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Our broken world can be confusing and overwhelming. But one thing is clear; God calls each of us to serve those in need. That includes you.

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In the Story of the Good Samaritan, the neighbor on the Jericho road was a mess. The systemic challenges of a dangerous road and the individual trauma of abuse, left him powerless. The Samaritan didn’t need to be an expert to offer assistance. He just needed to stop.

GOD HAS A PLAN

Jesus stopped. He entered the messiness of our world to restore us in relationship with God and neighbor. He asks us to follow His example. Like the disciples that starts with sitting at His feet and learning His heart.

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Think of it this way: Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a life – UNLESS he has no access to the river. Without access, any help provided is in vain and justice cannot roll on like a mighty river.

“I remember so well going to school each day… proudly saying the pledge of allegiance… ‘with liberty and justice for all’. It would be many years before I realized that simply wasn’t true.”

Bruce Strom
CEO, Gospel Justice Initiative
Author, Gospel Justice

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The book Gospel Justice has a free five session study guide, Do Likewise, living the gospel through compassion and justice. Pull together friends to go deeper and understand why Dr. Tony Evans says, “Bruce Strom’s exposition of the Scripture and application to the poor is spectacular.” Study his book Oneness Embraced or other helpful justice books. Below is a list of some of our favorites.

Gospel Justice

Joining together to Provide Help and Hope
for those Oppressed by Legal Injustice
by Bruce D. Strom

Gospel Justice is a dynamic, new response to God’s call and mandate to each of us to provide justice for all. Gospel Justice will stir your soul and prompt you to seriously consider what Jesus’ words “Go and do likewise,” mean for you personally and practically. An inspiring book that nurtures hope and action.

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Do Likewise

Gospel Justice Companion Guide

Do Likewise is designed as a companion guide to the book Gospel Justice. Chapter questions are included and while intended as an additional resource to the book, the guide could stand alone. The sessions are designed to be flexible to draw people together so they can explore deeper issues of justice. This can be done individually or as a family, small group, adult class, youth group, book club or other group.

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Oneness Embraced

Through the Eyes of Tony Evans
by Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans is a leading advocate for Biblical truth, race relations and justice. He combines all three in a well-written, researched and thoughtful book. I particularly appreciate Dr. Evans third section of the book on a kingdom vision for societal impact. His challenge to the church to get involved in Biblical Justice is well stated and compelling.

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Over Rated

Are we more in love with the idea of changing the world than actually changing the world
by Eugene Cho

Through vibrant stories, raw confession, and engaging humor, Eugene Cho challenges us to live a good story. Overrated cuts through the glamour of justice. More than a 140 character tweet, justice requires sacrifice and personal change. Eugene’s personal example and direct style will motivate and inspire you to deeper justice work.

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Outlive Your Life

You Were Made to Make A Difference
by Max Lucado

Max Lucado is a well-known author and pastor. He is a gifted writer and turns his talent toward the core question for any person – “What is my purpose?” Max demonstrates in very practical ways what it means to live your life for something that matters and how that must include serving the poor. Each chapter has wonderful discussion questions which are great for the whole family.

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Welcoming The Stranger

Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate
by Matthew Soerens

Matt Soerens and Jenny Hwang present one of the best researched books on the market addressing justice and compassion in the immigration debate. The book provides facts, stories and numerous scriptural references to frame the complexities of the problem we have helped create and how World Relief is seeking to address the problems with comprehensive reform and involvement.

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When Helping Hurts

How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor… and Yourself
by Brian Fikkert

Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert present a well-researched book on poverty and why the church and American approach to addressing poverty often causes more problems than it solves. The book addresses the dangers of cultural bias, a caution toward short-term missions, and why giving away money is not the answer.

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Pursuing Justice

The Call to Live and Die for Bigger Things
by Ken Wytsma and D.R. Jacobsen

Pursuing Justice shows that God isn’t primarily concerned with personal piety but about empowering His children to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with their creator. The message is as hopeful as it is fresh; when you discover anew the meaning of the Gospel and give your life away, you will find it…and it will be the best life you can imagine.

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Radical

Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
by David Platt

David Platt is the pastor of a large church in Birmingham, Alabama. His book is aptly titled. The book is a challenge to American Christians to recognize the needs of the poor among us and to live with less and give more. The book presents a radical challenge for changing one’s perspective and life.

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