CALLING PEOPLE NAMES

By Dr. Foster H. Shannon

‘Whoever then breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven,” (Matthew 5:19)

“But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother shall be liable to the council, and whoever says, ‘you fool!’ shall be liable to the hell of fire.” (Matthew 5:22)

We live in an atmosphere of insults, people assaulting one another with an assembly of insults: bigot, homophobe, fascist, racist, stupid, dumb, idiot, liar, misogynist, etc. In the past two weeks, we saw men fighting with one another on two occasions while on an airplane. One wonders if the fights might have been brought on by one insulting the other?

“Know this, my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger, for the anger of man does not work the righteousness of God.” (James 1:19,20)

“If any one thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this man’s religion is vain.” (James 1:26)

“So the tongue is a little member and boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is an unrighteous world among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the cycle of nature, and set on fire by hell.” (James 3:5,6)

In our politics, we see too much of people insulting one another, which accomplishes nothing except to evoke anger.

“Jesus 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 8:31,32)

We should treasure the truth, because it gives us life and light. We achieve the truth through honesty and reason. Insults are a poor substitute for reason. If we hold to the truth, people will respect us. If we curse them, they will despise us.

You remember Jesus’ encounter with Pontius Pilate:

“Jesus answered, You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Every one who is of the truth hears my voice. Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” (John 18:37,38)

We need to heed the teachings of our Savior, who teaches us so that we may have life, health, peace and salvation. We ignore his teachings to our destruction.

With honesty and truth, we can be a blessing to many. We live in a day, when truth will bring healing, and falsehood will cause damage.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father, who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

Instead of attacking and insulting one another, we are to help one another. In our families, we need to take care of how we speak. Our Lord wants us to have good lives!

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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HE IS RISEN!

HE IS NOT HERE! HE IS RISEN! The resurrection is proof of the finished work of Christ, overcoming all sin and death: He died, so we could LIVE. “Not by works of righteousness which WE have done, but according to his mercy he saved us…” Titus 3:5

By Dr. Foster H. Shannon

Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He was arrested, falsely accused, Judas betrayed him.

“When Morning came, all 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 Roman ruler, Pontius Pilate, knew that Jesus was innocent, yet condemned him to death, to please his accusers. His disciples were dismayed by his arrest, condemnation, and crucifixion. They were crushed. The one who was their life and their hope was dead! What could they do, but mourn?

Jesus died as a consequence of the abuse that he endured, and the crucifixion nailing him to a cross, and letting him hang there until he died.

“And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last.” (Mark 15:27)

“And when [Pilate] learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph.” (Mark15:45)

“but when [the soldiers] came to Jesus and saw the he was already dead, they did not break his legs.” (John 19:13)

“And entering the tomb [the women] saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were amazed. And he said to them, ‘Do not be amazed, you seek Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here. See the place where they laid him.’” (Mark 16:6)

Joseph of Arimathea secured the body of Jesus from Pilate, and with the assistance of Nicodemus buried him in his own tomb. Those who believed in him wept, yet I think that they waited to see what God would do. The pharisees came to Pilate and secured a military guard at the tomb. They remembered that he had said that he would rise from the dead.

The Appearances of the risen Jesus

On the third day from his crucifixion, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to the tomb intending to further prepare his body.

“An angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat upon it.” (Matthew 28:2)

The angel told them that Jesus had been raised from the dead. They ran to tell his disciples.

“And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him.” Mary Magdalen went and said to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord” and she told them that he had said these things to her.” (John 20:18)

“On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews Jesus came and stood among them, and said to them ‘Peace be with you.” (John 20:19)

“To them he presented himself alive after his passion, by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days, and speaking of the kingdom of God.” (Acts 1:3)

The church was built on the teachings of Jesus, upon his miracles, and upon his resurrection. In his suffering on the cross, he paid the penalty for all of our sins. Without the resurrection, there would be no church, no salvation, and no hope. Let us rejoice at the resurrection of our Savior!

