like granola bars and beef jerkey that won’t melt along with some anti-bacterial wipes and other small hygiene items. my five year old LOVES handing them out, and i love that he loves it.



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Kirsten Vogel

posted August 18, 2010 at 11:12 am


I’ve made it a habit that when I go grocery shopping I add these items to my cart: (all pop-top only) – 2 little cans of vienna sausages, tuna packet, beef stew, ready-to-eat soup, lance snack crackers w/peanut butter.
At home I have my kids make up a “homeless bag” w/ the food (I usually put in 6-8 items…making sure they’re all pop-top) (Protein is good!), I put in a few wet-naps, 2 plastic forks and spoons (they will reuse), and two bottles of water. We keep one in our car all the time to give to a homeless person. When we give one away, we make another so we always have one. My kids love to hand the bags out the window and say “I’m praying for you”.
We don’t have a lot of money but the items I mentioned combined only cost a few dollars and when they’re thrown in with the groceries you don’t really notice. Plus, you are always ready to have something (relatively healthy and sustaining) at hand to give. The blessings I’ve received from giving the bags or seeing my kids give the bags has been priceless.



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Ana

posted August 18, 2010 at 11:34 am


My husband owns a construction company, our employees are often working in extreme weather conditions….so, in the Summer I like to randomly show up to a job site with a selection of cold drinks (I like to go to Sonic, they have so many selections!), in the Winter…same thing, just with hot cofffee and cocoa.
Another thing I do, and will always do, is stop for stray dogs and cats. I check for tags, and call the local vets and humane society to see if they’re being missed by someone. If all else fails, I will take them to our local (no-kill) shelter. I am so adamant about this because my own beloved dogs got out of our backyard once…..one was picked up by a neighbor, and some good soul called our Animal Control office, who picked up our other 2 boys. Within the hour, everyone was back home, safe and sound, because people were kind enough to take time out of their day to make sure our dogs were taken care of.
There are sooo many simple ways to ‘love like God’, if we just take the time out to do them.



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Kim Gilliam

posted August 18, 2010 at 11:46 am


Mentor a teenager coming out of a juvenile correctional center. So often they’ve been used and abused by adults in their lives and don’t understand and can’t comprehend unconditional love, the kind that comes from God our Father through the cross and, in the end, through us as a vessel. I’ve seen it change the lives of these kids!



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Jill Winchel

posted August 18, 2010 at 11:47 am


I have taken my van to the same oil change place since purchasing it in 2004, religiously. There are 165,000 miles on the van, so have been there about 50 times. Often, I will take a dozen donuts, sodas, or hot chocolate to them, depending on the weather or time of day.
Another thing I do is randomly pay for the vehicle behind me at McDonald’s. One restaurant in particular, I do it more often. They just smile at me. I’ve figured out that I cannot use the same debit card for both purchases w/out a manager’s approval, so I just give them two cards, or pay cash for one.
God knows who is in that vehicle behind me, and how they will be blessed.



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Mark Sullivan

posted August 18, 2010 at 11:59 am


When someone “wrongs” you, cuts you off in traffic, steals your parking space, talks rudely.. Fight with everything you have, your flesh and the instinct to retaliate. Stop, Pray, Listen, then love them.



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Jessica Borchardt

posted August 18, 2010 at 12:17 pm


While in the grocery store checking out, I have extra change handy for whenever someone in line in front of me doesn’t have change or enough to get what they need so I am right there to help them out when they need it.



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Julie Hahn

posted August 18, 2010 at 12:30 pm


James 1:27
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…”



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Jason

posted August 18, 2010 at 12:30 pm


When you feel the Holy Spirit prodding you to tell someone you appreciate them or to encourage them, do it. Don’t put it off and forget about it. We’re God’s hands and feet and sometimes mouth to voice support to a brother or sister facing a rough time. The kind word can be a soothing balm on a raw soul.



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Britt

posted August 18, 2010 at 12:51 pm


One person has already mentioned a smile, but I like to make sure I make eye contact and smile and tell everybody I walk by hello. I learned a long time ago,(possibly from you or Seth Barnes) that to acknowledge people as they walk by, gives them a sense of self worth. I’ve found now that people I have done this with in the past often “beat me to the punch” and are doing the same thing.



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Caroline

posted August 18, 2010 at 12:56 pm


When the urging comes that I could do something to help, encourage, or serve another, instead of weighing whether or not I should do that action, I have been working on ACTING. Just do what’s on my heart to help! To actually act in the moment, rather than let the opportunity pass by… that’s big.
As for concrete examples:
-writing a loving note with a verse and sending it off to someone for encouragement
-learning basic first aid skills (taking a class) to help when someone might need it



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Jill

posted August 18, 2010 at 1:01 pm


This is our family focus for the year – learning LOVE IS A VERB!
How can we put love into action first here at home and then everywhere we go!
#1 Speak kind words always. Say things that only encourage, edify or lift up!
#2 Always help when someone is down or has extra work to do!
#3 Think of others before yourself. How can I serve, help, come alongside and do something to make life easier for others?
#4 Call a friend immediately when God places them on your heart and always pray for them. See if there is anything you can do for that friend.
#5 When out in public – always keep your eyes open for opportunities to help others – never walk past a homeless person without sharing more than some coins – leave them with WORDS of wisdom and pray for them (stop and ask if you can pray for them).
These are just a few we are working on at our house! Great topic Tom! If the body started treating the word “love” as an action word like it is in the bible the world would certainly see a revolution of PEACE, JOY, HOPE and LOVE everywhere we went.
J.O.Y. JESUS OTHERS YOU! Words to live by!
Blessings and grace!
Jill



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Julie Gumm

posted August 18, 2010 at 1:16 pm


Be the house on your street where the latch-key kids can come after school for snacks and fun!



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Julie Mullins

posted August 18, 2010 at 1:17 pm


Around Christmas time (or anytime really) drive around and find a house that has kids in a poor neighborhood. Slip an envelope with money in the mailbox or leave on front porch. And do this anonymously.



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Tiffany Stuart

posted August 18, 2010 at 1:22 pm


When someone shares a burden with me via email and asks for prayer, I often type out a prayer and e-mail it back. It’s amazing how God uses written prayer to comfort another.



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Rhoda

posted August 18, 2010 at 1:28 pm


This one seems so simple, but there are plenty of us out there that don’t do this: Engage when you talk to people. Often, it’s much easier to just say a polite word in response and a quick goodbye when we talk with the grocery clerk or the nurse in the DR. office, or the hundreds of other people we have polite conversations with. Sometimes we just need to slow down and listen to what they are really saying and interact a little more. I believe this to be a skill that needs to be practiced by those of us who speed through life.



