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Good question for today Mike.

I think we Americans, and likely many others whom the Lord has blessed with comparatively abundant material means, too often are guilty of coveting our neighbor’s comforts rather than being thankful for the Lord’s blessings to them. We don’t appreciate or give thanks often enough for our own many blessings and we think far too little of others who are less fortunate than ourselves. I don't want to sound too political but I think it's a spiritual issue when large groups of Americans complain about the various immigrants moving into the USA; particularly from Central and South America. We boast of ‘the land of opportunity’ and ‘the great melting pot’ as having been cornerstones of this great nation, yet we deny to others the same opportunities that were afforded to us and our forefathers and agreeably made this nation great. It just feels selfish to me and while we support World Vision and other similar ministries, sometimes I wish there was a greater focus in our backyard.

Check out Mercy Ships http://www.mercyships.org/home and Charity Water at http://www.charitywater.org/ Mercy Ships brings healing to the poor by sending their hospital ship staffed with volunteer doctors, nurses and other professionals to provide free surgeries. Charity Water drills wells for clean water supply. Their effort to raise funds is innovative and focused. God performs HIS work THROUGH us.

Regarding charities--globally, we support World Vision and think it's a great organization. I like the way they knit together brass and tacks relief/support with spreading the Gospel. Locally, we have a rescue mission that ministers to people coming out of addictions/homelessness, dark situations. I like the way they provide very structured support and love--knit together so that there's accountability and mercy hand-in-hand.

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With regard to our deficit of mercy toward others,
I think it's a huge gaping piece of our bigger sin problem. Jesus was careful to include parables like the Good Samaritan for this very reason. We are always stacking ourselves up to others--sadly, even in God's acts of mercy toward others (thinking of the older brother's response in the Prodigal Son and the parable of the worker who was irritated that he made the same wages though he worked all day and the other worker only worked a few hours).

Why do we care when someone gets the same wage or is reconciled? Why can't we just be joyfully happy instead of tallying up what we did or didn't do ourselves? We have a continual jealousy of others and thirst to come out ahead of others in light of the law.

Thank God He is a God of great mercy!

Today when I read in the old testament that "you shall not desire your neighbor's house, his field, or his male servant...etc" it made me think of what we have been taught to do in America: keeping up with the Jonses. This "American Dream" is not very biblical! Compared to the rest of the world, most Americans are rich! I think we have a duty as Christians to use this wealth for the glory of God. We need to help those in our own backyard and abroad. I am so happy to see others know about World Vision. It is a fantastic organization! I sponser a child from India and look forward to receiving her letters. If anyone wants more info on sponsering a child and spreading the word about child sponsership please visit my website through World Vision:

http://connect.worldvision.org/person/ssaunders

You can create your own website and spread the word to your family and friends!

God Bless!

Interesting Stephanie--I didn't know about the ability to create a website.

Thanks for sharing sister,

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