THE WELFARE OF THE USA

The Declaration of Independence

By Dr. Foster H. Shannon

It is wonderful to recognize the truth that God cares about us. He wants us to live in harmony with our Savior and each other. He cares about the USA (and, of course, other nations). The United States affirmed our dependence upon God in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” “And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” ‘And, for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!” ~Psalm 33:12

“First of all , then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way.” I Timothy 2:1,2

“The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, Take a census of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, by their families and their fathers’ houses, from thirty years old up to fifty years old, all years old up to fifty years old, all who can enter the service, to do the work on the tent of meeting. This is the service of the sons of Kohath in the tent of meeting: the most holy things.” Numbers 4:1-4

ABORTION IS MAN’S WILL, NOT GOD’S

The Slaughter of the Innocents, Getty Images

I recognized that what follows is difficult, but I cannot ignore the matter of abortions. I must respond to what the Bible teaches about God’s concern for children. We find that concern in both the New Testament and in the Old Testament. God excoriates those who dispose of their children by offering them as sacrifices. “You shall not give any of your children to devote them by fire to Molech, and to profane the name of your God.”

Leviticus 18:21 “There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering,” Deuteronomy 18:10

“Little children, you are of God, and have overcome them; for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”

The Ten Commandments, number six is, “You shall not kill.”

Babylonian seal of child sacrifice

Sacrificing life on the altar of financial concerns is what they did in Babylon with the killing children in order to please or appease a supernatural being in order to achieve a desired result.  Planned Parenthood performed more than one million abortions in 2016 receiving more than 27 million dollars in US government grants in 2015 and 2016. Is it for ‘social good’, as they declare? What does this program do for children that might have lived? Do they kill children at three months, or four months, or five months, or six months, or to nine months? What drives a person to take the life of an unborn but living child? Is it killing in ‘self defense’ to save the life of the mother? Or because the child would be in the way of career plans, or cause an extra expense of money or labor? Planning your life is one thing. Sacrificing someone else’s so yours will be easier is quite another. Who gives life in the first place?

GOD BEGETS US

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

“It is I who by my great power and my outstretched arm have made the earth, with the men and animals that are on the earth, and I give it to whomever it seems right to me,” Jeremiah 27:5.

“[Jesus] was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not.” John 1:10

GOD TEACHES US

The Ten Commandments

His words to the prophets

The teachings and examples of Jesus

He gives us churches and teachers and pastors to lead us to salvation in Jesus Christ, and to encourage us in living a life in fellowship with our Saviour

GOD FORGIVES AND SAVES US

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world , not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:16,17

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses according to the riches of his grace which he lavished upon us.” Ephesians 1:7,8

GOD COMMISSIONS US

“Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you; and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another, and to all men, as we do to you, so that he may establish your hearts unblameable in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.” ~II Thessalonians 3:11-13

“In your hearts reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence and keep your conscience clear,” ~Hebrews 3:15

“Thou hast loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, thy God, has anointed thee with the oil of gladness beyond thy comrades.” ~Hebrews 1:9

Let us praise God for his goodness to us and for our hope for the world. Let us read the Bible and pray every day. Let us sing to his glory! If you are on the Lord’ side, you are on the right side!

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” ~Hebrews 12:1,2

Blessings to YOU!

Foster H. Shannon
More about Foster…
Foster H. Shannon, Brief Biographical Note Dr. Foster Shannon received his degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Political Science, and went on to obtain a Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary, with emphasis on church growth. The Interim Pastor of True Light Presbyterian Church in Alhambra, CA until recently, he is the author of eight books and working on number nine! As the President of Green Leaf Press, a non-profit Christian publishing company, established in 1981, he publishes and markets Christian books with special emphasis on Bible Study, Church Growth, and Christian Evidences.
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GOODNESS

LIVE the TRUTH. THE TRUTH NEVER DIES.

Where can you find goodness?

You look for it in behaviors that help and give guidance. You look for goodness in thoughtfulness, honesty, kindness, truthfulness, faithfulness and helpfulness. You gain understanding from teachers, scientists, philosophers, preachers, friends and family. Sometimes the guidance others give does not fit. However, there is one way that does work.

FIND GOODNESS IN THE BIBLE AND IN CHRISTIANITY

In the Ten Commandments are given the laws of how to act towards God and others.

Jesus embodies how to live that truth. 

In Jesus’s parable of the Good Samaritan [Luke 10:29-37] he tells the story of how one person went out of his way to rescue a man who had been beaten, robbed and left to die – and in this way explains what we call the ‘Golden Rule’:

“So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12

When we look at our world, we see killing, murder, robbery, thieves, violence, arsonists, lying, unkindness, husbands killing wife and children – all examples of a lack of goodness.

“Now the works of the flesh are plain: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like.” ~Ephesians 5:20

The opposite of goodness was also shown on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, when a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic Al Qaeda killed 2,996; injured 6,000 and inflicted $10 billion in property damage including the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Surely, we all want something better for our worldEncouragement and appreciation bring greater good than insulting and hurting others ever couldThe evidence of goodness was demonstrated in the reactions of the police, firefighters and the self-sacrifice of the airline passengers who made the decision to crash their plane before it could cause further damage.