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Dave Nieuwstraten

posted August 18, 2010 at 1:30 pm


1. My daughter inspired us to keep bags filled with socks, water, granola bar, etc. in the van. When we see a homeless person or someone holding a sign at the intersection, we can give them one.
2. Coach a team or help a coach. Huge opportunity to be a positive light to the kids and families. If you pray that God will open your eyes to needs, you will see them within the team (single moms, kids needing encouragement, help an out of work family buy a glove, etc.)
3. Tip a gas station attendant. They need it more than a waiter at a nice restaurant.



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Kristi Fehr

posted August 18, 2010 at 1:49 pm


When going to a store I like to take a cart back inside for a person that just finished loading their car.
Another way is to push another persons child on the swing while at the park.



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Sherie

posted August 18, 2010 at 2:00 pm


Learn to repair bikes
Own tools/equipment and make it available to neighbors as needed
Help educate your neighborhood about safety and emergency preparedness



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Julie

posted August 18, 2010 at 2:10 pm


Skip errands for the day and just hang out with your next door neighbor and kids.
Take your kids’ teachers their favorite drink.



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Victoria

posted August 18, 2010 at 2:13 pm


Thanks for so many great ides! I home school my 13 year old daughter who loves to bake so we often find extra time during the week to make something special and then deliver it to a group home, shelter or family in need. It gives us the opportunity to share God’s word and show His love.



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Erin Thompson

posted August 18, 2010 at 2:19 pm


It’s funny because God has been teaching me all summer about love. So here are some things that have been very practical for me:
1. Be nice. It’s amazing what a smile and a good attitude will do! Even if the person you are being nice to is not nice back.
2. Meet a need. (If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? -James 2:15-16) A lot of times when I see someone in need, I just want to say and prayer for them and be done (and sometimes that’s all you can do). But God has been teaching me to pray and help meet their needs if I can.
3. Love without expectations. Not just to love because of what you will get out of it. Show love even if you never get it back.



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Tammy

posted August 18, 2010 at 2:35 pm


We purchased Christmas gifts for a poor family in the neighborhood and delivered it early Christmas morning when they were asleep. It was such a joy for our children to be a part of another family’s christmas – and they have kept that secret in their hearts :)



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JoAnn Haun

posted August 18, 2010 at 2:40 pm


Take a cold drink to the people standing in the hot sun fixing our roads. I’ve seen my husband do this many times. Why didn’t I do it?



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JT

posted August 18, 2010 at 3:01 pm


Once a month, buy extra groceries to give away to someone in need.



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Karen Hatfield

posted August 18, 2010 at 3:27 pm


Discipline yourself to remember names when you are introduced. At first, it will take concentration, but once you get in the habit you will find it more natural. Determine to never have to ask a person to repeat their name because you forgot it.
People are touched not only when you REMEMBER their name, but also USE it. Say their name out loud when addressing or referring to them. Even better, as you say their name reach out and touch them at the same time. It is usually always a blessing.



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Michelle Wiley

posted August 18, 2010 at 3:50 pm


Invite someone to eat with you if they are eating alone.
Help a mom with small children clear her table so she can get them out the door without too much hassle!



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Kristin D.

posted August 18, 2010 at 4:25 pm


Wow, what a powerful question to consider, particularly if we as Christians were to live out “100 ways to love like Christ” – ways big and small.
A few ideas:
Research groups in your area that are ministering to the homeless, the poor, sex trafficking victims, or anyone the Lord’s placed on your heart and find out how you can get involved. Give a few hours of your time each week, or even each month, to help out.
Mow a neighbor’s lawn.
Shovel a neighbor’s driveway or sidewalk when it snows.
Visit elderly friends at a nursing home.
Give money to a store/restaurant cashier to pay for/go toward the person-behind-you’s bill.
Bring over a homemade baked good to your neighbor’s house.
Bring your coworkers coffee or bagels out of the blue one morning.
Respond graciously when someone cuts you off driving, takes your parking spot, angers you at work, takes too long at the drive-thru window…
If an argument comes up, take the stance that you will listen fully and only respond with respect and love – even if that means you have to walk away with gentleness.
If you can spare the budget – make it a point to give away a coffee, tea, sandwich, candy bar, or something to someone each week, solely to bless them.
Think of the one person you are simply having a difficult time with: forgive and pray for the person. If necessary clear the air with that person. Regardless, practice “loving your enemy” once a day – even if it’s just in your thoughts, attitude, and prayers.
Get in the habit of writing an encouraging note to someone each week.
Volunteer to babysit for free for a couple or single parent who might need a night out.
Make it a point to focus on others during the day. Ask questions. Really listen to what people have to say. Avoid the “I” started statements that bring the focus of the conversation back to yourself. Focus on building others up rather than proving/ advancing yourself.
Offer to help a coworker on a project if they’ve fallen behind and could use some help – even if it means a few later nights at the office for you.
Open a door for a stranger.
Go to the park and rebound for someone shooting baskets.
Develop friendships with the ladies who work at your nail/ hair salon and invite them over for lunch/ dinner or bring them a meal one day.
Volunteer to carry someone’s grocery bags/ push someone’s cart to their car – especially if it looks like they’re struggling with the load.
More than anything, I think we need to be attentive to the Holy Spirit’s prompting – following through, no matter how scared or silly we might feel, when he puts an act of service on our heart to do, an encouraging note to write, a prayer to pray, a gift to give, a word to say, or a person to touch.



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Jenn

posted August 18, 2010 at 4:26 pm


Find out who the single mothers are at your church. Make a point to make sure they aren’t sitting alone on Sunday morning.



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Bob Farrell

posted August 18, 2010 at 4:30 pm


When you’re in a restaurant say to your server: “We’re about to pray for our meal is there anything you want us to pray about?”



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Bob Farrell

posted August 18, 2010 at 4:33 pm


We you’re in a restaurant say to your server “We’re about to pray for our food is there anything you want us to pray about?”



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Tiffany Smith

posted August 18, 2010 at 4:34 pm


I keep bottled water in my car so if i see someone walking and give them a ride they have something to drink.
I gave one young man a ride one day and he was actually on his way to a local missionary group



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Tom Davis

posted August 18, 2010 at 4:37 pm


These are incredible comments! Practical, doable, and meaningful. Keep them coming!



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Kristi Crosson

posted August 18, 2010 at 4:40 pm


Cook a meal for a new mom/someone who had surgery.
Pay for another table’s meal at a restaurant
Offer to pay a bill for a financially struggling family if someone has lost their job.
Loan your car to someone who needs it more than you.
Rent out your spare bedroom(s) for super cheap to a struggling college student.



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Melissa

posted August 18, 2010 at 4:44 pm


Be willing/ offer to watch others kids for free just so they can have a night to themselves. Babysitters are so expensive and being able to love on these precious children not only benefits them it benefits their parents as well.



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Tim Guindon

posted August 18, 2010 at 4:47 pm


learn a second (or third, or…) language, particularly if you live in a community in which one other than your native tongue is prevalent. may not be the simplest, but sure could open up some huge doors and take away an easy excuse.
learn CPR and basic first aid.
open your eyes.
thanks for the challenge.



