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Q213: Honest To God

What would Jesus ask you today?

"How long will you defend the unjust
and show partiality to the wicked?" - Psalm 82:2.

Many of the psalms question God's faithfulness as they consider how the wicked prosper and the righteous suffer.  And it was important that they were honest with God, for then He was honest with them!  Their psalm may have started questioning God, but they all ended praising Him!  Are you being honest with God? Are you denying the truth that you sometimes question His deeds?  Be honest with Him, but then be ready for God to be honest with you!  Read Psalm 82 in its entirety and see if you can determine who is speaking and what the lesson is.

Q212: Interpretation

What would Jesus ask you today?

"How do you read it?" -- Luke 10:26.

Jesus question today was really an attempt to ask, "How do you interpret or understand it?', and the 'it' was a passage of Scripture. The rules you use to interpret Scripture will determine what you do with what you read, so it's important to have some basic guidelines.  One such rule is to 'let Scripture interpret Scripture' wherever possible. Another is to study everything on a particular topic so that one verse does not become an end unto itself. Do you have any rules for interpetation? If not, is it time that you read or took a course to help you identify some? Read 2 Peter 3:14-18 and determine not to distort the Scriptures as Peter said is the habit of some.

News from Kenya

I have received several updates from Kenya that I must share with you.  First of all, our baseball game fundraiser was a great success, for we raised almost $9,000 for distribution to those in need. Thank you, Lord, and thank you fans of baseball and Kenya!

Second, I received an update from Alice at the Each One Touch One Orphanage concerning their efforts to bring their orphanage up to speed for certification.  Part of this certification is training in how to put out a 1 Fire Training - Tobbyfire. I won't share the entire update she wrote, but I am satisfied that they are making significant progress, and I will be able to see firsthand their new home and the certification progress when I am there in a few weeks.  Here is a picture of the children during their fire emergency training (click on the picture to enlarge it).

Third, Pastor Peter sent some pictures of the library and it is so exciting to see their 1 Library 1progress!  I am including the pictures for you to see for yourself along with this brief report below.  I am particularly excited about the art projects Peter mentioned (pictures also included here).  This is made possible by the art supplies you have helped me send over for the people to use. This is so important, for the people are often bored with no time or resources for creative expression, and boredom often leads to problems with addiction and mental health

Dear Dr. John,

I take this opportunity to thank you for your support and patience. I have attached some pictures of 1 Art 1 1 Library 3the library progress and the art work that people are doing.T he library is promoting  students and at this time of the month when the student are crossing school, we can attest many have improved their grades due to the library resources. We hope to capitalise on this holiday to mentor many others. Thanks for your every support you are according to us and we appreciate it so much.

Pastor Peter

Finally, I leave for Kenya in two weeks and I still need some additional funds to feed children and widows.  It has been brought to my attention that there has been a crop 1 Library 2failure in west Kenya, so I would like to get some support to that area as well as to Pastor Peter and EOTOO.  I am applying for a grant to fund the computer room at the library, and would also like to provide some resources for establishing another library in west Kenya. 

I ask that you please give generously before I depart on August 13.  You can give 1 Art 2through my website or by sending a check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. I promise a full report on how much I take and what we do with it in Kenya.  And remember, nothing goes to overhead or salaries.  Everything is given directly to the widows, orphans and library projects. Thank you in advance for your generous support and may the Lord bless and reward your faithful generosity.

Q211: High View

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Has not Moses given you the law?" - John 7:19.

Jesus acknowledged that Moses delivered the Law to Israel and wrote the first books of the Bible.  That contradicts some modern theologians who dispute Moses' authorship, as well as that of other biblical writers. If Jesus took a 'high' view of Scripture, don't you think you should as well? If God's Word is inspired and accurate as Jesus maintained, then how often do you read it and do you make it your standard for life and behavior? Read Mark 12:18-27 and notice how Jesus referred to the Scriptures and pointed out how trained and educated men had misunderstood them.

Q210: Involvement

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Dear woman, why do you involve me?" - John 2:4.

Mary involved Jesus in the wine shortage at the wedding feast and He performed His first public miracle. You are part of the body of Christ, so you carry Him with you wherever you go.  He expects you to involve Him not just in church, but in all your world, whether business, family, school or neighborhood. You can do this through prayer, witnessing and applying HIs word and principles to your expressions of life. Are you involving Jesus in all you do? How can you involve Him even more? Read Colossians 3:22-25 and apply it to today's verse by reflecting God in all you and say.

Q209: Desert Provision

What would Jesus ask you today?

“Can God really spread a table in the wilderness?" - Psalm 78:19.

God is not limited by a poor economy or other conditions. He can provide for you and do it abundantly in any circumstances. Where there is lack, either God is testing you for a season or else your expectation may be too small. Of course, God did spread a table in the desert and fed millions for years; He can do the same for you and yours. Are you limiting God by your wrong thinking? Is your focus on the 'desert conditions' or on God? Read Psalm 78:20-31 to see what God did in response to today's question and then determine not to be like those who were asking it.

Q208: Prosperity

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Many, Lord, are asking, 'Who will bring us prosperity?'” - Psalm 4:6.

Your company does not support you, nor do your investments or the government. The Lord uses them but He is ultimately the One who takes care of you. Where is your focus?  Is it on your ability to invest, in your bimonthly paycheck or in your pension?  If it is on any of those, look and consider again that it all comes from Him. Therefore you should put your trust in Him and not anyone or anything else. Read Proverbs 11:28 and then consider doing a simple search of the word 'riches' in Proverbs to see waht else you can learn and apply.

Q207: Honest with God

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?" - Psalm 10:1.

The men who wrote the psalms were honest with God. They said things to God that were on their heart, even if they questioned God's motives and love! Of course, as they did, they saw the real truth - that God is faithful and loving and their perceptions were often less than perfect.  Are you honest with God?  Do you tell God what you think He wants to hear or what is really going on in your mind and heart? Read Psalm 18:25-29 and see that God responds and relates to you as you do to Him.

Q206: Quickly

What would Jesus ask you today?

"How long, Lord, how long?" - Psalm 6:3.

In Luke 18:7-8, Jesus promised God would administer justice and do it quickly!  The problem is that His definition of quickly and yours may be off by quite a large margin.  Your idea may be days, His idea weeks. You may think quickly is months and He may be thinking years! Are you currently waiting for some breakthrough or victory that the Lord has promised? Does it seem like you have been waiting a long time, longer than you expected? Are you discouraged or even disillusioned? Determine today to align your expectations with God's and put it all in His hands to carry out as 'quickly' as He deems appropriate.

Q205: Fear

What would Jesus ask you today?

"The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?" - Psalm 27:1.

Fear is the greatest obstacle to a life of faith, productivity and purpose. You can fear failure, criticism, other people, success, God and just about anything else that you encounter in life. This condition is a carryover from the Garden, for when Adam and Eve sinned they hid from God in shame and fear. John wrote that love casts out fear, so in some sense your fear is really a deficiency of your love relationship with the Lord (see 1 John 4:18).  Where are the fears in your life? Read 2 Timothy 1:7 and then work to face and overcome your fears that are keeping you from God's best.