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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 30, 2018

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SUNDAY, September 30     19 Pentecost

James 5:19-20 My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

In college, I heard about people joining Christian accountability groups. I later found out that some of these groups were really friends self-reporting their sinful behaviors—swearing, drinking, sex and lustful thoughts—but without an accountability or expectation of change. This sort of small group has little appeal to me. But the concept of accountability is compelling. 

Christian accountability can be a powerful tool in our spiritual lives, and I admire the groups who do this work with love, grace, and mercy. I deeply desire a community of support to help bring me back into my faith when I stray. This work can be done within a loving, radically accepting, and reconciling community, one free of shame and bent toward growth, inner-soul work, and collective liberation at the feet of Jesus. 

MOVING FORWARD: To whom are you accountable? Who is accountable to you?  

PRAY for the Church of the Province of Uganda

Ps 124 and Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 -OR- Ps 19:7-14 and Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29 | James 5:13-20 | Mark 9:38-50 



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