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Caring for the Poor

For many of us, God has blessed us with homes, food, electricity, running water, incomes, and all the basic necessities of life. Some have just enough to get by until next payday while others have more than they know what to do with. Many of us look in a closet full of clothes and complain that we have nothing to wear or we look in a fully stocked pantry or refrigerator and complain that there is nothing to eat. Yet, we walk by the poor or homeless without even seeing them…or at least pretending not to see them. But we have a God-given mandate for caring for the poor.

God uses us to be a blessing as we are caring for the poor

God wants to bless them too…and He may be bringing that blessing through you. Is it true that if you give them money they will just by liquor or drugs? Perhaps for some, but not all. However, God doesn’t ask us to scrutinize how they spend what we give. He just commands us to give…and to give willingly with a joyful heart, not a judging heart. All we are responsible for is following what God commands us to do – give to the poor. It is their responsibility to God for what they do with what is given to them.

However, you don’t have to give them money. You can buy them a meal or pay their electric bill directly to the electric company. You could rent them a room on a night where it is cold outside. Or you could give them a coat or pair of shoes. There are many ways to be a blessing to the poor.

Caring for the poor means giving whatever they need.

In Deuteronomy 15:7-8, God also says to give the poor whatever they need. If that’s food, give some food. You could consider packing MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) in shoe boxes and keeping a few on hand. These could contain non-perishable items that would give someone a full meal – things like an individualized size of cereal, non perishable milk, a can of Vienna sausages or other canned meat, a pack of crackers, a protein bar, a bag of chips, a bottle of water, and a small package of cookies.

Maybe the person in need has a home, but they need groceries. Purchase the groceries for them and take them to them. Or maybe their need is help with the lawn. Make it a family project to go over and take care of the yards for them on a Saturday. Maybe they need a home repair and you have the skill to make the repair. Maybe their children need clothes. You could get your church involved to collect gently used clothing in the right sizes and take them to the family. Maybe it’s a child struggling in school in an area that you are gifted. You could offer free tutoring. God’s command is to give whatever they need.

Don’t be blind to those who have needs

People all around us have needs, not just the poor. It could a family member, a coworker, a stranger, or a homeless person. We can either shut our hands towards them by pretending to be blind and ignore them or we can open our hands wide as we choose to be the hands of feet of Jesus and meet their need. If God has drawn your attention to the need, then He’s probably calling you to meet the need. Commit this week to look for the needs that others have and allow the Holy Spirit to help you find ways to meet those needs. You never know – you just might be the answer to that person’s prayer that day.

God, forgive us for ignoring the needs of others. Forgive us for hardened hearts and closed eyes to those in need. Give us eyes to see opportunities to help others out of the blessings with which you have blessed us. 


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Fight on my Knees

We all fight battles–relationship, financial, cancer, COVID, professional, educational and more. But no matter what the battle, it belongs to God. So, fight on your knees with your hands lifted high. (Based on the song, Battle Belongs, by Phil Wickham.)

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God, Love and Marshmallow Wars is a book that includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

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How does God Feel about Complaining?

In regions of Mexico, hot springs and cold springs are found side by side, and because of the convenience of this natural phenomenon the women often bring their laundry to the springs. They boil their clothes in hot springs, and then rinse them in the cold springs. A tourist watching this procedure commented to his Mexican guide: “They must think Mother Nature is generous to freely supply such ample, clean hot and cold water.” The guide replied, “No, senor, there is much grumbling and complaining because she supplies no soap.”

Complaining has become a way of life

Isn’t that the way of life? We constantly are blessed by God for what he provides but all we see is what He doesn’t supply – and we grumble and complain – and who likes being around people that complain all the time about everything? And yet, complaining is so common that for many it is a way of life. Right now you can probably think about someone you avoid being around because of how much they complain. We complain about teachers, minimum wage rates, bosses, traffic, taxes, people in government offices, our pastors and church leaders, spouses, children, home repairs, health, and troubles of all kinds. No matter how common complaining has become in our world, doesn’t make it right.

