KEEP THE LIGHT ON!

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“I am the Light of the World. He that followeth after me shall not walk in darkness.” ~John 8:12

By Dr. Foster H. Shannon

Bring light to your life with scripture. . . And keep it burning all year!

“Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Never worry if you can pray. If you CAN’T pray, THEN you have something to worry about!

How can we not be concerned? No anxiety—no worry? Wow! Don’t we have problems to spare? Things don’t always go well. Where do we get the idea it is possible to live without worry?

GOD’S MESSAGE IS CLEAR

It is possible not to worry. 

How? By trusting in God’s promises.

“Every word of God is Pure. He is a SHIELD unto them that put their trust in Him.” ~Proverbs 30:5

Put your trust in Jesus Christ and know that His word is pure. He keeps His promises.

YOU ARE LOVED

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Believing in Jesus Christ we have forgiveness of sins, and are enfolded into God’s family.

“For all who are led by the Spirit are sons of God.” (Romans 8:14)

“It is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” (Romans 8:16,17)

GOD HAS A PLAN

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (I Peter 2:9)

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.”

GOD GIVES YOU A GIFT

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” (I Corinthians 12:4-7)

GOD’S WILL IS FOR OUR GOOD

“And my God will supply all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:19 

“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)

God wants your good. He provides. Ask and it will be given. 

“Thou dost show me, the path of life; in thy presence there is fullness of joy, in thy right hand are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:11)

“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)

Jesus promised in Matthew 7:7: “Ask and it shall be given.”  

“Ye have not because ye ask not”.

Ask for what you need. Receive it. 

And take His Joy and Blessings in the New Year!

Foster H. Shannon

 

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

by Dr. Foster H. Shannon

Christmas IS a blessing! On the day we call Christmas, we celebrate Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem.

Though he was born a baby in the flesh, He was the Son of God.  

GOD GIVES THE GIFT OF HIMSELF

Through the remembrance of Jesus’ birth and Life at Christmas time, we are greatly encouraged.

  • Wonderful Christmas music lifts our spirits with joy and truth. 
  • We celebrate Jesus and rejoice in the good news that He brings. 
  • The close relationship between God and people is seen in a tiny baby needing the nurture and protection of parents. Our Heavenly Father watches over us.
  • The presents we give hearken back to the three Magi who came to Bethlehem from Persia offering gifts to the newborn king. A life is worth honoring, no matter how small or humble to the outside world.
  • How much God loves us! The celebration of God’s Love can unite us as families; refresh us in our Churches and bring us into a closer relationship with God through the personal relationship we have with our Saviour. 

LAW AND GRACE UNITE IN THE GOSPEL 

The NEW is in the OLD, CONCEALED, and the OLD is in the NEW, REVEALED!

Jesus was called Yeshua in his day. Yeshua means: ‘SALVATION’. He is spoken of in the OLD and NEW Testaments.  He was anticipated by the prophets in the Old Testament and recognized by his followers as the Messiah in the New Testament. 

Whether you call Him Jesus or Yeshua is not the point, though, as long as you realize who He IS:

He is your Savior! 

THE OLD TESTAMENT PREDICTED HIM

“The oracle of him who hears the words of God, and knows the knowledge of the Most High who sees the vision of the Almighty falling down but having his eyes uncovered; I see him, but not; I behold him but not neigh” ~Numbers 24:16

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

“Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain salvation upon you.” Hosea 10:12

THE NEW TESTAMENT REVEALED HIM

”And (Mary) gave birth to her first born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger (probably a barn or a place in a house). In that region, there were shepherds with their flocks— “an angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds, and they were filled with fear”. (from Luke, chapter 2) 

John the Baptist first recognized him as the Messiah. In his gospel, John wrote about Jesus, the Man and the Saviour:

“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. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” ( John 1:1-5)

WE GIVE BY FOLLOWING HIM

As we are encouraged to follow Jesus’ teachings of faith and loyalty to God, we are guided into a better life and learn to clearly recognize the difference between good and evil. As we read the word of God in the Bible we see the right way to live and are lead to tell the truth and relate with others kindly.

HOW CAN WE SERVE?

