must or can

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This post is a little something different. I’m praying that you might be encouraged in it. Thanks for letting me explore new ideas and in new ways!

The something different is a video that I recorded to teach a lesson at my church yesterday on “Who is my neighbor?” from the parable of the Good Samaritan from Luke 10:25-37.

God was (as always!) so good and faithful to teach me new things as I was seeking Him through studying for this lesson. I’ve included a few of the high points in a handout (also included below) that I gleaned from this lesson. Again, praying that you might be drawn closer in to our Good God in the truths from His Word to us and creation around us.

And if you’re wondering about the title of this post – “must or can” – you can get a glimpse of this idea in the notes at the bottom but the full picture comes with listening to the video…so quite literally, stay tuned for more!

click on link below to watch the video (my apologies if you have to copy and paste the link into your browser if it won’t play from here):

Here’s the handout from the lesson (yes, I’m a professor so I’m all about handouts and homework – hahaha!):

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Handout for WJBC Adult Bible Studies for Life 7/24/22

“Who is my neighbor?” from Luke 10:25-37

Major ideas to consider from today’s lesson:

  1. What must I do?  vs. What can I do?            

Psalm 42:1-2, 63:1-8, and 84:10

  • Cocooning vs. compassion  

Galatians 6:2

  • Who is my neighbor?

          John 13:34-35, Genesis 16:13, and Luke 6:31       


  1. Re-read verses listed from lesson notes above.
  2. Pray and ask God – what are You calling me to do for my neighbor today?
  3. Assemble whatever resources needed to fulfill the answer to task 2.
  4. Make the commitment and appointment now to complete task 2 with the resources assembled from task 3.
  5. Pray for your neighbor while completing task 4. Write his or her name(s) here along with the date.
  6. Repeat tasks 1 through 5 for another neighbor.

written and recorded by and copyrighted to Beth Madison, Ph.D., 2022

Published by Beth Madison

author, speaker, learner

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