JESUS SHOWS BY EXAMPLE

The goodness of our Savior was manifested in the willingness of Jesus Christ to bear malicious treatments by the Roman Guards, and to endure the cross, because he knew under the will of the Father that this would pay the penalty for our sins.

“And when the hour came, he sat at table, and the apostles with him. And he said to them, ‘I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you I shall not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.’ And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, ‘take this, and divide it among yourselves; for I tell you that from now on I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes’ And he took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body…” Luke 22:14-20

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” ~Psalm 23:6

“Be exalted, O Lord in thy strength! We will sing and praise thy power.” ~Psalm 21:13

God is good. He brings us to life. He gives us mothers and fathers who are to be good examples and children who are to follow them. He calls upon us to follow his teachings and his examples.

HIS GOODNESS IS OUR SALVATION

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. He who believes in him is not condemned; he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” John 3:16-18

We should not despair, for we have a God who loves us. We have a Bible that encourages us. We have fellow Christians who strengthen us. Let us pray to God to heal those who are harmed by those who do not follow His example.

If we are bewildered or discouraged, we should refresh ourselves in the teachings of scripture. If we do not know what to do, we should seek out something worthwhile that fits with God’s purposes in our lives.

“I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; yea, wait for the Lord!” ~Psalm 27:13,14;

“O Lord, my God, I cried to thee for help, and thou hast healed me.” ~Psalm 30:2

“And we desire teaching one of you to show the same earnestness in realizing the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” ~Hebrews 6:11,12

“I love thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, My rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.” ~Psalm 18:1-3

Pray to God for mercy and wisdom.

From ‘The Great Ideas’, Spinosa defines ‘good’ as that which we certainly know is useful to us:“Anything which is useful or exchangeable has the character of an economic good.” 

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WHAT IS OUR ASSIGNMENT?

By Dr. Foster H. Shannon

We are privileged to know about Jesus. He is our Savior, our teacher, our master. Jesus Christ came from Heaven to Earth that we might be enlightened. Although there are many appealing and significant aspects to the life of Jesus Christ, the most important is that he is the Savior of the world. His suffering and death on the cross for the sins of mankind was as significant as his marvelous life. A person may become a follower of Jesus, and approach in lifestyle and knowledge of the standards Christ represented or accomplished. The prophets reveal many truths regarding the nature and purposes of God. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sins of the world, and scripture proclaims that he is the only Savior. Christianity is not correctly classified as one road to God among several that are available. In spite of the urges of the eminent historian, Arnold Toynbee and others, Christianity cannot be mixed in a bowl with the other religions of the world, and baked in a syncretistic oven to produce a more refined religion that will unite all of mankind.

“For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10)

GOD MADE THE WAY TO SAVE US – IF WE LET HIM

The claims of Christianity and the other religions of the world (with the possible exception of Judaism) are mutually contradictory in this one most vital matter: How we establish a living relationship with God. Other religions appeal to the ability of people to do something about their situation so that they might merit favor of the god they worship.

The New Testament clearly states the absolute teachings regarding our own salvation and that of others, that it is not by our own deeds that we obtain righteousness, but because of what Jesus has done for us.

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his MERCY he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost…”~ Titus 3:5 

It is through Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf that our forgiveness is found. We are washed clean and find mercy, grace and new life in Jesus Christ.

Mercy is when we DON’T get what we DO deserve. Grace is when we DO get what we DON’T deserve.

EACH ONE MUST DECIDE

Each one must decide whether Christ is one man among many great men, or whether his contribution is unique—of absolute importance.

Some might be most impressed by his ministries of healing, while others would be inclined to emphasize his stature as a theologian and explicator of the Old Testament. The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew,ch,5) is the very pinnacle of the summaries of the moral and ethical teachings of the Old Testament. Jesus’ influence upon the literature of the world—cannot be ignored. No other man has had so pervasive an influence upon the essays, philosophical treatises, novels, and ordinances. The same is true of music, art, and even legal and cultural affairs. Without question, the total impact of the life of Jesus Christ is unsurpassed.

Nothing will deaden the church of Jesus Christ so quickly as the idea, that after all, God will somehow, in some way, reach everyone and bring them to Heaven. This erroneous concept is debilitating in efforts to expand the gospel. It is important to follow Jesus in this life, and to trust God for the forgiveness of our sins that is found in repentance and faithfulness. Jesus is our teacher and example. If our understanding of the Bible is strong, and our lives are faithful to our God, we will be happy and encouraged. This is a matter of ultimate importance. Subtle changes may occur in the direction of the Christian community. The edge may lose its vitality, esprit de corps, and devotion—not because Christians are happy that any one is separated from God, but because the significance of their call to be witnesses for Jesus Christ has been greatly reduced. The Christian church must not sacrifice its convictions. Christians will not give of themselves, as they should, unless they are profoundly convinced by the Holy Spirit through Biblical teachings that it is vitally important for a person to know Jesus Christ as Savior.

