MAKING DECISIONS

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by Dr. Foster H. Shannon

All of us must make decisions. What time do we get up in the morning? My dear wife has to decide what it is that we should eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (yes, I do give her some suggestions and some help). What college should I attend? What vocation shall I choose? How shall I dress today? Which bills should I pay first? Where shall we go on vacation?

We have the responsibility to choose what we shall believe. There are only so many options: Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Atheism, Agnosticism, New Age, (Syncretism, a mixture of religions) We should choose the one that is most true, that makes sense, that is most consistent, that upholds goodness and avoids harm. In the world in which we live, we have seven choices. Atheism and Agnosticism are choices of disbelieving in God or questioning the likelihood of God’s existence. Every person has a choice to make, whether they like it or not. There is either the wrong religion or the right religion. I think it is essential to remind people that they only have seven choices, and which choice they make is vitally important!

We live in the world, hoping that all will be good, but to our dismay, we find it filled with much evil: Thievery, jealousy, cruelty, lying, deceit, murder, warfare, adultery, licentiousness. Where is the path to goodness? 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)

We know that we need to be better people. There are many people who are incredibly bad. The Bible speaks to this reality. It urges upon us a good life. God seeks our salvation. We find salvation in Jesus Christ, who paid the penalty for our sins. It is only in Jesus Christ that we find forgiveness and new life. The Bible assesses our situation far better than any other religion.

God provides a path of salvation for all who will believe in him and trust him. God understands that we have no ability to save ourselves. Because of our inability, he has taken our salvation upon himself. Jesus came to Earth for the people of this planet. He offered himself up for our sins. God is triune; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ came to Earth in order to atone for our sins. We cannot atone for our sins. The heavenly Father punished his innocent Son for our sins. Jesus is our Savior. With the sacrifice of his life, he paid the penalty for our sin. We are invited to believe in him, trust in him, obey him, rejoice in him. In these matters Christianity is unique.

On making decisions, make sure to watch this special interview with Foster, on the Book of Revelation:
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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.
The website is: www.gogreenleaf.com.
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CHRISTMAS IS NEAR

The Greatest Gift…

by Dr. Foster H. Shannon

We see wonderful Christmas decorations as we drive around town. If you listen to KUSC-FM, at this time of year, you are listening to great Christmas music. The Christmas season is properly a time of joy. It is also a time for families and dinners and gifts. It is our celebration of the birth of our Savior in Bethlehem. A devout young woman named Mary was appointed by God to be the mother of the Savior. She must have been unbelievably stunned when the angel Gabriel told her that she was to be the mother of the Messiah.

“In the sixth month, the Angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, 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….And Mary said to the angel, How can this be, since I have no husband….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. (From Luke 1:26-38)

Mary did not say to the Angel Gabriel that he had come to the wrong town and was speaking to the wrong woman. She accepted God’s will for her life! Perhaps, it was easier than we think, because she knew many of the Old Testament passages that spoke of a coming Messiah:

God spoke to Moses:

“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

“…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

“For unto 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.” Isaiah 9:6

We gather in our churches to celebrate the birth of our Savior. We read the passages that pertain to his birth. We sing the glorious hymns of Christmas. We offer our thanks to God. There are a lot of things that we can do, but we must remember that the great gift in Christmas is Jesus Christ. The first Christmas gifts were given by the Magi to our Savior and his family.

“Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4

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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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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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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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
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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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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
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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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NEW LIFE IN CHRIST

"...neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:39

“…neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:39

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold the new has come.” (II Corinthians 5:17)

“If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit which dwells in you.” (Romans 8:11)

“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)

We have new birth by the Spirit of God. It is proper to say that in Christ we are born anew. How is it that we are new? We are less centered in ourselves and more centered in God. We now live in God’s realm other than in our realm or the realm of the world. We become students of the Bible. We know that God loves us. We do not see life as meaningless. We understand that we are accountable to God. We do what is right, because the Bible teaches us. We are delivered from confusion concerning good and evil.

We have the desire that others believe in Jesus as we have. Jesus Christ becomes our leader and our guide. We seek to do unto others as we would wish others to do unto us. (Matthew 7:12) We accept the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17) as a chief guide for our lives. We learn to love our neighbors, desiring what is best for them. We seek God’s guidance regarding our schooling—our vocation—our marriage. In the realm of marriage we learn to give up our selfishness, and seek the well being of husband or wife.

We seek God’s counsel in rearing our children. We teach them about the Bible and about Jesus Christ. We understand that we are living under the wings of God’s protection. Therefore, we take care of what we eat and what we drink. We do not presume upon God, and risk harming our bodies. We understand that sexual intercourse is a blessing in marriage, and a sin and stumbling block outside of marriage.

