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.
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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.
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GOOD NEWS

God is the Creator of the Universe and of all that there is of the animal and plant life, and creator of all of us—he is our Sovereign. We depend upon him for our lives. We depend upon him for our shelter, for our food, and for our well-being. It is appropriate that we worship him and adore him. We pray to the God that made us and guides us.

“In him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts17:27)

We call upon our God, our Savior to teach us, to forgive us, to keep us on the right paths.

The Ten Commandments:

I. You shall have no other gods before me.

II. You shall not make for yourself a graven image. You shall not bow down to them or serve them.

III. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

IV. Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy.

V. Honor your father and your mother.

VI. You shall not murder.

VII. You shall not commit adultery.

VIII. You shall not steal

IX. You shall not bear false witness against you neighbor.

X. You shall not covet.

There are many other teachings, that are important for us. For instance Matthew 7:12:

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

In the Bible we are referred to as sinners—that may jar us—we must humble ourselves before him! Many places in the Bible remind us that we have fallen short—we have not honored or obeyed God’s teachings. How are we to live a good life? How are we to be the people that he would have us to be? If we have reckoned with our sins before God, what are we to do? How do we find his favor. We must seek his forgiveness. He invites us to repent of our sins and seek his forgiveness. How can a holy God ignore our sins?

“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)

It is a fact that all of us have sinned. We have not fully kept the teachings of the Ten Commandments, nor have we kept the commandments as we look through the Bible. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that every man who looks at a woman lustfully has committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:27)

“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)

It is God’s purpose to save sinners

The consequences of the suffering of the cross were fulfilled by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ paying the penalty for our sins. We reckon with our sin. We seek God’s forgiveness, knowing that the Heavenly Father will forgive us if we confess our sins and ask for his forgiveness. What are we to do? We are to recognize what God has taught, and to confess our sins to him. We know that Christ our Savior has suffered the penalty for our sins that we may be forgiven.

The mercy, kindness, and forgiveness of God is seen in the parable of the workers who worked in the vineyard hour by hour. They were hired one by one to work until the evening. When the end of the day had come, the workers got in line to be paid. Each one was give a denarius from the last to the first. The early ones grumbled that the last ones had been paid the same. Jesus said, “…take what belongs to you, and go; I chose to give to this last as I gave to you. Am I not allowed to do as I chose with what belongs to me?… So the last will be first and the first last.” (Matthew 20:1-16) God is merciful.

“He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me; and he it is who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” (John 14:21)

Jude, verse 24, “Now to him 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.

GOOD NEWS!

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

“…THOU SHALT NOT KILL…”

The acts of Nikolis Cruz, 19 years of age, in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida—stunned, appalled, and dismayed us in killing fifteen students and teachers and wounding others. He had a fixation on weaponry. Nikolis Cruz hated Jews and Negroes and neighbors and classmates knew that he was a big problem. It is likely that he was involved in a militant white nationalist group called the Republic of Florida.

We are aware of similar acts in recent years: “In one of the deadliest mass shooting incidents on record in the US, at least 50 people were killed and over 200 injured on Sunday outside the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Sunday, October 1, 2017.” Why do people behave in this way? What gives them the desire to slaughter unarmed innocent people? We have experienced a score of such behaviors in the last twenty years.

The Lord instructs us, Exodus 20:13 “You shall not kill.” Romans 1:29, “They were filled with all manner of wickedness, evil, covetousness, malice. Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit” Revelation 9:21, “nor did they repent of their murders, their sorceries or their immorality or their thefts.” Murder, murderer, murderous, are mentioned as sins about sixty times in the English Bible.

Cruz told investigators “that he heard voices in his head, giving him instructions on what to do to conduct the attack, describing them as demons.”

“Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith,” I Peter 5:8,9 “For you are all sons of light and sons of the day; we are not of the night or of the darkness.” I Thessalonians 5:5

We need a spirit of rejecting Satan, and of receiving guidance from the scriptures.

Many people say why are these things happening to me? It is probable that they lack the teachings and glory of God.

It is God who teaches us what is good. It is God who warns us of evil. He gives us the Ten Commandments in Exodus. He instructs us to live worthy lives. He teaches us to model our lives like Jesus and the apostles. We are to be students of the word of God. All of us need a close relationship with our Savior. It is Tragic that many people live as if God does not exist! When a person lives without God, he or she is destined for destruction.