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Melissa

posted August 18, 2010 at 4:47 pm


Offer to watch someones kids for free. Parents that are together could even us e a nice break and a surprise one is always better. You could not only be benefiting these precious children you would also be benefiting their parents.



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Rachel Spies

posted August 18, 2010 at 5:09 pm


we also write “thank you” on the inside of our mailbox for our mail carrier to see everyday, and change it with the seasons to say “merry christmas” etc.. we like to leave him a gift card at christmas and cold water bottles a couple times every summer as well, just to let him know we appreciate what he does.



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abby

posted August 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm


invite people into what you are passionate about. if you’re passionate about fighting injustice, caring for orphans, serving the homeless, praying for the oppressed…invite those in your life into those experiences with you so they will be inspired and moved to action as well.



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Branden DesCarpentrie

posted August 18, 2010 at 5:39 pm


My wife came up with a great idea. On Valentines Day we invited a few widows in our church and neighborhood over for dinner with our family.



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Frankie

posted August 18, 2010 at 5:42 pm


I like the one about making bags of food and stuff for the homeless people we run into. Also, a really big thing would be to make eye contact with them and talk to them for a few mintues, wish them a good day, ask their name and tell them you will be praying for them. When I was homeless, the thing that helped me the most was people talking to me like I was somebody. If they had also given me a bag of food I would have ‘come to myself’ a lot sooner than I did.



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Jay S.

posted August 18, 2010 at 5:51 pm


Make yourself available to help someone move. Time and muscle required.



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Bryan Catherman

posted August 18, 2010 at 6:35 pm


1. If you fly, use a backpack for your carry-on so you can offer to carry the larger bag of another traveler (but be sure they stay with you or airport security might show you something that does not look like love).
2. If you live where it snows, get up early and shovel your neighbor’s driveway.
3. Keep a few $5 gift cards to Starbucks (or something like it) in your desk at work to give out to people having a tough day.
4. Learn the name of the person making your coffee or ringing up your groceries and use it when you see them. You can also be praying for them by name.
5. When you’re in the drive-through window, pay for the person behind you.
6. (My favorite) ALWAYS, ALWAYS stop at Cool-Aid stands and pay 2 or 3 times more than the price.



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Duane Carter

posted August 18, 2010 at 6:44 pm


Invite a college student or a foreign exchange student over for dinner and fun, or for a holiday when they are away from their family. Become a second mom or dad to them.



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Kara

posted August 18, 2010 at 8:07 pm


I love reading all the ideas, it is so encouraging to see so many caring people.
Meals has been a huge one for me and something I do often. People in church did it for us when we had a tragedy in our lives and it was such a blessing. Doesn’t take away the pain but it is really nice to know people care about you.
Joyce Meyer got me onto the buying gift vouchers idea, good fun.
Smiling, I’m into that.
Gifts, time phone calls, sms, volunteering with organisations doing things your passionate about.
Using gifts and talents you already have. I love make up and did a make-up artistry certificate just for interest some years back and it is amazing the connections you can make with other women teaching them how to use and apply make-up properly. Help them feel better about themselves, build their confidence.



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mindy

posted August 18, 2010 at 9:52 pm


Get on a child’s level and really listen when he talks to you.



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Jason Scott

posted August 18, 2010 at 10:31 pm


1. Cut your neighbor’s grass while they are on vacation.
2. Pass along a good book.
3. Look people in the eyes when you are talking to them.
4. Help the elderly whenever you can.
5. Always make a child feel inportant and not ignored.
6. Use people name whenever you can (unless your me and bad with names.)



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Diane

posted August 18, 2010 at 10:44 pm


There is probably someone in your neighborhood or church who could use a ride to the grocery store and/or doctor’s appointments. Find out who that is and offer that person an hour or two of your time each week to help run errands.



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Dave Nieuwstraten

posted August 19, 2010 at 12:31 am


4. Spend a few minutes thinking about someone you know in a tough place or in need. The less a core “friend” the better. Then go out of your way to help them, touch their life, encourage them.
5. Send a gift card anonymously to a friend out of work with an encouraging note.
6. Talk to someone about sponsoring a child. I visited mine in Rwanda and the mom was crying with gratitude. And then you get the letters from them and they pray for God’s blessing on us daily. It’s humbling. It’s an honor. It’s real.



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Katie

posted August 19, 2010 at 7:42 am


If you have a camera and like to take pictures…take pictures of people and give them to them. I love to take pictures and for years I have taken pictures of all the kids in our neighborhood – first day of school at the bus stop, playing football in the yard, after a neighborhood water fight or at the block party. Then I give them to them. Either individual pictures or sometimes I make photo books or collages for birthdays or special occasions. It makes kids feel special and loved. Most parents work and aren’t around for many of these moments and they love to have the moments captured.
My sons all play sports and my mother takes great action shots at their games and matches. I always encourage her to take pictures of other kids and then I make copies and enlargements and give them away. This is just one way I have found to use my talents and interests to show Christ’s love to others.



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Susan

posted August 19, 2010 at 10:11 am


Pick up extra milk, egg, and toliet paper (everyone aways needs more of those) and drop them off at a single mom’s house or the spouse of a deployed solider.



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Elizabeth Christensen

posted August 19, 2010 at 11:23 am


Visit a half-way house and spend time talking with the residents.



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Elizabeth Christensen

posted August 19, 2010 at 11:25 am


Visit a halfway house and get to know the residents.



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Shannon B

posted August 19, 2010 at 1:44 pm


Keep some McDonald’s dollars (or something similar) on hand to give to a stranger. Safer than carrying a bunch of money & you don’t have to worry about what they’re going to be spending it on. then you won’t have those for excuses :P



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Michelle

posted August 19, 2010 at 2:19 pm


Be constantly aware of a mom with little kids or a person with their hands full, help with doors, carts, bag their groceries etc.
Also here in the upper midwest, in the winter if I am in a parking lot and have to scrape my windows, I do one other car that is parked near me too.



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Candy

posted August 19, 2010 at 10:15 pm


Pay for the person behind you in line at the fast food place.



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Lora1967

posted August 19, 2010 at 10:35 pm


God bless people through the day. as simple as holding the door for someone



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Lora1967

posted August 19, 2010 at 10:36 pm


Pay for the peoples food behind you in line.



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Amanda Schwab

posted August 19, 2010 at 10:36 pm


We all see people in our communities who are walking. Many of them are regular walkers, not necessarily because they want to walk but because they have no transportation. Offer someone a ride; especially if it is extra hot or cold outside. Tell them you would like to pray for them; ask if they have specific needs.



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Lora1967

posted August 19, 2010 at 10:36 pm


Buy a mothers diapers for her baby



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Lora1967

posted August 19, 2010 at 10:37 pm


Keep an open ear and an open mind. and insert gods love as needed.



