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From the Summer 2015 issue of Knowing & Doing:  

Jesus' Loving Presence in the World–You!

by Chris Sicks
Associate Pastor of Mercy, Alexandria Presbyterian Church

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  No one is too far outside God’s household to be invited inside. And all His children are equipped to make that invitation. When God’s children pour out love and compassion into the lives of hurting and broken people, we declare, “Yes! There is a God! Despite all the data to the contrary in this broken world, there really is a Rescuer in heaven, and He cares about your suffering, your sadness, and your soul.”

1. According to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
2. Frank J. Cunningham, ed., Words to Love By: Mother Teresa (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 1983), 27.
3. Lane T. Dennis, ed., Letters of Francis A. Schaeffer (Westchester, IL: Crossway, 1985), 63.
4. See Luke 8:16; 11:33. Look also at the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25–37. The priest and the Levite were too busy doing their jobs and too concerned for their own safety to show compassion.
5. Nicholas Wolterstorff, Lament for a Son (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1987), 72–73.
6. C.H. Spurgeon, The Gospel of the Kingdom: A Popular Exposition of the Gospel According to Matthew (New York: Baker & Taylor, 1893), 222.

Chris Sicks, once an atheist who rejected the very existence of God, Chris Sicks now serves as Associate Pastor of Mercy at Alexandria Presbyterian Church in Virginia. (God is good, and persuasive!) He is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary and the author of Tangible: Making God Known through Deeds of Mercy and Words of Truth. Previously, Chris worked at a homeless shelter and drug recovery program in Washington, D.C., led a mentoring and scholarship program for D.C. children, was an editor and reporter for The Washington Times, a restaurant manager, and an Army officer. He and his wife, Sara, have three fantastic children.


Recommended Reading:
Chris Sicks, Tangible: Making God Known Through Deeds of Mercy and Words of Truth (NavPress 2013)

In today’s Church there seems to be two well-intentioned groups. “Deed” people feed the hungry and help the poor while “Word” people proclaim the Gospel and engage in apologetics. The two often seem to compete with one another, but God always intended them to be partners. Sacrificial love can grab the attention of those we serve, opening their ears and minds to the words we share.
In Tangible, author and pastor Chris Sicks explains how God’s people can effectively introduce hurting people to God through intentional acts of kindness. This book does more than discuss these good ideas--it’s full of ways to make God known to the needy in your community today.






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