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The king rescues the helpless when they cry out.  He helps the oppressed, who have no one to defend them.  He will be kind to the weak and poor and he will protect their lives. For those oppressed, he will save them from cruel and violent deaths.

 -Psalm 72:12-14

The purpose of influence and power is to be a for those who have no influence and power.

Then Jesus said to the man who had invited him: When you give a dinner or a banquet, don’t invite your friends and family and relatives and rich neighbors. If you do, they will invite you in return, and you will be paid back. When you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.  They cannot pay you back. But God will bless you and reward you when his people rise from death.

-Luke 14:12-14

1.  If my life were depicted as a party, who would be the ?

The Brookings Institution article reference in the message can be found on their web-site under the title, “Three Simples Rules Poor Teens Should Follow to Join the Middle Class”.

2.  Am I including at my dinner table?

The book quoted in the message is The Gospel Comes with a Housekey, by Rosario Butterfield.

To discuss during the week with your family or Life Group

1. What has been your response to the racial tensions in our country? How do you inform your response to it? Based on the media?  Social media posts?  God’s Word?

2. What are you doing with whatever influence and power you’ve been given?

3. Go ahead and answer questions 1 and 2 that were asked in the message with your group. How are you doing? What needs to change?

4. What is your next step as a result of this message?