Complaining is a sin

The Bible makes it clear that complaining is a sin in the life of His people. In Numbers 11, we find the nation of Israel complaining and the tragic consequences that follow. But does this apply to Christians today? 1 Corinthians 10:11 tells us that these things happened to them as an example and they were written down for our instruction. Philippians 2:14 tell us that we are to “Do all things without murmurings and disputings.” So let’s look at Numbers 11 and find out what Israel had to complain about.

What Did Israel have to complain about?

The nation of Israel was on their journey through the wilderness after God brought them out of slavery in Egypt. They had already had the stop at Mt Sinai where God gave them the Ten Commandments. They are now moving towards the land of Canaan, the land God had promised to them. All along the way they grumbled and complained. They complained as soon as the Egyptian army began to catch up with them, so God parted the Red Sea and they travel across to the other side on dry land. They complained because there was no meat, so God sent them quails and manna. Then they complained about the lack of water and God miraculously provided water out of a rock.

By the time we get to Numbers 11, the people were just complaining about the general problems of the journey. There wasn’t any big problem going on here. It was more like the child in the back seat who asks every five minutes on the family vacation, “Are we there yet?” Perhaps they were complaining about having to lug around their tents, or the same scenery day in and day out – sand, sand, sand. Maybe they complained about how hot it was out there in the wilderness. Or maybe it was the sand getting in their sandals.

God is sick and tired of complaining

But in Numbers 11:1, God (and probably Moses too!) is just sick and tired of their complaining. As a result God disciplines them severely with some of them actually losing their life. The very first verse of Numbers 11 makes it very clear about how God feels about complaining – it angers Him. But like them, we are just as guilty of complaining. We complain about the teacher who grades unfairly, the boss who scored unfairly on the annual review, the amount of work dumped on us at work, the irritating habits of your spouse, or not having anything to wear as you gaze into a closet full of clothes, the people who don’t appreciate you, the lack of money in the bank, the luxury car you don’t have even though you have a new car. Even if our complaints are due to a true hardship, we shouldn’t complain. Instead, we should trust God and thank Him for how He provides for our needs each and every day.

Don’t hang out with the complainers

As we read Numbers 11, we find that God directs his anger to “some in the outskirts of the camp.” Why those people? If you think about where the complainers hang out, it’s rarely in the midst. Instead they hang out at the copier or water cooler. Or maybe the supply room or behind the office building. But if we remember from the first few chapters of Numbers, God gave very precise instructions on the order the people of Israel were to camp and march. It is very likely that the complainers were out of formation and hanging out in the outskirts together and feeding off each others’ complaints. The loudest complainers are usually hanging out together on the sidelines refusing to be compliant and mouth-off at every opportunity.

Why does complaining anger God?

So what is it about our complaining that angers God? Complaining demonstrates our unthankfulness for the gifts God gives us as well as our inability to trust Him. So when we find ourselves complaining, we need to stop and ask ourselves, “Am I content with what God has provided for me?”

God had provided for the nation of Israel manna to help sustain them in the journey through the wilderness. It had all the nutrients they would need. But anyone would agree that manna flakes for breakfast, manna sandwiches for lunch and manna burgers for dinner can get old really quick. It would be like having scrambled eggs for breakfast, egg salad sandwich for lunch, and omelets for dinner – every day. How long would it take before you never wanted to see another egg again? But if eggs is what God has provided, then we should be thankful that God has provided food for us to eat and we are not starving.

Am I Satisfied with Jesus?

