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YOU BE THE JUDGE?
"A money belt is one thing you just canít do without," my
friend told me. íMake sure you take travelersí checks with you
and maybe a few twenties, and tuck them in your money belt
before you leave. And donít ... DONíT go pawing through your
money when youíre out on the street. You just canít trust
anyone."

Soon after that conversation, I found myself sitting
sandwiched between two people on a commuter bus. I had just
arrived in Manila, Philippines, for a two-week missions trip,
and this was my first bus ride. So far, thereíd been no
problems, but as we neared our destination, I began looking
for dollar bills to pay the driver. Thatís when I realized --
I didnít have any cash handy. It was all in my belt.

The bus was now pulling up to the curb. Everyone rose, and I
figured in the confusion Iíd slip out my money belt long
enough to get what I needed. Counting the change, I swayed
forward with the press, and then slipped my shirt back over
the belt. That wasnít so dangerous, after all, I thought.

Then I felt a tap on my shoulder. Turning around, I saw a kid
probably no older than sixteen in tattered clothes staring at
me with wide eyes. I wondered what he wanted ó- until I looked
down at what he was offering me: a wad of $100 bills. I hadnít
been as careful with my money as I thought!

According to UNICEF, the average annual income for an American
family is $34,260; in the Philippines, itís *$1,040. This teen
was handing me several months of a grown manís wages. And they
told me not to trust anyone!
*http://www.unicef.org/statis/Country_1Page138.html

YOU BE THE JUDGE?
"A money belt is one thing you just canít do without," my
friend told me. íMake sure you take travelersí checks with you
and maybe a few twenties, and tuck them in your money belt
before you leave. And donít ... DONíT go pawing through your
money when youíre out on the street. You just canít trust
anyone."

Soon after that conversation, I found myself sitting
sandwiched between two people on a commuter bus. I had just
arrived in Manila, Philippines, for a two-week missions trip,
and this was my first bus ride. So far, thereíd been no
problems, but as we neared our destination, I began looking
for dollar bills to pay the driver. Thatís when I realized --
I didnít have any cash handy. It was all in my belt.

The bus was now pulling up to the curb. Everyone rose, and I
figured in the confusion Iíd slip out my money belt long
enough to get what I needed. Counting the change, I swayed
forward with the press, and then slipped my shirt back over
the belt. That wasnít so dangerous, after all, I thought.

Then I felt a tap on my shoulder. Turning around, I saw a kid
probably no older than sixteen in tattered clothes staring at
me with wide eyes. I wondered what he wanted ó- until I looked
down at what he was offering me: a wad of $100 bills. I hadnít
been as careful with my money as I thought!

According to UNICEF, the average annual income for an American
family is $34,260; in the Philippines, itís *$1,040. This teen
was handing me several months of a grown manís wages. And they
told me not to trust anyone!
*http://www.unicef.org/statis/Country_1Page138.html

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God's Promise to Christ

There are many truths to grasp in Isaiah 53. A truth worth grasping today is found in Isaiah 53:10, "But the Lord was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief. If He would render Himself as a guilt offering. He will see His offspring, He will prolong His Days, and the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand."

Our Lord Jesus Christ submitted to the curse of God for the sins of mankind. Christ did not sin, but the results of our sins were laid upon Him. This was all decided among the eternal Counsel made up of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit and Jesus accommodated Himself to this dispensation. A dispensation is a way determined by God for which someone may prove their love to Him. Christ was obedient unto death (Philippians 2:8) because He loved God His Father.

The death and burial of Christ was not the end but the beginning of the honor and joy that was to be given Him for His obedience. The promise to Christ from God was that He would see a people raised up who accept Him as their Savior and Lord. These Christians would not only trust in Christ to save them from eternal death and hell, but actually save them from the dominion of sin over their hearts. These Christians experience the same kind of life that the Apostle Paul lived, "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." (Galatians 2:20) It is true, that Christians are not perfect people, however, there is the promise of Christ to do a work in their hearts and lives to bring them to completion (Philippians 1:6) so they can effectively proclaim the truths of the Lord.

King David foresaw a time when "Future generations will be told about the Lord. A time when a people of God would "...proclaim [Jesus'] righteousness to a people yet unborn." (Psalm 22:30-31) The Apostle Peter wrote about this adopted people of God, "But you are chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praise of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light..." (1 Peter 2:9 -10)

Are You a Fulfillment of God's Promise?
If Not, Surrender to Christ as Savior and Lord!

 
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I received the following story as one of those ďdreadedĒ forwarded emails. I think itís a fitting way to end a Wednesday Lenten message on Obedience ----from the eyes of a child.

