The Refugee Question – History Repeating Itself?

When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself,for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:33-34)

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,” (Matthew 25:35)

“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” (Hebrews 13:2)

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)

f you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?” (Matthew 5:46-47)

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34)

Virginian John’s Meaning Of Life

 

Someone once asked me, “What is the meaning of life?” I answered, “Choices, and the sum of all your choices.”

Credit: Fork in the road image via Shutterstock

Credit: Fork in the road image via Shutterstock

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?’ The woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.” You will not certainly die,’ the serpent said to the woman. ‘For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’ When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’ He answered, ‘I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.’ And he said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?’ The man said, ‘The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.’ Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’ So the Lord God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this, Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.’ To the woman he said, ‘I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.’ To Adam he said, ‘Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ ‘Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.’ Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living. The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. And the Lord God said, ‘The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.’ So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.” (Genesis 3:1-24)

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)

“And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.” (Isaiah 30:21)

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” (Galatians 6:7-8)

My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed. By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place; by his knowledge the watery depths were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew. My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared. Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”— when you already have it with you. Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you. Do not accuse anyone for no reason— when they have done you no harm. Do not envy the violent or choose any of their ways. For the Lord detests the perverse but takes the upright into his confidence. The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous. He mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed. The wise inherit honor, but fools get only shame.” (Proverbs 3:1-35)

But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Biblical Principles Should Enlighten Your Decision

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” (Proverbs 2:6)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)

Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14)

The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.” (Proverbs 22:7)

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)

Don’t Make A Rushed Premature Decision

Desire without knowledge is not good— how much more will hasty feet miss the way!” (Proverbs 19:2)

The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” (Proverbs 21:5)

Get All Your Facts

To answer before listening— that is folly and shame.” (Proverbs 18:13)

In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines.” (Proverbs 18:17)

Seek Guidance From Your Peers and Elders

For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.” (Proverbs 11:14)

An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.” (Proverbs 18:1)

Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.” (Proverbs 18:2)

Make the right choices in your life. Trust in God and all His Wisdom to steer your life in the right direction.

 Considered All Possible Outcomes

The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” (Proverbs 14:1)

The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps.” (Proverbs 14:15)

The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.” (Proverbs 27:12)

 Look At Your Past Experiences To Inform You

As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.” (Proverbs 26:11)

A rebuke impresses a discerning person more than a hundred lashes a fool.” (Proverbs 17:10)

Consider Warning Signs

Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.” (Proverbs 10:17)

There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” (Proverbs 16:25)

Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.” (Proverbs 27:6)

Having A Bad Day

Are you having a tough time right now? Do you feel alone? Are you cursing and complaining, maybe even blaming others and God? You might think it will never end, but it will. Life is a continual series of highs and lows; ups and downs. The Bible says, “God is our refuge and strength, 
an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1). This verse shows that even Christians have bad days.

Having A Bad Day?

“There is a time for everything, 
and a season for every activity under the heavens:” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). We are told that there is “a time to weep and a time to laugh, 
a time to mourn and a time to dance,” (Ecclesiates 3:4). Our entire lives will consist of triumphs, smiling, laughing, celebrating, crying, disappointments, mourning, and feeling pain.

Besides Jesus Christ, no one suffered worse than Job. Job lost all his goods, his family (his wife turned against him and his children were killed), he lost is home, and even his health. Job’s friends ended up criticizing him. In spite of all of this, Job praised the Lord, and even thanked the Lord for the hard times.

Romans 5 challenges us to rejoice in our sufferings. A Christian can be victorious even on a bad day, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Romans 5:3-4) “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4) God loves you and He is using struggles to change you for the good.

If you think you are having a bad day, pick up the Bible and read it. Read about Jesus’ life, Paul’s life, Job’s life, or the lives of the prophets. See what they had to go through. When we realize everything they went through, then we might realize that what we are going through is not so bad.

God never leaves His children and He is there to protect them at all times. He guides everyone through the encouraging Bible verses and fills our hearts with hope and strength. “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; 
never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
 What can mere mortals do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6) Trust God in good times and during bad times.

Are you having a bad day? Today could just be one of those life experiences to help us to face the real trials later in life.

Below are a few helpful Bible subjects and verses when you are “Having A Bad Day” to help get you through it:

Peace:

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
 ( John 16:33)

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16)

Hope:

“The Lord your God is with you, 
the Mighty Warrior who saves. 
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” ( Zephaniah 3:17)

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” (Jeremiah 29:11-12)

Do Not Worry:

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
(1 Peter 5:6-7)

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

Take it To God In Prayer:



“and call on me in the day of trouble; 
I will deliver you, and you will honor me” (Psalm 50:15)

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)

Rejoice:

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
 
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; 
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, 
and with my song I praise him.” (Psalm 28:7)

Rest:


“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

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What Shall I Give For Christmas

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It seems there is a holiday around the corner every time I turn around. Here we are, one year later, and it is Christmas once again. I bet you have some, if not all, of your present shopping done by now. The gifts are all wrapped and possibly even mailed to far away family and friends. You worked hard to get that right gift to the right person. Now you and your family are all eager to open those gifts and find out what you received.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) God gave you a very important gift; His Son. Jesus gave you another gift; His life to save your soul. In the hustle and bustle of shopping for family and friends we forget this gift. Some of us have even went as far as trying to erase the whole historical event.

There is one more issue I would like to discuss. We all like to get presents on our birthday. How many of us give gifts on our birthday? Here we are, every 25th of December, celebrating the birthday of Jesus and we are the ones exchanging presents to each other. When, during the whole day, do we give a gift to Jesus?

Jesus Christ does not want high-tech toys and gadgets. He does not want money or jewels. He does not even want shoes, clothing, food, shelter, or safety. All Jesus wants on His birthday and everyday is for you to believe that our Savior was born, taught, and died for us all. He saved us from sin. If you are already a believer then give Him your body, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” (Romans 12:1) Offer God and Jesus your heart, love, worship, service, and your soul. “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.” (Philippians 1:20)

When you give that gift to a loved one let it represent the gift God gave you. Concentrate more on the real reason for Christmas. Commemorate God’s greatest gift to mankind, His Son Jesus Christ. God keeps giving to you everyday so make this Christmas and others Christmases to follow an opportunity to point others to the Savior Jesus Christ.

Read: Isaish 7:14; Isaish 9:6-7; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:18-24; Matthew 2:1-15; Luke 1:26-38; Luke 2:1-20; John 1:1-14; John 3:13-21

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