We live in a time when goodness is precious.  The grace of God produces inner happiness, healing and the willingness to reject evil. And yet we see around us the sadness caused by violence and deaths by those who kill themselves and others. It is evident that substantial numbers are unhappy, hate themselves, and want to give up. In the USA there are approximately 38,000 suicides and 1.2 million abortions each year. God loves us and wants to bless us to avoid things that mislead and harm us. What can we do?

A person’s inspiring presence can change another, as it did William Wilberforce, after hearing the former slave trader John Newton, who wrote the song Amazing Grace“Amazing Grace how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, was blind, but now I see.” 

The world desperately needs the light and love we carry within. 

Let your light shine to others!

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 eight books and working on number nine! 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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WHAT DO WE WANT OUT OF LIFE?

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no Law.” Galatians 5:22

WHAT DO WE WANT?

Do we want to be healthy, to have strength and good health? If so, we must WANT to take good care of ourselves.

WHAT SHOULD WE DESIRE?

To truly enjoy life we must avoid bathing ourselves in the nonsense that is all around us! We need to desire Goodness:

  • What is right and what is reasonable.
  • To keep our houses in order.
  • To be thoughtful of others.
  • To give and expect truth.

WHAT DO WE EXPECT OF THIS WORLD?

This world is not perfect. We need to recognize both the goodness of the world in which we live – and also reckon with its failures.

We are offended by those who lie to us in our families, our schools, our work and in our government. When people do not receive and understand the truth, they become corrupted. Don’t follow the liars! We must beware of believing half-truths, or building a picture of life that rests on silliness, but understand clearly what we are seeing – whether is good and reliable – or not. That is why we pray for those who have been elected to govern – and hope that they will tell the truth for the good of our cities, our states, and our nation.

Belief in God and faith in Jesus Christ will strengthen us and encourage us to know what IS good and wise. 

“I appeal to you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no dissensions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.” (I Corinthians 1:10)

HOW CAN WE OVERCOME?

We live in a world that is dangerous, unjust and to be reckoned with. The percent of the world’s population under the control of despotic regimes has been increasing, with present day despots obvious in Africa and Asia and South America as well, far worse than those of a Caesar or a medieval monarch. The world’s tyrants exaggerate their own wisdom and power and run their lives and nations as if people are their servants. Many observers warn that the growing restlessness and lawlessness of today may someday make the former American frontier look like a model society!

We must not follow the fallacies of those in higher positions, but examine everything we see and hear.

“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and turning to a different gospel—not that there is another gospel, but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ” (Galatians 1:6,7)

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God.” 1 John 4:1

We may not have the power to control nations, but we can control ourselves. We find great help from God and the Bible. He who made us, understands our situation. When we follow the Ten Commandments and the prophets in the Old Testament: Jesus, and the apostles in the New Testaments, we continue with the purpose and wisdom of God. And we are grateful for good Christians who inspire us, in spite of what is wrong with the world.

MANY LOOK FOR LOVE IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES

We live among people who sell dangerous answers, ideas and medicines that will not help in the end. Many fall for drugs that temporarily please and satisfy them or make them proud. And thousands die from them. As of October 2017 in the USA, there were 52,404 lethal drug overdoses due to the use of opioids alone, and even more since then.  May God give people the wisdom to recognize the dangers that attract them to ‘false hope’. And sadly, more than 32,000 people lose all hope and commit suicide each year in the USA. Unhappy and distraught when things don’t go well, they dislike themselves and don’t know where to turn. If we spot the warning sign in others let us turn to them and encourage them to get helpThere are many Suicide Prevention Resources available. 

WHERE CAN WE FIND GOODNESS?

We need the authority that comes from God. We suffer from a Secularism that wants crosses destroyed, Bibles excluded from schools, and ‘In God We Trust’ removed from our Currency. Thankfully, there are many good Christians who show us the way. And we can be disciples ourselves, regularly reading the Bible and in Church on Sunday learning from the teaching of faithful preachers. Indeed, we can serve where needed and positions open up. And if you have the opportunity to teach, you will grow even stronger. There IS good in the world, if YOU will allow it to be in YOU. 

“For it is impossible to restore again to repentance, those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come.” (Hebrews 6:4,5)

WE NEED TO STUDY

We don’t know everything. We need to keep learning.

“Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

As you prepare for sharing the Word of God you will blossom. We grow objectively by reading good Christian books that are appropriate to Christianity. Is there a better alternatives than Judeo-Christian thoughtAppreciate men and women of integrity— those who inspire us – who care for and help people in need. 

Therefore, the key to a good life is to follow the teachings of our Savior: that we are to “love one another”. We are not to be selfish or thoughtless and uncaring. We are to sit at the feet of Jesus Christ. We are to be concerned with the welfare of others and to be generous and thoughtful.

Jesus said:

“Owe no one anything except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. The commandments, you shall not commit adultery. You shall not kill. You shall not steal. You shall not covet, and any other commandment are summed up in this sentence: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” Romans 13:8, Galatians 5: 14

“Love does no wrong to a neighbor, therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” (Romans 13:8-10)

“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 13:4) “So faith, hope, love abides, these three, but the greatest of these is love.” (I Corinthians 13:7)

By Loving God we can trust that we will surely grow in His Grace:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the 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)

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Good Reading!

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 eight books and working on number nine! 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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HOW DO WE KNOW THERE IS A GOD?

“The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows his handiwork.” ~Psalm 19:1

by Dr. Foster H. Shannon

We all know that there are religions other than Christianity. Many in the world are attracted by these other religions. In the United States and elsewhere there are atheists, who deny the reality of God. How can we be assured that faith in Jesus Christ will lead us to righteousness and a good life? Can an atheist be assured that there is no God?

The God of the Bible has created us in his image. We are his children, with choices to make. We have the freedom to choose another religion, or even deny that there is a God who created the world. But none of the other religions have hope and offer such goodness as Christianity. The path that God sets for us in the Bible will lead us to joy in the magnificence of our God and the universe. The study of the Bible will lead us to the best life in this world and the presence of almighty God in eternity. Your presence in Sunday worship indicates your loyalty to God.

The order and symmetry of the universe is evidence for the existence of God. Only by the most strained hypotheses, can the universe be explained without God.  Although many prominent scientists patronizingly dispose of the biblical world-view as irrational, Dr. A. E. Wilder Smith, former professor of pharmacology at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago, convincingly contends that it is their systems that are irrational and indefensible.

The United States of America would not exist without a Bible and many who have been convinced of its truth are assured of the reality of God.

George Whitefield was a great preacher in the Church of England, who became one of the greatest of Christian Evangelists. He made seven ocean trips from England to the American Colonies, sharing with many preachers in The Great Awakening and building a foundation upon which the Constitution of the United States was established. The Colonies and the nations in Europe were greatly influenced by George Whitefield, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, and John Wesley.

Have you ever sought directions from someone who helped you? If you follow the directions and find the place which you had been looking for, you are thankful that you were given good directions. If you cannot find the place you’d wanted to go—you then realize you were misled and given bad directions (or misunderstood them). In the same way, as we believe in God and follow His directions, we find the goodness in our lives we were seeking. God proves himself to us by showing us the results of living a good life. We can see the reliability of the teachings of Jesus: To live in truth and honesty, to respect each other and be unwilling to hurt others. It becomes reasonable and not our imagination that He is revealing himself to us.

Most of the religious and sacred writings of the world do not claim to be divine revelation. Rather they claim to be a form of spiritual insight.  In contrast, the Bible shows God revealing himself through divine revelation, authentically giving commands to many people.  What the Bible has to say about the nature of man and the condition of man rings true. As one of the more compelling reasons for belief in the Bible it accurately assesses the nature of human beings. When a person reads of Abraham, Moses, David, Peter, and Paul, we are confronted with real people in real situations. The biblical accounts of human experience are just as relevant today as when they happened. We understand that the information in the Bible recognizes both our sin and our goodness. God calls upon us to trust God, to recognize his teachings, to change our ways and to have faith in Him.

People intuitively understand that God will give us better days— that we we can be delivered from the torches of sin and grow in the grace of God. And He is calling you. 

Jesus said: “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” (John 5:24)

”I rejoice over you, I would have you wise as to what is good and guileless as to what is evil;” (Romans 16:19)

“O the depth of the riches, both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” ~Romans 11:33

“…learn of Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” ~Matthew 11:29

Read the Bible every day!

