Saturday, 29 October 2011

Kens newsletter 2

I thank you all for your willingness to support me and pray for me; it delights my soul that many of you are willing to want to know of how my year is going and of my progress. This newsletter which I aim to be sending once every month will include what I’ve been up to and prayer points.

I have been very much encouraged and excited about what has happened in the last month. First:

Students have returned
It was a pleasure to welcome back to Bristol returning students and to welcome first year students to Bristol. Woodlands Church gave away 5000 burgers for freshers week, opening its doors for students to come in at lunchtime to enjoy a free burger and other activities. Although the week was very tiring, yet it was a joy to be able to serve the students of Bristol in this capacity, showing them love and giving them opportunities to engage with church.

Devotion weekend away
Devotion is the youth group work which happens at Woodlands church for young people between 12-18 years old. I was given the opportunity to attend their weekend away where I would mainly serve in the kitchen and interact with the young people. Prior to this weekend I had begun to build relationship with some of the guys and the weekend away provided a great opportunity to develop these relationships. I value them in my heart and I pray for them that many of will grow up to be pillars of the faith and be light to their generation.

Student Lunch
Student lunch happens every Monday and Friday and has become one of my favourite placements. I enjoy the fellowship with all of the foundationers doing the same thing as me and the opportunity to speak to students (Christians and non-Christians) about how things are going. The student lunch provides good quality food at a very reasonable price and a platform to introduce many to church and to Jesus in a friendly nonintrusive way.

Alpha Course
We are now in the third week of Alpha and it has been remarkable how God has brought many through the churches door. We have over a 100 people many being non-Christians and international willing to learn more about the Christian faith. I am serving as a student leader so I lead a student group and facilitate the discussions. I enjoy hearing what people think and I pray I may help those who come to come to Christ or to further their journey of Faith.

There are many more exciting things I could write but it will be wise for me to request of you what you may be praying for me:

  • ·         Please pray that more students may come to know Christ through the works of the Woodlands student Community
  • ·         The Alpha course will continue to go well, resulting in people coming to know Christ
  • ·         That I may have wisdom when meeting up with people and be able to encourage them in their faith
  • ·        To have enough financial support for the whole year. If you would like to sponsor me then just email me on as the job is full-time but volunteering. 

Friday, 28 October 2011

Tough Questions to ask yourself

Whatever your answers maybe to these questions try to use examples of how you have demonstrated it.

Am I loving God with all of my heart soul and Mind?
Am I loving my neighbours? How can I love them?

What are my feelings towards God?
What are my feelings towards those who annoy me, don’t like me or I dislike?

Am I praying?
Am I reading my bible?

Am I looking at things I shouldn’t look at (pornography etc)?
Am I thinking of things I shouldn’t think of?

Am I believing the gospel?

These questions are of course limited and I hope they help you to examine yourself and show you where you are in your walk with God. The last question is key and I pray and hope that you walk in the freedom of the gospel. 


When earth and time grow old and die

When earth and time grow old and die

His honour and praise will never cease.

For there shall be a remnant saved

To sing His glory honour and praise. 


Monday, 24 October 2011

Jesus Christ a Friend of sinners

 Luke 7:34 The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, 'Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' 

Every new day I'm Blessed to see

                                                         Every new day I am blessed to see

                                                      Gladly will my heart declare his praise

                                                        For all my delights in Him contained

                                                            None else for me but Him 


Cleaning up the polluted air

I needed a way to discourage her from loving me. The cold smiles and hard shoulders had no effect nor the neglect of my cares. I knew if I played the fool and helped her in this fancy it will in the end be too much of an heartbreak for her soul and mine to endure. I did not love her nor did I want to see her hurt. It became practical to forsake her company and to delight in nothing concerning her. Friends I could not play but an enemy. In all of this her love increased, it stemmed higher and higher till at last, on a cold cloudless evening I arranged for her and I to go out for a meal. We sat in a rather obscure restaurant, with no class at all and offered her no drinks at all. She in her love and care bought me a drink even after my adamant refusal and with bold radiating smile stared passionately into my eyes which made me uncomfortable and sad for I could not return such vivacity. In my heart I thought her a fool, a loving fool who deserves a better man than me. In this process of thought, I asked her why she liked such a guy like me? I have been horrible and played a wicked friend by neglecting you much. Why still chase after my steps or still possess any hope that I will love you?