God will not compel anyone to believe. On more than one occasion, the Pharisees demanded a sign from Jesus. They wanted a demonstration so powerful that if what Jesus said was true, they would be absolutely compelled to believe. And Jesus replied to them,

“An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign.” 

God has created us as moral and responsible beings who have the freedom of choice to either love, serve and follow him — or to outright reject him. Jesus never performed a miracle that would force those who witnessed it to believe. However, he gives great evidences of his existence.To those who are honestly open to the spirit of God, it is evident that the power of God works through the miracles of Jesus Christ. 

ALL OF US WHO BELIEVE IN JESUS ARE CALLED TO SERVE HIM

Our Savior, Jesus Christ, calls us to himself. When we understand the teachings of Jesus it will lead us to happiness and well being. How can we do this? We are to sit at his feet and learn from him. We are to follow him and obey him. Parents are to teach their children to believe in Jesus—and to live as he would have us live. We are encourage by Hebrews 12:1-2:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings to closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith…”

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one who is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterances of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.” (I Corinthians 12:4-10)

Jesus gave us this promise, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35)

God wants us to use our gifts to serve Him and bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the world in which we live. 

Jesus Christ can bring peace to each one of us – to the family, to the nation, and to the world.

Find out by reading what He is saying to you every day in the Bible!

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Warm wishes,

Foster H. Shannon
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Foster H. Shannon, Brief Biographical Note Dr. Foster Shannon received his degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Political Science, and went on to obtain a Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary, with emphasis on church growth. The Interim Pastor of True Light Presbyterian Church in Alhambra, CA until recently, he is the author of seven books and a Sunday School curriculum. As the President of Green Leaf Press, a non-profit Christian publishing company, established in 1981, he publishes and markets Christian books with special emphasis on Bible Study, Church Growth, and Christian Evidences.
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WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU?

“The heavens declare the glory of God and the earth shows his handiwork” Psalm 19:1

By Dr. Foster H. Shannon

How do we position our lives? What is of most importance? What direction shall we take?

Jesus said in Matthew 6:33:

“Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness – and all these things shall be yours as well.”

Surely we are attached to our families. We, who are alive, were begotten by our parents. While we were babies, they cared for us. As we grew up, they provided for us. And who provided for them? We live on planet Earth that was created by God. He is the one from whom we all get life.

GOD IS SPEAKING TO US

How is He speaking to us?

1- Through Creation:

He speaks to us through the wonder of the universe we live in – the entirety of existence. The planets, the stars, the Constellations; all human, animal and vegetable life are the work of God. He who created us knows what is best for us. He speaks to us that we may know Him.

2- Through the Bible:

“Your word, O Lord, is settled in heaven” ~Ps. 119:89

“Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.” ~Proverbs 30:5

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for instruction, for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness” ~ 2 Timothy 3:16

3- Through his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ:

“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.” ~Heb 1:1,2

“…These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” ~John 20:31 

4- Through the Holy Spirit:

“For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” ~2 Peter 1:21

God has given us our conscience, that He embeds in each one of us, so we and others may live a righteous and beautiful life.

God cares about you very much and wants to protect you from harm.

So… What is most important?

GOD WANTS US TO KNOW HIM

As we study the Bible, we see God’s concern for us. God is not indifferent to you. One day we wake up to understand that the teachings of the Bible are very important to God. He is paying attention to you, and we are to pay attention to Him that he may give us understanding and wisdom and inspiration to care for others. We must not disrespect God, for if we do, we have challenged what he has taught us – and there are consequences: We will miss the land of goodness and struggle with the land of disobedience.

He teaches us the right kind of living, so that we may be in good health, have good relations with other people and live a good life.

He gives us laws that are a map for our lives: The Ten Commandments in Exodus 20, the teachings of the prophets, and most importantly the teachings of Jesus.

“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”” ~John 8:32

HOW CAN WE KNOW HIM?

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” ~Matthew 7:7

God is our Creator and our keeper. Our life is His gift. We can have a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior through Jesus Christ. When we accept him into our hearts He speaks to us. We can then ‘walk with God’.  

“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:6)

He watches over us. Because he cares for us, he will also rebuke us. The Holy Spirit ‘comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable‘. The word SANCTIFICATION and sanctify are found in the Bible many times. It means faith in God and spiritual growth before God. It means our willing responses to his teachings and our confident hope of continuing growth and our entrance into Heaven.

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”  ~Ps 119:11

“Finally, brethren, we beseech and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you learned from us how you ought to live and to please God, just as you are doing, you do so more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God for your sanctification: that you abstain from immorality…For God has not called us for uncleanness but in holiness. Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.” (I Thessalonians 4:1-3;7,8)

“Therefore since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who, for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1,2)

There are important things that we may do to strengthen our walk with God:

a. Read the Bible every day

b. Pray regularly to give thanks to God; pray for God’s blessings for the Churches; pray for others for whom you are concerned; pray for the United States of America.

c. Tell someone else about Jesus and the Bible

d. Attend church on Sunday

e. Give money for Christian causes

WE HAVE SOMETHING TO REJOICE IN! 

