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Haiti Facts

Population: 10 million people
Language: Creole and French
Religion: 80% Roman Catholic
Size: Area of New Hampshire
National Religion: Voodoo

80% living under the poverty line
54% live in abject poverty
Average Income $2/day
Poorest Country in the Western hemisphere

90% of all schools are private
50% of children do not attend
20% of Haitians attend high school
60% of Haitians read & write

Many Haitian pastors have no formal theological training and receive no salary. They must work outside the church or do subsistence farming.

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Six Steps to Peace

 

Peace with God – Rom 5:1 – This peace is settled for those who are bleivers in Jesus.

Peace of God – Jn 14:27 – This peace is sought by those who are bleivers in Jesus. 

This devotional is designed to hep beliecers in Jesus experience the peace of God in the mnidst of difficulties and disappointments and in the midst of troubles and trials. This passage highlights six steps to peace. 

  1. Rejoice in the Lord (4). 

Rejoice in the Lord always! Not just rejoice occasionally. Not just rejoice when something great happens. Rejoice in the Lord always! Make the choice to rejoice! The Bible says: “A merry heart does good like a medicine!” We may not rejoice about the trial and we may not rejoice because of the trial, but we can rejoice in the trial…knowing that God can work all things together for good and that tribulation cultivates character. We also rejoice in God’s presence and promises and protection. “Rejoice in the Lord, always! Again I say, rejoice!”

  1. React graciously to others (5a) 

Be gentle and forbearing… with everyone! The Bible says, “As much as lies within you, live in peace with all mankind.” There will be differences of opinion and direction, but we are all made in the image of God and we are all precious in the eyes of God and everyone should be respected and loved. The Bible says, “A gentle word turns away wrath.” Let your words be seasoned with salt and designed to build up, not to cut down, designed to develop, not destroy, and designed to help, not to hurt. Let your graciousness be evident to all. 

  1. Rest in the Lord (5b) 

Jesus said: “I will never leave you nor forsake you!” The songwriter put it this way: “I know who goes before me, I know who stands behind, the God of angel armies is always by my side!” Know He is with you! Abide in Him! Rest in Him. 

  1. Reach up to God in prayer (6-7)

Jesus ever lives to make intercession for us. He is just waiting for us to call upon Him. So, let prayer be your first response, not your last resort. Paul gives three commands that impact our attitude and actions: 

Be anxious for nothing.
Be prayerful for everything.
Be thankful for anything.

Don’t miss the promised result of doing these three things:

 … the peace of God will guard your hearts and minds thru Christ Jesus!

  1. Reflect on positive things (8) 

The battle for peace is primarily fought in the mind. We must take every thought captive to Christ! Meditate on God’s Word! The Bible says: “Whatever is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, praiseworthy… think on these things!” By the way, Jesus is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, etc.

  1.  Resolve to obey the Lord (9) 

The Holy Spirit will not let us be at peace in sin. He will convict us. Our Heavenly Father will not allow us to be at peace in disobedience. He will discipline us. Jesus said our obedience to Him is an evidence of our love for Him. Therefore, we must resolve to obey the Lord. As Paul says: “The things you learned and received and heard and saw in me… these do!” Then we will experience this promised result… the God of peace will be with you! The key is not the absence of troubles & trials or of  hurts & heartaches; but rather the key is the presence of God. He is always with us, but we must rest in Him! He is our refuge and strength. Rely on Him. He is a strong tower. Run to Him. He is our shelter in the midst of the storm. Rest in Him!

 

Five Truths to Give believers Perspective

Five Truths to Give Believers Perspective        by Dr. Harlan Betz

 

1.God is with us!  

Jesus, the Commander of the Lord’s armies, said to Joshua, I will be with you. I will never leave you nor forsake you (Joshua 1:3-9). The songwriter put it this way: I know who goes before me, I know who stands behind. The God of angel armies is always by my side! If God is for us, who, of any consequence, can be against us? Nothing and no one can separate us from His love (Romans 8:31-39)! God is with us! He will never leave us not forsake us (Hebrews 13:5-6)! God is our refuge and strength (Psalm 46:1)!  

2. God is sovereign! 

God works in mysterious ways His wonders to perform; He plants his footsteps on the sea and rides upon the storm. Deep in unfathomable mines of never-failing skill He treasures up His bright designs and works His sovereign will. Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take… the clouds ye so much dread are big with mercy and shall break in blessings on your head. Judge not the Lord by feeble sense but trust Him for His grace; behind a frowning providence He hides a smiling face! - William Cowper.  Psalm 115:3; 145:6; Jeremiah 32:17.

3. Trials are inevitable! 

The Bible declares that “All who live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Tim. 3:12).  And as Peter declares, “We should not be surprised when we encounter fiery trials” (1 Peter 4:12). Jesus made it clear that “In this world you will experience trials and troubles! But Jesus also declared that we could be of good cheer because He has overcome the world (John 16:33)!

4. We are Ambassadors of Christ!                                                                                       

We are here by God’s appointment… for such a time as this (Esther 4:14). Jesus wants us, his followers, to be in the world, but not of the world (John 17:15-18). While in the world, he wants us to impact the world We are to be the salt that helps prevent corruption. We are to be the salt that encourages others to thirst for Christ. We are to be the light that helps people walk out of the darkness. We are to be the light that points others to Christ (Matthew 5:13-16)! We are ambassadors of Christ (2 Cor. 5:20). We cannot be neutral. If we are not for Christ, we are against Him (Mt 12:30). We must act! Don’t be overcome by evil, but rather, overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21)! 

5. We do not need to fear! 

God has not given us the spirit of fear; He has given us dynamic power, devoted love, and disciplined mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Faith drives out fear (Psalm 56:11). An assured victorious outcome drives out fear. Jesus said to his followers, “Let not your hearts be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in me. I go to My Father’s house to prepare a place for you. I will come again and receive you unto Myself, that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-6). If our victory was not assured and if our outcome was not certain, we would have reason for fear and wringing of hands and knots in our stomach. But victory is assured, and our future is guaranteed to be glorious! Jesus will return to rule and reign! We’re on the winning side (Revelation 19:11-16)!