She stared at her drink taking her eyes away from mine; for a moment she said nothing and I perceived she was thinking of what to say. She lifted her passionate lively eyes and began to declare her reasons why it was almost impossible for her to desert her love for me. She said ‘you were the first guy who ever looked upon me with tender eyes of mercy and love. You looked at me and never looked away. You wanted nothing from me but what I am. You spoke to me as a friend, you invited me into your house and played games with me. With you I found a friend, a spiritual friend who brought much colour into my dull life. At first when these heavenly feelings began to arise in me I fought it but to no avail. I prayed that they should flee but it remained. Then at last I could but make peace with it and I began to notice that you knew. Then your character began to change because I knew that you wanted to discourage me from loving you. I tried to fulfil your desires but to no avail. I am forever lost to these passions lest it leaves as it arrived. I did not desire it but it came, one morning I woke up with it and I pray one evening I will sleep with it and it will not return. But until then my heart is given to you, it longs for you'.

This declaration of hers made me want to repent and plead exceedingly that I was very sorry for treating her in such a bad manner. Forgetting my pride I did open my mouth and asked her to forgive me and without reflecting upon my apology she said she had already forgiving me. She also continued and began to say ‘I know that you do not have my eyes nor my love, therefore you need not worry about the dynamics between us. As much as I would like us to be and to one day enter into that happy union which our blessed God did give to our first parents, is almost an impossibility, yet, I will not crouch upon you nor stalk you. I will still enjoy your presence as before and only wish and ask of you that you treat me as your friend. It will be unbearable for my soul if you should treat me as your enemy for I will not be able to forgive myself. So please treat me your friend and enjoy your company as you used to’.

I admired her spirit to bear with this unrequited love and in my heart I made a solid resolution to treat her as my friend. I did begin to smile once again and glad we did meet up to clear up the air. Perhaps this is a lesson some could take, that instead of walking in a polluted environment, one can in one evening take up their cleaning materials and clean up the polluted air.


Friday, 21 October 2011

You are what you read

On the way to work this morning, were you reading the Metro, The Financial Times, the Booker Prize winner or War and Peace? Were you listening to commercial radio, Radio 4, a sermon podcast, or your iPod on shuffle? Maybe you didn't read or listen to anything, but engaged in conversation with your travelling companions, be they colleagues or children, spouse or strangers. Whatever choice you made, it informed the way you approached the day and the perspective you have on events in the world and in your world.  

Charles Moore wrote an excellent article in the Telegraph this week, which purported to be a review of 66 Books, a series of performances at the Bush Theatre inspired by each of the 66 books of the Bible. It developed much more, though, into a review of the Bible itself and its value to our society.

Refreshingly, Moore did not focus solely on the literary merits of the KJV, as has been the temptation for so many - not least arch-atheist Richard Dawkins - in this 400th anniversary year. While acknowledging its place in the great speeches, poetry and literature of our cultural landscape, his point is not that losing a knowledge of the Bible impoverishes our engagement with great literature. Rather, he says, “If the words for the great truths are no longer held in common, how can most of us find them?”

The King James Bible, he implicitly acknowledges, doesn’t just contain great stories; it contains truth.

When we had just one translation of the truth, which was chanted by school children every day, and murmured by “prince and ploughman and everyone in between” at every high-day and holy day, marking every change in season and in life-circumstance, both the words and the ideas behind them permeated the public conscience and shaped, subconsciously, their understanding of the world.

For better or for worse, we now live in a world in which there is no single source of information, no one overarching message being shared or received. Freedom involves freedom to listen to more than one idea, and to choose for yourself which ideas – or which bits of them –  you accept and which you reject.

But with freedom comes responsibility. As James K A Smith points out compellingly in Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation, we are absorbing messages all the time, from advertising and newspaper headlines, to the values espoused in the movies we watch, and those promoted by the shopping centres we visit.

