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Don't provoke anger - provoke love!

Campus Pastor Matt Anderson of EagleCrest in Roseville, MN
Campus Pastor Matt Anderson of EagleCrest in Roseville, MN
We invite you to peek inside our weekly Light for the Way devotional series provided for staff.

By Campus Pastor Matt Anderson, EagleCrest in Roseville, MN
“And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25, NRSV
World Kindness Day was this past Saturday, November 13. In my experience, acts of kindness don’t just happen—they are intentional. We must make space in our day to do kindly to others.

In today’s Scripture verses, Christians are encouraged to consider how they might provoke one another to love and good deeds. Provoke is a strong word. We usually don’t use it in a positive way. But here it is a good kind of stirring up.

Love and good deeds do not happen in isolation. We need one another. Each day is an opportunity to encourage one another to live out the goodness of God expressed in Christ Jesus through love and good deeds.

Getting to know your fellow team members is a helpful first step. What does love and care look like for the person next to or across from you? I became especially aware of the importance of how another person best receives love when I did a book study with my wife on The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman. I learned that my wife feels loved when I do acts of service for her and offer words of appreciation.

Now, you don’t have to necessarily learn your coworkers’ “love languages,” but it would be beneficial knowing how to best serve, love and motivate those you lead and work alongside.

StandUP is a perfect opportunity to spark love and good deeds. We are reminded that we need each person to successfully fulfill our mission. We become a creative community that inspires one another to live out our values, so that we leave smiles on the faces of those we serve.

About Pastor Matt Anderson: I joined EagleCrest in 2021 as the Campus Pastor. I current live in Chanhassen, MN, with my wife Liz and our two teenaged children. When I’m not keeping busy with Bible teaching and pastoral visitations, you can find me playing guitar or reading.

Light for the Way seriesThe Light for the Way series provides staff with an examination of a biblical reading to deepen our focus on scripture. Thank you for engaging with this series as we seek wisdom through prayer and reflection as a Christian Ministry.


Find more in the Light for the Way series:

Grief’s ‘neverness’ meets God’s ‘alwaysness’
What does real wisdom look like?
Get to know us: a Christian ministry
Introducing Light for the Way, a new devotional series

In addition to Light for the Way, you can find reflections, devotions, music and other resources on the Pastoral Care resources website

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