Many of us have a favorite football, baseball, or basketball team. We want to see our team win. We rejoice in victory. We rejoice in athletics—but shouldn’t our enthusiasm for God be even greater?

We have something eternal to rejoice in!

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and to an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.” (I Peter 1:3-4)

 Thank you for reading,
Foster H. Shannon
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Foster H. Shannon, Brief Biographical Note Dr. Foster Shannon received his degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Political Science, and went on to obtain a Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary, with emphasis on church growth. The Interim Pastor of True Light Presbyterian Church in Alhambra, CA until recently, he is the author of seven books and a Sunday School curriculum. As the President of Green Leaf Press, a non-profit Christian publishing company, established in 1981, he publishes and markets Christian books with special emphasis on Bible Study, Church Growth, and Christian Evidences.
The website is: www.gogreenleaf.com.
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PROOF THAT GOD LOVES US

God has given you His Word

By Dr. Foster H. Shannon

When you trust a person, do you believe their word?

Most of the time we do. But men can lie. What about GOD?

Numbers 23:19 tells us that “God is not a man, that he should lie” 

He has given us His WORD that He loves us. You can take it to heart. Here’s proof:

1. Proof that we are loved by God

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

2. Proof that by believing in Jesus Christ we have forgiveness of sins, and are in God’s family

“For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves; it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast.” ~Ephesians 2:9

“For all who are led by the Spirit are sons of God.” (Romans 8:14)

“it is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” (Romans 8:16,17)

3. Proof that God made us – and has a job for us

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” ~Ephesians 2:10

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (I Peter 2:9)

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.”

4. Proof that God will enable us

“Whom the Lord calls, He will also enable” ~Romans 8:30

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” (I Corinthians 12:4-7)

5. Proof that we HAVE eternal life in Jesus:

“And this is the record, that God has GIVEN us eternal life, and this life is in His son. He who has the son has life, and he who does NOT have the son does not have life. These things have I written to you that believe in the name of the son of God, that you may KNOW that you HAVE eternal life, and that you may believe in the name of the son of God.” I John 5: 11-13

“Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.” (I Corinthians 15: 49)

“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.” (Psalm 27:4)

“…whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be saved” ~ Joel 2:32

6. Proof that God will take care of us:

“My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” 

“No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man, what God has prepared for those who love him.” I Corinthians 2:9)

7. Proof that God wants us to have peace

“Thou dost show me, the path of life; in thy presence there is fullness of joy, in thy right hand are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:11)

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27

Don’t be afraid to come to God.

He wants you to come. He’s given you His Word on it. He says,

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

 Thank you for reading,
Foster H. Shannon
 
P.S. – Why GOD’S Answers?

As a pastor, I have often been challenged by younger members of my congregations with
questions about how to relate the Bible and God’s words to today’s world.  I find more people today
rejecting Christianity because they believe it not applicable to their lives and is thus, irrelevant.

I suspect some Christians are “straying” since the answers to daily dilemmas and major life
issues are not evident or easily attainable. Perhaps, considering God’s point of view has
become less important for many. And yet, HIS are the only answers that truly give any lasting value to our lives.

How do we find the way?

“Seek and ye SHALL find.

Knock and the door SHALL be opened.

ASK and it SHALL be given.”

Searching for the truth in the Bible can seem like mining for gold.

However, as one who has been mining it’s pages for many years, I have done the digging for you.

An experienced guide, I will help you explore the territory to find it’s riches without getting lost along the way.

For instance, my book, Answering Questions People Ask About Christianity is one of the great tools I have created to help you discover the treasures the Bible offers, as well as a dynamic reference in sharing nuggets of truth with others.

You can order the book directly from this link at GoGreenleaf.com

And as always, I am always here to help with any questions.

Please contact me directly at my email address:

The answers are there.

Don’t give up.

Foster H. Shannon
More about Foster…
Foster H. Shannon, Brief Biographical Note Dr. Foster Shannon received his degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Political Science, and went on to obtain a Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary, with emphasis on church growth. The Interim Pastor of True Light Presbyterian Church in Alhambra, CA until recently, he is the author of seven books and a Sunday School curriculum. As the President of Green Leaf Press, a non-profit Christian publishing company, established in 1981, he publishes and markets Christian books with special emphasis on Bible Study, Church Growth, and Christian Evidences.
The website is: www.gogreenleaf.com.
He enjoys riding his bicycle and swimming weekly. He likes both classical and popular music. He roots for the CAL Bears and the Chicago Cubs.
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GROWING IN CHRIST

Victory over Evil: St. George slays the Dragon in this painted stone plaque in Southwark Cathedral, London.

By Dr Foster H. Shannon

I Peter 2:2,3: “It is apparent that God wants us to grow beyond our commitment and baptism to Christ. Christianity is not static, it is to be in progress. The tree is to bear fruit The Bible encourages us to grow. “Like newborn babes, long for the pure spiritual milk, that you may grow up to salvation; for you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.”

Galatians 1:6,7: “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and turning to a different gospel—not that there is another gospel, but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.”

GOD HAS BETTER DAYS FOR US

If we have missed many of the encouraging passages in the Bible, these two may discourage us, when actually we should be reassured. It means that as our knowledge of God increases, we enjoy the richness of his teaching  – that God has better days for us.

