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    Be Eager to Remember the Poor

    He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" declares the LORD. - Jeremiah 22:16
    Deuteronomy 15:7-8 7"If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, 8but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be...10You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. 11For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, 'You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.'
    Proverbs 31:8-9 8Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. 9Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.
    Isaiah 58:6-8 6"Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? 7Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? 8Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
    Posted by John on November 13, 2006 04:12 PM


    We should always be prepared to give a cup of cold water to those who are in need that we might have the opportunity to share with them the Living Water as well.

    Regarding the poor - in the context of God election for salvation, which I agree that was done according to God science and pleasure, not based on anything within the elect, I encounter verses like 1 Cor 1: 26-27, James 2:5 (plus others I am not able to quote now). At face value, these verses seem to indicate that God has chosen the poor as a preference over the rich/ influential. Based on my biblical reformed convictions, I interpret those verses as God also chose modest careers/social positions for those elected. I am aware of the possibility that the verses I cited are inclusive and not exclusive (e.g. God chose the poor but not only the poor). Would you please give me your opinion ? God bless.

    What a timely thought as we prepare to gorge ourselves on too much food and sit in front of big screen tv’s, followed by mad shopping. One family thought about how much they were spending on each other, and instead of family gifts, they give gifts in honor of each other to certain ministries or charities. Last year I ate at a home in the Philippines where they splurged because of me and, in addition to heaping mounds of rice, we had 3 little fish to share between 6 adults. That night I slept on a wooden board and rethought this whole thing about what it means to be rich or poor.

    I believe, we often neglect those who are poor & homeless in our own country. Somehow we see then as unworthy. Why? We will send money & go on mission trips to foreign countries to bring the word to people just like them. Do we falsely believe if you are an american, then you must be deserving of your plight? After all this is the land of opportunity! Shame on you & shame on us. People are dying, especially in our inner cities why we ignor them. I have thought about the parable of the good samaratan, I think the first two who walked by were to busy going to another city to bring charity & the Word of God. I think too often we think of spreading the gospell as taking it to another country not taking it to those in our own town as well. I have nothing agianst missions to other countries, but not at the neglect of your local community! Also, many say, we are only to help orphan's, women & children. God means for us to lose & give of ourselves to all his creation. Please don't neglect the homeless man on the street because he is not an orphan, a woman or a child. Thank about what love means in God's definition not the world's. We as americans so mesh the world with the word, forgive us.

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