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DEUTERONOMY 15:7-11 7 “If there is among you a poor man of your brethren, within any of the gates in your land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother, 8 but you shall open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him sufficient for his need, whatever he needs. 9 Beware lest there be a wicked thought in your heart, saying, ‘The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand,’ and your eye be evil against your poor brother and you give him nothing, and he cry out to the Lord against you, and it become sin among you. 10 You shall surely give to him, and your heart should not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the Lord your God will bless you in all your works and in all to which you put your hand.11 For the poor will never cease from the land; therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor and your needy, in your land.’

If you will allow me to please define the word benevolence;
Benevolence is the desire to do good to others; goodwill, and charitableness, or an act of kindness.  We here at 8th and Lee love working in this capacity toward mankind and our members.

Let, me as well give to you the scripture we use as a standard for our benevolence activities here it is located in

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Galatians 6:10

Please notice that the word of God instructs us to do good to all, as we have the opportunity.  We look for and welcome those opportunities here at 8th and Lee.  We have a food pantry to assist and we have helped in the payment of everyday necessities of life as well from occasional assistance for electric bills to the assisting of gasoline for one’s automobile.

But, please notice as well, that God’s word instructs us not only to do good to all but “especially” to those of the household of faith, (Members of the Lord’s church).  So then we must make proper preparations for those of the household, because much like death and the fact it is uncertain so are times of benevolence for those of the household of faith, so we must have a plan and prepare to assist both, but God says especially for those of the household of faith.

With all that said, we want you to know there is never anything wrong with needing help, for we all need help from time to time from one another and all the time from God Almighty.  In the book of Matthew we learn something very valuable.
“For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always.” Matthew 26:11

This teaches us the poor will always be here, we cannot solve that problem.  God has worked with our government to assist in the problem but even they will never be able to solve the problem.

“Jesus has also said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. 27 Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”
John 6:26-27

And so we are using the opportunities our benevolence affords us to sit down and study the Word of God with mankind.  You may be saying to yourself, “Well, you just want me to be like you or a member of your church.”  To this we emphatically state we are not trying to make you like us, for we are flawed. Nor are we trying to make you a member of our church, but we are trying to make you like God.  We are truly trying to make everyone alive like God.  “Well how do we do that?” you ask.  It can only be accomplished through studying His Word, for it is in His Word that He has revealed Himself to mankind. Look at these scriptures from God.

Jeremiah  22:29  “O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.”
Psalm  119:11  “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
2 Timothy 2:15  “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 2:2  “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”

God tells us that all the earth is to hear His Word. Then He tells us to hide it in our hearts to keep us from sin, and then to study it so we may be approved and not ashamed.  Finally, He instructs us to pass it on.  That is what we want to do, pass it on.  We assure you we are not judging you or looking down on you or any other person. As a matter of fact, we agree when people say “only God can judge me!”  Yes, they are exactly right, but ask God what standard are you going to use to judge me?

“He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.”
John 12:48

Yes, it will be the Word of God that is the standard used to judge us. It is no wonder then that it is this Word that we want to study with all mankind, and it is this same Word that Jesus has instructed us to take and teach it to the world.

“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”
Mark 16:15-16

The Bible is that which gives us insight for living!  It teaches us how to conduct our character and how to  control our tongue and consider our actions. So why not make the decision today to come join us in an investigation of the Word of God, so that we may find the solutions to the problems of life and the answers to how to be happy in this life.  Remember, as you consider these things the Words of Jesus…

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
John 10:10

In Christian love and the service of our Lord;
The members of the 8th and Lee church of Christ

 

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