It is incumbent upon us to pay attention to the messages coming at us day after day, and to guard our hearts from being captivated and shaped by ideas which are of the world, not of the Kingdom. I suggest that the most positive, and the most effective way, is not to rant, not to write strongly-worded letters to the editor of your favoured paper, not to condemn, but to create. Smith states that “our worldview is more a matter of the imagination than the intellect”. The translators of the King James Bible created a literary work which communicated truth by capturing the heart. The writers and performers of 66 Books are communicating their responses to that truth by appealing to the imagination. We will communicate truth better by telling stories than by giving lectures. So what stories are you telling about the truth of God’s work in the world, and who are you telling them to?

Jennie Pollock, communications editor for Newfrontiers

The Evangelical Alliance 

Thursday, 20 October 2011

I shall not want

Blessed are the people whose God is the LORD; blessed are the people whose shepherd is Christ. They shall never lack, they shall never want for he will lead them into the paths of righteousness, he shall sit them on green pastures, he will carry them through the rocky terrains and none of them shall perish. He sits with them at noon in the shade and before the sun sets he washes the dirt of their wool. He is the shepherd of their soul, the captain of their ship and every day he never fails to pray for each one. 

He has his rod and staff to comfort them, his manner is gentle and meek. He overflows their cups and anoints their head with oil. His sheep never lack for a good shepherd he is, the very best, trained by His Father of whom none is greater.

My dear friend, Christ is your shepherd, you have no reason to want. Do you believe he is ahead of you, guiding you and leading you to green pastures? Before you get there my friend, it is necessary to walk through the hills and rough grounds; it is necessary for him to walk you up the high mountains and expose you to the dangers of the wild. The path is not easy but hard, the path is not smooth but narrow. It does not lead to death but to life; it is marked with trials and hardship but there is enough strength to see you through. Your friends will leave you, your family desert you but Christ your shepherd will never forsake you. Are you sad because of your loneliness? Fear not; for many are they who have become your friends, brothers, sisters, Fathers, Mothers and children. They are all on this path on which you walk. Only persevere through your current trials and soon you will see the foolishness of your doubts. With Christ you shall never want, you shall never lack; so settle with your soul, tell your soul to stop its seeking of other treasures whose end is vanity. Speak to it to stop the wants of the fleeting treasures of this life. What is it that your soul is aching for? If it is not Christ then you must depart with it, you must throw it to the flames, you must feed it to the dogs, you must spread it on the ground like crumbs that the birds may feed on it. Leave it to rot and desire only Christ, desire His kingdom and righteousness, desire his glory and pray to him to help you desire his goals. He is a kind shepherd and knows of your struggles, He is flesh and blood like you and think him not a stranger to your trials and temptations, He is your shepherd.  Say now to your soul, Christ is my shepherd I shall not want. 


Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Seven Things the Bible Says About Evil

How can we reconcile God's sweeping control over creation with the existence of such horrors as cancer, famine, genocide, sexual abuse, tsunamis, and terrorism? Voltaire sums up the issue nicely in his "Poem on the Lisbon Disaster," written after the devastating Lisbon earthquake of 1755:
Ill could not from a perfect being spring,
Nor from another, since God's sovereign king.
His point is that since God is good, he can't properly be the source of evil. Likewise, if God is all-powerful, no one else can thwart his intentions. So we're stuck, it seems. Who's to blame for the suffering we experience? Though we lack the space here for an extended discussion, let's consider seven biblical affirmations.

1. Evil is real.

That is to say, we distort the Bible and do ourselves a profound disservice by minimizing the existence of suffering. God invites us to acknowledge our pain. The Psalmist wrote, "I believed, even when I spoke, 'I am greatly afflicted'" (Psalm 116:10).

2. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

In some ways, talking about a "problem of evil" is a false start. A better quandary to start with would be the problem of sin. How quickly we rush to raise a self-righteous fist while our other hand digs in the cookie jar. "Yet you say, 'The way of the Lord is not just.' Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way not just? Is it not your ways that are not just?" (Ezekiel 18:25).

3. God is good.

Whatever we say about God's sovereignty over evil (and say we will; see below), we must never imply that God is corrupt, that he somehow nurses a dark side. "Let no one say when he is tempted, 'I am being tempted by God,' for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one" (James 1:13).