The Ten Commandments, the teachings in the scriptures, the example of Christ and the example of strong Christians teach us not to kill, not to steal, not to harm others. This enrichment betters us and others.

Unfortunately there are significant numbers of scoundrels who will shoot and kill – even in schools, or in a theater or an outside plaza like the one in Las Vegas, Nevada. Violence even occurs in families. You may have read about Anthony Avalos, who died with head injuries and cigarette burns covering his body after being abused by his father and family. According to sources familiar with the case history, law enforcement officers and child protective case workers documented years of severe abuse allegations and yet the law did not prevent the boy’s death.  Or the case of a husband in Brooklyn, New York, who chopped off his pregnant wife’s arm and two of her fingers. It is frightening and repulsive to think of.

We could list hundreds of wicked activities of human beings defiling, threatening, torching, and killing their fellow human beings.

Genesis 6:5: “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

GOD DELIVERS US FROM EVIL

Evil exists, but God is the one who delivers us from evil. The letter of the law cannot make a person good. Only God’s spirit in us enables us to grow in his grace as we allow Him into our hearts. God will teach us to avoid harm and to be a blessing to others. Jesus teaches us to love others, to rescue, to bring healing.  As God loves us we are to love one another.

GOD WORKS IN US

It is those who reverence God who are compassionate and care. As we grow in our walk with Jesus Christ the results will be for the betterment of others and ourselves, our household and our friends. God wants us to be happy.

“Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have obtained access to this grace on which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God.” ~ Romans 5:1,2 

The words of Jesus tell us in John 15:4,5:

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already made clean by the word with I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you…I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”

CHRIST IN US, THE HOPE OF GLORY

We are not running short of despots, liars, thieves, and murderers. They are the disciples of the Devil. Therefore, an active, strong Christian community is the hope of the world! Goodness is more than what we might value.

All of us must contend with good and evil. The Devil and his minions are not out of the picture yet. We are to be sanctified and live as our God would have us to live. God depends upon his children to study, and live, and walk in His will. As we study the Bible and draw closer to God, we are equipped with truth, reason, and the presence of God. This will bring us to a better life and to a diminution of the evil in our midst. We should not think that we cannot do anything about it. We have awareness. We have prayer. We have the study of the Bible.

WE HAVE THE GREAT POWER AND AUTHORITY OF OUR GOD

Luke 10:19: ”Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt you.”

Jude 24: “Now to him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you without blemish before the presence of his glory with rejoicing, to the only God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”

Psalm 23:3: “He leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name sake.”

Along with our age and physical growth, should be our spiritual growth. The world can be healed and blessed with the presence of faithful Christians, faithful churches, and the proclamation of the teachings of the Bible.

II Corinthians 7:1: “Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God.”

II Corinthians 9:8: “He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness.”

It is possible for us to have better people in the USA and in the world!

Foster H. Shannon

Foster H. Shannon
More about Foster…
Foster H. Shannon, Brief Biographical Note Dr. Foster Shannon received his degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Political Science, and went on to obtain a Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary, with emphasis on church growth. The Interim Pastor of True Light Presbyterian Church in Alhambra, CA until recently, he is the author of seven books and a Sunday School curriculum. As the President of Green Leaf Press, a non-profit Christian publishing company, established in 1981, he publishes and markets Christian books with special emphasis on Bible Study, Church Growth, and Christian Evidences.
The website is: www.gogreenleaf.com.
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HOW TO GROW AS A CHRISTIAN

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11

by Dr. Foster H. Shannon

One of the greatest of human follies is to ignore God. God is at the center of the universe, at the center of all that is. To grow as a Christian, we must pay attention to what he says. He commands and instructs us to read his word. To ignore the Bible is, in effect, to ignore God. Most simply put, the Bible is God’s written word to every person. When we read it we find out that God’s will for us is is good. All Sixty six books of the Bible are inspired by God, and given to us that we may know about God, his will and purpose for our lives; how we may have a right relationship with God and how we can live an enjoyable, wholesome and good life.  If God, who created all things, cared enough to inspire and guide men to write the books of the Bible—then it behooves us to pay attention to what God has said!

I trust that the following suggestions will be encouraging and helpful:

1. Read the Bible and pray every day

“O Lord, in the morning thou dost hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for thee and watch.” Psalm 5:3

“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure enlightening the eyes.” Psalm 19:7,8

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed, and who correctly handles the the word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15

2. Attend Sunday Church services

“Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work…” Exodus 20:8-10

“…not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:25

“So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. And they devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. “ Acts 2:42

3. Obey the Ten Commandments and the teachings of Jesus

“…let every one lead the life which the Lord has assigned to him, and in which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches.” I Corinthians 7:17

“Thus, sinning against your brethren and wounding their consciences when it is weak you sin against Christ.” I Corinthians 8:12

“For God has not called us for uncleanness, but in holiness. Therefore, whoever disregards this disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.” I Thessalonians 4:7,8

4. Participate in group Bible Study

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms…Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:12,17

5. Expect that you will grow in God’s grace

“And (Jesus) said, “take heed that you are not led astray, for many will come in my name, saying I am he! And, The time is at hand! Do not go after them. Luke 21:8

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1,2

6. Engage in being a witness for Christ

“…for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.” Luke 21:15

“He who believes in him; he who believes in him is not condemned; he who does not believed is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” Luke 3:18

“But just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please men, but to please God, who tests our hearts.” I Thessalonians 2:4

IS THE BIBLE TRUE?

