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Week 1: The Poverty of the Heart
The first step on the journey is to understand the poverty of the heart, to search our hearts and ask why it's sometimes so hard to help those in need. How are things like materialism and individualism stifling compassion? On the journey, we'll set down the burden of guilt and pick up God's grace instead.
Week 2: God is Not Silent
God has provided a map for our journey in loving others. This week we'll explore what the Bible has to say about serving the poor, the widows, and the orphans, and how God desires for us to show his love to those in need.
Week 3: Understanding Poverty
Understanding poverty will guide the steps we take in releasing others from it. This week we'll explore what poverty is--its causes and effects and how it's a spiritual matter at its core.
Week 4: Prayer
Prayer is the weapon God has given us for the journey of loving and serving those in need. This week of prayer and journaling will help us explore the power of prayer in a world in need of restoration and help us make prayer a part of daily life.
Week 5: Be the Change
The journey of serving those in need is, in essence, the journey of following Christ. And God has created each person uniquely for the journey, giving each one spiritual gifts, skills, and passions with which to serve him, to be the change we want to see in the world. This week we'll explore our individual gifts and be reminded that it is God's grace that sustains us along the way.
Posted May 31, 2008
If you're going to read one book on poverty 'from a Christian perspective', then this would be a great choice. It's not about one problem or one solution, it's about the whole issue and how we can understand and respond to it. It's very people-focused and positive and is more about transforming the reader and their mind than pushing the author's ideas or laying guilt and duties on everyone. Great read.
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