Peace,

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 eight books and working on number nine! 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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CAN WE LIVE WELL WITHOUT JESUS?

old illustration of a man killing another

The Ten Commandments declare: “You shall not kill.” Exodus 20:7-17

We are all sinners in need of a savior. God has provided forgiveness for our sins through Jesus Christ. Can we live well without Jesus? Many have tried and failed.

Man has gone against the word of God since the beginning of time

“You have neither listened nor inclined with your ears to hear, although the Lord persistently sent to you all his servants the prophets, saying, ‘Turn now everyone from his evil way and wrong doings and dwell upon the land which the Lord has given to you and your fathers from of old and forever.” Jeremiah 25:3

The Ten Commandments declare: “You shall not kill.” Exodus 20:7-17

Several recent examples of evil come to mind:

  • On Wednesday, 28 October 2018, in the Jewish Synagogue of Life in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania—a man who hated Jews brought a rifle and a pistol—sprayed the sanctuary with bullets; 11 eleven were killed; many had serious injuries.
  • We were startled by the slaughter of members of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh PA eleven Jews were killed Monday, 29 October. The killer expressed delight in killing eleven Jews. He had given himself into the hands of Demons!
  • Stephen Paddock collected weapons in his hotel room in Las Vegas, Nevada. He unloaded the weapons from the balcony of his Las Vegas hotel. In October, 2017, he sprayed a shower of bullets in a park outside where many people were gathered enjoying themselves; 59 people were killed; 500 were injured.
  • San Bernardino shooting, On December 9, 2015, Syed Rizwan Farock and Tashleen Malik, a married couple open gun fire at a holiday party at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino; 14 people were killed. Where did they get the authority to kill 14 people? Did they consult God? They did not care about God!
  • And recently, the world was stunned by the murder of journalist, Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudia Arabia Counsalent in Turkey.

Where does evil come from? Where did it arise?

In the Old Testament we read how Adam and Eve raised two sons, Cain and Abel. In a fit of jealousy, Cain killed his brother Abel, and God condemned Cain for what he had done.

God created the Universe. It is his work. He created humanity in his own image and teaches us how to relate to one another, but man has disobeyed God’s will from the beginning.

  • Evil is ignoring God.
  • Evil is deliberate disobedience before God.
  • Evil is deliberate harming another person.
  • Evil is deliberately refusing to save a person from drowning, when we have the ability to save them.

God warns us about evil through the prophets, Jesus Christ, and the teachings of the apostles.

“Now the works of the flesh are plain: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like.” Galatians 5:19-21

“For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander.” Matthew 15:19

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20

How are we to deal with it?

Those who enter into the rooms of the Devil will not prosper. Their future is darkness. There is no joy, only regret. But we have free will to choose life and not death.

“Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life and its corrupt through deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 3:22-24

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22,23

“Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought of what is noble in the sight of all…Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:17 & 21

What can we do in the society in which we live?

Let us believe the solemn words God has given to us and teach others the guidance we’ve received from the Bible and the forgiveness we have through Jesus Christ. 

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world but he who believes that Jesus is the son of God!?” John 5:4,5

Do not fear man:

“When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was round about the city. And the servant said, ‘Alas, My Master! What shall we do?’ He said, ‘Fear not, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” II Kings 6:16

“Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you; and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all men, as we do to you, so that he may establish your hearts unblamable in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.” I Thessalonians 3:11-13

Peace,

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 eight books and working on number nine! 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 WELFARE OF THE USA

The Declaration of Independence

By Dr. Foster H. Shannon

It is wonderful to recognize the truth that God cares about us. He wants us to live in harmony with our Savior and each other. He cares about the USA (and, of course, other nations). The United States affirmed our dependence upon God in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” “And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” ‘And, for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!” ~Psalm 33:12

“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.” I Timothy 2:1,2

“The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, Take a census of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, by their families and their fathers’ houses, from thirty years old up to fifty years old, all years old up to fifty years old, all who can enter the service, to do the work on the tent of meeting. This is the service of the sons of Kohath in the tent of meeting: the most holy things.” Numbers 4:1-4

ABORTION IS MAN’S WILL, NOT GOD’S

The Slaughter of the Innocents, Getty Images

I recognized that what follows is difficult, but I cannot ignore the matter of abortions. I must respond to what the Bible teaches about God’s concern for children. We find that concern in both the New Testament and in the Old Testament. God excoriates those who dispose of their children by offering them as sacrifices. “You shall not give any of your children to devote them by fire to Molech, and to profane the name of your God.”

