“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


“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.


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


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.
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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.