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We have the best neighbors…

12/08/2013

When we took over the house for the Rices, we tried to get to know our neighbors.  It was a gated community but other than setting off firecrackers and rockets for Christmas and New Years for over three years we would never see them.  We would see their house servants.  Interestingly I quit sweeping the front porch.  We would get three or four ladies knocking on the front door wanting a job.  Apparently a man can’t sweep his front porch down here.

When we downsized to a house ‘in the jungle’ our neighbor introduced herself, the house was cleaned and lawn mowed by her, we shared food.. met her children.  We at last had neighbors.  We have been very blessed.  We help her and she blesses us in so many ways.

Now I have to be annoyingly vague.  First, we are leading a home Bible study through James and at our local church here the study is in James.  James pushes living out the Christian walk.  Faith in Jesus produces visible results, ‘works’ if you will.  Christians are different than the world.  We should be visibly different, should we not?  Christ says the second greatest command is to love your neighbor as yourself… James says our faith will be visible in how we control our tongue (Ch 3 in particular), that we, like God do not play favoritism/racism, and Ch 1 how we deal with widows and orphans is visible fruit for professed faith.

There are times that good wars with good; did you know that?  We have one of those situations this past week.  Due to certain events our neighbors moved out this week.  We and they are broken hearted – our tears watered the driveway.

When James speaks of brother, a term he uses repeatedly in his epistle he uses Greek word adelphos… the direct literal English translation means “from the same womb!”  I called a “from the same womb” kind of brother for advice and help.  His first words were don’t get involved… here is where good wars with good.  He had our safety in mind and it is from his heart those words came.  Yet I have just taught on how a righteous man should help widows and orphans.  How can we not get involved?  LORD please take charge.  I don’t want to defy advice from this brother YOU have put in my life.  I don’t want to be disobedient to what we have just studied.

I am in a place where I don’t have a solution to that situation…. We helped them move what little they have.  A picture that lingers in my mind is that we loaded three small bicycles… not a one that is functional.  I could have been a better neighbor and fixed those.  Lord give us a second chance at that, please.

LORD we pray for safety for our neighbor.  Out of this time of stress let us have blessed opportunity to share Jesus Christ.  Give Cindy and I wisdom and discernment in all these things.  Please give us balance in our trusting ways, let us discern those who are evil and let these who are evil be blinded now.  Please show Your compassion for our neighbor.  We believe what we ask is from Your heart and from Your Word.  We ask it in Jesus name Amen.

Jas 1:26  If any man thinketh himself to be religious, while he bridleth not his tongue but deceiveth his heart, this man’s religion is vain.
Jas 1:27  Pure religion and undefiled before our God and Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

For this season you who are our prayer warriors please put us high on your lists.  We are grateful for your support.

And thank you brother (you know who you are) – you are placed in our lives here for many reasons.  We are grateful for you and your family.

In Christ,

Dennis and Cindy McCutcheon

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