Leviticus 18:21 “There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering,” Deuteronomy 18:10

“Little children, you are of God, and have overcome them; for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”

The Ten Commandments, number six is, “You shall not kill.”

Babylonian seal of child sacrifice

Sacrificing life on the altar of financial concerns is what they did in Babylon with the killing children in order to please or appease a supernatural being in order to achieve a desired result.  Planned Parenthood performed more than one million abortions in 2016 receiving more than 27 million dollars in US government grants in 2015 and 2016. Is it for ‘social good’, as they declare? What does this program do for children that might have lived? Do they kill children at three months, or four months, or five months, or six months, or to nine months? What drives a person to take the life of an unborn but living child? Is it killing in ‘self defense’ to save the life of the mother? Or because the child would be in the way of career plans, or cause an extra expense of money or labor? Planning your life is one thing. Sacrificing someone else’s so yours will be easier is quite another. Who gives life in the first place?

GOD BEGETS US

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

“It is I who by my great power and my outstretched arm have made the earth, with the men and animals that are on the earth, and I give it to whomever it seems right to me,” Jeremiah 27:5.

“[Jesus] was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not.” John 1:10

GOD TEACHES US

The Ten Commandments

His words to the prophets

The teachings and examples of Jesus

He gives us churches and teachers and pastors to lead us to salvation in Jesus Christ, and to encourage us in living a life in fellowship with our Saviour

GOD FORGIVES AND SAVES US

“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

“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 1:7,8

GOD COMMISSIONS US

“Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you; and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another, and to all men, as we do to you, so that he may establish your hearts unblameable in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.” ~II Thessalonians 3:11-13

“In your hearts reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence and keep your conscience clear,” ~Hebrews 3:15

“Thou hast loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, thy God, has anointed thee with the oil of gladness beyond thy comrades.” ~Hebrews 1:9

Let us praise God for his goodness to us and for our hope for the world. Let us read the Bible and pray every day. Let us sing to his glory! If you are on the Lord’ side, you are on the right side!

“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

Blessings to YOU!

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 eight books and working on number nine! 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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GOODNESS

LIVE the TRUTH. THE TRUTH NEVER DIES.

Where can you find goodness?

You look for goodness in thoughtfulness, honesty, kindness, truthfulness, faithfulness and helpfulness. You gain understanding from teachers, scientists, philosophers, preachers, friends and family. Sometimes the guidance others give does not fit. However, there is one way that does work.

FIND GOODNESS IN THE BIBLE AND IN CHRISTIANITY

In the Ten Commandments are given the laws of how to act towards God and others.

Jesus embodies how to live that truth. 

In Jesus’s parable of the Good Samaritan [Luke 10:29-37] he tells the story of how one person went out of his way to rescue a man who had been beaten, robbed and left to die – and in this way explains what we call the ‘Golden Rule’:

“So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12

When we look at our world, we see killing, murder, robbery, thieves, violence, arsonists, lying, unkindness, husbands killing wife and children – all examples of a lack of goodness.

“Now the works of the flesh are plain: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like.” ~Ephesians 5:20

The opposite of goodness was also shown on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, when a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic Al Qaeda killed 2,996; injured 6,000 and inflicted $10 billion in property damage including the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Surely, there is something better for our worldEncouragement and appreciation bring greater good than insulting and hurting others ever couldThe evidence of goodness was demonstrated in the reactions of the police, firefighters and the self-sacrifice of the airline passengers who made the decision to crash their plane before it could cause further damage.

JESUS SHOWS BY EXAMPLE

The goodness of our Savior was manifested in the willingness of Jesus Christ to bear malicious treatments by the Roman Guards, and to endure the cross, because he knew under the will of the Father that this would pay the penalty for our sins.

“And when the hour came, he sat at table, and the apostles with him. And he said to them, ‘I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you I shall not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.’ And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, ‘take this, and divide it among yourselves; for I tell you that from now on I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes’ And he took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body…” Luke 22:14-20

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

“Be exalted, O Lord in thy strength! We will sing and praise thy power.” ~Psalm 21:13

God is good. He brings us to life. He gives us mothers and fathers who are to be good examples and children who are to follow them. He calls upon us to follow his teachings and his examples.

