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|June-July, 2000 (5760)||Vol. 26 No. 6|
FAITH AND WORKS
"What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works." (James 2:14-18).
What better commentary can we have or find on 'faith and works' than the above Scriptures? As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Messiah, we have a tendency at times to forget that The Almighty God does require of our faith some actions that He calls 'works' in our faith life.
Did you notice that 'faith' is usually in singular form in the Holy Bible, while 'works' is almost always in plural form?
There is a simple explanation. Since 'faith' is given as a gift from God, "For by grace are ye saved through 'faith'; and that not of yourselves: it is the 'gift of God': not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9). On the other hand, the aspect of 'works' in our lives is a daily necessity. Here is a beginning list to our 'works', "what doth The Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (Micah 6:8).
CALL UNTO ME
"Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not"(Jeremiah 33:3).
Remembering that if we are indeed 'faith' individuals, then we need to show it by our actions and reactions, to every situation that we are confronted with.
For example, we at Shalom Scripture Studies celebrated on May the 30th, 2000 our Twenty-Sixth anniversary since our first official meeting in 1974 in Orange, California. Since that time we have literally ministered to several thousands of Jewish and Gentile individuals. Today we have ministries in three States, hundreds of programs on Television all over the United States. We are also on the Internet reaching all over the World. We give honour and glory to our Lord for His blessed promises being fulfilled in our lives.
As of this date, we have a total of 85 (Eighty-five) individuals on our mailing list, and out of this number approximately 43 are consistent financial supporters of our ministry. As a full-time 'faith' work for the past 26 years, we struggle immensely every month in meeting our budget and obligations.
Perhaps, this is one area of 'works' that you might be more involved in, as you prayerfully and financially help us to reach our goal as we continue the mission given to us by our Lord. This month we are mailing out 85 Newsletters and response envelopes as we wait on The Lord.
"Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price." (Isaiah 55:1).
Isn't it like The Lord to invite us to quench our thirst and satisfy our hunger, and yet, it is 'without price'.
In conjunction with the above verse, here is another verse that has become a main stay of our ministry that is found in I Corinthians 9:18, "What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach The Gospel, I may make The Gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the Gospel".
Our 'faith and works' over these many years has been established by the fact that we have 'never' placed a charge for The Gospel, as we have ministered through our distribution of Holy Bibles, books, videos, cassettes, literature, speaking engagements, and many other services that we have freely performed before our Blessed Saviour as we have continued our loving faith work for our Messiah, Y'shua (Jesus) our Saviour.
Some ministries take this approach, while many others do not. As we have remained faithful to our Lord, we have also had to struggle and struggle, but ultimately, month after month we can share with you that we do witness a miracle from the Lord. Oh yes, it might be on the last day of the month, but nevertheless, it does always seem to happen. The Lord reminds us that "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper..." (Hebrews 13:5). And we say, thank you Lord.
We also thank The Lord for our faithful Associate Members.
NEWS FROM SHALOM SCRIPTURE STUDIES
So what's new? We are so glad you asked..... Our Naples branch is branching out with new branches, i.e., people and more people are beginning to attend and become involved in reaching out 'to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile' with the Gospel of our Messiah Jesus. Rev. Molloy, our resident missionary extends a warm welcome to you if you perchance find yourself in the greater Naples area, please do stop by our Shalom Chapel any Tuesday or Friday evening at 7:30 p. m., for a great Service. (Tel # 941 - 263 - 7093).
Rev. and Mrs. Knibb, our senior missionaries in Minneapolis are working feverishly by faith through their three weekly services, every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30 p. m. They also are in charge of the distribution of our Television programs being aired from California to New York. It is quite a weekly chore, and yet, without a word of complaint they faithfully accomplish this task of love unto our Lord. (Tel # 952 - 925 - 6186).
What can we say for the elder missionaries stationed at the headquarters in Savannah? Well, Dr. and Mrs. Hidalgo also continue their Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evening meetings at 7:30 p.m. Their one on one contact with many individuals in the greater Savannah area continues to be blessed, especially, their distribution of the 'Ten Commandment' booklets that are received so graciously by one and all. We thank the Lord for our sponsor and co-labourer here in Savannah that furnishes them for us. (Tel # 912 - 691 - 0709).
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Minneapolis, Mn: 8700 W. 36th St. #228, St. Louis Park, Mn 55426
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