Not only is there a physical application to learn from, but there is also a spiritual application. In John 6, Jesus said that He is the true Bread of Life. Manna provided the physical and life-sustaining nourishment they needed, but Jesus provides the spiritual and eternal life we need. So when we find ourselves complaining, we need to also ask ourselves, “Am I satisfied with Christ?” Often our complaints are evidence that we are not. The Bible teaches us that our joy is full in Christ. However, many times, we long for the things of the world and fall for Satan’s lie that money, relationships, careers, becoming a parent, or having name-brand possessions will make us happy. Any time, we begin to long for things of this world, then we’ve taken our eyes of Christ and are looking back to the life from which Christ rescued us. As a result, we lose sight of all that we have in Him. Where are your eyes focused – things of this world, or on Christ and things that are spiritual?

Be careful what you complain about

In responding to Israel’s complaints, God gave them exactly what they had complained about not having. In fact, He gave it in such an over-abundant amount that it would “come out of their noses” and become “loathsome” to them. So be careful about complaining because you may just get your wish and more than you can stand. Psalm 106 14-15 tells us, “They lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tested God in the desert. And He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their souls.”

Complaining is a surface symptom of a deeper problem

So the next time you find yourself complaining, remember that our complaints are merely a surface symptom of a much deeper problem: the sin of discontent. Whenever we complain, we provide the verbal evidence of our dissatisfaction with God’s provision and our lack of trust in Him. As soon as you realize you are complaining, stop right then and confess your sin to God. Acknowledge that He always knows what’s best for us and accept that fact that He has given everything we need. Ask him to help you be content and look for how He is providing for your every need. Turn your complaining into thankfulness.


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What’s Inside God, Love and Marshmallow Wars?

God, Love and Marshmallow Wars is a book that includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on.
  • Conversation Starters.
  • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages.
  • Romance Builders.
  • Relationship Builders.
  • Personal reflections.
  • Date ideas.
  • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples.

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When God Does Great Things

Throughout the life and ministry of Jesus, we see him doing many miracles. But from the moment of Genesis 1:1 to this very moment in time, God has been and continues to do great things. He has always done great things. In Mark 5, Jesus had just healed a demon possessed man. Not just any demon possess man – a man who had a whole legion of demons. Just to put that into perspective, a Roman military legion consisted of about 6,000 soldiers! Because of the many demons, the man had unnatural strength. In verse 3 it says that he could not be bound, not even with chains. So imagine, this man’s gratitude to be free from such a life! As a result, the man begged Jesus to let him go with Him.

A man told to “go home”

Jesus’ answer might stun us as first. The Bible says that Jesus did not permit the man to go. It wasn’t because the man wasn’t good enough to follow Jesus. It wasn’t because the man would be an embarrassment to Jesus after having so many demons. No. Jesus had a different task for the man. He told the man to go home and tell everyone what a great thing God had done for him and to tell them about God’s compassion on him.

If we all stayed with Jesus

It would be great if we could all follow Jesus. To continually be in His presence. To be there for every miracle and watch Him touch and change lives everywhere He went. But if we all stayed with Jesus, who would tell the rest of the world about how much He loves them?

The man could have been disappointed – and he probably was. But he doesn’t walk away with his head down, depressed or rejected. He doesn’t have a pity party and convince himself that he wasn’t wanted or that he wasn’t good enough to follow Jesus. He does exactly what Jesus asked him to do – and then some. Jesus asked him to go home and tell. The Bible tells us in verse 20 that the man departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him. Decapolis consisted of ten Greek cities scattered south and east of the Sea of Galilee. He became a missionary.

Because his story is told in God’s Word, this man continues to tell the world of the great things God has done for him. His story is recorded for all of time. He continues to be a missionary more than 2000 years later.

The Bible doesn’t give us a head count of how many souls will be in heaven because of his story – it simply says that they all marveled. This was a man they knew. A man who they probably laughed about, made fun of. A kind of man the children would have told scary stories to younger siblings. Yet now they see him in his “right mind.” Coherent. Able to live a normal life. Yes, he made an impact on the people who knew him simply by telling his story and how God had had compassion on him.

What great things has God done for you?