Either the Bible is the the inspired word of God or it is fraudulent. Jesus and the disciples recognized the whole of the Bible as the inspired word of God.  The preponderance of evidence weighs heavily on the side of the Bible as compared with other systems. Many reject the reliability of the scriptures on scanty evidence and faulty impressions. Every person will have some questions about the Bible. Because of the limitations of our knowledge and comprehension, we must rely on the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth as we study God’s word. As we do, and then live by the teachings of scripture, we experience the absolute reliability of the Bible.

Find out for yourself. READ IT!

Foster H. Shannon
More about Foster…
Foster H. Shannon, Brief Biographical Note Dr. Foster Shannon received his degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Political Science, and went on to obtain a Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary, with emphasis on church growth. The Interim Pastor of True Light Presbyterian Church in Alhambra, CA until recently, he is the author of seven books and a Sunday School curriculum. As the President of Green Leaf Press, a non-profit Christian publishing company, established in 1981, he publishes and markets Christian books with special emphasis on Bible Study, Church Growth, and Christian Evidences.
The website is: www.gogreenleaf.com.
He enjoys riding his bicycle and swimming weekly. He likes both classical and popular music. He roots for the CAL Bears and the Chicago Cubs.
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LIVING WITH GOD

Everything we have comes from God . . . and we give out of His hand!

By Dr. Foster H. Shannon

LIFE IS FROM RELATIONSHIP

How do we enter this world?

All of us come out of our mother’s womb. I was delivered into this life in the Evangelical Deaconess Hospital in Chicago, IL, Sunday, 13 July 1930.

How do we live?

We are cared for by mother and father, and possibly by older siblings and family.

What are we to do?

Almost from the day of our birth, we begin to desire what is good and desirable for us. A baby makes its desires known by crying.  We all need food and clothing and a proper placement to grow physically and learn habitually and mentally. We are to live where our parents live, to be taught and provided for by them. We are naturally selfish, and early on we expect (demand) that our desires will be filled. As we grow physically and mentally, hopefully we will be taught principles by father and mother who talk about God, and read from the Bible. What father and mothers always want is an ideal child, and hope that they will do what is right. The desires of father and mother for the children may not be the same–and it is possible there will be disagreement. The child may be dissatisfied, too.

How are we to know how to live?

Do we not recognize that we are not a happenstance? That the Earth and all people and animals have a Creator? The Bible gives us the information that God is our Creator. As we would not be here without parents, we would not have life without Him. In the Bible, we learn that God cares for us. As a good parent, he gives us rules that we should live by, with the Ten Commandments as an example. Through them we find out that God loves us, and that we are to love one another. Love is the capacity to desire good for others, and to be moved to help others. The children are to love their parents, and the parents to love their children.

However, we find ourselves in the midst of good and evil; of truth and falsehood of caring and indifference, and encounter ideas that are bad for us. Early on there are challenges as to what path we may take.

WE ARE CHALLENGED WITH SERIOUS PROBLEMS

1. Single moms account for 41% of infant births in the USA.

2. Children today are obsessed with cell phones, TV, computer games, texting, and pornography.

3. A large percentage of children today have become selfish, disrespectful, and unappreciative of what they have.

GOD IS THE EXAMPLE

There are many challenges, but we can rejoice that God is the example, in that he loves us, in spite of our sins. Since he created us, he knows what we are made of. He understands our needs and seeks our welfare. As we are born into this world through relationship with our parents,  we can be born into a relationship with God, through Jesus Christ. Children are fortunate who have parents with faith in God, who read and believe the teachings that are found in the Bible, and can introduce us to him.

We are fortunate to get guidance through good parents, through study of the Bible and through the fellowship with other believers. Even if not, God has equipped every human being with a conscience, that makes us feel guilty or satisfies us. God guides us through the Holy Spirit  to sense the challenge of good and evil. We can choose either to live in a relationship with God or without a relationship. We are equipped with the ability to think. We are enabled to examine and consider. We make decisions either good or bad—and we live with the consequences.

We are challenged in what we read in the Bible. We may be tempted by the society in which we live. We may associate with friends who are a good influence upon us, or with others who lead us in bad paths. How do we discern the difference, or do we care? Do we respect the wisdom of God, or do we rebel against it.

Why are we inclined to what is bad?

There are good amusements, and there are bad, even awful amusements. The primary challenge comes out of the Bible. God teaches us through the prophets, Jesus Christ, and the apostles. We have a number of books that deal with issues of wisdom or folly. The problem may be an erroneous aptitude or seeking the favor of a crowd who do not honor God.