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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READ THE BIBLE EVERY DAY

by Dr. Foster H. Shannon

We live in the world, hoping that it will be good, but to our dismay, we find it filled with much evil: thievery, deceit, cheating, murder, warfare, adultery, and licentiousness.

The Bible makes sense. Its message is the same from beginning to end. It tells us what we are and why we are. It lays out a path for us that we may have a good life. God created the universe, the world that we live in. He created the plants and the animals, and he created men and women in his image.

“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)

If we are to grow in the grace of God, we must keep close to him. We speak to him when we pray. He speaks to us through his word, the Bible. It is essential for us to be studying in that book every day to see what God is teaching us, and what he wants us to do. If you read the Bible every day, keep it up. You should have learned to value it, and that you would not quit. If you have not been reading every day, chose a plan for every morning or afternoon or evening and hopefully set aside one-half hour for your reading.

“O Lord in the morning, you do hear my voice; in the morning, I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.” (Psalm 5:3)

It is God who teaches us right and wrong, so that we may know how we should live. Indeed, he has embedded a conscience in us , so that we may be convinced of what is right and what is wrong. The conscience is exceedingly valuable. We are warned not to corrupt our consciences.

“Whereas the aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and sincere faith.” (I Timothy 1:5)

God has given us the teachings of the prophets, the teachings of Jesus, and the teachings of his disciples. His authority is written on our hearts.

God seeks our wellbeing. He wants us to have a good life. He wants us to be healthy. He desires what is good for us.

“Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Behold, my servants shall eat, but you shall be hungry; behold, my servants shall drink, but you shall be thirsty; behold, my servants shall rejoice, but you. shall be put to shame; behold, my servants shall sing for gladness of heart, but you shall cry out for pain of heart, and shall wail for anguish of spirit.” (Isaiah 65:13,14)

We need to be in harmony with the God who created us. We need to sit at the feet of Jesus and learn from him. We must be students of the Bible, drinking deeply of the truth he gives for our welfare.

The Bible gives great evidence of truth in that it teaches us what is right and warns us against what is wrong. First we are to love God, and also we are to love our neighbors as ourselves.

“Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3,4)

“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)

“This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it, for then you shall make your way prosperous and then you shall have good success.” (Joshua 1:8)

  (Matthew 11:28-30)

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WHAT IS THE WORLD?

“Carrying The Weight Of The World?” Illustration by Ruth Elliott-Hilsdon, 2017

By Dr. Foster H. Shannon

“Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.” (I Corinthians 1:20)

This week, I asked my dear wife, what is the world? She immediately responded that it is the planet that we live on. How could I contradict that? The truth is that we use this word in two different ways. When Jesus speaks of the world, he means the atmosphere, the challenge of the culture that we live in. The world is that part of the culture that excuses doing things that are contrary to the teachings of the Bible. The world ignores or contradicts the teachings of the Bible. The world is that part of society that urges us to participate in activities that can harm us, and are contradictory to the scriptures and to wisdom. Why not smoke marijuana, every one else is doing it? There is a contest in this life between what is right and what is wrong. We do what is right, because the Bible teaches us. We are to worship God, not the world!

The world is not to be our director or our guide. We are to relish the word of God, and to seek to lead a life that pleases him. When we are faced with choices that are wrong, we must choose what is right, even though it hurts. Truth is better than falsehood. Kindness is better than meanness. Pleasing God is better than pleasing the world. We lay up treasures in Heaven. We have a challenge. We have a cause. “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.” (Matthew 6:33)

“As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting, upon those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.” (Psalm 103:15-18)

We know that God loves us. We do not see life as mean. We see purpose in life. In Christ, you are given guidance of what road to take. We are taught to treat others with respect. God gives us a good grasp of what is right and what is wrong. We are delivered from moral confusion. We understand that we are accountable to God. We do what is right, because the Bible teaches us. 

We are not to be surprised when trouble overtakes us. We know that our healing comes from God. We know that our guidance comes from God.

“Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  (Matthew 11:28-30)

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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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TRUTH IS VALUABLE

by Dr. Foster H. Shannon

I am repeating myself. I have said it before, and I will say it again that God is a marvelous Heavenly Father who cares greatly for our welfare. Thus, he gives us the Ten Commandments, the teachings of Jesus, of the prophets, and of the apostles. The teachings of the Bible are very strong regarding the importance of the truth. God wants us to be happy! Lying is condemned in the Bible.

