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Why Did God Give You Children?

Once while Jesus was being tested by an expert of the law, he was asked what the greatest command was. Basically, Jesus said that if you were to boil it down to one command, it would be to love the Lord your God with your whole being. Now Jesus was not just paraphrasing His Father’s Word, He was quoting a Scripture that was written 1400 years before He was born, Deuteronomy 6:5 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. There is a grand purpose to our lives and Jesus says it is to Love the Lord with your whole being. Any other purpose in life cannot fulfill, in fact, Ecclesiastes tells us that everything else in life is meaningless.

 God wants the total surrender of our hearts, in fact, the next verse says, “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.” And not only does he want your heart, but He wants your children’s hearts as well, because the next verse, verse seven, gives us a command. Deuteronomy 6:7 says, “Impress them upon you’re your children.” Your first job as a parent is to impress God’s commands upon your children’s hearts. So, if you haven’t figured it out yet, God gave you children so that you could introduce them to Him and live your life helping them get to know Him better.

I pray that all of us, especially that all of us parents are living to make Him known.

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Drinking Coffee Changes Lives

In Southern Honduras an elderly poor native named Guillermina and her protective dog live like many other impoverished inhabitants of the country. Her floor is dirt, and her cooking facility is a fire outside. The house made of sticks and mud covered by scrap pieces of tin to form a makeshift roof does not serve as substantial protection from the elements. During rainy season, the roof leaks and the mud runs. Simply surviving, Guillermina has lived on a day to day basis, without knowledge of a loving Savior who created her and knows her by name. But God saw her in the mountains of rural Honduras, and like so many others in the history of mankind, He had compassion on her.

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
Thanks to Faith Bible Church's support of HOPE Coffee’s Build a Home for Christmas initiative last fall, the construction of a new house for Guillermina is being funded from those profits.  Local church members are currently laboring on the weekends as they aim to finish the project before the rainy season. Neighbors watch in bewilderment as they wonder how an elderly woman with no contacts or resources could receive such a marvelous gift. Praise God for his provision and for the willing workers who toil to build the house!
Please join us in prayer for Guillermina and her neighborhood that they would soon receive the marvelous gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. Though their hearts may be hard, we trust that God can pierce any barrier!
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