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Faith

  • Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
  • By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. Hebrews 11:3
  • But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6
  • If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith? And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. Luke 12:28-31
  • But someone will say, You have faith, and I have works. Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. James 2:18
  • Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5 & 6

Heavenly Father – Strengthen me to grow in my complete trust, and faith that You are ever- present in my life, that it may not be said of me: “O you of little faith.” Let me please You in my daily walk of faith, knowing that if You have clothed the grass in the fields, that Your care for me is always there – but that I am to seek You first in all things. Let me show You my faith, trust, and service to You, as You direct my life. Amen.

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This e-mail was just sent to us requesting continued prayer for our brothers and sisters in the Middle East, particularly, Pakistan:

Thank you all for praying. I know some churches were closed down and their congregations asked to go to other churches for service on Sunday. But I also know, with the worldwide family of Christ praying for us, there was no way we were going to be left in any doubt of God’s plans. Even if something had happened at my church, we had to be ready to keep our eyes on Jesus.

Please continue to pray because the country and the churches are on high alert for the next several days. So, please keep praying for us.

Pray also for the damage done by this talk of burning the Koran. It has reversed so many of the relationships we had with people, and the foundation of respect on which we built those relationships. It has also shown us what the Koran means to the Muslim; and how, over the years, they have taken Christian criticism and adopted it. President Karzai said they could burn the Koran, but they can’t take it away from the hearts of Muslims. That is not traditionally Islamic thinking, but it makes me realize how much the Koran is a part of their lives, and the respect they give the Koran; so that if anything comes between them and their holy book, they will do anything to eliminate that person.

Pray for God’s mercy and forgiveness to those we have wronged, particularly in our lack of loving those who look at us as their enemies. May His Word penetrate the hearts of all those who hear it – to God’s glory!

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New York City prepares to mark the ninth anniversary of the 9-11 terror attacks in lower Manhattan. A special ceremony will take place on Saturday across from Ground Zero at Zuccotti Park. A moment of silence will be held for each time a plane struck the Twin Towers as well as when the skyscrapers collapsed. Vice President Joe Biden will mark the anniversary of the terror attack. At nightfall, the skies over Manhattan will shine with two columns of highly-focused spotlights to represent the loss of the Twin Towers on the skyline.

As we reflect on the tragic events of 9-11, may it be our prayer that God, in His infinite mercy, would let His light of love and peace shine brightly throughout our nation and the world. Amen.

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The Millard Fuller Legacy Build is bringing together hundreds of volunteers across America who will use Labor Day as a day of service. Instead of grilling or hitting the beach, more than 1,000 volunteers will be traveling with their tool belts to work projects that stem from Indianapolis to Nigeria.

Sept. 3 marks the beginning of the second annual Millard Fuller Legacy Build — a worldwide, weeklong effort organized by the ecumenical Christian nonprofit, the Fuller Center for Housing, to help eliminate substandard housing.

The event — named to honor the late Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity and the Fuller Center for Housing — will bring 300 volunteers to Indianapolis, the U.S. host city for this year’s event. Volunteers will build or restore homes for 25 families all in one neighborhood that has seen high crime and massive deterioration of homes.

This global build project will touch the hearts of families in 40 locations around the world where more than 100 homes will be built, repaired or dedicated during Sept. 3-11.

“Over the next week, Fuller Center partners will be dedicating over 100 houses — from our hub in Indianapolis, to places as distant as Idaho and Nepal,” David Snell, Fuller Center president, said. “This will be a great demonstration of our commitment to eliminating poverty housing one house at a time.”

The build is well timed. The United States is seeing some of the worst foreclosure rates in every major city. In addition, the United Nations estimates more than 1 billion people worldwide live in urban slums.

The Legacy Build gives hope to those who cannot qualify for conventional home loans, or afford to purchase or renovate homes. In Atlanta, Ga., where homes are foreclosing at alarming rates, six renovation projects will be dedicated on Sept. 11. Two new homes will be dedicated in Alabama. And in Luvu Village, Nigeria, four families will move into homes for the first time.

“I am grateful for the hundreds of ways Millard has been honored over his lifetime. However, what meant the most to him was a family moving from substandard housing to a decent home of their own,” Linda Fuller, Millard’s wife of nearly 50 years, said.

Please be in prayer for this project, as well as, for all those who are involved, beginning on Labor Day and throughout the week.

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