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POVERTY IN AMERICA IS NO JOKE

POVERTY IN AMERICA IS NO JOKE

THE POVERTY OF POOR IN AMERICA (PHOTO BY BLOGSPOT.COM)

THE POVERTY OF POOR IN AMERICA (PHOTO BY BLOGSPOT.COM)

 

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE POOR ARE GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE

We live in the riches country in the WORLD, the most powerful nation on the face of the universe, but here we are in the 21st century daily awaken to headlines reading; half of our high school seniors are dropping out and not graduating, 28 million people are now receiving food stamps, our soldiers are returning from the war zone and not able to receive proper medical treatment, some are living on the streets, seniors are having to go without their daily doses of medication because of the high cost, over 40 million AMERICANS do not have health insurance, and the headlines continue to broadcast more doom and gloom.  Where will it all end, and is there a way for a new beginning?  The real deal is this, “POVERTY IN AMERICA IS NO JOKE!”

I personally believe there is, if we are willing to set aside our own selfish pride and seek the one who can change the condition of this world as well as our own personal circumstances.

Our government seems to be paralyzed when it comes to helping the poor among us.  JESUS told us that the poor will always be with us.  Therefore, I ask you this one simple question, “DID YOU KNOW THAT THE POOR ARE GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE?

THE POVERTY OF POOR IN AMERICA (PHOTO BY FANPOP.COM)

THE POVERTY OF POOR IN AMERICA (PHOTO BY FANPOP.COM)

When Jesus preached his SERMON ON THE MOUNT, he spoke these words, BLESSED are the poor, for yours is the KINGDOM OF GOD.  BLESSED are you who hunger now, for you shall be filled.  BLESSED are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.  BLESSED are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the SON OF MAN’S sake.  Rejoice in that day and leap for joy!  For indeed your reward is great in heaven.

We see here that at face value, it appears that JESUS was making a blanket promise of salvation and blessing to anyone below the POVERTY line.  In this view, the poor are seen as GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE.  Though they suffer now, they can expect glorious blessing in the WORLD TO COME.  And the adherents of this view believe that while in this world the people of GOD should do everything possible to alleviate the suffering of the poor.  In this way the kingdom of God is extended.

However, when we don’t offer ourselves up as servants of CHRIST or our brother’s keeper, listen to what Jesus issues out as His Woes in the same sermon.  He says, “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.  Woe to you who are full, for you shall hunger.  Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.  Woe to you when all men speak well of you.”

THE POVERTY OF POOR IN AMERICA 03.jpg PHOTO BY ED YO

THE POVERTY OF POOR IN AMERICA 03.jpg PHOTO BY ED YO

Jesus wanted us to know, that we have the opportunity to change the conditions and circumstance in which we find ourselves living in.  If we don’t step up to the plate now there will be a price to pay latter, this is His warnings in the Woes.

Jesus wants us all to experience the hope and joy that he freely offers to those of us who recognize our spiritual poverty before God.  When a person rejects worldly value and embraces the godly teachings of Jesus, then that individual begins to experience the reign of Christ in his or her life.  This is how we enjoy the kingdom of God now in this fallen world.  One day we will experience the joys of this kingdom in a fuller, more glorious way.

To summarize, anyone, rich or poor (and in a spiritual sense we all are poor), can taste the deep joy of God’s rule and blessing of His kingdom.  But doing so requires that we renounce the ways of the world and humbly submit our ways to God.  This kind of poverty, an emptying of ourselves of our self-centered desires, is what God expects from everyone.

THE POVERTY OF POOR IN AMERICA 04.jpg PHOTO BY FIGHTFORRIGHT.ORG

THE POVERTY OF POOR IN AMERICA 04.jpg PHOTO BY FIGHTFORRIGHT.ORG

Let us live with the blessed assurance that God will never leave us are forsake us.  Those who believe can rest on God’s promises and enjoy the fruits of our labor knowing that we are truly a child of THE KING who can do all things but fail.  In our knowing and understanding of the WORLD, let us be mindful that, “POVERTY IN AMERICA IS NO JOKE!”

 

 

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WHY THE PASSOVER EXIST?

WHY THE PASSOVER EXIST?

