ACTS World Relief founder David Canther shares how acts of kindness and meeting the needs of people can touch the world with God’s love. These anecdotes illustrate what Jesus lived every day--to love and serve God and others. Readers will discover how to become a first responder by meeting the needs of others first, and see the world change.
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David Canther has been a pastor for 27 years. He is also an inventor, with seven registered patents, and the president and founder of ACTS World Relief. He has been married for 32 years to Sherri, a registered nurse. They have two children: Andrew and Autumn.
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"FIRST RESPONSE" EMERGENCY PERSONNEL
The firemen who responded to 9/11 looked in horror as two of the tallest
buildings in New York City were ablaze with thousands of lives at stake
trapped inside. They did not first try to establish five committees to decide if
responding might be the right thing to do; instead, they did not hesitate to
respond! They did not merely announce on sound systems, radio, or TV, that
if you wanted to find safety, you needed to give money to their union and then
your seed of faith would become your deliverance. They acted quickly, putting
on all their safety equipment and joined together as a team. They ran into
the inferno of smoke and heat, feeling the very foundation of the buildings
shake and give way, determined to save every life possible. Many had fleeting
thoughts of their families as they pressed up the stairwells, only thinking of
saving others lives before their own.
How can “First Response” emergency personnel such as firemen, policemen,
rescuers, EMT’s, paramedics, and medical providers inspire you to change
your world through ACTS of Love? Every time you see emergency personnel,
you will be challenged to realize that they are responsible for allowing you
to feel safe, provide hope, and to be inspired to think of the needs of others
before your own. The Gospel inspires you to become a “First Response” world
changer to others in need with commitment, quickness, and efficiency. This
produces deep relationships. You can experience the same fulfillment in life as
emergency personnel through ACTS of Love.
Jesus says, “I command you to love each other in the same way that I love
you. And here is how to measure it: the greatest love is shown when you lay
down your life for your friends, neighbors, and your enemies. You are my
friend if you obey me. I command you to love each other as I have loved you”
(John 15:12–17, author’s paraphrase).
Why is it that many times when I share this passage with some, they
respond by saying “that is only a parable” or “what a challenging thought?” By
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not following this command, aren’t they breaking God’s command? No friend
of His would refuse to follow it!
Some Christians emphasize rules, standards, and doctrine, while others
ignore them; both potentially missing the fruit of genuine ACTS of love. “If
you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). Your “First Response”
lifestyle means being willing to lay down your life for others when needed. I
have heard some define this command of Jesus, by calling it a “Social Gospel,”
or trying to save yourself through social justice. The good news is that the
only way you are saved, is by faith in Jesus’ death on the cross, not by works.
That is grace.
A prayer for changing your world through ACTS of love could
be: Lord, by faith I accept that You have given Your life to save
me. Each day I release my sins and failures to You and believe
You will change my heart into one of unselfishness by helping
others in need! Empower me to now change my world through
ACTS of love, by helping someone who is in need today.
Table of Contents
“First Response”—Emergency Personnel
Having a Healthy Identity
Six Keys to Changing Your World
Getting Dirty—Helping Others Brings Healing
Faith, Focus, and Following Through
Looking, Listening, and Learning
T.I.M.E.: Timing, Impacting, Maximizing, Eliminating
Team Work—Multiplying, Motivating, and Movements
Building Loyal Relationships
Big Vision and Big Faith
Prayer Is Your Source of Power!
Hurricane Katrina: Isn’t God Good!
Serving With Unconditional Love
Hope for Hurting Haiti
Hope for Helpers—Resiliency in the Face of Despair
Changing My World
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