FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD…DEAD…DEAD James 2:26
Hello, My Dear Readers. Below you will see an article I am re-blogging that was submitted by Buckner International on their website. They are a faith based organization that sponsors and financially supports various humanitarian causes and they also sponsor children orphan homes all over the world.
You will recall I identified Buckner in my last week’s blog entitled “God Empowered Me To Take A Risk For His Kingdom”, as the organization I travelled with for over ten years during my time as an international missionary.
I found this article so inspiring when I read it, that I thought you might like to also read it to see just what kind of dedicated and faithful organization this company is. At the end of the article, the author, John Hall, offers up a prayer for us that we will…”see each other as God sees us, looking for opportunities to share his love and encourage people in faith.”
The world around us is falling apart. But the problem isn’t me. Chances are, it isn’t you, either. At least that’s what research says.According to the AEI Survey on Community and Society, 43 percent of Americans do not believe things are going well in the nation. But when we get closer to home, Americans are a bit more prideful. Seventy-three percent of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in their communities.The research follows the pattern of other surveys, including a survey where people overwhelmingly believed their marriages were strong while marriages everywhere else are falling apart.For me, perspective is often the hardest thing to gain in life. Small things can feel immense. Large movements in the world can go unnoticed. Many times, life simply becomes about me. What do I want? What can I get? What do I think?And that’s when I get in trouble. When life becomes about me, it’s easy to believe I have all the answers. It’s easy to judge others. It’s easy to put myself in the place of God as the one who knows best.
The saddest part about this is I don’t even realize when it’s happening. I see everything “so clearly.” All without seeing the plank in my eye.
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. –Matthew 7:3-5
Let us see the world differently this week, so we can make it different for eternity.
Written by John Hall, associate director of public relations for Buckner International.
|I actually considered the above article as a ‘divine’ confirmation to my last week’s posting about an armed Asian Guard who shadowed our mission team while we performed God’s services in Hanoi, Vietnam. You will recall I confessed my trepidations about witnessing to him, especially since the Asian government forbid us not to apotheosize.
So, thanks be to God for His bountiful blessings on my life and yours. For His caring acts of comfort and support towards us when we do the right thing and step out on faith…trusting Him to take care of the rest.
My conversations with God this week were prayers of thanksgiving, forgiveness, strength, power and obedience to the calling that I have received. Be blessed because of Whose we are in Christ Jesus, my friends.
Scripture Lesson: Dear Christian friends at Ephesus […and you guys in Cyber-land], ever loyal to the Lord: This is Paul writing to you, chosen by God to be Jesus Christ’s messenger. May his blessings and peace be yours, sent to you from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord. How we praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every blessing in heaven because we belong to Christ. (Living Bible) Ephesians 1:1-3
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