What’s your story? What great things has God done for you? Are you keeping it to yourself or maybe just telling those who are closest to you? Jesus wants you to proclaim to everyone the great and wonderful things He has done for you. He also wants you to tell the about the compassion He had for you as he died for you. Go and proclaim giving Him the glory He deserves.


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God, Love and Marshmallow Wars by Julia M. Bruce

What’s Inside God, Love and Marshmallow Wars?

God, Love and Marshmallow Wars is a book that includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on.
  • Conversation Starters.
  • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages.
  • Romance Builders.
  • Relationship Builders.
  • Personal reflections.
  • Date ideas.
  • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples.

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This Little Light

A popular children’s song called, “This Little Light of Mine” says: This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. The next verses says, “Hide it under a bushel? No! I’m gonna let it shine.” Followed by “Don’t let Satan blow it out, I’m gonna let it shine,” The light that is referred to in this song and in the Mark 4:21 is the light of Jesus.

The Light of the World

In John 8:12, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.” What is the basic function of light? To dispel darkness. It is impossible for darkness to remain when a light is turned on. Regardless of how thick the darkness may be. In the Bible, darkness refers to the world that is enslaved to sin. But Jesus shines through the darkness so that we can find our way to Him.

Light Dispels Darkness

How can darkness be dispelled? First, by not hiding the light. Matthew 5:14 tell us, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” And second, by not limiting the light. Matthew 5:15, says, “Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.” Just as a nightlight gives light in a dark room, so Christians should be a light in a world dark with sin.

Pastor Chuck Swindoll describes it this way: “Those in the light are a weird phenomenon to those in darkness. And that is exactly as Jesus planned it. Think of some distinctive characteristics of light: Light is silent. No noise, no big splash, no banners—light simply shines. It’s like a single lighthouse along a dark, rugged shoreline. All it does is shine. Light gives direction. No words, no sermon. Jesus says that others “see” a Christian’s actions; He says nothing about nonbelievers “hearing” what a believer says. Light attracts attention. You don’t have to ask people to look at you when you turn on a light in a dark room. It happens automatically.

Let Your Light Shine

With Jesus living within us, the Light of the World should shine through us. Jesus expects us to let our lights shine. In other words, the dark, lost world should see the light of Jesus shining so that it draws them to Him. We don’t pay the electric bill and then sit in the darkness anymore than those in Jesus day would have bought a candle only to place it under a basket where it is not able to illuminate the dark. Jesus didn’t purchase us with the cost of His life so that we could leave our lights hidden and bring them out only when we are safely surrounded by other Christians.

Lights are meant to be seen. They are meant to guide our way when it is dark. And the light of Christ is meant to shine through us so that those looking for Him are able to find Him. How can you let your light shine today?


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Jeremiah 29:13

For America to see revival, 2 Chronicles 7:14 says we are to seek God’s face. Jeremiah tells us that we will find Him when we search for Him with all our hearts.

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Need some music to get you through the day? Check out one of our Playlists on YouTube

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God, Love and Marshmallow Wars by Julia M. Bruce

What’s Inside God, Love and Marshmallow Wars?

God, Love and Marshmallow Wars is a book that includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on.
  • Conversation Starters.
  • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages.
  • Romance Builders.
  • Relationship Builders.
  • Personal reflections.
  • Date ideas.
  • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples.

Available in hardback, paperback and ebook from Westbow Press Bookstore, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. Click the icons below to purchase from your preferred bookstore. Now also available at WalMart online.

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A Prayer of Blessing

Mark 3:25

What is the most powerful thing in the universe?

Our tongue is one of the the most powerful thing in the universe. And like most things of power, it can be used for good or bad. It can dish out curses or it can pour out blessings. It can be a weapon or it can be a healer. Or it can pour out curses or blessings. Our words matter. And God wants to say prayers of blessing on the people around us.