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Andrea Schultz

posted August 19, 2010 at 10:39 pm


Help at a homeless shelter with your Life Group.



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Lora1967

posted August 19, 2010 at 10:39 pm


offer to visit a nearby nursing home. I worked in one. They love help in activities. ask them if they know jesus. discreetly.



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Amanda Kloeppel

posted August 20, 2010 at 12:10 am


Tip really big. Especially if you are out with a group-I so often hear my friends say, “don’t forget the tip is included,” But usually it isn’t very much so I have just made it part of my budget to include leaving more than the expected tip.



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Amanda Kloeppel

posted August 20, 2010 at 12:13 am


Tip extra. Especially if you are out with a big group or if the serve has been particular un-exceptional. I often hear my friends comment “Don’t forget tip is included” or “They were terrible, I am not leaving a tip.” But how much more can you show Christ’s love by leaving a few extra bucks. I just built it into my budget. It’s easy, but you never know how it can make a difference in someone’s day.



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Candice

posted August 20, 2010 at 2:08 pm


Oh wow this is a GREAT list! I am actually writing all of these down for our family to do this year!
I would add:
*Support a missionary financially, get their picture and REALLY pray for them. Whether they are on a 10 day mission or 10 years- it means SO much.
*If possible, buy some of the candy, cookie dough, magazines, etc that the neighbor kids are selling at your door. A great way to share God’s love and generosity with un-believers.
*Ask questions when you are talking with others. And listen. It shows you actually care about what they are saying.
*Invite a friend, neighbor or another family over spur of the moment and have pb&j sandwiches together. The time spent together, not the food, is what matters.
*When someone does something good for you- never forget it.
When you do something good for someone else- let it go immediately.



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Nancy

posted August 20, 2010 at 9:02 pm


So many elderly women outlive their husbands . . . make a commitment to visit a widow once a week or every other week, or plan a monthly lunch outing, or plan to take her to the grocery store/pharmacy once a month. Attending to practical needs is great, but often lonliness is the worst problem in a widow’s life.



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Heather wehrheim

posted August 21, 2010 at 6:34 am


babysit a single mom’s children. I run a single mom’s ministry here in Louisville and there are so many single moms who are overwhelmed and feel hopeless. Just giving them a couple of hours of quiet time makes a world of difference.



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Linda

posted August 21, 2010 at 9:41 am


Look for things to say that are kind but sincere, such as “that was a great idea” or “you are a wonderful mom”



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C Tang

posted August 22, 2010 at 12:49 am


Make a point to make eye contact and wave at homeless people (be sincere!) that you pass on your route to work and back every day. So many people pass them without looking at them everyday that they feel like no-bodies, no one wants to look at them and be approached or feel guilty for not giving.
I’ve made several aquaintences this way, even one woman running up to the car to grab my hand, asking if I knew Jesus and to please pray for her. She thanked me for waving every single day, even if she was grumpy and didn’t wave back. Another man would tell me about his day and tell me his story, these are broken people who need love and acceptance and help.
I like the ideas above of keeping non-perishables in your car to hand out, but I’ve also found just packing and extra lunch in a grocery back when you pack your own to hand out on the way to work is enough to tell someone “I’m thinking about you.”



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Luna Angel

posted August 22, 2010 at 3:34 am


“Pass the positivity forward.” Smile back at others, strangers, and shine your heaven sent light to others.
Donate clothes, shoes, etc even if worn out. Someone else around the world would appreciate anything to put on themselves.
Lead by example is to be Christ-like and follow our ideal role model Jesus.
Join a pen pal network to write to soldiers or other “freedom/ justice fighters” all over the world in conflict.
Volunteer at homeless shelters, soup kitchens, nursing homes, hospitals and talk to the sick, elderly, dying. You could learn more about your inner self as well as you seeking the goodness in others and enlightening the ones you reach out to.
Visit prisons and enlighten the convicted. Pray for them that justice shall be served and that they may ask for repentance.
Be CPR/BLS certified. Save a life.
Support children’s talent shows and other local youth events.
Go to a retreat.
Buy a homeless person a meal.
Thank a homeless vet.
Always be kind. Good karma shall be returned to you.



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Luna Angel

posted August 22, 2010 at 3:37 am


“Pass the positivity forward.” Smile back at others, strangers, and shine your heaven sent light to others.
Donate clothes, shoes, etc even if worn out. Someone else around the world would appreciate anything to put on themselves.
Lead by example is to be Christ-like and follow our ideal role model Jesus.
Join a pen pal network to write to soldiers or other “freedom/ justice fighters” all over the world in conflict.
Volunteer at homeless shelters, soup kitchens, nursing homes, hospitals and talk to the sick, elderly, dying. You could learn more about your inner self as well as you seeking the goodness in others and enlightening the ones you reach out to.
Visit prisons and enlighten the convicted. Pray for them that justice shall be served and that they may ask for repentance.
Be CPR/BLS certified. Save a life.
Support children’s talent shows and other local youth events.
Go to a retreat.
Buy a homeless person a meal.
Thank a homeless vet.
Always be kind. Good karma shall be returned to you.



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cheryl

posted August 22, 2010 at 3:49 am


I do small things like help people on the street when they need a buck or two. More importantly I give to St Jude’s no matter how much money I have each month.When I come across young kids ( teenagers ) that need some one to talk to I try to listen and help when ever I can,for that matter who ever I run into that needs a little praying over I make sure and take my time to accommodate them. I feel that Father made us our brothers keepers and until we start acting like that we will never truly know what it means to be a Child of God. Koodoo’s to all of the people, no matter how few we are that are making a difference in this world. Maybe if their were more of us the world would be a lot better place. God Bless, Godsbutterflys



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gregg marszalek

posted August 22, 2010 at 7:14 am


The problem with christians is they don’t understand Jesus. His teachings confuse them. Remember one thing keep it simple as he was don’t clutter his words with doctrines and what ever else man can do to change his simple words. Only two commands did he give 222222
love god with thy whole heat mind and soul. lOVE YOUR NEIBOUGHOR AS YOU LOVE YOURSELF_________ I NEVER SAID I COULD SPELL.



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Colleen N

posted August 22, 2010 at 7:53 am


For me loving like Christ is to let go of any believes I have about you when we met. Its taking out all the judgments and prejudice and simply getting to know you from your prospective. Once I see you the way that you see yourself I go deeper still and ask Spirit to reveal the way God sees you. I know that everyone is loved of God and many times people don’t know it. As guided by Spirit, I then share with you the way that God sees you.
The best way to love like Christ is to see everyone from His prospective. We have limitless possibilities when we see ourselves from the eye of God. When Christ said “Be thou therefore perfect” I believe he was telling us that as we trust Spirit and simply BE as God sees us we are perfect.