HIS GOODNESS IS OUR SALVATION

“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. He who believes in him is not condemned; he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” John 3:16-18

We should not despair, for we have a God who loves us. We have a Bible that encourages us. We have fellow Christians who strengthen us. Let us pray to God to heal those who are harmed by those who do not follow His example.

If we are bewildered or discouraged, we should refresh ourselves in the teachings of scripture. If we do not know what to do, we should seek out something worthwhile that fits with God’s purposes in our lives.

“I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; yea, wait for the Lord!” ~Psalm 27:13,14;

“O Lord, my God, I cried to thee for help, and thou hast healed me.” ~Psalm 30:2

“And we desire teaching one of you to show the same earnestness in realizing the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” ~Hebrews 6:11,12

“I love thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, My rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.” ~Psalm 18:1-3

Pray to God for mercy and wisdom.

From ‘The Great Ideas’, Spinosa defines ‘good’ as that which we certainly know is useful to us:“Anything which is useful or exchangeable has the character of an economic good.” 

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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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WHAT IS OUR ASSIGNMENT?

By Dr. Foster H. Shannon

We are privileged to know about Jesus. He is our Savior, our teacher, our master. Jesus Christ came from Heaven to Earth that we might be enlightened. Although there are many appealing and significant aspects to the life of Jesus Christ, the most important is that he is the Savior of the world. His suffering and death on the cross for the sins of mankind was as significant as his marvelous life. A person may become a follower of Jesus, and approach in lifestyle and knowledge of the standards Christ represented or accomplished. The prophets reveal many truths regarding the nature and purposes of God. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sins of the world, and scripture proclaims that he is the only Savior. Christianity is not correctly classified as one road to God among several that are available. In spite of the urges of the eminent historian, Arnold Toynbee and others, Christianity cannot be mixed in a bowl with the other religions of the world, and baked in a syncretistic oven to produce a more refined religion that will unite all of mankind.

“For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10)

GOD MADE THE WAY TO SAVE US – IF WE LET HIM

The claims of Christianity and the other religions of the world (with the possible exception of Judaism) are mutually contradictory in this one most vital matter: How we establish a living relationship with God. Other religions appeal to the ability of people to do something about their situation so that they might merit favor of the god they worship.

The New Testament clearly states the absolute teachings regarding our own salvation and that of others, that it is not by our own deeds that we obtain righteousness, but because of what Jesus has done for us.

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his MERCY he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost…”~ Titus 3:5 

It is through Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf that our forgiveness is found. We are washed clean and find mercy, grace and new life in Jesus Christ.

Mercy is when we DON’T get what we DO deserve. Grace is when we DO get what we DON’T deserve.

EACH ONE MUST DECIDE

Each one must decide whether Christ is one man among many great men, or whether his contribution is unique—of absolute importance.

Some might be most impressed by his ministries of healing, while others would be inclined to emphasize his stature as a theologian and explicator of the Old Testament. The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew,ch,5) is the very pinnacle of the summaries of the moral and ethical teachings of the Old Testament. Jesus’ influence upon the literature of the world—cannot be ignored. No other man has had so pervasive an influence upon the essays, philosophical treatises, novels, and ordinances. The same is true of music, art, and even legal and cultural affairs. Without question, the total impact of the life of Jesus Christ is unsurpassed.

Nothing will deaden the church of Jesus Christ so quickly as the idea, that after all, God will somehow, in some way, reach everyone and bring them to Heaven. This erroneous concept is debilitating in efforts to expand the gospel. It is important to follow Jesus in this life, and to trust God for the forgiveness of our sins that is found in repentance and faithfulness. Jesus is our teacher and example. If our understanding of the Bible is strong, and our lives are faithful to our God, we will be happy and encouraged. This is a matter of ultimate importance. Subtle changes may occur in the direction of the Christian community. The edge may lose its vitality, esprit de corps, and devotion—not because Christians are happy that any one is separated from God, but because the significance of their call to be witnesses for Jesus Christ has been greatly reduced. The Christian church must not sacrifice its convictions. Christians will not give of themselves, as they should, unless they are profoundly convinced by the Holy Spirit through Biblical teachings that it is vitally important for a person to know Jesus Christ as Savior.