“The fool has said in his heart, there is no God” Psalm 53:1

God is our Creator. He makes us in his image. For our benefit, he teaches us what is good, what is desirable, and warns us of what is harmful and awful. Here are some of the works that Christians should engage themselves in:

  • Read at least one chapter in the Bible every day.
  • Attend Sunday worship regularly.
  • Confess you sins to God, and ask for his daily guidance.
  • Let him speak to you out of the Scriptures.

He wants us to have good lives, not disasters that we have brought on ourselves. The United States of America needs what God teaches. We need to be set free from actions and desires that disrupt us. To be close to God is good. To be distant from Jesus our Savior is bad and harmful.

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” ~James 4:8

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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TRANSFORMATION

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“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~Isaiah 41:10

by Dr. Foster H. Shannon

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (I John 4:1)

We need to be students of the Bible, the word of God, so we will know what is right and recognize what is wrong. Every Christian should read at least one chapter in the Bible every day. It is better to do even more.

The 2018 Winter Olympics will take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea from Friday, February 9 to Sunday, February 25, 2018. The events include Ski Jumping, Cross Country Skiing, Bobsled, Freestyle Skiing, Hockey, and much more. One thing we can be sure of—the participants have been preparing for a long time. They would not think of participating without preparation! They are an example to us all.

Our Savior tells us to bear witness for him, so that others can believe in and follow him. I think that most Christians recognize that we need to prepare to share our faith with others and even to teach others. We not only need to lift other up, but we need to be encouraged, too:

“You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?” (Matthew 5:13)

“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)

“You then my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” (II Timothy 2:1,2)

“…but how are men to call upon him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14)

Chuck Colson was a sharp attorney who served as a special counsel to President Nixon from 1969 to 1973. He was known for his toughness and ruthlessness, and he became involved in the Watergate Scandal. As a result he was arrested, tried, and sentenced to prison. He had to rethink what life was about; what was truly worthy. A friend gave him a copy of Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis. He read it, and came to faith in Christ and to trust in the Bible. As a result, he became a strong witness for Jesus Christ. He founded Prison Fellowship. For more than 40 years, Prison Fellowship has been going into correctional facilities, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with those behind bars. He is the author of twelve books, including the inspirational classic, THE GOOD LIFE, available at GreenLeaf Press.

Chuck Colson has been an example and an encouragement to many who found new life in Jesus Christ. He commented on the matter of preparation for Christians: “Most professing Christians don’t know what they believe, and so can neither understand nor defend the Christian faith–much less live it. Many of the things we tell non-believers do not represent real Christianity.”

Maybe Chuck Colson has been a little tough on us, however, his words are worth considering.  We can all become better informed so we can help others who lack knowledge of true Christianity.

I have worked with Green Leaf Press since 1980. We sell a selection of Christian books that we believe will help inform and encourage many. I would challenge you to go to our website, www.gogreenleaf.com and find at least one book that will nourish and encourage you.

One way we can help others is to be like Chuck Colson’s friend, who gave him a book that changed his life!

Here are some books that you might look for:

Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis;

God in the Dock, C.S. Lewis;

Answering Questions People ask about Christianity, Foster Shannon;

7 WOMEN AND THE SECRET OF THEIR GREATNESS by Eric Metaxas:

7 MEN: AND THE SECRET OF THEIR GREATNESS by Eric Metaxas;

GEORGE WHITEFIELD (God’s Anointed Servant in the Great Revival of the Eighteenth Century  Arnold A. Dallimore, Crossway;

William Wilberforce (The Life of the Great Anti-Slave Trade Campaigner), William Hague.

The Major Themes of the Bible, Foster Shannon (designed for Bible study groups).

There are many more!

Thank you.

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.
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THREE IMPORTANT STEPS

Lamb of God from the Book of Revelation

Illustration by Ruth Elliott for “THE SCROLL WITH SEVEN SEALS” by Dr. Foster Shannon

By Dr. Foster H. Shannon

STEP #1 – NEW BIRTH

When we come to God through Jesus Christ we are born anew:

“But to all who received [Jesus], 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)”

“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)

As obedient children do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you, be holy yourselves in all your conduct, since it is written. “You shall be holy as I am holy.” (I Peter 1:14-16)

“Like newborn babes, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation; for you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.” (I Peter 2:2,3)

New birth implies life, and life implies growth, and growth leads to maturity and responsibility. We should be eager to learn from God, to learn from the scriptures. Our thinking, our speaking, our acting should be formed from what God teaches us in his word. We should develop good spiritual habits: Daily reading of the Bible; regular participation in Sunday worship, being with God in our families, in our studies, in our work, in our recreation. We should learn from Christians whom we have admired.