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Monk21

posted August 22, 2010 at 8:34 am


I take my blind friends out to coffee each morning just to get them out of the house and a chance to chat with old friends.



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Mariam Omer

posted August 22, 2010 at 9:45 am


Share your testimony. (GOD brought me out of Muslim beliefs, saved me from a abusive relationship, delivered me from drugs- meth was my drug of choice, saved me from alcoholism and delivered me from cigarettes. I’m a preacher in trng, schooling in ministry, working towards becoming a Christian drug & alcohol counselor. I’m training for my 3rd marathon fundraising for cancer… used to be a bartender and now God is using me to pull others out of the club scene/ night life. Complete 180, praise JESUS.) Others will be blessed by what He has done for you- big or small, there’s no testimony without a test.
Ask a stranger where they go to church and if they don’t, invite them to yours.
Buy the person behind you in line their coffee and then drive away.
Keep snacks in the car so you have something to give the homeless.
Be prayed up, prayed with, & prayed for at all times, so when someone needs a word of encouragement, you’re ready.
Pay your tithes, make a seed offering, & bring a love offering for your Pastor… They’ve dedicated their life to serving the sick.
Remember where you came from.
Trust GOD, pray His will, pray for obedience and watch Him bless.



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Debrah

posted August 22, 2010 at 10:04 am


How many times have you driven on a rainy day and seen people walking or at a bus stop without an umbrella? Go to the dollar store and buy all their umbrella. Go home and write a note about your love for the Lord in a short few sentences. Write a Scripture verse that speaks of God’s love. Tie your note to the end of the handle. Go your normal route to wherever you are going and pray that someone that needs God’s love will be out without an umbrella. Stop only long enough to hand them the umbrella and say ” May God’s hand be over you and protect you.” with a smile.



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Lori

posted August 22, 2010 at 10:25 am


There is such a great need in our communities for just the basics thanks to unemployment. I wanted so badly to help, but questioned what can I do alone to make a difference. We organized a food and clothing drive at work and the participation was so great that we are going to make it a bi-annual event at our offices. Also as a young wife, my husband made sure I could do something simple like change a tire or jump a vehicle. I have been on the helping end of things for people in need many times but one day recently my battery was dead and I had to be on the receiving end of a strangers helpfulness. It was great to know that a truck full of men could help a car full of women and nobody was fearful, everyone was simply thankful to our good samaritans. Remember to say thank you for the simplest blessing, God will take care of us.



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Regina

posted August 22, 2010 at 12:35 pm


Ways to show Jesus Christ’s love, to me, would be to share his love and teachings with everyone I encounter.



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Andrea

posted August 22, 2010 at 8:03 pm


I have helped financially when I saw the need, bought food, and gas for their car. I don’t ask for names and I do not share mine unless asked. Yet, the best way I have found is to look straight at their face and get them to share their situation while I listen. At that point, after listening, I can find a Biblical verse or two and share it with them without sound religious an/or looking down on him/her. And I do not have to pull out the Bible to scare the person off.



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Cheryl

posted August 22, 2010 at 9:43 pm


I’ve helped different people from time to time with bus fare so they can get themselves home.
Other times given people rides home or take them at or near where they needed to go when I KNEW deep down I could trust the situation.
Give food to the needy when you have an abundance – it could be your neighbor or a food drive.
Give a compassionate listening ear to someone – it makes their day much better as well as yours knowing you helped them out.



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Jack & Judy Schaible, Self-funded volunteer mission workers in Chile

posted August 22, 2010 at 10:47 pm


In 2002, retirement was on the horizon and I told my wife I wasn’t going to retire until I figured out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. A missionary came and spoke at our church one day, who challenged us to get involved in doing volunteer mission work, at our own expense, somewhere in the world, solely for God’s glory and for the benefit of others. Suddenly I saw the possibilities of living a life with meaning in retirement. We explored the possibilities and signed on to go to Chile for six months, and do volunteer maintenance work at an orphanage for sexually abused, abandoned and neglected girls. To our horror, we discovered that the orphanage was terribly underfunded and the women who cared for the 15 girls had no idea how to ask for help from wealthy North Americans. Due to the lack of operating funds, the orphanage was badly in need of repair. The roof leaked, the sewer ran out on to the yard where the little girls played. There was only one toilet and shower stall, and their food consisted of beans and rice with no fresh fruit or vegetables. We came back to the United States after experiencing six months of living with these girls and sharing their awful plight. We were feeling frustrated, angry, and helpless. But upon returning home, we wrote letters to our friends, telling them of the situation and made a promise. If our friends would send the money, we would return, hire people to repair the building and personally buy fresh fruit, clothing, medical and school supplies for the girls. We said we would pay all of our own living costs so that every penny donated could go into the “belly of a hungry child.” Our friends generously responded to our plea. We have been living part-time at the girl’s orphanage now for seven years helping,teaching English, supervising the many building improvement projects that our friends have donated over $100,000 to make happen. Earlier this year, in February, 2010, a devastating earthquake hit Chile and severly damaged the girl’s orphanage. It completely destroyed a $10,000 security wall we had build one year ago. Again we put out the plea to our friends and now have over $23,000 to take back to the orphanage to rebuild the wall and continue our main emphasis to provide a decent shelter, food, clothing, education and medical supplies to the 20 girls who now live there. “Who knows? Perhaps we have come to (Chile) for just such a time as this”. (Esther 4:14). One thing we do know…our lives have been filled with meaning and deep satisfaction all because we decided to listen to the Spirit calling us and then act upon it. And the financial cost to us each year has been less that the cost of a luxury cruise. And a whole lot more entertaining than the trivial ‘sexy legs contest’ or the kareoke competition and the wattered-down booze that we’ve also experienced on past cruises!



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Loved & Forgiven

posted August 23, 2010 at 4:18 am


I separate and save our empty cans and bottles in order to hand them over to the old guy scouring the apartment’s trash container… God bless!



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Elijah A, Alexander, Jr.

posted August 23, 2010 at 7:09 am


Christ’s demonstrated love was unconditional or indifference, respecting everyone as his equal and wanting for them what he wanted for himself. However, he had an ability most of us don’t, the spiritual sight to read karma to know who he was and wasn’t allow to aid. Also, Jesus lived a life not concerning himself with the desires of the world which opened him up to see the needs of others, the world seek to narrow our vision to only our individual needs are which blinds us to the needs of others.
The first step in showing christly love is to be friendly to everyone, not walking by anyone without giving them recognition of their existence without judging them. Not allowing our concerns to be only me, mine and I, we will delay arriving to work, home or church when seeing others needs we are able to help. Don’t just act because of emotions, ask the god within as you approach them, what action to take remaining open to your internal guidance.



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J-Mills

posted August 23, 2010 at 7:44 am


Forgive those that hurt you. Through Christ we are forgiven of our sins and we should also forgive one another. Sometimes forgiveness is difficult but I’ve found it to make me feel much better and faster than I would have by holding a grudge. Let it Go and Forgive… that’s a great way to show Love.



