By Dr. Foster H. Shannon

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” ~John 16:33

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” ~John 16:33

“In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He reflects the glory of God and bears the very stamp of his nature, upholding the universe by his word of power. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,” (Hebrews 1:1-3)

All of our needs are met through faith in Jesus Christ. He is God. His teachings are for our benefit. We find worth and value and life in him. In this life, we contend with evil, and need the help that we find in our Savior. In fact, life brings great challenges to us. Some that are more than we can handle. It is in Jesus Christ that we find forgiveness for our sins. It is in the Bible, the word of God, that we find examples and instructions as to how we should live. It is in the recognition of the presence of God in our lives that we are encouraged, that we have hope, that we see purpose.

In this life, we are to eat and sleep and live. We are to grow. We are to learn. We are to work. The world promises us magnificence, but we come up short due to the corruption that is found in the world. Yes, there is goodness in the world, but we must seek it on the right paths. It is a grievous error to think that we can make our way alone without God. Without him we will stumble along the way, and will get hurt and hurt others. We are to love our neighbors as ourselves. We are to do unto others as we would have them do unto us. We need the strength and wisdom and guidance that God imparts to us.

The right way is clear. We are to entrust ourselves to Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer. We are to (figuratively) sit at his feet and learn from him. We are to be assured that the end results are in God’s hands, and that they are altogether good. We are not without help, and we are not without hope. We need to be with the fellowship of believers in the church. We need to be eager students of the scriptures. We must be discerning of God’s will. Our Lord should be at the center of our lives. Then in spite of the difficulties and disappointments, we will rejoice in our Lord.

Through the atoning work of Jesus Christ on the cross, we find forgiveness for our sins. In reading the Bible, we find God’s purposes from beginning to end. We understand why we are here. We are taught how we should live. We understand God’s purposes for the future, that when we depart from this life, every one who believes in him will be in the presence of God forever. We understand that God’s purpose is to make us better people, that we will one day be made fit for eternal fellowship with him.

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.