In Numbers 6, God gave instructions to the priests to share God’s blessings upon God’s people. God intended for their words to change people’s lives, their families, and their futures – for the good. He instructed them to say:

“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face to shine upon you; And be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” (RSV)

What does this blessing mean?

Let’s break down each line.

“The Lord bless you and keep you.”

This statement was a prayer asking God to protect His people, sustain them, and guard them. In Matthew 18:10, Jesus said, “See that you do not despise one of these little ones for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually behold the face of My Father in heaven.” Jesus revealed that the angels watch over and guard the children on earth, and at the same time, they are looking at God’s shining face in heaven.

“The Lord make His face shine upon you.”

This statement was a request for God to grant them His favor. God’s favor, or grace, is God giving us the ability to do something which is humanly impossible for us to do. The “favor of God” can be described as a divine kindness, or an act of true compassion on the part of God Himself toward needy and undeserving human recipients. Often in Scripture this act of God toward unworthy men or women is referred to as God’s “grace” – which means “the unmerited favor of God,” It also implies that God does not shine His face on everyone. He causes His face to shine on those who seek His face and want to be a blessing to Him.

“And be gracious to you.”

To be gracious means ‘to favor,’ ‘to show kindnesses’ to an inferior, and ‘to be compassionate.’ It is God surrounding you with His steadfast lovingkindness. In Isaiah 30:18 it says, “Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion.” God is gracious because He is love. It is His character to love even if love is not returned to Him. He will give us good things because of His goodness. He extends favor, mercy, and kindness on whoever He pleases because it’s who He is.

“The Lord up His countenance upon you.”

This is is a picture of a father smiling and taking pleasure in his child. When the Lord lifts His countenance upon us, it shows that He is looking on us for our good. It is him turning His face towards with with divine approval.

“And give you peace.”

In other words, a tranquil heart and life – even in the midst of trails and the storms of life.

A blessing not for vain repetitions

It is important for us to understand that these are not just words to be repeated like “God is good, God is great, let us thank him for our food.” These words were given by God to the priests to say to the people – words that would being God’s literal protection, favor, love, approval and peace.

Is this prayer of Blessing only for the Priests in Israel?

Were these words only meant to be used by Aaron’s sons, the priests? Today, we are a priesthood of believers as followers of Christ and we have the power and wonderful privilege to bless others with the words we say. By saying words of blessing over another person, we are in fact sending a supernatural blessing to the person over whom we speak those words.

Consider these verses that tell us about the power of our words:

  • “Evil words destroy one’s friends; wise discernment rescues the godly.” Proverbs 11:9 
  • “It is foolish to belittle a neighbor; a person with good sense remains silent.” Proverbs 11:12
  • “Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, but you destroy yourself when you are cruel.” Proverbs 11:17
  • “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but hard words stir up anger.” Proverbs 15: 1
  • “Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” Proverbs 15:4
  • “Kind words are like honey–sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” Proverbs 16:24
  • “A person’s words can be life-giving water; words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a bubbling brook.” Proverbs 18:4
  • “Words satisfy the soul as food satisfies the stomach; the right words on a person’s lips bring satisfaction.” Proverbs 18:20
  • “Wise speech is rarer and more valuable than gold and rubies.” Proverbs 20:15
  • “Telling lies about others is as harmful as hitting them with an ax, wounding them with a sword, or shooting them with a sharp arrow.” Proverbs 25:18

Our Words Have Power

What if because of the words we say, someone didn’t fulfill God’s plan for their life because we said it was an impossible dream? What if because of the words we say, we make a child, friend, staff person feel like a failure? Or what if because of the words we say, a lost person rejects Christ?

Our words have power.

What if when the crazy driver cuts you off you say words of blessing over them? What if when your spouse says something hurtful you say words of blessing over them? Or what if when your children leave for school you say words of blessing over them? What if your tyrant boss makes you feel like an idiot and you respond with words of blessing?

What will the words you speak today bring to others – curses or blessing? Will you speak life?


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