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James 2:26

For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead. (James 2:26 ESV)

How we live reveals what we believe.

“By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So by their fruits you will know them. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’ Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers’”

Faith is the soul of works, and works the embodiment of faith

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Posted by on January 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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God Keeps His Promises

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. ~ Isaiah 7:14

God promised His people, that He would send a Messiah or Anointed One, Christ – the One who would who would be sent from God to sit on the throne of David forever. This promise was fulfilled, the One was sent but God’s chosen people could not accept the God Man, the Man Christ Jesus. God foretold, through the prophets, that Christ would come and suffer and that the people would not believe.

“But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Christ [Messiah] would suffer.”

Acts 3:18 (NIV).

Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53: 1-12 (KJV)

This is the One whom we celebrate this time of year, the Babe, the Son of Mary – this is the Mighty Prince of Peace! Immanuel – God with us!

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

May we never forget that God Keeps His Promises!

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Posted by on December 19, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Picky and well…kind of greedy…

I am watching HGTV. Right now it is an episode of House Hunters. Earlier, it was Location Location Location. I like these shows, getting a close up view of how other people live, what their homes look like, how they decorate, etc. Maybe I’ve watched it all too much because I’m now getting sick of these greedy people. Nothing is good enough. My husband has always thought that I would be a good real estate agent, I’ve always said no because I’m not a sales person – now, I would say NO because I can’t imagine dealing with such greedy, picky people.

One couple on Location, Location, Location had a list of 34 criteria in looking for the home they wished to buy for approx. $1million pounds. Granted, if I was spending $1 million, I’d want it to meet certain criteria as well but these two!? forget it! Nothing was good enough.

The couple on House Hunters – just really bugged me. Perfectly lovely homes (in St. Louis) and the woman – she hated everything and stated “I could not live with this kitchen!” Give me a break lady! I don’t know, all I could think of is the people who have no home and no kitchen and she was being so ridiculous about the kitchen. The first house they were shown, she refuse to look at the whole thing and ruled it out completely before seeing anything else.

Like I said, of course if you are paying that kind of money you want to get the best you can for it but it all struck me as so incredibly excessive and selfish. I’ve been thinking about and praying for the people in Haiti and in Pakistan and elsewhere in the world who are destitute and grateful for anything and contrasting that with the greed and excess of the western way of life was just plain offensive to me.

Yes – I am guilty – no doubt about it. I live in a 3 bdrm rented townhouse and yes I’m typing this on a laptop connected to hi speed internet. We make payments on 2 relatively new vehicles, we have more than enough of everything and often wish for more. Many of us are self absorbed and over indulged and there are people in true poverty and desperation who could use a very small percentage what we have – what we spend on coffee or gum every week.

I guess I should not be too hard on the couples that I mentioned earlier, they want it all and it’s really not my place to judge them, they can spend their money any way they want to. Rather than pointing fingers, I guess I should look at myself and see what I can do to help those in need, whether it is in Haiti or right here in my own neighborhood, city or country. The truth is, we don’t have to look far to find others in need and when it comes to those who are able to help, it is often as clear as the nose on our face….

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27 NIV

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31: 8,9 NIV


Jabez Blanket Ministry International
P.O. Box 336
Killaloe, Ontario, Canada
KOJ 2AO
E-mail: jabezblanketministry@sympatico.ca

http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/help_for_haiti/

https://secure.unicefusa.org/site/Donation2?df_id=6680&6680.donation=form1

http://www.redcross.org/

http://www.redcross.ca/article.asp?id=35760&tid=001

https://secure.unicef.ca/portal/SmartDefault.aspx?at=1380

http://www.oxfam.ca/

http://www.worldvision.ca/give-a-gift/Pages/floods-in-pakistan.aspx

http://www.savethechildren.ca/


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Posted by on September 20, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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What Can One Person Do? Revisited…

 

dsc02879This was already one of my posts but because this ministry is so important, I want to bring it to the forefront on a fairly regular basis. I have contatcted the founders of the Jabez Blanket Ministry and they will soon give me an update that I can share here to continue to shed light on the importance of this ministry.