We pray for the wellbeing of others. We know that God will deliver us from sin, and protect us from harm. We are not pessimistic, because we know that we are in God’s hands, and that we will live in his presence, in his glory, in the incredible beauty of heaven—for all eternity.

As Christians, we are on the winning team. Many of the rioters that we see are confused. They lack a compass. They are looking for meaning, and not finding it. They need to find a relationship with Jesus, the light of the world. We have the opportunity to help other people.

“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 gentile 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)

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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CHRISTIANS AND THE ELECTION

Who will lead us? Who do we follow? "if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."  if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. II Chron. 7:14

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

By Dr. Foster H. Shannon

“Then he said to them, Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21)

This seems to indicate that we are not to be oblivious of the government policies or of the election processes. As citizens we have a responsibility to God to be paying attention, and to give thought to what should be done. God spoke to many rulers and leaders: Moses, Pharaoh Joshua, David, Solomon, Hezekiah, the rulers of Syria, Babylon, and Persia.

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way. This is good and it is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (I Timothy 2:1-4)

In the United States, we have the privilege of choosing our leaders. We have a responsibility to be engaged. The election for the President of the United States will be on Tuesday, 8 November. Actually many will be voting prior to that time by means of mail ballot. Do Christians have a responsibility to vote in this election? If they do, how do they decide whom to vote for? What criteria should Christians be looking for in candidates? Honesty and truthfulness are very important, but is not necessarily seen among all candidates. The policies they support are quite significant. Would they benefit all of the people, a significant segment of the people, or a special group of the people. I think it is proper for Christians to be concerned: Do they attend church and read the Bible?

If we are to pray for “kings and all who are in high positions”, should we not be responsible to learn about the candidates and evaluate their positions? There will be three presidential debates: 26 September, 9 October, 19 October. If we are uncertain whom to vote for, listening to the debates should be helpful. They will not settle whom we should vote for concerning Senator, Congress Person, Governor, and for state and local matters. We need to do some studying in these areas!

The coming elections are not someone else’s responsibility. We should pray for God’s guidance and enlightenment. Let us pray every day that God will guide us, and that we may have good government. It is disturbing when we see people elected to public office, censored, or removed from office for their bad behavior.

“For though we live in the world we are not carrying on a worldly war, for the weapons of our warfare are not worldly but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle to the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.” (II Corinthians 10:3-6)

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 REALITY AND POWER OF GOD

Everything has a cause. It's design is proof of a designer. The non-existence of God is therefore impossible to prove.

Everything has a cause. It’s design is proof of a designer. The non-existence of God is impossible to prove!

by Dr. Foster H. Shannon

The arguments for the existence of God are much more compelling than are the arguments for atheism. Let us study the evidence for God, for the Bible, for Christianity. God is the creator of the universe. The universe with planet Earth, the vegetarian and human life give evidence of design. The Bible affirms that design was God given. God has made all human beings in his image. He is the Creator of all plant and animal life. The books of the Bible affirm that God is the creator of all.

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

“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.” (John 1:1-3)

“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)

“Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse;” (Romans 1:20)

The only evidence for atheism is that a certain percentage of the population believes that there is no God.

The non-existence of God is impossible to prove.

You can divide humanity into four categories:

1) those who believe in God and admire him.

2) Those who reject the idea of God.

3) Those who follow false idols.

4) Those who are indifferent. They seem not to care.

Atheism takes comfort in Evolution, that life somehow happened. The universe, planet Earth, plants, animals, and human beings are the result of millions of coincidental accidents! No one, other than God, has been able to create the beginning of life!

The proof is in the believing community, who consistently affirm God as Creator, Lord, and Sovereign. The power of God is exhibited from beginning to end. The miracles related to the exodus of Israel, crossing the Red Sea, and their time in the Sinai wilderness; guidance by cloud in the day, by fire by night, manna and water. The many miracles of Jesus: raising the dead, healing the blind, restoring the disabled, providing food for thousands to eat. On top of all of this was the crucifixion of Jesus, his burial, and his resurrection. It was the resurrection that congealed the faith of Peter and all of the Apostles. They boldly proclaimed the resurrection at the risk of beatings, arrest, and execution. The resurrection of Jesus confirms the teachings of both the Old Testament and the New Testament. In addition is the reality of the answers to prayer that are the experience of almost every Christian.

“For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:17)

“I am the door; if any one enters by me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture,” (John 10:9)

The evidences of Christianity are superior to those of any other movement or religion. The best of life is found in God, in the Bible, in Jesus Christ.

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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