Posts Tagged ‘help’



   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

We received word that Jeff Munsey went home to be with the Lord Tuesday morning. Jeff has been attending church for a number of years, coming first with his mother, Sharon, with whom I graduated from High School.

Jeff had an interest in softball and played on our church’s softball team. Jeff had a bit of a handicap and was pretty clumsy out on the field, but he longed to belong. The team members took him under their wing and coached him along the way. He had his turn at bat and worked hard at it, but everyone knew he would get “out”. Jeff was a liability to the team, but he was accepted. After awhile, the opposing teams on the church league, who were sometimes very competitive, saw what was happening and began to cut Jeff some slack, and play along.

Everyone worked together to make Jeff feel like he belonged and was part of the team. That’s what was important, not winning. But they all went home as winners.

Is there someone you know who really wants to belong, but can’t? Give them a hand, make them feel a part, and everybody wins. What will you remember about Jeff Munsey?

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

Randy Pennington and Marc Bockmon continue in their book On My Honor, I Will:

“Leaders with integrity don’t worry about whose job it is – they get involved. They feel that helping others “is their job” – and they teach others to feel the same way. When Robert Haas took over Levi Strauss and Company in 1984, he called his executives together and told them he would require them to disclose how they had contributed to the success of others at salary and performance reviews. Haas wanted to know what each executive had done to ensure the company’s success – but he felt their contributions to the success of others within the organization and the community were just as important. Today, leaders everywhere are encouraging contribution to the community. And they are providing positive role models for those they lead.”

Jesus’ life was committed to helping others. Even His seemingly “rough” comments to the Pharisees were designed to wake them up and help them grow in their faith. He even helped those who were not deserving, like the Syro-Phoenician woman, the Woman at the Well, and the demoniac we call Legion, all non-Kosher Jews or Gentiles.

When was the last time you helped someone who was not deserving of your help? Tell us the story.

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

I’m on vacation this week and spent the day yesterday mowing and doing lawn work. I didn’t have enough gas left for the next mowing, so I hooked up my trailer to my garden tractor, loaded up several plastic gas containers and headed for town. On the way, I was thinking about what to post on this blog today. I was out of ideas.

At the Shell station in Waterloo, I finished filling up my containers and was putting the caps back on them when I heard the guy on the other side of the pump stumble and fall. He was a businessman in a suit and tie, about 50. I think he tripped over the hose. He got up, holding his arm and saying, “Oh, my God! Oh, my God.” Sure enough, he broke his arm. They called the EMS. I really didn’t see it happen and couldn’t do more to help the poor guy, so I rode on back home. But I had something to pray about.

Sometimes the real prayer needs are right in front of us, totally unplanned. If God arranges for us to be there when a crisis occurs, we should expect that God has a plan for us.

Have you recently found yourself in the middle of someone else’s crisis? What did you do?

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