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Celebrating 30 Years of March Retreat, Devotional #28

We hope by now you have received your 30-Day Devotional Guide created by your Flourish Committee. If you haven't, we may not have a correct address for you. You can find a printable pdf version of the Devotional on our website or at Over the next several months, we will be posting each devotional on our blog as well, helping us to celebrate this milestone throughout the year. Today's blog post commemorates the twenty-eighth year of the March Retreat.

#28 2019 Speakers: Jen Schmidt Musicians: Revive Worship Band Just Open the Door

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.

~2 Corinthians 5:20~

Jesus demonstrated to his disciples a life of devotion to the Father. He also demonstrated a life of devotion to his disciples, and especially the twelve apostles. He was not necessarily favoring them above others but invested in their lives so that they would continue to make new disciples long after He was gone. Jesus also showed compassion and lived a life of welcome to others who were not in his inner circle. He stopped by the tree that Zacchaeus was sitting in and invited himself to dinner. He invited the woman at the well into a conversation, just one conversation that changed her life for all eternity. He invited some to follow Him, and others were simply momentary encounters. However, He related to each person he met with compassion and understanding.

As Jesus did then, He wants to do now through us. As He welcomed others into His life so very long ago, He would like us to welcome others into our lives today. It might be just one conversation, or it might be a dinner invitation or a long-term commitment to reach out to a neighbor, friend, or even family member. We are the vessels Jesus wants to use to reconcile the world to Himself. Are you willing?

Author: Kathy Foor

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