WE NEED A GOOD EXAMPLE

We should follow Jesus in his examples and teachings for our lives. Just as we need good food to eat that will strengthen us, we need truth that will guide us:

I Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

Hebrews 12:1,2, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings to closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

GOOD EXAMPLES AT GREEN LEAF PRESS

On our Green Leaf Press Book List, we have a number of books that illuminate what is good and what is bad.

For example: “Stealing From God”, by Frank Turek;

The Devil’s Delusion”, David Barlinski;

The Rage Against God”, Peter Hitchens.

You can find these and other great Christian Books on our Green Leaf Press web page, where we give a 35% discount and even pay for shipping!

Though the world is in turmoil in the Middle East, in South Korea, in Afghanistan, in many of the countries of Africa with despots governing, seeking welfare for themselves, and not caring for their people, God surveys our lives, our sins and hopes and beliefs. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the hope of the world!

Psalm 121:7,8: “The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life,. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in, from this time forth and for evermore.”

Here’s wishing you a Relationship with God!

Foster H. Shannon
More about Foster…
Foster H. Shannon, Brief Biographical Note Dr. Foster Shannon received his degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Political Science, and went on to obtain a Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary, with emphasis on church growth. The Interim Pastor of True Light Presbyterian Church in Alhambra, CA until recently, he is the author of seven books and a Sunday School curriculum. As the President of Green Leaf Press, a non-profit Christian publishing company, established in 1981, he publishes and markets Christian books with special emphasis on Bible Study, Church Growth, and Christian Evidences.
The website is: www.gogreenleaf.com.
He enjoys riding his bicycle and swimming weekly. He likes both classical and popular music. He roots for the CAL Bears and the Chicago Cubs.
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THE ANSWER IS JESUS

“In thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore.”~ Psalm 16:11

By Dr. Foster H. Shannon

We believe that God loves us and cares for us, but there are times when we feel upside down. It could be our children, our health or our job, or trouble with people who are important to us. Or it could be our concern for the problems in the United States and in the world.

What do we do when problems engage us?

We believe that Jesus is the answer. The Bible teaches that God is willing and gracious, pleading with us to return to him and to receive his love. Though he is offended by our sin. God teaches us the truth of his word, and draws us to himself. He has personally involved himself in the incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection.

God sent his Son, Jesus, by the Virgin Mary. When Jesus came of age, he performed miracles, bringing dramatic healing to many. Jesus is the leader of all who will follow him. We may be Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox et. al. We must recognize that our leader is Jesus. He is the founder and leader of the entire church.

Jesus is a first-class example for us

His mission was to teach, heal and build. We are to pay attention to his teachings. We are to learn from his compassion. He tells us that he will forgive us, and we are to forgive others. The leaders of the Jews in Jerusalem, the Sadducees, and the Pharisees did not welcome Jesus as a gift from God. Under the Roman leadership, this group lived well, and were an important part of the government.

Thousands of people in Israel sought Jesus’ teachings, his authenticity, and his power to heal. His success did not go down well with the leaders in Jerusalem. They wanted him to be out of the way, and they sought to kill him. Jesus knew what was ahead; he had spoken to his disciples that he would be killed and that he would rise again. You remember his prayer at the Mount of Olives:

“And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, “Father, if thou art willing, remove this cup from me; nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” (Luke 22:42)

Then Judas betrayed him and led a group of soldiers to arrest him in the Garden of Gethsemane.

“When morning came, all of the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death, and they bound him and led him away and delivered him to Pilate the governor.” (Matthew 27:1,2)

The leaders of the Jews took Jesus to the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate. Pilate questioned Jesus. His conclusion was that Jesus was innocent. Jesus had not broken any laws. A crowd of the Jews yelled for his crucifixion, and warned Pilate that they would send word to Rome that Pilate had not been cooperative.

Pilate gave in and ordered the crucifixion – an unbelievably painful execution. Along with that, were derision and insults from the soldiers. All four gospels give us the picture of the crucification. If you follow their accounts, you witness incredible cruelty!

At the time of his death, Jesus cried out, “It is finished”. (John 19:30)

Yes, he died. He was the Father’s sacrifice for our sins. Sin requires payment and Jesus took the guilt upon himself and bore the punishment for our sins. Because of the mercy of God, we can look to Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins.

Jesus is our example in giving up his life for our salvation. He is our example in the way that he spoke in parables, with reason, and teachings from the Old Testament. We who believe in Jesus have the responsibility of telling people about him. God is not indifferent to our sin. He seeks to speak to our hearts by the Holy Spirit, convicts our consciences, teaches us the truth of his word – and draws us to himself.

Disobedience to God brings suffering to the world

 It was evident to the honest and open minded person, that the power of God was working through the miracles of Jesus Christ. God created us moral and responsible beings, and His will is for our good. He has given us the great responsibility to love him, serve him, follow him—or choose to reject him. Much of the time suffering is a consequence of sin.  Not all misfortune that befalls individuals is the result of a person’s own misdeeds. but all of the misery and unhappiness—all that is unfortunate—derives from the willful disobedience of people to the will of God. It is a reminder of the awfulness of sin; that all Creation suffers because of man’s rebellion against God. Sometimes the picture becomes very dark, but the awfulness of this condition need not persist. In His mercy and love, God has provided the way, in Jesus. He IS the Way, the Truth and the Life. In His presence there will be no crying, no tears, no death, no sadness, no sorrow.