Step #2 – SANCTIFICATION

Sanctification is the process of spiritual growth; very important to our continuing relationship with our Savior. It is good for us. It is good for our families and friends. It is good for the cause of Christ. It is good for the world in which we live. It is good for the future of our lives. This requires trust in God, and a heart for his purposes.

“But you were washed, you were sanctified you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the spirit of our God.” (I Corinthians 6:11)  “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, behold the old has passed away, behold the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.” (II Corinthians 5:17,18)

“…God chose you from the beginning to be saved through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. To this he called you through our gospel so you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (II Thessalonians 2:13,14)

Sanctification is God’s process to prepare us for Heaven.

Step #3 – GLORIFICATION

“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” (II Corinthians 3:18) “We have renounced disgraceful underhanded ways, we refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.” (II Corinthians 4:2)

“Then he showed me the river of the water of the bright as crystal flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. There shall no more be anything accursed, but the throne of Lord and of the Lamb shall be in it, and his servants shall worship him; they shall see his face, and his name shall be on their foreheads. And night shall be no more; they need no light or lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they shall reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 22:1-5)

We believe the word of the Lord speaks for itself!

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 TEACHINGS AND PROMISES OF GOD

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“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…” I John 5:13

By Dr. Foster H. Shannon

Happy New Year! We are in the beginning of a new year, 2018. I hope that you will find these great passages of scripture in this Blog encouraging. [Note: the word man ordinarily refers to a male. However, it can also mean mankind, which includes male, female and children.]

Let us review the blessings of God:

GOD ENRICHES US WITH SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS

The book of Ephesians teaches us the marvelous characteristics that God brings to us. This is like knowing that we have money in our bank account!

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who blesses us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and blameless before him. He destined us in love to be his sons in Jesus Christ according to the purpose of his will to the praise of his glorious grace which he freely bestowed in us through the Beloved.” (Ephesians. 1:3-6)

GOD FORGIVES US OF OUR SINS

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

“But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from law, although the law and the prophets bear witness to it, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, they are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as an expiation by his blood to be received by faith. This was to prove God’s righteousness because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies him who has faith in Jesus.” (Romans 3:21-27)

“A man is not justified by works of the law, but through faith in Jesus Christ.“ (Galatians 2:16) “for if justification were through the law, then Christ died to no purpose.” (Galatians 2:21)

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

We must respond to the promises of God. We must confess our sins, knowing that in Jesus Christ we have forgiveness and new life.

JESUS ASSURES US THAT WE HAVE A HOME 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 unto myself, that where I am you may be also.” (John 14:1-3)

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

“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)

“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 to subject all things to himself.” (Philippians 3:30)

“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 assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to a judge who is the God of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant,” (Hebrews 12:22,23)

THE FUTURE OF THE BELIEVER IS ASSURED

“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 10:27,28)

“Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more,  for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:3,4)

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 GIFT OF GOD

Mother and Child- by Ruth Elliott at 16 yrs old, in Pen and Ink.)

By Dr. Foster H. Shannon

Christmas celebrations, rejoicing, and thanksgiving are appropriate for the gift that God gives us in the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. The carols can be wonderful! In the background are the many passages in the Old Testament that foretold the coming of the Messiah.

”Therefore the Lord himself will give a sign. Behold a young woman shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)

“For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given; and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end.” (Isaiah 9:6,7)

“In that day the root of Jesse shall stand as an ensign to the peoples; him shall the nations seek and his dwellings shall be glorious.” (Isaiah 11:10)

“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. Therefore, he shall give them up until the time when she who is in travail has brought forth.”then the rest of his brethren shall return to the people of Israel.” (Micah 5:2,3)

“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son; and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there will be no end.” (Luke 1:10-13)

“And Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be since I have no husband?” And the angel said to her: 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 1:34,35) “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)

Caesar Augustus decreed a census for a large section of the Mediterranean world, that included Judea. As required, Joseph, with Mary, went up to Bethlehem to be enrolled in the census. During that stay, Mary gave birth to Jesus. The inn was filled. They found a place for the baby in a manger. In a nearby region, shepherds were watching their sheep. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them. He told the shepherds not to be afraid—that the Christ was born. The shepherds came to the manger. They told Mary and Joseph of what the angels had said to them.