4. God ordains all things that come to pass, including evil.

God does whatever he pleases (Psalm 135:6). To be sure, this means he clothes lilies and feeds birds (Matthew 6:2628). But he also makes lightning (Psalm 135:7). He strikes down firstborn children and kills mighty kings (Psalm 135:8). Our God holds sway over the good, the bad, and the ugly. "I form light and create darkness," he says. "I make well-being and create calamity, I am the LORD, who does all these things" (Isaiah 45:7).

5. Man is responsible for his actions.

Lest we fall into fatalism, we should remember that God's sovereignty never excuses wrongdoing. When a man commits murder, the blood is on his hands. "For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!" (Luke 22:22).

6. God did not spare his own Son.

The cross speaks to our theology of suffering in at least two ways. First, it shows us that God can will something to happen that he opposes. Proverbs 6:16-17 tells us that God hates "hands that shed innocent blood." And yet he sent his Son to suffer precisely that fate. Is this a mystery? Absolutely. But it is not nonsense. We can look at evil and with no contradiction say, "This is wrong, and God has willed that it take place." Listen to how Peter describes the crucifixion: "This Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men" (Acts 2:23, emphasis mine).
Second, the cross demonstrates that God regards our affliction not as something strange to the palette, but as a cup he has drunk to the dregs. By giving up his own Son, God entered into our pain. He knows what it's like to suffer loss. But he also did more. By putting his Son to grief, God turned grief on its head. "But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed" (Isaiah 53:5). This brings us to the final point.

7. Heaven works backwards.

C. S. Lewis writes in The Great Divorce, "They say of some temporal suffering, 'No future bliss can make up for it,' not knowing that Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even that agony into a glory."
Lewis is not being novel here. He is simply restating what Christians have hoped in for centuries, the promise that gives all our suffering purpose: "For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal" (2 Corinthians 4:17-18).
Johnathon Bowers is Instructor of Theology and Christian Worldview at Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis, MN. 

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

More short Poems

On a Hilltop stood
                              In a downcast mood
Wherein a minute before
                              I had thrown my love down.
Must move sweetly on 
                                 To walk another path
Where I can take up a love
                                  Which will love me back.

                                                                              A candid calm
                                                                            Came like a storm
                                                                                   On me fell
                                                                            As I worshiped my Lord

Oh Lord I've sinned
I've tainted my skin
Not loved my Kin
                       Spend time drinking gin.
                                                                                    What now can I say
                                                                                                  I lie here sad
                                                                                                Either I have your Love
                                                                                                           Or let me die

                                                                       She spoke loud
                                                                 She irritated my heart
                                                                    Because she said
                                                                  I like you a lot


Rene and Poet 12

Poet: Oh you caught me wandering again, you caught me musings in the midst of the early sunshine where I do dream so happily of my beloved. Oh Rene you are ever so sly that you creep up on me in my happiest hours.  I was in a very friendly atmosphere of a lively vivacity which her presence created. I was lost in wonder and awe amidst Eden where both of us did lie and play. Angels attended immediately to our desires providing heavenly nourishment of the godliest taste. Then you came and interrupted my joy, but your fragrance awakened me for it smelt like that aroma which were balm on the body of Christ. 

Oh Rene let me not fear a fear lest it comes upon me. I do not have the art of concealing from you my most intimate thoughts and dispositions but this fear I dread not fall upon me. I would happily die with this love in my heart and rest in peace if I could only enter that garden for which my heart longs. To rest upon those soft nourishing green pastures and play as a child.  

Rene: My light, Few men have been blessed with worthier and better friends than it has been my portion to be blessed with you. You are to me better than the choicest wine and your company I desire, for in it I lack nothing. 

Both boys then began to converse about their ambitions and what they hope to be.


