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Get up! Go over! Join it!

Some of the most meaning Scriptures in the Bible for me are the ones that contain action commands. Often times we get so bogged down in our own stuff. We feel overwhelmed by our to do list. We struggle with a particular relationship. We find ourselves torn about an upcoming decision. We become stuck within ourselves, our own world, our own choices, our own dilemas, and our own desires. According to, this week marks the special celebration of three important emphases. This week is Anti-bullying week National hunger & homelss awareness week National kindess week In honor of these important emphases and even more so God's call to us in each of our lives, I encourage you this week to think outside yourself. Reach beyond your wants and needs. Set aside your own issues, conflicts, dilemas, and for one simple moment, or more, take time to think about someone else. Listen to hear where God is commanding you to move. In Acts chapter nine God calls a man named Philip to go teach a eunuch about Him. The eunuch was having difficulty understanding the Scriptures.

Philip is instructed to, “Get up and go toward the south." Philip followed this command, and when he reached his destination he was given further instructions from God. “Go over to this chariot and join it.” Again Philip followed the command for him to take action, and because of this a eunuch began to follow Jesus. This week, get up and go! Get up from your own stuff and go to someone else. Go over and join it! Wherever you feel a nudge Wherever you see a need Whoever could use another person by their side Get up! Go over! Join it!

Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a wilderness road.)  So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, the queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship  and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah.  Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to this chariot and join it.”  So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”  He replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. (Acts 8:26-31).

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