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Patti

posted August 23, 2010 at 7:49 am


I listen to people when they want to share stories about there life’s, as many times as they want to tell it.
Show your love by forgiving someone that has really hurt you. I show my love with my children by giving them a break and watch the grand-kids.
I have given children in my class book bags, crayons, whatever they needed but could not get from home for school.



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pat grimm

posted August 23, 2010 at 8:18 am


Teaching those who you are helping that Jesus is the greatest caregiver of all and to suggest that whatever they need is reached in prayer directly to the Lord is a dynamic way to help. They should know, if they don’t already, that HE is the way to abundance, peace and joy, and while us helping our fellows is beautiful, talking about the Bible and finding scripture that tells those who believe in Him, that HE is the way to life. Pick out scriptures, place them on cards, or if those you are helping have a Bible, point out the scripture which shows how prayer through the power of the Holy Spirit is the greatest helper that exists.



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Faith C.

posted August 23, 2010 at 8:56 am


Please use a different example. The one you used is risky and could even be foolish. Satan could also be telling you to stop and help. That’s his sly way.
When I’m in a discount or grocery store sometimes I’ll see someone who looks especially in need of encouragement. I give an employee a few dollars, maybe only two, and ask them to give it to that person. I DO NOT WANT THE RECEIVER TO KNOW IT CAME FROM ME. Or, when I’m checking out I’ll ANONYMOUSLY give a couple dollars from my change back and ask the cashier to use it toward the purchases of somebody behind me in line who looks like they could use a little boost. The impact is really something! You’ll know you’re really doing giving right when it’s no longer important to you to catch a glimpse of the result.



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Michael

posted August 23, 2010 at 9:27 am


I helped a woman load a box into her car on my way into a store before going in to do my shopping. It was practical, simple, only took a momen and made a difference to someone at that moment.



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Tree

posted August 23, 2010 at 9:37 am


Love is promise fulfill! Love is keeping your word, especially to children.



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Faith C.

posted August 23, 2010 at 9:38 am


How can you possibly judge which are the “best” ideas for showing God’s love? You talked about some things being mundane and boring. Not if you’re the single mom who can’t make the food stretch ’til payday. Not if you’re the dad who hardly gets to see his children because he’s got 2 or 3 jobs and winter’s coming, they need coats and boots. You talk about your book as though it’s coveted treasure, available to those who prove themselves worthy, by your standards, by your judgement.
You used the word “Christ-like” once. You used the word “God” twice. The only book you mentioned is the one you wrote. This is shameless self-promotion. What would Jesus do? I think he’d throw open the doors of His warehouse of books and rejoice that those are grabbed up so fast that humans in the back of the pack are afraid they’ll be left out.
He reassures us, though, that there’s plenty of books where those came from; take a few more!
Please remember to say thanks.



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Kelly

posted August 23, 2010 at 9:38 am


Invite people who you know are far from God to dinner or over for coffee. Don’t preach to them. Just be a friend, a light, in a hard world. Show real interest in their story.



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rose

posted August 23, 2010 at 9:43 am


to take the time and really listen to someone who is feeling down. i mean really listen to them and support them in their feelings. it feels good just to have someone who will just listen with no judgements, just a shoulder to lean on and an ear to listen.



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Faith C.

posted August 23, 2010 at 9:43 am


I counted wrong. “God” is used more than twice. I apologize. I guess I better take a look at the log in my eye.



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Dot

posted August 23, 2010 at 9:49 am


Be a copycat. Jesus loves copycats who try their best to be like Him. Not just talking the talk but, walking the walk.



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Hope

posted August 23, 2010 at 10:08 am


Publically say grace when you are dining out.



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albe

posted August 23, 2010 at 10:20 am


Forgivness,its the friagrinse that the rose gives off ,as its trampled by the boot



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albe

posted August 23, 2010 at 10:22 am


Forgivness,its the friagrinse that the rose gives off ,as its trampled by the boot



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Elizabeth

posted August 23, 2010 at 10:57 am


When someone hurts you and you want to suddenly become defensive and attack back or “fight your stance”… BE SILENT. Jesus was never defensive…He took verbal and physical abuse in silence, the whole while, loving those that hurt Him.



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Jackie

posted August 23, 2010 at 11:05 am


Acknowledge those people that you take for granted (the cashier at the grocery store, the clerk at the post office, the waiter/waitress at restaurants…..) with kindness and a smile.



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Perthrina

posted August 23, 2010 at 11:20 am


Hold or open the door for the person behind you…and try to give up your seat on the bus or train.



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Laura Pasteka

posted August 23, 2010 at 11:58 am


Donate blood.



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Tobey Porter

posted August 23, 2010 at 1:13 pm


I tried to help people by giving free rent in exchange for projects. Because of a felony he couldn’t get food stamps, gov’t housing, or employment. I’ve given them money, drinks and cigarettes. This person, after 2 months free rent, gets obnoxious & hateful. Where does one draw the line?



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Neil Gilligan

posted August 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm


Tom Davis suggests: “Think of the simple everyday actions. We’re not talking about grand gestures. We’re talking about practical preparation to engage the world around us. What does it look like?”
I do not know what “grand gestures” look like, but here’s what happens to me regularly. I drove my friend Alex to Best Buy and we talked on the way, shopped and on the way back he shared he had a polyp in his colon and some pain. I offered to pray. When I parked he put his hand on the pained area and I put mine on top of his. Then I released the anointing of the Holy Spirit and commanded the pain to go. He said he felt heat on his colon. Afterward he said the pain had diminished. That was not a grand gesture. I just released Jesus’ power. I can release it because I got dressed in Him. I have a book out called: “Transformed by the Power of God: Learning to be Clothed in Jesus Christ by Neil Gilligan. If you get dressed in Jesus Christ like Romans 13:14 instructs us then as we walk around during our day we can relese the kingdom of God and bring love to people. Jesus can do what drugs and doctors cannot do–He heals the sick. People cry when they are healed. When you have Jesus with you, you can heal the sick too.



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Neil Gilligan

posted August 23, 2010 at 2:03 pm


Tom Davis suggests: “Think of the simple everyday actions. We’re not talking about grand gestures. We’re talking about practical preparation to engage the world around us. What does it look like?”
I do not know what “grand gestures” look like, but here’s what happens to me regularly. I drove my friend Alex to Best Buy and we talked on the way, shopped and on the way back he shared he had a polyp in his colon and some pain. I offered to pray. When I parked he put his hand on the pained area and I put mine on top of his. Then I released the anointing of the Holy Spirit and commanded the pain to go. He said he felt heat on his colon. Afterward he said the pain had diminished. That was not a grand gesture. I just released Jesus’ power. I can release it because I got dressed in Him. I have a book out called: “Transformed by the Power of God: Learning to be Clothed in Jesus Christ by Neil Gilligan. If you get dressed in Jesus Christ like Romans 13:14 instructs us then as we walk around during our day we can release the kingdom of God and bring love to people. Jesus can do what drugs and doctors cannot do–He heals the sick. People cry when they are healed. When you have Jesus with you, you can heal the sick too.