The Passover commemorated the night the Israelites were freed from Egypt, read (Exodus 12) for the complete story. However, we know that the last plague has been memorialized in the Bible by the celebration of the Passover.  On the night of the Exodus, the Israelites were required by God to slaughter an unblemished lamb and spread its blood over the doorposts of their houses.  In those houses so marked by the blood, the life of the firstborn was spared.  Henceforth in Israel, the celebration of the Passover meal reminded the people of God’s gracious salvation and deliverance of Israel.  This was the last great plaque on Egypt; in the unmarked homes, the firstborn sons died.  After this horrible disaster, Pharaoh let the Israelites go.

The day of Passover was followed by the seven day Festival of Unleavened Bread.  This too, recalled the Israelites’ quick escape from Egypt when, because they would not have time to let their bread rise, they baked it without leaven (yeast).  All Jewish males over the age of twelve were required to go to Jerusalem for this festival (Deuteronomy 16:5-6).  Jews from all over the Roman Empire would converge on Jerusalem, swelling the population from 50,000 to 250,000 people.

The Jewish leaders plotted secretly to kill Jesus.  They had already decided that Jesus must die  (see John 11:47-53); they just needed the opportunity.  They did not want to attempt to arrest Jesus during the Passover because they feared that the crowd would riot on his behalf.  They feared that such an uprising might bring the wrath of Rome.

We know from our study that the Passover took place on one night and at one meal, but the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which was celebrated with it, continued for a week.  The first day of the feast was technically the day after Passover, but the two were often equated,  Thus, this was either Wednesday night (the day before Passover) or Thursday of Jesus last week (the night of the Passover meal).  The highlight of the festival was the Passover meal, a family feast with the main course of lamb.

Jesus disciples assumed that they would eat the Passover meal together with Jesus.  However, the meal had to be eaten in Jerusalem, so the disciples asked Jesus where they should go in order to make preparations.  Here is how the conversation went,  “12On the first day [of the Feast] of Unleavened Bread, when [as was customary] they killed the Passover lamb, [Jesus'] disciples said to Him, Where do You wish us to go [and] prepare the Passover [supper] for You to eat?”  (Mark 14:12 AMP)

Now this is how the “Passover” begins.  Let us celebrate it with great joy and remind all our family and friends to do the same.

RECOGNIZING YOUR REAL SELF AS BLESSED (LESSON 5)

God Blessed the Poor

We live in the riches country in the world and the most powerful nation on the face of the universe.  Now here we are in the 21st century daily awaken to headlines reading; half of our high school seniors are dropping out and not graduating, 28 million people are now receiving food stamps, our soldiers are returning from the war zone and not able to receive proper medical treatment.  Some are living on the streets, seniors have to go without their daily doses of medication because of the high cost, 40 million Americans do not have health insurance, and the headlines continue to broadcast more doom and gloom.  Where will it all end, and is there a way for a new beginning?

I personally believe there is, if we are willing to set aside our own selfish pride and seek the one who can change the condition of this world as well as our own personal circumstances.  In these first four lessons, you have learned how to first bless yourself and then how to begin the process of blessing others.  You see everything is a process; you must go through the process in order to get to the end where your crown of glory is waiting for you.

Our government seems to be paralyzed when it comes to helping the poor among us.  Jesus told us that the poor will always be with us, but we must not wait on the government to provide for us, some things we must do on our own.  Jesus told us that if we had the faith of a grain of mustard seed that nothing would be impossible for us.   We must learn to stay focus; always keeping our eyes stayed on Jesus who will never fail us or forsake us.  He is truly our crown of glory and nothing must ever deter us from reaching our goal.

When Jesus preached his Sermon on the Mount, he spoke these words, “Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.  Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be filled.  Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.  Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man’s sake.  Rejoice in that day and leap for joy!  For indeed your reward is great in heaven.

We see here that at face value, it appears that Jesus was making a blanket promise of salvation and blessing to anyone below the poverty line.  In this view, the poor are seen as God’s chosen people.  Though they suffer now, they can expect glorious blessing in the world to come.  Moreover, the adherents of this view believe that while in this world the people of God should do everything possible to alleviate the suffering of the poor.  In this way, the kingdom of God is extended.