God will not compel anyone to believe. On more than one occasion, the Pharisees demanded a sign from Jesus. They wanted a demonstration so powerful that if what Jesus said was true, they would be absolutely compelled to believe. And Jesus replied to them,

“An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign.” 

God has created us as moral and responsible beings who have the freedom of choice to either love, serve and follow him — or to outright reject him. Jesus never performed a miracle that would force those who witnessed it to believe. However, he gives great evidences of his existence.To those who are honestly open to the spirit of God, it is evident that the power of God works through the miracles of Jesus Christ. 

ALL OF US WHO BELIEVE IN JESUS ARE CALLED TO SERVE HIM

Our Savior, Jesus Christ, calls us to himself. When we understand the teachings of Jesus it will lead us to happiness and well being. How can we do this? We are to sit at his feet and learn from him. We are to follow him and obey him. Parents are to teach their children to believe in Jesus—and to live as he would have us live. We are encourage by Hebrews 12:1-2:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings to closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith…”

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one who is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterances of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.” (I Corinthians 12:4-10)

Jesus gave us this promise, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35)

God wants us to use our gifts to serve Him and bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the world in which we live. 

Jesus Christ can bring peace to each one of us – to the family, to the nation, and to the world.

Find out by reading what He is saying to you every day in the Bible!

Check out our helpful books at www.gogreenleaf.com.

Warm wishes,

Foster H. Shannon
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It’s one of the greatest tools to help you discover the treasures in the Bible!

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Blessings to all!

Foster

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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WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU?

“The heavens declare the glory of God and the earth shows his handiwork” Psalm 19:1

By Dr. Foster H. Shannon

How do we position our lives? What is of most importance? What direction shall we take?

Jesus said in Matthew 6:33:

“Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness – and all these things shall be yours as well.”

Surely we are attached to our families. We, who are alive, were begotten by our parents. While we were babies, they cared for us. As we grew up, they provided for us. And who provided for them? We live on planet Earth that was created by God. He is the one from whom we all get life.

GOD IS SPEAKING TO US

How is He speaking to us?

1- Through Creation:

He speaks to us through the wonder of the universe we live in – the entirety of existence. The planets, the stars, the Constellations; all human, animal and vegetable life are the work of God. He who created us knows what is best for us. He speaks to us that we may know Him.

2- Through the Bible:

“Your word, O Lord, is settled in heaven” ~Ps. 119:89

“Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.” ~Proverbs 30:5

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for instruction, for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness” ~ 2 Timothy 3:16

3- Through his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ:

“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.” ~Heb 1:1,2

“…These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” ~John 20:31 

4- Through the Holy Spirit:

“For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” ~2 Peter 1:21

God has given us our conscience, that He embeds in each one of us, so we and others may live a righteous and beautiful life.

God cares about you very much and wants to protect you from harm.

So… What is most important?

GOD WANTS US TO KNOW HIM

As we study the Bible, we see God’s concern for us. God is not indifferent to you. One day we wake up to understand that the teachings of the Bible are very important to God. He is paying attention to you, and we are to pay attention to Him that he may give us understanding and wisdom and inspiration to care for others. We must not disrespect God, for if we do, we have challenged what he has taught us – and there are consequences: We will miss the land of goodness and struggle with the land of disobedience.

He teaches us the right kind of living, so that we may be in good health, have good relations with other people and live a good life.

He gives us laws that are a map for our lives: The Ten Commandments in Exodus 20, the teachings of the prophets, and most importantly the teachings of Jesus.

“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”” ~John 8:32

HOW CAN WE KNOW HIM?

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” ~Matthew 7:7

God is our Creator and our keeper. Our life is His gift. We can have a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior through Jesus Christ. When we accept him into our hearts He speaks to us. We can then ‘walk with God’.  

“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:6)

He watches over us. Because he cares for us, he will also rebuke us. The Holy Spirit ‘comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable‘. The word SANCTIFICATION and sanctify are found in the Bible many times. It means faith in God and spiritual growth before God. It means our willing responses to his teachings and our confident hope of continuing growth and our entrance into Heaven.

