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
Remember to get my book, Answering Questions People Ask About Christianity,  one of the greatest 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 who are struggling.

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I am always here to help with any questions.

Please contact me by email here:

Blessings to all!

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
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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.
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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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
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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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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
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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.
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
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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.
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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HEAVEN

By Dr. Foster H. Shannon

IS THERE A HEAVEN?

What is Life about? The beginning, the middle, the end? Do we just live, or is there a purpose to our lives? For some people, their aim is just to ‘get by’. Thankfully, the Bible gives us instructions – so we can have a good life here on earth and in the world to come.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great 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,” (Hebrews 12:1-3)

This passage from the Bible reminds us that there is a good life to be lived. But what about the end, death and burial and mourning?

The Word of God affirms that there is something great beyond this life for all who have believed in and entrusted themselves to Jesus Christ. The believer will dwell with God forever in Heaven.

“But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the first born who are enrolled in heaven, and to a judge who is God of all, and to the spirits of the just man made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant.” (Hebrews 12:22-24)

ALL WHO BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST ARE DESTINED FOR HEAVEN

“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)

“For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building form God, a house not made with hands eternal in the heavens.” (II Corinthians 5:1)

“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)

“But our commonwealth is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will change our lowly body to be like his glorious body by the power which enables him even to subject all things to himself.” (Philippians 3:20,21)

LIFE HERE ON EARTH IS FAR FROM PERFECT

The life that God calls us to, is incredibly better than what we see here on earth. When we look about we see the evidence all too often. The terrible crimes in Chicago, the awful behavior of Stephen Paddock, who murdered fifty people in Las Vegas and wounded 400 more, and Harvey Weinstein, a prominent and successful in Hollywood, who sexually harassed scores of women. We could go on, including Isis in the Middle East and Kim Jong-Un in North Korea and more.

However, we do not want to demean this life. There are many good people who believe in, and honor God here on earth.  For those who love God, the best is yet to come.

WHAT IS HEAVEN LIKE?

It is being a new person. It is being akin to Christ. It is being with God and seeing the magnificence and beauty of his glory!

“The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all. Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word! Bless the Lord, all his hosts, his ministers that do his will! Bless the Lord, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul!” (Psalm 103:19-22)

God calls us to his life and into his kingdom—in this life and in the life to come.

We have many reasons to rejoice!

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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GOD’S BLESSING ON THE WORLD WE LIVE IN

“So is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11

By Dr. Foster H. Shannon

“Finally, brethren whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:6-9)

What we see in the Bible is to encourage and teach us. This passage, from the book of Philippians is characteristic of the biblical teaching on how we should live.

Where do we get this kind of thinking and doing?

We have the Ten Commandments, the teachings of our Saviour, and the words of the prophets.

How do we know that this comes from God? Because it is radiating from beginning to end.

The consequences of ignoring God are like a spiritual car wreck.

It is evident that many people believe that they can live their lives without God. We live in a day when many are unhappy and confused. Many actually state that they do not believe in the reality of God. Or they may believe that there is a God—but they don’t care!

For 4000 years the Bible has affirmed God as the creator:

Where do we come from? What makes us what we are? Is our existence an accident without any explanation? How can we recognize what is right and wrong without the Bible?  The Bible affirms the reality of God from the beginning of the world. He created our world, and he created us. It is dangerous to ignore God and his teachings. We would not have such learning if it were not for God.

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was on the face of the deep; and the spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.” (Genesis 1:1,20)

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:1-5)

The word of God – and the presence of the Holy Spirit— enables us and gives us confidence.

“In many and various ways, God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He reflects the glory of God, and bears the very stamp of his nature, upholding the universe by his word of power.” (Hebrews 1:1-3)

How shall we live?

The Bible teaches us to be better people:

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful. It does not rejoice in the wrong, but rejoices in what is right. Love believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (I Corinthians 13:4-7)

What helps us to believe effectively?

  • Cultivate friends who believe in and respect God.
  • Worship God at home, and in the Church.
  • Read good books that strengthen your understanding and your faith.

Here is a spiritual challenge:

Look up the 65 books in the Green Leaf Press website: www.gogreenleaf.com

Order at least one book, and when finished reading it, order another! This will strengthen your faith and your ability to speak convincingly with the people of this world.

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” ~Eph. 6:10

Dr. 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 GREATNESS OF CHRISTIANITY

“Thy Word Is a Lamp Unto My Feet and Light Unto My Path” ~Psalm 119:105

God does not leave us alone.

Life was not a colossal, unexplainable accident! 

His Word lights our way. What does it reveal?

1. God Created the Heavens and the Earth and all life.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:1,2

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was light and the light was the light of men. (John 1:1-4)

“In many and various ways, God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.” (Hebrews 1:1,2)

2. God teaches us the difference between truth and falsehood, and between good and bad.

“Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, If you continue in my word you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:11,12)

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare unto you the things that are to come.” (John 16:12,13)

“But the king said to him, How many times shall I adjure you that you speak to me nothing but the truth in the name of the Lord.” (II Chronicles 18:15)

“Oh Lord who shall sojourn in thy tent? Who shall dwell on thy holy hill? He who walks blamelessly, and does what is right, and speaks truth from his heart; who does not slander with his tongue, and does no evil to his friend, nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor;” (Psalm 15:1-3)

3. Jesus teaches us to help other people.

No one loses their light when they share it with another!

“[Jesus] said also to the man who had invited him, When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your kinsmen or rich neighbors, lest they invite you also in return, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the maimed, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” (Luke 14:12-14)

“Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (I Corinthians 4:4-7)

4. God gives us directions for a worthwhile life.

He has purpose for our lives. Our Heavenly Father looks out for our welfare – for our own happiness—and to be a help to others.

“We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:20)

“For I know I have the plans for you says the Lord, plans for your welfare, and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me, and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me; when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you says the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places.” Jeremiah 29:11-14)

5. God makes us the best men and women.

They are the best because they love God, they study his word, they obey his teachings and are thoughtful and caring of others. I believe God sees the family as the building block of society. He teaches us to treat others the way we would have them treat us.

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” (Luke 6:31) 

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud…” (1 Corinthians 13:4)

“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you…” (Luke 6:27)

6. He promises us an eternity in his presence.

Death will not destroy us.

“The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ And let him who is thirsty,  come – let him who desires, taste the water of life without price!” ( Revelation 22:17)

In God we find salvation, goodness, and hope.

“And this is the testimony – That God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may KNOW that you HAVE eternal life!” (1 John 5:11-13)

ENJOY that LIFE!

“No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.” (Luke 8:16)

Share your light!

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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