They met the prophetess, Anna, who gave thanks to God, and spoke of Jesus to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. They returned to Nazareth And the child grew and became strong. They brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. They encountered Simeon, who inspired by the Holy Spirit, that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

As we look forward to the growth of Jesus Christ into adulthood, we recognize the magnificent qualities that he posses. He was a great speaker and leader. He is the founder of the Church. He healed many, including raising people from death. He is the greatest man who has ever lived!

“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 though him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:1-4)

We give gifts at Christmas time because of the gift that God has given to us, and the example of the Wise Men who came from Persia bringing gifts to the Messiah gold, frankincense and myrrh. (Matthew 2:11)

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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GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISES

“HE IS COMING!”                Photo by Tatjana Kaufmann / Getty Images

By Foster H. Shannon

Advent is the observance of the birth of Jesus Christ from Sunday December 3 to Sunday December 24. It is the realization of the promises of the prophets in the Old Testament. It is the fulfillment of the hopes of all believers. Out of our understanding, it brings great joy. The music brings delight. Celebrations are appropriate and uplifting. The inspired word of God affirms the coming of the Messiah:

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

Numbers 24:17, “I see him but not now; I behold him, but not nigh; a star shall come forth out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel.”

Psalm 72:1-7 “Give the king thy justice O God, and thy righteousness to the royal son! May he judge the people with righteousness and thy poor with justice! Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness! May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, and give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor! May he live while the sun endures, and as long as the moon throughout all generations! May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth! In his days, may righteousness flourish, and peace abound, till the moon be no more.”

Micah 5:2, “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.”

Isaiah 11:1-3, “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.”

Isaiah 9:6,7, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end.”

Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary, as passages from the Old Testament had prophesied. As a young man he worked as a carpenter with his adopted father. He was baptized by John the Baptist. At that time, the Spirit of God was seen to descend upon him. Jesus attended a wedding feast with his mother. When they ran out of wine, Jesus turned water into wine; the first of many miracles. During his time of ministry he healed many. He gave sight to the blind,  healed crippled bodies and raised people from the dead. He exercised the power of God because he was the Son of God, very God of very God. He gathered twelve men to be his disciples. With them he declared the gospel in Judea, Galilee, Samaria, the east side of the Jordan, and north of Galilee. He assured those who heard him that if they believed in him they would be forgiven of their sins, and live with him in heaven. Thousands of people came to see and hear him. The higher classes were jealous and fearful of him. They crucified him to get him out of their way. He was buried. On the third day, he was raised from the dead, appeared to his disciples and to many others.

He was the most famous man ever to live. Tens of millions have believed in him, and have been transformed as the result of that belief. Our lives are better due to his teachings. We have much to celebrate when we remember the teachings of the Bible, the example of Jesus, salvation, regeneration, and making our home with him in Heaven.

Merry Christmas!

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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CHRISTIANS ARE TO BE EVANGELISTS

“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the Power of God for Salvation to everyone who BELIEVES.” ~Romans 1:16

By Dr. Foster H. Shannon

GOD DOES GREAT AND WONDERFUL THINGS FOR US

“Bless the Lord O my soul, and all that is within me bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” (Psalm 103:1-5)

God created us and desires a good life for everyone.

These verses from Psalm 103 give us a grand view of God’s goodnesses to us who will call upon him. God has created us in his image. He has placed us on a marvelous planet with beauty and promise. In the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, he provided the way for the forgiveness of our sis

How do we respond? One may say, “I am no Billy Graham.” By trusting Jesus as our Saviour; by reading his Word, and being baptized in his name as an assurance that we believe in him and will follow him. We gladly rejoice in his goodness and his provisions for our lives. When we take Communion with the bread representing the body of Christ and the wine representing his blood. We are bound to our Savior. He calls upon us to make him known to the world:

“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)

“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)

“And he said to them, The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few, pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.

“And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kindly to everyone, an apt teacher, forbearing, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant that they will repent and come to know the truth.” (II Timothy 2;24,25)

“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.” (II Thessalonians 2:4)

“And Jesus came to them and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you, and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.” (Matthew 28:18,19)

There are those who will not listen to us. But many will recognize our faith, and value our understanding.

MANY PEOPLE NEED OUR SAVIOR

1. People who struggle with opioids

2. People who need a good job

3. People who are confused about life

4. People who have family trouble

WHAT SHOULD WE DO?

1. Read the Bible every day

2. Be an active participant in your church

3. Listen to people who talk to you. They may not show it, but they may be hurting inside.

4. Read a good Christian book. Give or recommend a book that will guide and encourage.

5. Pray for those who need Christ.

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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