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Bamagirl

posted August 23, 2010 at 3:54 pm


I love the elderly so once a week my pastor and I go visting to the nursing homes within the community. I think as a society we forget the elderly, especially in the nursing home. I am not saing that I don’t love children and youth, but I love to hang out with the senior adults. I feel blessed when I hold their hand and tell them JESUS LOVES YOU! Even if their mind is gone, I think they know. I also love the senoir adults because they have the knowledge and wisdom that the young folks including me.
GOD BLESS YOU!



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Mary

posted August 23, 2010 at 5:13 pm


My suggestion to others would be to find ways to serve. What I mean is volunteer at something in the community that will bless others and they can see the love of Jesus in what you are doing. For instance I love taking care of the 2 year olds in our church. They are so precious and I am so blessed to be able to care and love on them. I also try to pray for the hurting or offer prayer to them if they do not know the Lord. I have many friends who don’t know Jesus, but are very welcome for me to pray for them and lift them up to God. I believe everyone has a desire to know Jesus they are just afraid they are somehow not good enough or think that they have done something too aweful that they will not be forgiven. Simply telling someone that God loves them – has brought a smile on the face of someone who lost all hope. God will work through you if you ask him to. Blessings



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Candice

posted August 23, 2010 at 10:29 pm


Help someone else by doing something that is out of your comfort zone. Be bold and be anonymous! :)



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Teresa

posted August 24, 2010 at 3:27 am


I find that through out the day…………. I tend to get further away from what I know is how God wants me to be.
Therefore, I have been working really hard on letting go of irritation with my co-workers, becoming more forgiving and asking God for help to do so all day. Not just in the morning but when things get sticky during the day too. I have not gotten it yet………….as long as I keep trying and ask God for help to be more like him…………..practise makes better



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MG

posted August 24, 2010 at 7:02 am


Simple but just hold the door for others – the moment of serving makes my heart glow.



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MCB

posted August 24, 2010 at 7:26 am


MCB
Our church is constantly doing for others. This morning I’m going to go load trucks full of supplies that will be needed next week for building homes in a part of town that is in need of clean, low cost housing. It’s not award worthy,just a need that I can help meet.



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Nelson Luyando SR

posted August 24, 2010 at 9:04 am


Just saying Good Morning and May GOD Bless You to everyone you come in contact with will put a smile on there face and brighten their day. Plus if they don’t know God, maybe then you just plainted a seed!!! :)



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Christina

posted August 24, 2010 at 9:17 am


I’ve learned the NY Subways system very thoroughly over the 8 years I’ve lived here. I always pay attention to tourists or people looking for a location and try to help them get where they are going even if they haven’t asked for help.
I gave up my apartment and moved in with struggling friends to help them pay their bills and used the extra money to pay for a house where my sister and nephew can live until her husband gets a job.
Just saying hello back to a stranger on the street instead of lowering your head and pretending you don’t see them. Giving a quarter to homeless person on the subway.
There are lots of little things we can do for people that are Christ like that do not put us out and make more of a difference then we know.



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Gary Gahm

posted August 24, 2010 at 10:29 am


Bend over to talk to a child while looking them straight in the eye.



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Robert C.

posted August 24, 2010 at 10:52 am


Forgive those people who have hurt you or caused you pain and anguish whether those people deserves it or not;and especially if he or she is an enemy. “pour heping coals on their head” There’s just this sense of God’s love that is way deeper than we know. It is a free and cleansing experience. One must truly give all to “Him”.



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Brenda

posted August 24, 2010 at 11:54 am


I start my morning by saying Good Morning Jesus, I ask for his guidance thru out my day. I love everyone and forgive every hurt or evil deed that was done to me in the past or present. As I go about my day and see strangers or friends with a need or look like they are frustrated I ask my father to bless them. Helping people that are in need is what I do, with food, clothing referrals,applying for assistance with welfare, insurance, utility payments and shoulder to cry on. I’ve been called at my home, stopped on the street, on my job and ask me to pray for them, and I pray with them. To be like Christ is to love everyone, slow to anger, mineful of what you speak, ready to help anyone, pray without stoping, sing and praise his name, ask him to forgive you of any thing you done or said wrong, and show you your mistakes, because no one is perfect only Christ is perfect.



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Michael Allen

posted August 24, 2010 at 12:32 pm


Help a person pay for something when they are standing in front of you in line and they come up a little short.
Defend someone when everyone else is talking negatively about them.
Knock on the door when your neighbors are fighting. Come up with something simple to ask that just might distract them for a minute.



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Diane Schoon

posted August 24, 2010 at 12:35 pm


I believe in prayer. I think that it is one of the most powerfullest tools that Jesus left us here on earth! Through faith and trust in God, we pray to God and Jesus for assistance with our own problems or other peoples problems. Whatever the case may be, I strongly believe that God and Jesus are in our presence when we bring forth our petitions to them. By daily prayer I also believe that our relationship to God and Jesus grows even stronger. I am so thankful that God and Jesus are always there for all of us and that the Holy Spirit dwells inside me and thousands of others to guide us and give us the strength that we need to meet tne daily challenges that life brings to us.



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nancy pat

posted August 24, 2010 at 12:55 pm


Christmas is a time when everyone tries to be nice to others, why not have that all year? so, I ask the Lord to help me be a blessing to someone in some small way each day. An act so little as letting a person in line go before you, or a smile to a young mother with a crying baby just to let her know she is a good mother and crying is what babies do. I have found that when I give of myself to others the return to me is far grater than anything I have given.



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Sandra Holt

posted August 24, 2010 at 1:36 pm


Sometimes when in the parking lot and I see carts just parked anywhere, mainly in the parking spaces, I will put them in the cart return to get them out of the way for others. By doing this, it also helps the person who has to receive the carts to take them inside. I think that is a way to show love. Even if no one sees you do it, God does. And that it all that matters. Be kind one to another.



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Nancy

posted August 24, 2010 at 4:16 pm


I like to show God’s love through sharing a homemade pie. I may make a pie and invite someone who is hurting, for whatever reason, to stop by my home, or I will stop by there’s, with a little surprise. I will take pieces, depending how many are in the household, they may be the only one, and have tea bags and instant coffee along. If they want to sit down and share with me, fine. If not, I will just leave it for them. Sometimes I can make 3(short)visits with just one pie. The Holy Spirit will usually bring the persons to mind and I leave with a short prayer.



