One of God’s Loving Ways to Deal with Poverty

The set of laws that God gave the ancient nation of Israel included loving provisions to help the poor, afflicted, widowed, foreigners and the less fortunate. One such provision is called gleaning. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the verb glean this way: to gather grain or other produce left by reapers, to pick up after a reaper. Therefore gleaning is, the act or practice of gathering grain or produce left behind after a reaper has picked from … Continue reading

Bible verse: the lord never gives you more than you can handle

No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13 (New American Standard Bible) No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not … Continue reading

Prayers of David

Psalm 70 (New International Version) 1 Hasten, O God, to save me; come quickly, Lord, to help me. 2 May those who want to take my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace. 3 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!” turn back because of their shame. 4 But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who … Continue reading

Bible’s view: Why the World Lacks Real Peace

Many people around the world would prefer peace over war. It seems that the only ones who really want war are those who profit from it. However as much as it is desired, this precious “commodity” has been elusive for thousands of years. The Bible gives three basic reasons why the world lacks real peace. Of humans Jeremiah 10:23 says: “O LORD, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not … Continue reading

Bible’s view: The role of Fathers

On this Father’s Day let us commend the many fathers around the world who are doing an admirable job of shouldering their responsibilities. These men have realized that being a father is more than simply “making babies” and putting food on the table. They have given their time, their love and their support in helping to raise children in this stressful world. However there is still a troubling reality that needs to be addressed. Many … Continue reading

Bible verses for when everything is falling apart

Many families are struggling. Some families are losing their homes due to financial hardships and others due to banks’ illegal practices. The financial hardships are breaking up families. Young children suffer as a result. Domestic violence has increased in some cities. Many college graduates have high credit card debts. About 154 soldiers returning from war have committed suicide within the first 155 days of 2012. Elected officials seem more concerned about their bank accounts rather … Continue reading

Comforting words from our Lord Jesus

Come to me, all YOU who are toiling and loaded down, and I will refresh YOU. Take my yoke upon YOU and learn from me, for I am mild-tempered and lowly in heart, and YOU will find refreshment for YOUR souls. For my yoke is kindly and my load is light. Matthew 11:28-30 In the first century Jesus offered spiritual comfort to those who were burdened by unreasonable religious rules, overbearing politicians and the weight … Continue reading

Men of courage in the Bible

Courage is the quality of being bold, strong, fearless, valiant. It also implies being able to persevere and withstand danger, or difficulty. In “Bible times” men of God have always needed courage to stay faithful to the Most High. It always seemed as if there was a greater resistance to doing right than doing what is wrong. When the nation of Israel was about to cross into the Promised Land, Moses told them, “Be courageous … Continue reading

Where in the Bible does it say “if a man refuse to work he shall not eat?”

The Bible at 2 Thessalonians 3:10 reads: For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” There are other related verses on the subject of work such as: Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you – 1 Thessalonians 4:11 The very craving of the … Continue reading

Is God Punishing You when you fall on Hard Times?

©Written by Y. Luke Many who have fallen on hard times feel that God is punishing them for something they did in the past. Many feel that if things are going well God is with them and if things are going wrong, God is against them. However does the Bible indicate that our personal hardships mean God is punishing us? The Bible has records of many God-fearing individuals who fell on hard times. In fact, … Continue reading