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A Ministry of Presence

CHAPLAINCY, SPIRITUAL CARE, AND THE LAW

People were Jesus' top priority. He involved Himself in the lives of people who were considered the worst of sinners, and He met them where they had needs. In doing so, He helped elevate their sense of self worth. One of the ways Jesus gave worth to the people was by showing them their value in God's eyes, by comparing God's care for other creatures with His care for them. The authority of Jesus was opposed because He was a poor carpenter's son from the village of Nazareth.

The majority of ministry and missionary activity in the early Church and Ministry was accomplished by nonprofessionals, ordinary men and women involved in secular work as their occupations. Jesus entrusted ordinary everyday people with major responsibilities of spreading the Gospel. He took fishermen from their boats, He made them fishers of men. Jesus knew that ordinary people would become extraordinary in ministry. "God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called". When the Lord called me into ministry.

   In Luke 10: 30 -37 We read  In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

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