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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 3, 2018

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THURSDAY, May 3

Acts 15:28 For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to impose on you no further burden than these essentials.

This verse from Acts is just one line, but it speaks volumes about authority in the early church. In this new movement, those who have risked their lives for the gospel are left to define what is essential to the faith—and which burdensome aspects may be set aside. This line calls us back to the mandate we find in Micah, where we learn that to do God’s will means to live justly, love mercy, and walk humbly before our Maker.

I recently read about a schoolteacher named Elisabeth Schmitz who lived in Berlin during the rise of Nazi Germany. Unlike many of the theologians and church leaders of her day, Elisabeth called her church to resist Nazism and risked her life to harbor Jews and help them to flee. Today she is celebrated for her grasp of the essentials of the faith.

MOVING FORWARD: What are the essentials of your life of faith? Write them on a notecard to keep with you. Read and pray over them, and see how this changes the way you minister to the world around you.

Good Book Club Reading: Acts 15:22-35

PRAY for the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania

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