Don’t Look Down on the Poor

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James 2:2-4
2 For example, a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and a poor man dressed in dirty clothes also comes in. 3 If you look with favor on the man wearing the fine clothes and say, “Sit here in a good place,” and yet you say to the poor man, “Stand over there,” or, “Sit here on the floor by my footstool,” 4 haven’t you discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

As Christians, we are supposed to be willing to give a helping hand to all that need it, even if the person who needs a hand out is our enemy. Yes, even our enemies.  When we feed them not only are we doing what God wants us to do, but it could earn us a friend, and a potential follower of Christ.  Even if it doesn’t work out that way, you have let them know that you are a better person than they are which is a win as well.

Romans 12:20 English Standard Version (ESV)
20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”

Sometimes the issue of helping people can seem complicated, you don’t really know the person you are giving money to, so there is a chance that they will misuse the money.
While it is nice to be sure your money is going to a real necessity, you really can’t consider his or her motives for wanting help, you can’t be responsible for what they do, you are in the end only responsible for your actions. If you feel God is wanting you to feed someone it is on you to do it. However, giving to the poor doesn’t always have to be about giving your hard earned cash away. Many restaurants and grocery stores have gift cards. You can give away gift cards which will reduce the chance of the money getting into the hands of a drug dealer. You can volunteer at a local homeless shelter. Give food to some charity like Golden Harvest Food Bank. 

Yes there are people who are more than willing to abuse our generosity, but you can’t let that stop you from doing what God wants us to do. Everyone has a story, some are so heartbreaking that it would leave you in tears all day. Talk to them, get to know their story before you judge them. They are people made in the image of God and with a hand up, they just might be able to get back on the right track.

Faith In Action-Cleanse and Purify Ourselves – Truth in Palmyra

James 4:8
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded

We are still talking about God’s offer of grace to help us work through the conflicts which arise among us, and some steps we can take to appropriate, or take full advantage of that grace. We have talked about submission to God, resisting the Devil, and drawing near to God. The next section has to do with how we approach the topic of sin in our lives. Sin, if we are unsaved, has separated us from God; the only way that relationship can be restored is, of course, through the atoning work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Even for those who are saved, sin in our lives can interfere with our daily fellowship and communion with God. That is why it matters that we come to God with clean hearts and minds.
Source: Faith In Action-Cleanse and Purify Ourselves – Truth in Palmyra

Saint Damien of Molokai

The world would be a better place if more of us were willing to live life like he did.

St. Damien of Molokai, also called Father Damien, original name Joseph de Veuster, (born January 3, 1840, Tremelo, Belgium—died April 15, 1889, Molokai, Hawaii [U.S.]; canonized October 11, 2009; feast day May 10), Belgian priest who devoted his life to missionary work among the Hawaiian lepers and became a saint of the Roman Catholic Church.

Source: Saint Damien of Molokai | Biography & Facts | Britannica.com
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1 Corinthians 15: the earliest source for the basic facts about the life of Jesus | WINTERY KNIGHT

First, the creed – which is found in 1 Corinthians 15:3-8:3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,5and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles,8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
Almost all historians accept this creed as dating back to within 5 years of the death of Jesus. But why?

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Blog Post – Frequently Abused Verse: On Whose Door Is Christ Knocking?

Unleashing God’s Truth, One Verse at a Time  Are You Getting the Most Out of God’s Word? Frequently Abused Verse: On Whose Door Is Christ Knocking? by Jeremiah Johnson
Is it really “abuse” if a verse is used inaccurately to make an important point? The  short answer is, “Yes.” We should not be so careless and cavalier with Scripture or think so highly of ourselves, that we can impose new meaning—even if it is valid—on the inerrant, sufficient Word of God. If the point is worth making, it’s worth making from the appropriate text. Which brings us to the verse before us today: Revelation 3:20 is certainly one of the most familiar and frequently-quoted verses in the church. It’s a particular favorite for evangelists, camp preachers, and anyone else who wants to lend some urgency to the call of God on a sinner’s life“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20). In the hands of many preachers and evangelists, the verse paints an attractive, compelling picture of Christ’s pursuit of the sinner, and highlights the need for an immediate response.

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