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”  ~Ps 119:11

“Finally, brethren, we beseech and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you learned from us how you ought to live and to please God, just as you are doing, you do so more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God for your sanctification: that you abstain from immorality…For God has not called us for uncleanness but in holiness. Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.” (I Thessalonians 4:1-3;7,8)

“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)

There are important things that we may do to strengthen our walk with God:

a. Read the Bible every day

b. Pray regularly to give thanks to God; pray for God’s blessings for the Churches; pray for others for whom you are concerned; pray for the United States of America.

c. Tell someone else about Jesus and the Bible

d. Attend church on Sunday

e. Give money for Christian causes

WE HAVE SOMETHING TO REJOICE IN! 

Many of us have a favorite football, baseball, or basketball team. We want to see our team win. We rejoice in victory. We rejoice in athletics—but shouldn’t our enthusiasm for God be even greater?

We have something eternal to rejoice in!

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! 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)

 Thank you for reading,
Foster H. Shannon
Remember to get my book, Answering Questions People Ask About Christianity,  one of the greatest tools I have created to help you discover the treasures the Bible offers, as well as a dynamic reference in sharing nuggets of truth with others who are struggling.

You can order the book directly from this link at GoGreenleaf.com

I am always here to help with any questions.

Please contact me by email here:

Blessings to all!

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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PROOF THAT GOD LOVES US

God has given you His Word

By Dr. Foster H. Shannon

When you trust a person, do you believe their word?

Most of the time we do. But men can lie. What about GOD?

Numbers 23:19 tells us that “God is not a man, that he should lie” 

He has given us His WORD that He loves us. You can take it to heart. Here’s proof:

1. Proof that we are loved by God

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

2. Proof that by believing in Jesus Christ we have forgiveness of sins, and are in God’s family

“For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves; it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast.” ~Ephesians 2:9

“For all who are led by the Spirit are sons of God.” (Romans 8:14)

“it is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” (Romans 8:16,17)

3. Proof that God made us – and has a job for us

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” ~Ephesians 2:10

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (I Peter 2:9)

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.”

4. Proof that God will enable us

“Whom the Lord calls, He will also enable” ~Romans 8:30

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” (I Corinthians 12:4-7)

5. Proof that we HAVE eternal life in Jesus:

“And this is the record, that God has GIVEN us eternal life, and this life is in His son. He who has the son has life, and he who does NOT have the son does not have life. 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, and that you may believe in the name of the son of God.” I John 5: 11-13

“Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.” (I Corinthians 15: 49)

“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)

“…whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be saved” ~ Joel 2:32

6. Proof that God will take care of us:

“My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” 

“No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man, what God has prepared for those who love him.” I Corinthians 2:9)

7. Proof that God wants us to have peace

“Thou dost show me, the path of life; in thy presence there is fullness of joy, in thy right hand are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:11)

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27

Don’t be afraid to come to God.

He wants you to come. He’s given you His Word on it. He says,

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

 Thank you for reading,
Foster H. Shannon
 
P.S. – Why GOD’S Answers?

As a pastor, I have often been challenged by younger members of my congregations with
questions about how to relate the Bible and God’s words to today’s world.  I find more people today
rejecting Christianity because they believe it not applicable to their lives and is thus, irrelevant.

I suspect some Christians are “straying” since the answers to daily dilemmas and major life
issues are not evident or easily attainable. Perhaps, considering God’s point of view has
become less important for many. And yet, HIS are the only answers that truly give any lasting value to our lives.

How do we find the way?

“Seek and ye SHALL find.

Knock and the door SHALL be opened.

ASK and it SHALL be given.”

Searching for the truth in the Bible can seem like mining for gold.

However, as one who has been mining it’s pages for many years, I have done the digging for you.

An experienced guide, I will help you explore the territory to find it’s riches without getting lost along the way.

For instance, my book, Answering Questions People Ask About Christianity is one of the great tools I have created to help you discover the treasures the Bible offers, as well as a dynamic reference in sharing nuggets of truth with others.

You can order the book directly from this link at GoGreenleaf.com

And as always, I am always here to help with any questions.

Please contact me directly at my email address:

The answers are there.

Don’t give up.

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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