Story of God lives under the Bed.
I envy Kevin. He thinks God lives under his bed. One night he was praying out loud in his bedroom, and I stopped to listen, "Are you there, God?" he said. "Where are you? Oh, Under the bed..." I laughed & tiptoed to my room. My brother Kevinís unique perspectives are often a source of amusement. But that night something lingered long after the humor.
I realized for the first time the very different world in which Kevin lives.
He was born 30 years ago, mentally disabled due to problem in labor. Apart from his size (heís 6-foot-2) there are few ways in which heís an adult. He reasons and communicates with the capabilities of a 7-year-old, and always will. Heíll probably always believe God lives under his bed, Santa Claus fills the space under the Christmas tree and that airplanes stay up in the sky because angels carry them. I remember wondering if Kevin realizes he is different. Is he ever dissatisfied with his monotonous life?

Up before dawn each day, off to the workshop for the disabled, home to walk the dog & eat his favorite macaroni/cheese dinner, and later to bed. The only variation in the routine is laundry, when he hovers excitedly over the washer like a mother with her newborn child. He does not seem dissatisfied.
He lopes out to the bus every morning at 7:05, eager for a day of simple work. He wrings his hands excitedly while the water boils on the stove before dinner. He stays up late twice a week to gather our dirty laundry for his next dayís laundry chores.

And oh, the bliss of Saturdays! That day my Dad takes Kevin to the airport to have a soft drink, watch the planes land, and speculate loudly on the destination of the passengers. "That oneís goiní to Chi-car-go!" Kevin shouts as he claps his hands.
His anticipation is so great he can hardly sleep on Friday nights.

And so goes his world of daily rituals and weekend field trips. He doesnít know what it means to be discontent. His life is simple.
He will never know the entanglements of wealth of power.
He doesnít care what brand of clothing he wears or what kind of food he eats.
His needs have always been met, and he never worries that one day they may not be.
His hands are diligent. Kevin is never so happy as when heís working.
When he unloads the dishwasher or vacuums the carpet, his heart is completely in it.

He does not shrink from a job when it is begun, and he does not leave a job until it is finished.
But when his tasks are done, Kevin knows how to relax.
Heís not obsessed with his work or the work of others. His heart is pure.
He still believes everyone tells the truth, promises must be kept,
and when you are wrong, you apologize instead of argue.

Free from pride, unconcerned with appearances, Kevinís not afraid to cry when heís hurt, angry or sorry.
Heís always transparent, always sincere. He trusts God.
Not confined by intellectual reasoning, when he comes to Christ he comes as a child.
Kevin seems to kno...

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Ever-flowing Stream Of Grace
(Christians Need to Remember)

Isaiah 40:28-31says, "Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.

Do You Not Know" Have You Not Heard?: The language of the prophet is one of reproving. We know that by reading Verse 27 which reveals to us the heart of the Jews who became melancholy, complaining and whining. Listen to their words of despair, "...My way is hidden from the Lord: my cause is disregarded by my God." These people nourished depression, needless fears, and mistrust. Not trusting in God's truths sets the stage of a skeptical atmosphere. This births forth a questioning spirit. The Jewish people had an abundant opportunity of learning through their history and from their fathers of the true character of God. They had opportunity to learn of His willingness and ability to deliver them. These Jews had a blameworthy forgetfulness and disregard for the nature of God.

Disappointments can breed mistrust in truth and tear down faith in the Lord, literally stopping the desire of searching for Biblical truth or understanding. Once this starts it becomes like an electricity of unbelief in the air and must not be breathed in, but rejected because it affects the spiritual health of the Body of Christ.

Christians need to remember that God does not measure time as we do. I...

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Joy

In Galatians 5: 22 we read that the fruit of the Holy Spirit is joy. The Greek word means an inner gladness, a deep pleasure which comes from an inner assurance and confidence that God does all things for His good purposes.

This joy is not the same as the joy found in this world which gives only temporary pleasure and is nagged by some incompleteness. In truth, joy found in worldly ways leave an haunting awareness that something could arise and rob joy.

Joy received from God gives Christians the assurance that He does all things well for those who seek Him with all their hearts.

Several things can be said about the believers' joy which is supernatural and is determined by how much nourishment Christians get from the feeding on God's Word and if they are walking in step with the Holy Spirit.

God's joy is given by Him through the Holy Spirit. You must be born again and living in obedience to the written Word. Jesus tells us how to experience true joy. "As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Now remain in My love. If you obey My Commands, you will remain in My love, just as I have obeyed My Father's commands and remain in His love. I have told you this so that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete." (Jn. 15: 9 - 11) Jesus' joy was found through obedience to His Father's will, thus, the source of a person's true joy will be found through living an obedient life to the Lord.

True joy does not depend on circumstances or happiness. Christians experience joy in the midst of blessings as well as in the fire of trials. The best way to have joy is to count all your blessings. When done with a grateful heart, joy will abound in you. Christians can also have joy in great trials. Paul, while in the midst of trials and persecutions, wrote, "...in trouble my joy knows no bounds." ( 2 Corinthians 7:46)

Joy springs from faith. Romans 15:13 says, "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Joy comes in trusting in God who controls all things and knows what is best for you.

Joy of reward makes and keeps you faithful to the God who created you. Hebrews tells us to "...fix our eyes upon Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the Cross." (Heb. 12:2) Jesus Chri...

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