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 “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”  (Hebrews 13:16, NIV)

Of course, it is a sacrifice to do the right thing, because doing so means forsaking the privileges and benefits to which we feel entitled.

Of course, it is a sacrifice to share.  It means making do with less of something we, deep-down, want more of; or we think of some others as less worthy of our time, talent, and treasure.

Nevertheless, we are reminded that to pursue goodness, mercy, kindness, and love in all of our relationships; and to prefer sharing all that we have with others to withholding the same from them pleases God.

So, go ahead: Do the things that make our heavenly Father smile.  There is no shame in goodness; and it is through giving that we receive.  – Luther

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“Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you.  Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.”  (Hebrews 13:7, NIV)

Today’s scripture is today’s challenge for us!

Can you remember your former Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teachers; or your small group bible discussion leaders; or a former pastor or anyone else to whom you looked-up who “spoke the word of God to you”?

Will you consider the outcome of their lifestyle of prayer, study, service to others, and faithful obedience?

Are you willing to accept the challenge of imitating their faith in God?

There is great encouragement (and strength) for us today in the histories of God’s faithful ones.  – Luther

Special note: Tomorrow (November 10) marks the 244th anniversary of the founding of the U. S. Marine Corps.  God’s grace, mercy and peace to all who have worn the eagle, globe, and anchor insignia — and to their parents, spouses, and children.  Happy birthday, Marines!  Semper fidelis!

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