Monday, 17 October 2011

Miscellanies 20 - Whatever he spoke came to pass

Here in genesis 1 we see that whatever God spoke was whatever came to pass. Who else demonstrated this divine attribute? Jesus Christ - for he spoke and it came to pass. Whenever he decreed a thing even  the thing itself however unwilling it may be in and of itself cannot resist his decree but finds itself to obey and come forth. God spoke this whole creation into being and He can also speak it out of existence. You see my friend, God only needs to speak and whatever he decrees will come to pass. Here is God’s eternal sovereignty over all things which exist. If the eternal has spoken into existence the finite then how silly it is that the finite should think that it can hinder any decree of God? It is impossible and so we see with Christ when He raised Lazarus from the dead. Such authority and power as was displayed without measure in the Son of God at times I must say with great caution is to be found with us but only in the name and authority of Jesus Christ. Peter and John healed the beggar in the name of Christ and in his authority for all authority has been given to Christ. We do not have that divine prerogative in and of ourselves to decree a thing into existence. Some in their misreading of scripture have endeavoured to lay hold of this claim but their interpretations are misguided. All of our authority are derived from Jesus Christ our saviour.


Sunday, 16 October 2011

Devotion weekend away

This weekend was the youth weekend away at my church and two of us doing a foundations year at the church went along. Our primary role was to be helpers in the kitchen and on Sunday afternoon we were responsible for lunch. A big responsibility indeed and we did a very reasonable job of which I am well pleased.

It was a pleasure to meet many young people and to have a chance to be friends with them. I hope they enjoyed my company as much as I enjoyed theirs.

Matt was the weekend speaker and spoke on choices. I heard two of the talks and overall very relevant to the kids and adults. Freedom of the will by Jonathan Edwards came to my mind and the whole issue of our inclinations and dispositions and being dead in sin.The kids responded well as Matt used his own life as an example of choices he made and pressed it into the young people that choices matter. Jesus is the best choice of all.

On the Saturday evening we all gathered around a big fire outside where the sparks from the flames were flying heavenwards. Some were standing while others were sitting each enjoying a hot-dog and drinking hot chocolate. In this calmness and togetherness I gathered a few young people and helpers if we could put together a poem and in gladness they met my wishes. This is what we wrote:

                              Fire Fire
                        Oh So Bright
                In the darkness of the night
                    I see your Sparks 
                       Flying up high
                       Up into the 
                       Starry night Sky

Another one:

                                               When the fire simmers down
                                           Smoke will Start to join the clouds
                                           Then the moon and sun will dance
                                       Because Devo is under a heavy trance!

Another one:

Ken is like a fire in my heart
Laura is like a moon shining bright
Emma is the Sunshine that makes us all Smile
And Beth's like a Butterfly that brings new Life

The weekend away was fantastic and I pray that these young kids will continue to hold on to Jesus no matter how good or how difficult it gets for them. For some it may be a rocky path of sin and for others a smooth path of great achievements. Only let them hold on to Christ their rock.


Thursday, 13 October 2011

Psalm 15 - An exposition

This Psalm is a psalm of David which naturally implies that the questions asked in the first verse is from David's curiosity. The question asked is directed towards the LORD of which David hereafter seeks to answer himself under the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Psa 15:1  A Psalm of David. O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill?

Here is a serious question concerning the character of those who may enter the holy hill of the LORD. Who is worthy to stand and dwell in his presence and maintain their stand? David is asking, LORD, let me know who shall go to heaven.  For God is holy and it stands that not everyone will be able to sojourn in His tent or dwell on His holy hill because they lack His holiness; as the writer to the Hebrews says 'without holiness no one will see God'. This question is not for the faint hearted but for those who are prepared to ascend up the hill and are ready to throw off every sin which entangles them. They are in a moment as soon as they find that wretched sin which is not of a godly character willing and determined to cast it away. Like Moses they will reject the passing pleasures of Egypt in order to march towards that heavenly city where righteousness reigns. They will forsake families and friends, fortunes and comfort to ascend the holy hill and finish their pilgrimage so that they may be worthy citizens of Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and being accompanied by innumerable hosts of angels.

Who then is worthy to dwell in God's holly hill and sojourn in his tabernacle?

David in the following verses gives us the characteristics of those who may dwell on God's holy hill and sojourn in his tent. Psa 15:2  He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart.

What man can say in his heart that they have walked blamelessly in the sight of their God and always speak truth in their heart? David who penned this psalm cannot say this true of himself for he would remember the sins of his youth and the grievous sins of his old age when he committed that treacherous crime of murder. David is then by his own act omitted from dwelling with God and cannot go to heaven because he has not walked blamelessly. 