However, when we do not offer ourselves up as servants of Christ or our brother’s keeper, listen to what Jesus issues out as His Woes in the same sermon.  He says, “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.  Woe to you who are full, for you shall hunger.  Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.  Woe to you when all men speak well of you.”

Jesus wanted us to know, that we have the opportunity to change the conditions and circumstance in which we find ourselves living in.  If we don’t step up to the plate now there will be a price to pay latter, this is His warnings in the Woes.

Jesus wants us all to experience the hope and joy that he freely offers to those of us who recognize our spiritual poverty before God.  When a person rejects worldly value and embraces the godly teachings of Jesus, then that individual begins to experience the reign of Christ in his or her life.  This is how we enjoy the kingdom of God now in this fallen world.  One day we will experience the joys of this kingdom in a fuller, more glorious way.

To summarize, anyone, rich or poor (and in a spiritual sense we all are poor), can taste the deep joy of God’s rule and blessing of His kingdom.  Nevertheless, doing so requires that we renounce the ways of the world and humbly submit our ways to God.  This kind of poverty, an emptying of ourselves of our self-centered desires, is what God expects from everyone.

30 BILLION A YEAR WOULD ERADICATE WORLD HUNGER

The ENS did a great job reporting about the opening of the High-level Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy. In my opinion, the most noteworthy part is when Dr. Jacques Diouf, the director of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, pointed out the shameful contrast between what we waste and how relatively little it would take to eradicate world hunger. After pointing out the trillions spent yearly on militarism and the billions of dollars worth of food wasted, Dr. Diouf asked, “How can we explain to people of good sense and good faith that it was not possible to find US$30 billion a year to enable 862 million hungry people to enjoy the most fundamental of human rights: the right to food and thus the right to life?” Resources that could go towards feeding the hungry and eradicating poverty are spent on expensive and needlessly destructive endeavors such as the occupation of Iraq and the war on drugs like marijuana. I could never describe how intensely that upsets me.

Posted in Poverty News | Discuss at Hunger Forums • Poverty In Africa Sponsoring a Child Helps Provide Health Care, Education & Food.

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www.mercycorps.org/foodcrisis • Food for the Hungry Making a difference in hard places to overcome all forms of poverty!

www.FH.org • Sponsor a Child A struggling child needs help today Are you ready to change a life?

www.SavetheChildren.org/sponsor • Feed Hungry Children Childcare Worldwide feeds children in third-world countries.

www.childcareworldwide.org • World Help Children of the World Choir Help for Today Hope for Tomorrow

www.worldhelp.net • Real solutions to poverty Turn goodwill into effective action

www.acton.org/impact/ • Feed The Children Helping poor, hungry and famine- stricken children worldwide.

www.FeedTheChildren.org • Living with Hunger Harrowing film about the reality of surviving with hunger in Ethiopia

www.insightnewstv.com/hunger • Help Us Save Lives Please, help us Change the World One Child at a Time. Thanks!

www.chrf.org By Erin Fitzgerald Four children of different backgrounds stand in a line clasping hands and smiling. In this carefree scene filled with lush green grass and blooming flowers, these children don’t have to worry about equal opportunities in life. Their futures are shining brightly, and their dreams are well within their grasp. But this perfect society is only an illusion. A dream that 16-year-old Wilda Vasquez Ibanez, a sponsored youth, portrays in her mural titled “Right to Equality.” The reality is much harsher for children in impoverished countries. Here in Guatemala, where Wilda lives, some families can’t even afford to buy nutritional food, let alone help their children pursue an education. Their children’s futures are dim, shadowed by a lack of knowledge and a society where the poor often can’t break free of poverty. Wilda completed her “Right to Equality” painting as part of a contest organized by social organizations. Painting has helped her overcome her shyness, and she hopes to attend college. In the meantime, she wants people to learn from and understand one another through her paintings. “Age, color, gender and race are not important,” Wilda said. “We are all human and should receive the same opportunities.”

