What can we do?  Let me tell you a story.  In ancient times, people of different nations mostly cared for their own.  Ethnic, religious and sectional prejudices ruled.  Nevertheless, a people ruled by God’s beating heart showed a better way.    Peter, James and John expressed the heart of God when they encouraged Paul to remember the poor as he planted Christian churches beyond their homeland.  Paul was eager to help the poor.  Already upon the prophecy of the prophet Agabus, Paul urged Christians in Asia and Europe to prepare for a great famine.  He taught them to work hard so they could give to help others in need as Jesus taught:  “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”  Christians everywhere remembered God’s love and the inexpressible gift of God’s own Son.  They responded generously.  Poor Christians in Philippi sacrificed out of their poverty to help out.  Overall their compassion was great enough to relieve the suffering of the afflicted communities.  Christians helped out many more than their own.  People were so thankful to God for the relief that they prayed for Christians and glorified God.  What can we do to live by the better way?  If you do not have a plan, please care whether Healing Hands International, or one of their sister relief organizations, could assist you in helping to relieve the suffering in Japan from the earthquake, Tsunami and nuclear reactor disasters.  [See www.hhi.org.and click on the picture of the disaster in Japan.]  Wouldn’t you agree with Jesus?  It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Copyright © March 15, 2011 by D. Bryan Buttram.

To read the Bible about this story, pass your pointer over these verses of scripture: Acts 11:27-30, Acts 20:35, Galatians 2:10 and 2 Corinthians 8:1-5, 9:11-15.  If you need but cannot afford a Bible, please contact us so we may give you a Bible. 

 

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