Thought For The Day 10/25/14

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Faith Must Leave The Building

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“Faith isn’t the ability to believe long and far into the misty future. It’s simply taking God at His Word and taking the next step.”

Joni Erickson Tada

http://hopefaithprayer.com/faith/faith-quotes/

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I have heard a question asked over and over in the last year and a half from people in both the community and on social media. It is not just a question about why I have chosen the journey I am making but what I am doing with the calling I have been given. And the answer I feel best addresses the questions is this parody of the saying we all have heard before, “Elvis has left the building”! My answer is this:

“Faith Must Leave The Building”

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Not only do families by the thousands worship in alternate settings these days but they worship in different ways. Faith through “Service To Others” is being carried into soup kitchens, story times for kids in the library, cleaning up, tending and preserving a local park, volunteering to become a voice for kids in the system by becoming a Guardian ad Litem (something I have taken to heart), and a million other causes that look for motivated and dedicated individuals who want to act and not just pay lip service to the ills of the world! Even in organized church congregations and parishes worldwide, “Faith in Action” campaigns are transforming worship services into service projects in the community! “Faith in Action” is empowering people by encouraging a dialogue in creating a proactive community which urges people to be more “outwardly” directed and “missionally” minded!

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The choices are a thousandfold. Simple enter volunteering into any search engine and the organizations who need YOU will fall right into your lap! But whatever the route you opt for, choose something to demonstrate your faith in God by working to inspire, empower and mobilize! By thinking about others and by raising awareness of needs, you not only foster unity with others but deepen your spiritual commitment to God by sharing His love in a concrete and tangible way. And after all, did not Christ ask of us that we sow the seeds of the Holy Spirit everywhere we go?

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For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do

Ephesians 2:10 NIV

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Mandy 2014

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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