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Examples of Acts of Shalom

What does Shalom Mean?

Acts of Shalom

An Act of Shalom is something we do for someone else that helps them "flourish" or helps them become better. It's like an act of kindness, but more. It's an act of kindness that points someone towards God and enhances God's nature within us.

We are called to do Acts of Shalom for others because it is what Christ modeled for us. He treated others with love. Lisa Sharon Harper said in her book The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Can Be Made Right:

"At its heart the biblical concept of shalom is about God’s vision for the emphatic goodness of all relationships."

As we prepare to move into our next sermon series, I wanted to start building a list of Acts of Shalom that we can build upon  As you think of other ones, please send them to me so we can keep the list going.


Examples of Acts of Shalom

Community Acts

  • Wheel Out Your Neighbor's Trash Can
  • Start a Community Garden
  • Build a Tiny Library in Your Neighborhood
  • Praise a Local Business Online
  • Compliment a Parent on How Well-Behaved Their Child Is
  • Be a Welcoming Neighbor
  • Be Polite on the Road
  • Give Away Your Parking Spot
  • Donate Used Books to a Library
  • Knit Something to Give Away
  • Share Your Favorite Recipe
  • Write Positive Sticky Notes
  • Leave a Surprise For Your Mail Carrier

Family and Friends

  • Text Someone Good Morning or Good Night
  • Ship a Care Package
  • Help Out in the Kitchen or Around the House
  • Gift an Inspirational Book
  • Write Down Someone's Best Qualities
  • Make a Handmade Card
  • Write a Handwritten Note/Letter
  • Send a Postcard
  • Bake Something
  • Give a Gift Card
  • Tutor Someone

Kids

  • Visit a Local Zoo, Aquarium, or Museum
  • Buy from a Lemonade Stand
  • Cook a Meal Together
  • Make a Craft Together
  • Create a Story
  • Go on an Adventure
  • Laugh Often

Senior Citizens

  • Reminisce
  • Ask a Senior About Their Past

Work

  • Send an Encouraging Email
  • Find Out Something New About a Coworker
  • Wish Someone a Happy Birthday
  • Ask About Someone's Weekend
  • Learn About a Person's Family

Strangers

  • Thank Someone Every Week
  • Leave Quarters at the Laundromat
  • Leave a Generous Tip
  • Leave a Surprise in a Library Book
  • Clean Gym Equipment
  • Be Kind to Your Server

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Save the Dates

Shalimar United Methodist Church is now moving into its sixty-seventh year! These are exciting times! We have both great opportunities and we have great challenges immediately ahead! Our future success will not be easy but we serve a big God and He is able. In this pivotal time in our church’s history, I believe our church will increase our faith and witness amazing acts of our Lord in such a time as this. One of my favorite passages to lift before Shalimar is Ephesians 3:20, “God is able to do more than we think or imagine.” These are times to keep this passage in front of us!

The doors are opening for future expansion at Shalimar UMC. What is the Lord up to right now? Already this year, the Lord opened the path to purchase the Presbyterian Church next door. What will be the Kingdom purpose for this addition? How will the Master Planning of the last two years open doors seen and unseen to fulfill our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ? How will the coming decades of Shalimar UMC be shaped by the opportunity of the Haverty’s property? As a church, we have some wonderful options for future planning. We are like the Church described in the Book of Revelation known as Philadelphia. We have an open door of opportunity before us to advance the Kingdom! God is able to do more than we think or imagine!

Opportunities also bring challenges. Shalimar UMC has challenges. Challenges either bring out the best or the worst in people. In our case, I believe our upcoming challenges will bring out the very best in Shalimar United Methodist Church! God is able to do more than we think or imagine!

One of the challenges will be prioritizing the immediate plans. We do serve a God who can do anything but we are not called to try to do everything at once. We will need to pray and fast about decisions that will impact the next decades of ministry for Shalimar UMC. God is able to do more than we think or imagine!

As your Lead Pastor, I must say we will be at our best when we focus on God’s awesome power, not limit the church to what we as people can concoct. God is able to do more than we think or imagine!

We will plan to rise and meet every challenge that comes our way. We will rise to any financial challenges! As God enlightens us, we will navigate through any uncertainty with certainty regarding upcoming issues such as General Conference in February of 2019. We have voices clambering that the church is out of step with the times and the church has no future! I do not believe this for one minute! It is in such times that the church rises up to meet the needs of a new generation. The teachings of the Scriptures contains the words for all those who thirst, hunger for meaning, and hold the keys to life! These times we are living are great times for the Church and Shalimar United Methodist Church! God can do more than we imagine!

I am confident that Shalimar United Methodist Church will be stronger one year from now than today! Why? In the words of Jesus, “We will be about our Father’s business.” We will heighten our resolve to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Not only will we continue to reach, teach, and send in the Name of Jesus Christ we will do so more simply, nimbly, and swiftly in the coming days! God is able to do more than we imagine!

The best days for Shalimar United Methodist Church are ahead of us! How am I so sure? In the upcoming month we will be taking our game plan right out of the pages of the Book of Acts. We will hear the story of the explosive growth of the Early Church! We will be placing this plan in our playbook at Shalimar. God can do more than we imagine!

In preparation for the upcoming series from Acts, I am asking our entire congregation to save the dates August 4/5 to September 8/9 to be present for six weekends of worship. Please plan on being in worship unless prevented. Let us be in prayer and also fast for these upcoming weeks of revival, renewal, and expanding our church to reach our community. We will be learning about deeds of shalom. As we gather, we will be seeking to put our faith into action. We will be participating with our God Who is able to do more than we think or imagine!

Shalom, 
Philip

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The Book of James | Faith: In Action

Putting our faith in action isn't an easy thing. It's one thing to say we believe in Christ, and we love others as Christ loves, but it's an entirely different thing to act those words out. This is what James 2 is all about. James is pushing us to go deeper with standing behind the words in which we have faith.

Read James 2:1-13.
 Focusing on 2-3, how have you seen Christians act like this?
 Have you ever done this without realizing it?
 How can we help equalize the poor and the rich within the body of Shalimar UMC?
 Reread 12-13. How have you shown mercy to someone this past week?
 How could we be more merciful in our lives to others?

Read James 2:14-26.
 Based on 14-15, what does faith in action mean to you?
 When was the last time you saw someone in the church or outside it in need, and stopped to help? Do you even notice those in need?
 Reflect on 21-24. Also see Genesis 22:1-19, 15:6. How did Abraham prove that he had more than faith in God? What can we take away from Abraham's actions?
 Reflect on 25-26. Also see Joshua 2. How did Joshua and Rahab prove their faith in God with their actions? What can we learn from both of them?
 How can you, this week, be sure that your faith is not dead?

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