Sunday, February 20, 2011

This Blog is going into semi-retirement.

Effective Sunday, February 20, 2011, this blog will no long be updated on a regular basis, except by the Twitter feed found in the right margin. All future blog writings by Gregory E. Lang can be found at his new site, Thanks for visiting, and please visit the new site.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Love the Least

Take great care not to align yourself only with those in high and influential places; recall that Jesus dined with and cared for the outcast, not limiting himself to the company of the king’s court and temple priests. If you enjoy the love of Christ you will faithfully minister to the least. Called to a heritage of blessing you must live a life of blessing. Having contempt for the least, rather, for anyone, only encourages the unbeliever. Love the least.

(Matthew 25:40-45, Romans 12:13, Ephesians 4:2,
1 Peter 3:8)

Friday, January 07, 2011

Love Your Neighbor

Though you may exhibit what the world calls charity and kindness in the highest degree, unless you are filled with love, your deeds are nothing. It is in our love for our neighbor, moreover, all our brethren, that we continue Christ’s work of spreading the word of God. Go, be a disciple, love your neighbor and bear good fruit. Love each other so well that there will be mutual service and helpfulness, all for God’s glory.

(John 13:34-35 and 15:8-17, 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, Galatians 5:13-14)

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Cherish Your Spouse

Marriage is a state of mutual obligations. Each spouse must yield to the other what those obligations require. Your spouse is a great blessing given to you so that you may more fully enjoy your life not only on earth, but in heaven as well. Honor and cherish that blessing. You are called to love your spouse just as Christ loved the church, so that nothing will hinder your prayers. Cherish your spouse.

(1 Corinthians 7:3-4, Ephesians 5:25-33, Hebrews 13:4, 1 Peter 3:1-7)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Empty Bowl

On February 27, 2011, the Gateway Center will present its thirteenth annual Empty Bowl Dinner. From 12:30-2:30, the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta joins with the Gateway Center by opening its doors to the community for this fun and tasty fundraising event. Empty Bowl benefits the Gateway Center, and is designed to give participants the eye-opening experience of how a homeless person might receive a hot meal from a soup kitchen.

Soups, breads and desserts are provided by some of Atlanta’s best dining establishments. When leaving the event, diners take home a free one-of-a-kind soup bowl made and donated by local artists. The empty bowl serves as a reminder that many in our community would go hungry if not for the generosity of our citizens. Tickets are $20 per person (children under the age of 6 are admitted free).

The Gateway Center is the keystone project of United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta and the Regional Commission on Homelessness’ effort to impact chronic homelessness. Operating as a twenty-four hour shelter and services center for the homeless in metro Atlanta, the Gateway works to end chronic homelessness by providing the support and training people need to achieve self-sufficiency. We are committed to helping the homeless move into employment as well as transitional and permanent housing.

The Gateway Center, a self-managed 501(c)(3) organization, is recognized by the IRS as a Non-Profit Organization (ID# 26-1193832). Make checks payable to the 24/7 Gateway LLC. Mail to: Gateway Center, PO Box 250028, Atlanta, GA 30325