Last November, we went through a rough experience in the USA in electing a President, in electing Senators and members of the House of Representatives. Governors of states were elected, members of state legislators were elected. We depend upon truthfulness from the candidates so that we may evaluate their worthiness. Some do not always tell the truth. When they lie, they render us a great disservice. However, we should not call mistakes lies. John tells Mary that the sun rose at 6:10 this morning. Actually it rose at 6:30. John was not lying. He was mistaken, he actually thought that 6:10 was correct. (By the way, most of us make this kind of mistake. We need to do our best that what we say is accurate.)

Our God has made it clear in the Bible that lying is a sin and that the results of lying can be catastrophic. The ninth commandment: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” (Exodus 20:16) You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another (Leviticus 19:11) Jesus then said to the Jews 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 8:31)

Ambassadors were sent to Washington by Hirohito, the Emperor of Japan, in early December,1941. They assured our government that their purposes were peaceful. They were still in Washington, 7 December 1941, when the Japanese viciously attacked Pearl Harbor. They lied, and the result was a terrible war that brought death and destruction.

Husbands and wives must not lie to each other. If they lie, they lose confidence with one another. Parents should not lie to their children, neither should the children lie to their parents. Managers must not lie to their employees, neither should the employee lie to his or her manager. The result can be harmful for the business and for the person who lies. Truth is essential to make things work right.

God means for his children to be people of integrity. They can be relied on for the truth, for reliability, for dependability. Teachers must tell the truth; otherwise they will confuse and harm their students. Pharmacists must be truthful to their customers, lest they lead them into harm. The one who lies puts himself in the bad position of telling other lies to support the first one. The statement of Jesus, “the truth will make you free” will make us free of the consequence of lying. We will be free of having harmed another person.

We are called to be witnesses for Jesus Christ. “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 3:9) Truth is the coin of the realm. We expect people to speak the truth to us, and when they do not we resent it. Our God speaks to us in truth. He is absolutely reliable. He can be fully depended upon.

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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NEW BIRTH/GOOD NEWS

Monarch butterfly emerging from its' chrysalis.

Monarch butterfly emerging from its’ chrysalis.

by Dr. Foster H. Shannon

Sometimes people have a negative attitude toward Christianity. They focus on what you can’t do rather than on what you can do. The word, Gospel, means good news. The Bible tells us that we have new birth when we believe in Jesus Christ.

“But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” ~John 1:12,13

“You have been born anew, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;” ~I Peter 1:23

New birth is definitely a positive, not a negative. New life in Jesus Christ is to be preferred to old life without him. When we believe in Jesus, we recognize that we have been given much. We have been adopted into God’s family. We have become joint heirs with Jesus Christ, and are promised a wonderful destiny. We find the assurances of heaven in many places.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy we have been born again 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 

The Bible assures us that when we depart from this life, we will be with our Lord in heaven.

“Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” ~John 14:1-3

Last week, we had the privilege of attending the Presbyterian Fellowship meeting in San Diego. One of the messages that we heard was from the pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Damascus, Syria. His message was quiet and soft spoken. It was based on I Peter, chapter one. I had to listen carefully to hear him. The message was good, but what especially caught me was his demeanor. He is living and working in one of the most dangerous places in the world–especially for Christians—and his peace and confidence that he would carry on his ministry whether it be life or death was amazing.

The new life, when we are joined with our Savior in heaven, will be marvelous beyond our comprehension. We should celebrate this, but we should also celebrate the transforming work God does in our lives now. We are not only to love God, we are to love our neighbor, and to seek his well being as we would seek our own well being. Our patterns of life are changed for the best. Jesus Christ becomes our leader and our guide. We do not lie. We do not seek revenge. We become students of the Bible. We accept the Ten Commandments as a chief guide for our lives. We have a desire that others believe in Jesus as we have believed in him. In the realm of marriage, we learn to give up our selfishness and seek the well being of our husband or wife. To believe in Jesus Christ is to live forever!

