And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds.
Do you have things other people need?
Things: Spiritual Gifts, Talents, Wealth, Poverty, Power, Spirit of God.
27 Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.
28 Do not say to your neighbor, "Come back later; I'll give it tomorrow"—
when you now have it with you. 29 Do not plot harm against your neighbor,
who lives trustfully near you.
30 Do not accuse a man for no reason—when he has done you no harm.
God as Neighbor (Revelation 21) 1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
Spiritual Gifts: (1 Corinthians 12.7) Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. (Ephesians 4, Romans 12)
Talents: (Colossians 3.16) let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. (Eph 6.9) Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord,
Wealth (Proverbs 3.9) Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; (Proverbs 13.22) A good man leaves an inheritance for his children's children, but a sinner's wealth is stored up for the righteous. (Proverbs 22.9) A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor. (Story about chiropractic care)
Poverty (Proverbs 19.1) Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.(Proverbs 28.6) Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a rich man whose ways are perverse. (you have honor; poverty moves you towards dishonest)
Friendship: (Proverbs 17.17) A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. (Proverbs 18) A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Christ (Galatians 2.20) I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
(St. Patrick’s Breastplate)Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right, Christ at my left,
Christ in the fort,
Christ in the chariot seat,
Christ in the poop [deck],
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
Breaking in of the Kingdom (Our commission) (Mark 16.15-20) 15He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. 16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well."
19After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. 20Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.