February 22, 2021
A Vision for Inclusion in Churches for Those With Disabilities | Massacre in Tigray Region of Ethiopia and Uighur Genocide
John Biegel baptized his dad yesterday morning during worship at an EVFree church in Yardley, PA.
Coach Kyle Gourley baptized his youngest daughter a week ago, tweeting, “Greatest valentines gift ever was being able to be part of my youngest daughters baptism this morning and knowing she’s made the most important decision of her life.”
Acts 2 – on the day of Pentecost, filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter preached the Gospel – and it worked!
22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— 23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. 24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. 25 For David says concerning him,
“‘I saw the Lord always before me,
for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken;
26 therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
my flesh also will dwell in hope.
27 For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
or let your Holy One see corruption.
28 You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’
29 “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, 31 he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. 32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. 33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. 34 For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,
“‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
35 until I make your enemies your footstool.”’
36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” 40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
The Gospel was preached and people prayed to God for mercy for the very first time.
The population of heaven grew and the census in hell dropped.
The Gospel is still working – and so is the kindness of God’s people.
Lamar Hardwick – Author of “Disability and the Church”
“Disability and the Church: A Vision for Diversity and Inclusion” is one of Lamar Hardwicks many pushes to spur the local church into inclusivity when it comes to those who are disabled. “He insists that the good news of Jesus affirms God’s image in all people” and through this rooting in the Gospel, Lamar helps give the church practical steps to welcome and include those who are disabled. For more information on Lamar’s work, including this book check out his website linked to here. You can also
Mindy Belz – World Magazine
Ethiopia/Tigray, Lebanon and, China’s Uighurs people are all on the docket for Carmen and Mindy’s conversation. Check out Mindy’s Glove Trot: A summary of international news here.