THE RESOURCES OF GOD ARE ABUNDANT

"Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear." Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear." Psalm 59:1

“. . .the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.”Ps 59:1

Dr. Foster H. Shannon

We live in a dangerous and difficult world. There is too much violence, too much hatred, too much meanness. Isis in Syria and Iraq and Boco Haram in Nigeria are the epitome of evil. The drug traffic that is doing devastating harm to Mexico is supported by Americans (and others) who purchase illegal drugs—not caring a whit regarding the damage that they do to their neighbors in the south! France and Belgium and other countries in Europe are struggling with radical Muslim terrorist groups. We worry that more of the same may come to the United States.

Our newspapers and television and radio are full of reports of murder, violence, and thievery every week.

Some of the Psalmists looked out at the world of their day and asked if God had forgotten them; they complained that he seemed distant. And yet after their complaints, they turned again to God affirming his goodness and authority and power.

The Bible is filled with many assurances that God wants to help us. Indeed, that he is near and desires to help us. Plaintive calls like those below are found frequently in the Psalms—yet such Psalms inevitably conclude in affirming the greatness of God and the wonder of his mercy.

“O God, why dost thou cast us off for ever? Why does thy anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?” (Psalm 74:1) “For thou art the God in whom I take refuge; why hast thou cast me off? Why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? (Psalm 43:2)

The promises of God, like the following, are wonderfully rich:

“Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you.  I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

“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)

The Bible gives correct assessments of our times, making plain the source of the trouble:

“For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of the present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12)

The Bible also assures us that sufficient resources are at hand:

“Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day…having girded your loins with truth…righteousness…the gospel of peace…the helmet of salvation…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:13-17)

“I am the door, if any one enters by me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture…I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:9,10)

An important element of faith is trust in God. That trust includes living in accord with his teachings. He promises not to leave us or forsake us.

Foster H. Shannon
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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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ARE YOU HAPPY?

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by Dr. Foster H. Shannon

HAPPINESS = “The state or quality of being happy; the pleasurable experience that springs from possessions of good or the gratification of desires; enjoyment , blessedness. Good fortune, prosperity.” Funk & Wagnalls Dictionary

Do we not understand that all of us want to be happy? There are few, if any who want to be unhappy. So what makes us happy and what makes us unhappy? We have basic needs: food, clothing, shelter, warmth, friendship, good health. If we are severely deprived of any of these things, we will probably not be happy. If we have these things, is it assured that we will be happy? I think not, because we are capable of almost limitless desires. Both the lack of those desires or the possessions of those desires can make us miserable. Consider the possessions of the very wealthy: two homes, six homes, eight cars, very expensive art work and artifacts, limitless traveling, yachts, etc.

When do possessions stop providing for our needs, and become a burden that make us the slaves of our possessions?

“Keep your life free from love of money and be content with what you have. For he has said; “I will never fail you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)

“Take heed, and beware of all covetousness; for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15) “For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life?” (Matthew 16:26)

Some people can lose a job and still be happy. Some people can lose substantial sums of money and still be happy. Faith in God and in his care for us can make a major difference. Others can have similar experiences and be miserable. There are severe disappointments that hurt all of us deeply. Many may be delivered by the passing of time and confidence in God, while for others such an experience may leave wounds never to be healed.

Would you like a one way ticket to Mars? “Mars One will establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. Crews of four will depart every two years, starting in 2024. Our last unmanned mission will be launched in 2018. Join the Mars One community and participate in our mission to Mars.” Mars One reports that more than 200,000 men and women from around the world have responded to the first call for “astronauts”. There are some problems: they do not yet have the capacity to bring you back, the atmosphere of Mars is thinner than that of Earth and is 95% carbon dioxide. Nine months of weightless travel can have a very debilitating effect on your body. I am inclined to think that many of these 200,000 are unhappy with their present situation, and looking for something new. We must ask, what does it take to make you happy?

The scriptures teach us how to be happy. Believe in Jesus Christ and trust in him to forgive you for all of your sins. We are loved of God and created in his image. Recognize that he has worthwhile work for you to do. He invites us into his eternal kingdom that is beyond our imagination, but absolutely good.

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him,” (I Corinthians 2:9)


Foster H. Shannon
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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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To Tell The Truth

by Dr. Foster H. Shannon

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Mars Rover, “Curiosity”

“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. Truth is essential to make things work. Truth is vital between husband and wife. Truth is essential in financial dealings. Truth is the goal, but not always the result in our legal processes. I fear that a great deal of lying goes on in our courts. Think of “Curiosity”, the rover that continues to send back exciting information from Mars. Its creation and building had to be in conformity with principles of truth, or it would never have succeeded in its mission. The plan for The Curiosity voyage to Mars had to be in harmony with the truth. If it were not in accord with truth, it would be wandering off in space with an unknown destination. When a student enrolls in college, he or she properly expects the representations of the college to be true.

Yet in our society we seek to excuse departures from the truth. Many of the advertisements that we receive present excessive claims and are deliberately misleading. Many of our politicians have convinced themselves that they could not “succeed” if they had always to tell the truth. Too many people excuse lying, because they think it to be in a good cause. The consequence is that they prove themselves to be unreliable. To the degree that truth is not valued and observed things don’t work, harmony is broken, and human relationships are hurt and destroyed.
A wholesome and healthy marriage is one in which husband and wife speak the truth to one another.
One advantage of telling the truth is that you don’t have to remember what you said last time! As Jesus taught, the truth sets us free. The truth also has great power—illustrated in Jesus’ ministry. His opponents could not stand against the truth that he spoke. Their only resource was to seek to kill him. The scriptures affirm that it is the truth that gives us protection against the powers and forces of evil. Ephesians 6:14a, “Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth,” If we are looking for spiritual strength—adhering to the truth is a vital commitment. In the long run, truth will always conquer deceit.
John 8:31,32, “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.”
WE ARE STRONGER WHEN WE CLEAVE TO THE TRUTH;

WEAKER WHEN WE DEPART FROM IT.

Foster H. Shannon
Please contact Foster directly with any questions or comments at the following address:

Thank you.

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.
He is currently Interim Pastor of True Light Presbyterian Church in Alhambra, CA. He is the author of seven books and a Sunday School curriculum. He is the President of Green Leaf Press, a non-profit Christian publishing company, which he established with others in 1981. Green Leaf Press, Inc. 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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