One of the most popular parables in the Bible is the Good Samaritan. What is Jesus trying to teach us? What does it mean to love your neighbor? Who is your neighbor? As Jesus often does, He takes it a step farther. This is not about salvation. Doing good deeds to your fellow man or woman does not save you. But it is the right thing to do. It is what a saved person would do. And as we discussed in the previous post, there are no excuses.Continue reading “Being a Good Samaritan”
Today I am taking a little side trip in my blog about something that God has laid upon my heart. Over the past few years, I have had the wonderful experience and blessing of spending a week or two on a mission trip to Haiti. It is such an awesome experience to watch God work in places like this and if you ever have the opportunity or if God speaks to you to go on a mission trip, do not pass it up. You will not be disappointed. I know many of you will say, “that’s not really for me.” I remember saying the same thing. I was wrong. God kept tugging on my heart and put this passion and desire in me and I am so thankful He did. I plan on going again this year in November (perhaps it will be a little cooler!).
But, perhaps, this is not the direction God is taking you. You can still be a part in other ways. First and foremost, pray. Pray that God speaks to you about what His will is for you. Pray for the missionaries who sacrifice so much of their lives to go out in the world where others will not to share God’s love, not only but sharing the gospel, but by showing their love toward the people they minister to and helping to meet their needs. This is a big burden of both time and financially. The next thing you could do to be a part of a mission is to support those who are called to this field. If it is not going on a mission trip to support them physically, perhaps you can support them financially.
If your church supports missions, you can give there. There are good organizations such as Compassion International or World Vision which you can sponsor a child or others that you can give to or volunteer for, locally or abroad.
My friends in Haiti are asking for your help. They have a need for a total of $8500 a month. Sarah and Yves is a married couple that God has called to bring His love and His gospel to Haiti. At Living Water Haiti Ministries, they have brought in 16 wonderful children to feed them (3 meals a day which is unheard of in Haiti), provide shelter and medical needs, give them education (including teaching them skills such as music lessons, how to sew and how to grow crops) and teach them the gospel of Jesus Christ. In addition, they have a schoolhouse built to be able to bring other kids from the community to give them an education as well as sharing the gospel. They will also feed all of these children every day. Their goal is to bring in about 100 children and hiring 8 teachers. They also reach out to other communities, visiting orphanages and neighborhoods, bringing them a meal, playing games, singing songs and teaching the Bible.There are a couple of ways you can help. You can sponsor a child for $50 a month, you can partner with the ministry by making a one-time or monthly donation. You can check out their website at https://lwhm.weebly.com
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So, perhaps this is still part of the series on God’s promises. God promises to bless you, He promises to work through you and give you gifts, He promises to use your gifts to help others and strengthen the church, for His glory.
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
With all the talk of violence and mass shootings and gun laws and the direction our country and this world is heading, one thing we can be sure of is that God is in control and there is no need to fear. Many would ask, then why does God allow these things to happen? I do not know the answer, but we live in a fallen world. We are not God’s puppets, and there are evil people in this world and Satan is allowed to roam this earth…for now. But I believe his time is short. It appears we are living Matthew 24. But, those of us who believe in Jesus Christ, who follow Him, have nothing to fear. God assures us of this and there are better things to come. No matter what we are going through, God is with us and He will guide us and He will give us all that we need. No matter what happens to us on this earth, we have so much to look forward to. There is no need to fear. Continue reading “No Need to Fear”