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Don’'t Panic but Be Cautious
It’s wonderful that telecommunication advancements can deliver up-to-the-second information. But we all know that mass media is business driven. Stories that generate fear or anger increase viewership, causing people to tune in often to see what or who they should fear or loath. That’s when things can spiral out of control. You can expect the Coronavirus to dominate the news cycle until it runs its course, in one way or another. In the meantime, check out our new toolkit for the Coronavirus. We will update it, as needed.
It’s Now or Never for the DC Forum
Other DC Meetings on Ashmen’s Schedule
TAKE NOTE: Deadline Approaching for Conference Price Break (and Drawing)
And don’t forget, we’re looking for your “Don’t Fence Me In” song video submissions by March 16, too.
Annual Conference Scholarships Available
Here’s What They Had to Say...
Three Bills to Support Charitable Contribution in the Works
Citygate Network Involved in Census 2020 Kickoff in D.C.
Looking Down the Street
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Supreme Court to Consider Religious Rights in Philadelphia Same Sex Couples Case
Portland Nonprofit Provides Path Out of Homelessness Through Culinary Program
New Legislation Intended to Protect the Unborn
Study Ranks U.S. Cities for LGBTQ Positions
Do Christian Churches Still Have a Strong Community Impact?
Aéropostale Organizes Teens for Jeans
AOH Counselor- Client Manager, Union Gospel Mission, Spokane, WA
Business Director, Coachella Valley Rescue Mission, Indio, CA
Camp Bennett Maintenance Manager, Central Union Mission
Camp Director,Central Union Mission
Care Support Specialist, Light of Life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
Chief Administration Officer, Rockford Rescue Mission Ministries, Inc., Rockford, IL
Chief Philanthropy Officer, Helping Up Mission, Baltimore, MD
Controller, Light of Life, Pittsburgh, PA
Cook, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Counseling Program Manager, The Rescue Mission Tacoma, Tacoma, WA
Development Director, Home of Grace, Vancleave, MS
Development Manager, Bread of Life Mission, Seattle, WA
Director of AOH, Union Gospel Mission (Spokane), Spokane, WA
Director of Development, City Mission of Schenectady, Schenectady, NY
Director of Men's Shelter Services, Union Gospel Mission, Spokane, WA
Director of Operations, Brunswick Christian Recovery Center, Ash, NC
Director of Operations, Fairhaven Rescue Mission, Covington, KY
Driver, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Executive Director, Hospitality Ministries, Wenatchee, WA
Executive Director, Fairhaven Rescue Mission, Covington, KY
Executive Director, Geauga Faith Rescue Mission, Chardon, OH
Food Service Support, LifePath Christian Ministries, York, PA
Guest Relations, LifePath Christian Ministries, York, PA
Guest Relations II, LifePath Christian Ministries, York, PA
Guest Services Manager, Shelter KC, Kansas City, MO
Lead Recovery Coach, Shelter KC, Kansas City, MO
Major Gifts Officer, St. Matthew's House, Naples, FL
Major Gifts Officer, Union Rescue Mission, Wichita, KS
Mental Health Counselor, The Rescue Mission Tacoma, Tacoma, WA
Nonprofit Management Department Chair (online), City Vision University, Kansas City, MO
Operations Director, Salina Rescue Mission, Inc. ,Salina, KS
Part-Time Counselor (Youth-Focused), Seattle's Union Gospel Mission
Program Administrator - Bridge Street Mission, Bridge Street Mission, Inc., Wausau, WI
Renewal Counselor (Full-Time), Hope Gospel Mission, Eau Claire, WI
Renewal Counselor (Part-Time), Hope Gospel Mission Eau Claire, WI
Residential Coordinator_Cornerstone Manor Facility, Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo, NY
Safety Coordinator, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Safety Team, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Short-Term Living Coordinator Men's Ministry, Lebanon Rescue Mission, Inc., Lebanon, PA
Social Work/Clinical Manager, Denver Rescue Mission, Denver, CO
Transitional Living Coordinator, Lebanon Rescue Mission, Inc., Lebanon, PA
Vice President of Development, Career Cross Training, Colorado Springs, CO
Vice President of Ministries, Rescue Mission Alliance, Oxnard, CA
It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person,
but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.
Matthew 15:11 ESV
Pharisees were incredibly disciplined. Unbelievably dedicated. And honestly, would put many of our lives to shame—on the outside, at least. Jesus reveals something more profound about character that should transform the way you see it. No matter how well you behave, you can't cheat character. Our behavior is a product of our character and your life will be a product of who you truly are.
So, we can chip away at modifying our behavior, working super hard at cultivating a daily devotional habit, reading our Bible—developing a rhythm of prayer and fasting...even giving large portions of our income...and these are all incredible&—and expected—activities in a believer's life. Obedience, holiness, and spiritual disciplines must happen for us to grow in the image of Jesus.
Rather than starting with behavior, though, Jesus starts with the heart. He reveals that underlying motivations are the real state of our character. It is from our character that true holiness, love, and Christian action flows. As James said, faith without works is dead. And Jesus shows us that works without faith is pointless.
What is the state of your heart? Have you prioritized character, or tried to cheat it with good-looking actions?
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