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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WE ARE IN THE CHRISTMAS SEASON

The Annunciation, By Carl Heinrich Bloch

The Annunciation, By Carl Heinrich Bloch

By Dr. Foster H. Shannon

We have four weeks to celebrate Christmas. The first Sunday of Advent was last Sunday. The birth of our Savior is an exceedingly important event. The Annunciation of the Angel to Mary telling her that she was to be the mother of the Messiah; Mary asked the Angel, ‘How this could be’? He told her that it would be the work of the Holy Spirit.

“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called Holy, the Son of God.” Luke 1:35 “

And Mary said,

‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.’ And the angel departed from her.” Luke 1:38

Christmas and Easter are the two great festivals of Christianity. When the baby was born to Mary, it was a great gift that God gave to the world. The magi from the east brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to Mary and Joseph and the child. It is proper for us to celebrate the birth of Jesus, his growth, and his maturity.

“And the child grew and became strong filled with wisdom and the favor of God was upon him.” Luke 2:40

“And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man.” Luke 2:32

The coming of Jesus, the Messiah was clearly foretold in the Old Testament:

“The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs; and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.” Genesis 49:10

Moses spoke of him:

“The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brethren—him you shall heed.” Deuteronomy 18:15

The Messiah was to be of the clan of Jesse and David:

“In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring forth for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.” Jeremiah 33:15

The Messiah was to be God incarnate:

“Behold a young woman shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14 “and his name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

He would be born in Bethlehem:

“But you O Bethlehem Ephrathah who are little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days.” Micah 5:2

His Palm Sunday entrance into Jerusalem is described:

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Lo your king comes to you: triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on an ass, on a colt the foal of an ass.” Zechariah 9:9

The betrayal of the Messiah is foretold:

“Even my bosom friend in whom I trusted, who ate of my bread, has lifted his heel against me.” Psalm 41:9

His suffering and crucifixion are depicted:

“Yes, dogs are round about me, a company of evil doers encircle me: they have pierced my hands and feet—I can count all my bones—they stare and gloat over me; They divide my garments among them, and for my raiment they cast lots.” Psalm 22:16-18

At Christmas time, we remember God’s gift of his Son. At Christmas time, we remember Mary’s obedience. At Christmas time, we remember the gift of Salvation that our Savior gave to us.

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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THE IMPORTANCE OF READING CHRISTIAN BOOKS

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By Dr. Foster H. Shannon

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2

“Always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence:” I Peter 3:15

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8

As we believe in Jesus, we have a responsibility to tell others about him. In our day, we are confronted with a phalanx that oppose the Bible and its teachings. For some time, we have been challenged regarding having prayer and references to the Bible in schools or in public places. This involves basic Constitutional principles, regarding freedom of speech, that should be respected. We need to respond. We need to be able to politely correct their errors. If we do not respond to friends or casual acquaintances, they may think that we are dumb or ignorant or even worse that we don’t care!

It is vitally important that we read in the Bible every day. This helps us to keep close to our Savior, and to be reenforced in his purposes. Our reading should include the books that defend our faith (apologetics); that ably contend with many of the errors of this day. We should read the biographies of outstanding Christians from the second century to the present.

Through our non-profit Christian ministry, Green Leaf Press, Inc. We seek to equip Christians and others who are interested, with a background of information and knowledge—that will give you confidence in your faith in Jesus Christ and ability to inform and correct others who do not believe.

To see the books that we offer, please go to our Greenleaf Press website, www.gogreenleaf.com. The books have been carefully selected. We give a discount of 35% on all of our books, and do not charge for shipping. You can see our offering of a selection of books that are of high quality and engaging.

We have just released my ninth book, Answering Questions People Ask about Christianity. The thirteen chapters deal with answering crucial questions that are on the minds of many. It is very much up-to-date regarding the secularist beliefs and errors that are very much of a part of the society in which we live today. The retail price is $20.00. You can purchase it for $14.17 in California (includes sales tax) or for $13.00 in other states. You can buy the books via our website or by phone, 626-281- 7221 or by email at: glp880@aol.com.