We also read of Job, that righteous man whom the devil inflicted and tormented that after the LORD had spoken to him he said this about himself "I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes." Job himself saw it necessary to repent thus he has not walked blamelessly in the sense of never being guilty of sin.

Who is it then who has ever walked blamelessly, always doing what is right and always speaking truth in his heart? All have fallen short of God's perfect standard and no man dare say he is without sin. Jesus posed the question to the religious leaders of his day' 'let him who is without sin cast the first stone?' None could throw a stone but each walked away. Like them so will you; you will walk away to the place where sin is punished.

But we see Jesus Christ the man of sorrows is the only one fit to meet this high criteria. He is the only sinless man in all of history and always speaks truth in his heart. My friend you have no reason to sink in despair because you are not fit for heaven by your own works. You have no reason to walk yet into hell where sin is punished but there is another place where it has been punished; on the cross, dear sinner, Christ has died for you and in as much as you will accept him, you too have been crucified with him. He has nailed to his tree all the written records which were eternally against you and paid off all your debts. A line has gone through the invoice which reads PAID. Jesus has obtained a place for you by giving you his righteousness, he has walked the blameless life for you and you are now to imitate him.

My friend you are now instructed to walk blamelessly in his sight and you need have no fear; for this is his task also for he has promised to finish your sanctification. You may be of good character and do what is right and speak the truth to your neighbor. What better truth to declare that God has so loved you and gave his Son for you. What better truth to have in your heart than to let Christ dwell richly in it. You are now to have a godly disposition like the saints of old who had such a light and sunshine around them. We read of that apostle who was always rejoicing and you are to be the same. Oh my dear sinner, now justified, walk blamelessly in the sight of your God.

Psalm 15:3 speaks of the negative qualities one must avoid. Psa 15:3  who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend. We are called to be a good Samaritan to everyone. To every race and kind we are to love, to show such grace and care for our fellow creatures that it is not found in us to slander any man nor do any evil to our neighbors. We are to be a forgiven people; forgiving others just as Our God has forgiven us. Let us have no reproach, no bitterness against the worst of our enemies but with great kindness go the extra mile for them in our goodness towards them. Let them see that we are a redeemed people who have heaven in our hearts and care not for the silly desires of the flesh which are contrary to the Spirit.

Psa 15:4  in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the LORD; who swears to his own hurt and does not change.
As well as being a good Samaritan to all men we are to be wise as serpents. Not keeping company with those who are of a vile nature. This I mean to be not associating ourselves with their conducts and to not praise them in their wickedness. We are to avoid such people whose deeds are of the same kind of the devil. This does not mean that we do not come alongside them to be a friend or a helper in their misery; we are to be the first in their most terrible conditions but quick to flee from their deeds. If any one of them should be hungry we are the first to fly to their aid bringing abundance where others who possess not the same spirit as we may wonder why we help with such great love such vile persons who are the excrements of society. We shall tell them that once we were like excrement in the sight of our God but He loved us and gave His Son for us; so likewise we give our lives for those who persecute us and hate us. We give our lives for all of humanity so that they may know something of that message of that heavenly man who is calling them to repent, to forsake their ways and join him in his feast.

We honour the LORD and love those who honour the LORD with great excitements because they have found a good thing for their souls. They have such honourable dispositions so that if they should swear to their neighbour that they would sell to them their possessions for such a price that afterwards they will keep their promise and not change the price for gain.

Psa 15:5  who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved. The old testament gives us situations where the LORD has commanded interest not to be taken.
 Exodus 22:25 "If you lend money to any of my people with you who is poor, you shall not be like a moneylender to him, and you shall not exact interest from him.  Also leviticus 25:35-37  "If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you.
Lev 25:36  Take no interest from him or profit, but fear your God, that your brother may live beside you.
Lev 25:37  You shall not lend him your money at interest, nor give him your food for profit.
A wise man will heed to the word of the LORD and any who desire heaven will listen to him who speaks truth from heaven.

Jesus has done all these things and was never moved so my friend you too shall never be moved. Whilst you still remain upon these shores you are to live with these commands in mind as presented in this psalm of the godly man who may dwell on God's holy hill and sojourn in his tent. If you do this you have done well and men will find no reason to throw stones at your conduct.


Dedicated to excellence

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