Visual messages serve as an important tool of communication in Latin America, where reading isn’t stressed as much as it is in the United States, said Vickie Coromac, Children International’s regional director for Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. “Some of the adolescents in our program in Latin America found that a good way to reach others was using visual art,” Coromac said. “You retain an image better. It stays in your brain.” While impoverished families may still struggle to find work and send their children to school, sponsorship – and paintings like Wilda’s – give them a reason to dream. Wellington Gonzalez and Astrid Salazar of United International’s Guatemala City project office contributed this report to Children International’s web site.

Help Fight World Poverty • According to UNICEF, 30000+ children die each day due to poverty, or over 9.8 million children a year. • Less than one per cent of what the world spent every year on weapons was needed to put every child into school by the year 2000 and yet it didn’t happen.

• The death rate for children under the age of 5 is an unbelievable 210000 week, approx 11 million a year.

• 1 billion children, every 2nd child in the world is currently in poverty.

• 640 million children go without adequate shelter. • 400 million children do not have access to safe water.

• 270 million children have no access to health services.

• 1.4 million children die each year from lack of access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.

• 2.2 million children die each year because they are not immunized. 15 million children are orphaned yearly due to HIV/AIDS.

• Half the world’s population nearly three billion people live on less than two dollars a day. [Numbers are according to the World Bank.]

• There is nearly a billion people in the world that are unable to read a book or sign their names. [The State of the World's Children, 1999, UNICEF]

• Approximately 790 million people in the developing world are still chronically undernourished, almost two-thirds of whom reside in Asia and the Pacific. [World Resources Institute Pilot Analysis of Global Ecosystems, February 2001]

• 1.3 billion people live on less than one dollar a day. [The Reality of Aid 2000, (Earthscan Publications, 2000), p.10]

• 3 billion live on under two dollars a day. [The Reality of Aid 2000, (Earthscan Publications, 2000), p.10]

• 1.3 billion have no access to clean water. [The Reality of Aid 2000, (Earthscan Publications, 2000), p.10]

• 3 billion have no access to sanitation. [The Reality of Aid 2000, (Earthscan Publications, 2000), p.10]

• 2 billion have no access to electricity. [The Reality of Aid 2000, (Earthscan Publications, 2000), p.10] Poverty In Africa Sponsoring a Child Helps Provide Health Care, Education & Food.

www.ChristianChildrensFund.org Global Food Crisis Surging prices worldwide causing families to suffer. You can help!

www.mercycorps.org/foodcrisis Food for the Hungry Making a difference in hard places to overcome all forms of poverty!

www.FH.org Sponsor a Child A struggling child needs help today Are you ready to change a life?

www.SavetheChildren.org/sponsor Feed Hungry Children Childcare Worldwide feeds children in third-world countries.

www.childcareworldwide.org World Help Children of the World Choir Help for Today Hope for Tomorrow

www.worldhelp.net Real solutions to poverty Turn goodwill into effective action

www.acton.org/impact/ Feed The Children Helping poor, hungry and famine- stricken children worldwide.

www.FeedTheChildren.org Living with Hunger Harrowing film about the reality of surviving with hunger in Ethiopia

www.insightnewstv.com/hunger Help Us Save Lives Please, help us Change the World One Child at a Time. Thanks! www.chrf.org

We at VINE AND BRANCH WORLD MINISTRIES urge you to click on any one of the above links and see how you can help make a difference in the lives of one of God’s angels.  The Children are suffering, and these organizations need your help.   We all have a role to play in helping to eliminate poverty in America and through out the world.  You can help change the world by becoming a part of this great outreach world ministry and saying, “God here I am, send me.”

NOW IS THE TIME TO TAKE A STAND! Just click on the CONTACT US link above and leave your email address and we will get back with you.  You are Divine, and as a Divine Servant of the Lord, you have been given talents that are needed in this Ministry to help take the gospel to the world as Jesus did and at the same time bring releif to those that are in the greatest need.

We at VINE AND BRANCH WORLD MINISTRIES are taking the gospel to the world and changing the world one soul at a time.

NOW WILL YOU BE THE ONE WHO WILL STEP FORWARD AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

Also, take a few more minutes and click on THE FIGHTING WORLD POVERTY link above and watch the video on Poverty in America and the one on World Poverty.

Now we wish each one of you who have read this message and act upon what God has led you to do in your hearts, peace, power, purpose and prosperity.

Your Servant in Christ

Pastor Davis Byars

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