This Sunday I am preaching from Peter’s sermon in Acts 10:34-43.  More importantly, I am preaching on the key phrase, from Wesley’s Three Simple Rules, “Doing Good.” (Acts 10:38)  What does this mean?  In a world that is full of prejudice and injustice today, are we truly doing good? – or – are we secluding ourselves in our own little “social clubs” with those like us?  How do these two questions even coincide with one another?  Like this: I think we are scared to follow God’s Command of Loving One Another – that’s it – Loving One Another!  We are afraid that if we cross a line to reach out to someone different than us, and by different I mean in all aspects you can imagine, because we don’t want to be judged by our own peers within our “social club.”  Is this a hard message to hear?  Yes- even for me, it is not an easy message, it is not an easy task to join together for the commonality of solidarity in which we spread the Good News that Peter plainly states in verses 37-43:

37 You know this message spread through Judea, beginning in Galilee where John called people to be ritually cleansed through baptism. 38 You know God identified Jesus as the uniquely chosen One by pouring out the Holy Spirit on Him, by empowering Him. You know Jesus went through the land doing good for all and healing all who were suffering under the oppression of the evil one, for God was with Him. 39 My friends and I stand as witnesses to all Jesus did in the region of Judea and the city of Jerusalem. The people of our capital city killed Him by hanging Him on a tree, 40 but God raised Him up on the third day and made it possible for us to see Him. 41 Not everyone was granted this privilege, only those of us whom God chose as witnesses. We actually ate and drank with Him after His resurrection. 42 He told us to spread His message to everyone and to tell them that He is the One whom God has chosen to be Judge, to make a just assessment of all people—both living and dead. 43 All the prophets tell us about Him and assert that every person who believes in Jesus receives forgiveness of sins through His name.  (The Voice)

I invite you to watch this video before Sunday … Dr. Seuss knew what he was doing:


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