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I can't believe it's been nearly a month since my last post. I guess this month has been busier than I realize! So much going through my mind right now. Right now I am reading three excellent books. The Gospel of Mark. It is always a great read. I love Mark's overuse of the word "immediately." Ever notice that? I'm in the middle of Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy & Fairy Tale by F. Buechner. It's my first experience with Buechner, and I am quite impressed. He's such an artistic writer, he really brings the words to life. In the third book I am reading, a section of his book, Sacred Journey, was quoted and I was blown away. This third book is Simpler Living, Compassionate Life, which I just started, but I'm pretty excited about it. Simplicity is a subject that has been flodding my mind ever since I was in South Africa. I'll have an update on that one down the road...

And of course the biggest news is that I am …

Give It All Up

A friend sent me the transcript from a message given by Billy Graham in 1957 at the University of Illinois. I just finished reading it and Graham's words ring just as true for our us today as they did nearly 50 years ago. He spoke about how Christ has called us to live committed, disciplined, self-denying lives (Luke 9:23) and about how we have become soft, particularly as men; hearers of the Word, but not doers (James 1:22). I don't have much time to write for now, but I want to leave you with one quote from his message that really stuck with me.

A young university girl said to a Christian worker in England, "I would give the world if I had the Christian testimony you have." The dear sweet old lady said, "My dear, that's exactly what it cost me, the world."

Frozen Pizzas and the Cycle of Poverty, Part IV

In Part III, I closed with this thought:

"Yes, on the global poverty stage, Americans do not struggle at the same level (millions upon millions living on less than a $1/day), but this does not justify ignoring or setting aside the mandate of scripture to care for the poor and needy (widows and orphans).

What does God's Word say on this topic?"

Well, if you've ever read the Holy Bible or have heard it read, it doesn't take long to recognize that God has a special place in his heart for the poor. There are hundreds of references to the poor in Scripture. And not just poor financially, but poor in spirit, as ones who are humble and recognize that we are the created and we have been created to fellowship with and glorify our Creator. But, I want to just highlight some passages of scripture that have impacted me on the subject of caring for the poor. We have much to learn from them (even as a one working in full-time ministry in the US, I am probably in the wealthies…