Will we ever fully understand what Christ has done for us?

Wishing God’s Love and Life for YOU,

Foster H. Shannon
More about Foster…
Foster H. Shannon, Brief Biographical Note Dr. Foster Shannon received his degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Political Science, and went on to obtain a Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary, with emphasis on church growth. The Interim Pastor of True Light Presbyterian Church in Alhambra, CA until recently, he is the author of seven books and a Sunday School curriculum. As the President of Green Leaf Press, a non-profit Christian publishing company, established in 1981, he publishes and markets Christian books with special emphasis on Bible Study, Church Growth, and Christian Evidences.
The website is: www.gogreenleaf.com.
He enjoys riding his bicycle and swimming weekly. He likes both classical and popular music. He roots for the CAL Bears and the Chicago Cubs.
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READING THE BIBLE

“For ever, O LORD, your word is settled in heaven.”~ Psalm 119:89

by Dr. Foster H. Shannon

“Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light unto my path.” ~Psalm 119:105

In the summer of 1944 I had come from Sand Springs, Oklahoma to spend the summer in Los Angeles with my aunt and grandmother, as I had done in 1939 and 1942. In those summers I attended Immanuel Presbyterian Church on Wilshire Blvd. I was impressed with the preaching and teaching, and the great organ in the worship service. The summer of 1944 I went with a group of high school students from Immanuel to attend a summer conference at the Presbyterian Conference Grounds at Big Bear Lake. That one week made a great impression on me. It was on the last day that we were given a paper to make a commitment: that we believed in Jesus Christ as our Savior. I affirmed, knowing that I had already believed and had been baptized. The second question was on tithing. That was a bit above my head, and I skipped it. I think that I started tithing when I was a senior in high school. The third question was, will you read your Bible every day? I responded that I would. I have kept that promise, and believe that it was one of the most important decisions I have made in my life.

I hope that you have the commitment of daily Bible reading. It encourages us, it guides us—and God speaks to us in it. I continue to be amazed that the text which I read often speaks directly to my daily experience. The Bible is indeed the word of God! There is nothing more important, than our relationship with our Savior. God’s word is true:

“God is not a man, that he should lie.” ~Numbers 23:19

 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”~Luke 21:33 

Why should you read the Bible?

1. The Bible is considered the most important book in the world. It was the first book to be printed by Gutenberg in Germany, 1455 A.D. It has been a perennial best seller—outselling all other books year after year and has been translated into more languages than any other book.  The Bible has had greater influence upon at, literature, ethics, and culture than any other writing. A great deal of the world’s conversations presume a knowledge of the Bible.

2.The Bible is God’s message to you. It reveals God’s great love and care for you and is earnestly concerned for your well being. God desires a personal relationship with you.

3. The Bible teaches us the purpose and meaning of life.

4. As you gain knowledge of the Bible you will become a happier and better person.

5. God wants us to know him. He instructs us to read his word. God is at the center of the universe, at the center of all of life, at the center of all that is. To ignore the Bible is, in effect, to ignore God.

How to Study the Bible?

I have written a basic book on the study of the Bible: So You Want to Study the Bible. It has 64 pages. I believe that it can be helpful to almost anyone. There is considerable information related to the study of the Bible. It includes a section on daily Bible reading for a year. (Keep reading below, to see how you can get a free copy sent to you!)

This book will tell you some basic facts about the Bible. It will give you guidelines for study. It will encourage you to begin with a one year daily reading plan that will guide you to the most important passages throughout the Old and New Testament. It contain sufficient background information so that you can have an understandable framework as you read in the Bible. Each day’s selected passages will take you no more that three to five minutes to read. You will not, of course, read everything in the bible in a year following this plan—only about one-fifth of the total contents of the Bible. But you will have read a most important one-fifth, and you will have laid a foundation to continue a lifetime of profitable and enjoyable Bible study. You will find this plan on pages 46-50. You can refer to it immediately, and begin using it as you read through this book.

I would like to send you a free copy of my book, So You Want to Study the Bible – nothing required except to ask for it, no cost, and no strings attached. You can contact me at fjshannon@sbc global.net or foster@glp880.net. My cell phone, 323 493 0714.

Warmest Wishes,

Foster H. Shannon
More about Foster…
Foster H. Shannon, Brief Biographical Note Dr. Foster Shannon received his degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Political Science, and went on to obtain a Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary, with emphasis on church growth. The Interim Pastor of True Light Presbyterian Church in Alhambra, CA until recently, he is the author of seven books and a Sunday School curriculum. As the President of Green Leaf Press, a non-profit Christian publishing company, established in 1981, he publishes and markets Christian books with special emphasis on Bible Study, Church Growth, and Christian Evidences.
The website is: www.gogreenleaf.com.
He enjoys riding his bicycle and swimming weekly. He likes both classical and popular music. He roots for the CAL Bears and the Chicago Cubs.
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