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Keisha

posted August 24, 2010 at 7:27 pm


Listen, people are hurting, Do an act of kindness no matter how small or big from the heart, Be the voice of reason in an unreasonable world. Never be too busy to help someone in need if its’ in your power. Remember, “you might feel you are one person in the world, but to one person you might be the world.”



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Paula

posted August 25, 2010 at 3:16 am


Remember, you never know when you may be in the prescence of an angel.
I think I was one time. I gave a dirty beat-up man with only an army bag of clothes that was very heavy. He seemed so weak he could hardly walk. He was in the parking lot at the store I worked at and no one offered any help. I took him to a bank where he asked me to so he could check on an old account..I gave him five dollars and I drove off, looked back and that frail man was gone!!! Too fast to have gone up those many stairs to the door. Be the Light he wants you to be. I would say within reasonable caution. Not all people are of the light!
Do open a door for someone, give an elderly person a closer parking space to the door of the store. Give a smile, even if you feel like crap; you will feel better for it!!!



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Paula

posted August 25, 2010 at 3:25 am


Hug a child (your own?) everyday!!!
So many children are feeling inadequate in today’s times.
So much is uncertain for them, just as well as us adults.
Take the time to understand; they are hurting too.



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Mary Jo Cherry

posted August 25, 2010 at 11:52 am


Send a card to someone who has touched your heart, or someone who needs some Sonshine, or someone who is in a scary situation… just let them know you are thinking of them!



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Mary Ann

posted August 25, 2010 at 11:45 pm


I waited tables for nearly 29 years in the same establishment. Some servers did not want to take orders from teenagers, people of another race, old people, etc. They would ask me to do the job, and I never hesitated to treat everyone the way I would want to be treated. I was a teenager once, I am now 70, and for the grace of God I could have been another race. We are all children of God, and deserve to be treated with kindness and respect. If someone is rude or unkind to me, then–and only then–do they lose my respect. I will still treat them kindly. I must now work two to three days a week to supplement my Social Security. (I can’t afford to be “Social”, and I have no “Security”.) I truly enjoy working with people, and helping them in any way I can.



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Cheryl K.

posted August 26, 2010 at 5:53 pm


Jesus has a heart for the poore and oppressed (Matt 25:40). A way to be like Christ or get closer to him would be to help these people. In this country we spoil our children with material objects….instead of that expensive game or big screen t.v for them…donate the money for food and clothing for the poore. Jesus would like that.



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Maria Rios

posted August 26, 2010 at 9:53 pm


How about preparing a meal for someone who is sick or who has a sick member of the family and delivering it to them?



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Larry Batterson

posted August 26, 2010 at 11:21 pm


Become a mentor for a prisoner at your local correctional institution or visit and pray for the sick at your local hospital or nursing home. You will be blessed beyond measure.. I guarantee it. Just let the Lord lead the way.



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Michele

posted August 27, 2010 at 10:48 am


I love to place Bible verses as my on all my Social Networking home pages. It brings alot of comments and inquiries from Belivers and Non-belivers



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G. Bratcher

posted August 27, 2010 at 11:24 pm


I try and teach my children to hold doors open for people. If someone drops something to stop and help them pick it up. Often it’s the little things that can make a difference in someones day.
And for myself, I like to send cards to people. Whether sympathy, birthday or encouragement, etc. Who doesn’t like to know that someone is thinking of them? You can add bible verses if you like.



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Uchenna

posted August 30, 2010 at 4:26 am


Giving even when is difficult, Jesus Christ exemplified this when the fed people with five Loaves and two fishes. Also, when he changed water to wine at the wedding in Cana (John 2) it was difficult for him because his time had not come.



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Rachael

posted August 31, 2010 at 8:12 pm


Prepairing a meal for friends, family, or even church members.
Sitting and eating with someone who is sitting alone.
Giving clothes or something you have to someone who may need it.
Giving school supplies to children.
Giving a child a book.
Writing Thank You notes to people, just letting them know you apprechiate what they have done for you.
Helping your parents out around the house.
Giving someone’s dog a bath.
Giving out smiles and hugs.



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Kristi Rodriguez

posted September 8, 2010 at 6:32 pm


Stick a little 15cent encouragement card in the tube going to the teller at the bank when you drive through. I did this today and the card had a verse, a cute kitty, and a saying that said something like this, “Don’t worry, just give everything to the Lord today.” And the teller thanked me and told me that was a “sign” to her.



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ayanna

posted September 10, 2010 at 10:48 pm


Be ready to listen when someone talks to you about their problems. not just listening, but alo sharing Jesus with them. How with Jesus we are more than conquerors.



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Kathy

posted October 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm


Our life cannot be about us. Loneliness is an epidemic. I have a plan. Reaching others through poptarts. I would use my daughter Sarah and her friends, my family, my church family, my do-workers, my daughter Stephanie and her fellow Students at the christian university where she attends, and friends of friends to get the poptarts out. The list is endless.It would be an awesome way to show Jesus love to others by helping people to connect.I would advertise through radio, posters, churches, college bulletins etc. to gather the volunteers. Through team effort we would have people visit 5 neighbors they do not know and give the poptarts as a way of showing the love of Jesus.We would also visit the shut-ins, single parents and kids,the sick etc. I could see the poptarts going like hotcakes or it could be something besides poptarts, anything to get people out there. I could see America going crazy for the idea and there would be less lonely people.



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Heather Ming

posted August 20, 2011 at 4:07 pm


I am homeless.There’s not much I can do for others, but I want you guys to know that even the smallest of things people have done to help me because I’m homeless mattered so much. I thank the Lord for the man that’s grills hot dogs every friday to give to the homless. I thank the Lord for the woman in church who went out and bought me new shoes (Though I never asked for them.) Most of all, I thank the Lord for my church family. One of the best things you can do is let someone know that if you need it, you are there. To listen. To guide. To love. What can I do to show Christ’s love? Though I’m homeless, I give food to the needy myself. No matter what social class you’re in, There is always a way to show Christ’s love.



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Mamie

posted October 27, 2011 at 11:25 am


There is a family in our church that has adopted three family children into their already large family of seven. My family has adopted them to ensure them to make sure that they do have sufficient toliet paper and paper towels that they need.



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Jeanne

posted July 8, 2012 at 2:57 am


When you see a person holding a sign on the side of the road, sometimes in costume, to advertise for a business, stop and buy that person a cold drink. Tell them it is from God as a blessing! Once I bought a person a $5 pizza and a soda, and told him it was from God as a blessing. He said thank you, and as I was walking away, shouted “Wait, who did you say this was from?” We are His Hands and Feet, and God gets all the glory!!!



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Lindaguzmanmom@yahoo.com

posted February 16, 2014 at 2:50 am


Take a biblical counseling class and be prepared to counsel those that are suffering. Learn a lost art and teach a young child that needs mentoring or embracing how to knit, embroider, crochet, tie knots, macrame, or other skill. Especially a child in a single parent home,



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