Foster H. Shannon

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FAITH AND CONFIDENCE

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By Dr. Foster H. Shannon

“If my people, who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” II Chronicles 7:14

I was ordained for ministry in March 1959, since before that time and to the present, I have been preaching, teaching, and writing about the significance and meaning of the Bible. I understand that some people are confused by the Bible, and frankly others have chosen to reject it. The foundation of what the Bible teaches is that we are to have a living relationship with our God forever. That God has created the universe and all forms of life. That God has created us in his image; we are his offspring, and he desires that we live with him forever.

The essential matter for all of us is that we are to live in obedience with what God teaches us. A serious obstacle is the powers and forces of evil that would draw us into their realm. We need understanding, and we are faced with choices—and all too frequently we may be tempted by what is at hand instead of the grace and mercy and glory of God. Even the best of Christians will acknowledge that they struggle with their sin (they have made wrong choices).

Our God understands our predicament. We need forgiveness. In the Old Testament times, that forgiveness came through confession, repentance, and offering sacrifices. Even though we are dealing with more than two thousand years in the Old Testament, we learn that our forgiveness and salvation comes through Jesus Christ: the atonement and salvation that was made possible through the cross of Jesus Christ.

“For our sake, he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” II Corinthians 5:21

God took upon himself our salvation, as he came into this world as Jesus Christ. God is triune, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Father condemned the Son on the cross for our sins, we receive him by believing in him, and seeking forgiveness through Jesus Christ.

Remember the words of Joshua 24:15,

“Choose you this day whom you will serve.”

We are responsible to cast our lot with our Savior. In him, we find forgiveness for all of our sins. Our salvation is not in us. It is in the grace and mercy of God in placing our sins in our beloved Savior.

“[Jesus] came to his own home and his own people received him not. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:11-13

The words of Jesus:

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand.” John 10L27,28

We can look into an imaginary mirror, and become disgusted with ourselves. We need to look to Jesus and trust in him. He is our Savior. His promises are sure.

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.
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FORGIVENESS

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By Dr. Foster H. Shannon

Please Read: Matthew 18:23-35

A very rich king had loaned ten thousand talents to one of his servants. This would be a very large sum, probably the equivalent of several million dollars today. After a period of time, the king called upon the servant to repay what he had borrowed. The servant said he no longer had the money; he could not pay. As a consequence the king ordered the servant to be sold with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment would be made for them. The servant was shocked, he fell on his knees and begged the king to forgive him and that somehow, he would be able repay the loan. The king had pity on him, and ordered him released, and the debt forgiven.

The text tells us that when he went out, he met a fellow servant who owed him one hundred denarii (call it one hundred dollars). He grabbed the servant by the neck, and demanded that repayment be made. The servant was unable to repay, so he fell down on his knees, and begged for forgiveness. The king’s servant ordered his fellow servant to be put in prison, until he should pay the debt. Other servants reported to the king what he had done. The king summoned the servant who had been forgiven much. The king rebuked him, and ordered him put in jail until full payment be made. Jesus said, “So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”

The meaning of this parable is obvious. We come to God seeking forgiveness for all of our sins, because Jesus paid the penalty for our sins on the cross. He forgives us for every sin: what we have thought, what we have said, what we have done. We need to seek his forgiveness every day!

Matthew 18:21, “Then Peter came up and said to him, Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times? Jesus said to him, I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.”

I hope that we all get the point! What God has done in forgiving us is exceedingly greater than any forgiveness we may give. When we forgive a member of our family, or an employer, or a teacher, or someone that made an unfilled promise—we must not carry around the faults of others for all of our lives. It will dishonor our Savior. Our hurt can turn into bitterness; we can become slaves in resentment; we can even become self-righteous.

Our Lord wants us to be free of resentment and hatred. I am not suggesting that we should commend bad manners, or crime, or evil. We honor our Lord when we look through the cross of salvation and forgive. Indeed, we can rejoice in the grace and mercy of our Lord! We can show our gratitude through our faith and our loyalty.

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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