Are there ever times in your life where you look around, see the true need in this world and think, “Wow this is awful, so many people in this world are suffering, but I am just one person, what can I do to make a difference?” I know that I have felt that way many times. It is overwhelming when I see the plight of so many around the world and I just don’t know what I could possibly do to comfort these people or ease their burdens from half a world away.

I suppose if everyone thought that way the needs of those suffering would never be met. There are organizations that help people in various ways in countries all over the world, but they depend upon the individuals who help in whatever way they can. One person, doing what they are able to do, and one person encouraging others to do what they are able to do, and so on. Each of these charitable organizations have started with one person, and with the help of others they have become national and international organizations.

Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, in his book Living Beyond the Limits says that when the shoe box campaign Operation Christmas Child began in 1993 they expected to receive a few thousand boxes, instead over twenty thousand boxes came in and he says “Operation Christmas Child took off like a rocket and spread like wild fire. It kindled passionate generosity in people’s hearts.”One child giving to another. Simple as that. The project is do-able, it is one shoe box filled with school supplies, toiletry items, socks, small toys and candy. That is something anyone can do. If everyone did it or contributed how many boxes would there be, representing how many children? In 2007, Canadians donated 661,530 shoe boxes to the world’s needy children. For more information you can visit the website forSamaritans Purse/Operation Christmas Child.  

Okay, Franklin Graham has connections, he had a way to get the message out and make sure people were aware of this incredible opportunity to help children around the world. So do you think to yourself, I can’t do what Franklin Graham did, what Samaritan’s Purse did?

You can. With God’s help you can. If God is in it, He will bless it and make it grow.

Orphans

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27 NIV

Here is a fact that should get our attention: according to the UN in 2006 there were 12 million AIDS orphans in sub-Saharan Africa alone and it was estimated that in only 4 years, that number will have risen to 18.4 million. The number of orphans in the world is increasing dramatically and it is expected to reach 250 million by 2017. How can one person help? 

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

In June 2002 a young mother, named Catherine, was studying “The Prayer of Jabez” and she was struck by the idea of expanding her territory, she wondered how she could do that and what could she do?

“And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.” 

1 Chronicles 4:9-10 (NKJV)

It was at that time that the Jabez Blanket Ministry was born. Catherine Trafford Welk and her sister Sharon Trafford James worked together to create a way to help orphans. Catherine and Sharon did not know how big this ministry would be but they began, led by God, to help in whatever way He wanted, and “God granted ‘them’ what ‘they’ requested.”

The Jabez Blanket Ministry provides “Backpacks of Hope” for  Orphans living in unimaginable poverty in Orphanages around the world. What began as an idea of ‘what can I do?’ has become a valuable way to help orphans, meeting both physical needs and spiritual needs. The Jabez “Backpack of Hope” contains a colorful, hand-crocheted or knitted blanket for warmth, a comforting Teddy Bear “friend” and essential School Supplies for learning. If the longing eyes of a tiny, fragile child were to look up into your eyes, and you were able to place a warm blanket in his/her hands and a precious little bear next to his/her heart, who would be the happier? The child or you?

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Since its inception in 2002, Jabez Blanket Ministry has shipped Backpacks of Hope to 20 countries around the world! What began as a simple question: ‘what can I do?’ has, with God’s blessing, become an international ministry reaching orphans in some of the poorest nations across the globe.

Countries that have received blessings from Jabez Blanket Ministry include the following: Haiti, Zambia, Kenya, Eastern Siberia, Ukraine, Russia, Guatemala, Peru, Columbia, Romania, Nepal, Swaziland, Bengal, Lebannon, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Honduras, Uganda, Sudan and China.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”  Proverbs 31: 8,9 NIV

There are MILLIONS of Orphans needing your help, in some way, to the extent you are able. Would you consider bringing comfort, hope, and joy to a hurting child who looks to anyone to help?
For Blanket Instructions, or further Ministry information, or to help with the basic material costs of a Jabez “Backpack of Hope” (tax receiptable), kindly contact:

Jabez Blanket Ministry International
P.O. Box 336
Killaloe, Ontario, Canada
KOJ 2AO
E-mail: jabezblanketministry@sympatico.ca

The Jabez Blanket Ministry is a Canadian Registered Charity, working jointly with established North American Organizations.

One person with God’s help can make a difference! 

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Posted by on February 24, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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