Saturday, December 3, 2016

NIV Devotions for Couples - Cheating Together

1 Kings 14:1–18

At that time Abijah son of Jeroboam became ill, and Jeroboam said to his wife, “Go, disguise yourself, so you won’t be recognized as the wife of Jeroboam. Then go to Shiloh. Ahijah the prophet is there—the one who told me I would be king over this people.” 1 Kings 14:1–2

Jeroboam was in a predicament. He had served the great Israelite ruler Solomon as an official in the department of public works. Encouraged by the words of Ahijah the prophet that he would one day be king, Jeroboam rebelled against Solomon, resulting in his exile to Egypt (see 1 Kings 11:26–40). When Solomon died and Rehoboam took over, Jeroboam returned from Egypt and seized the opportunity to lure away most of the kingdom.

Originally, Jeroboam’s main goal was to help the Israelites find a better government than the one offered by Solomon and his self-absorbed son. But, along the way, power corrupted Jeroboam; he did things to ensure his tenacious leadership while minimizing God’s influence.

Now Jeroboam’s son was sick. So the king began weaving a web of deception, enlisting his wife to dress like someone else and feign piety before Ahijah to manipulate him into giving a good report on their son. Rather than seeking God’s guidance, the couple tried to use the prophet like a good-luck charm. Things turned out very badly for them as a result.

Marriage binds husband and wife into a unity that changes both of them. While individual identities shouldn’t be crushed as “two become one,” it is also true that we cannot remain isolated or independent from one another. But in the fusing that takes place, both good and bad things can happen.

When we share our lives well, we can strengthen our mate’s resolve, nurture our spouse’s well-being and encourage each other’s gifts. Unfortunately, we can also have a negative impact on each other. We can entice our partner into supporting our mistakes and sins. We can ask our spouse to cover up for us when the phone rings and we don’t wish to be found. We can lie for our mate in public settings. We can manipulate our spouse into falsifying tax returns or hiding assets.

Marriage makes us complicit in the morality of our mate. That is an important reason to choose wisely before we wed and to build upon a strong moral center in our relationship after we are joined. Great businesses don’t collapse overnight through some minor accounting error; their foundations slowly erode as leaders make each other complicit in deceptive schemes. So it is in marriages. While we can win for a while as we help each other cheat on the truth, in the long run we build a kingdom of facades in which we can neither trust our partner’s face nor clearly see our own.

On the other hand, when we learn from mistakes like those of Jeroboam and his wife, we can build a complicity of goodness that our children and friends will admire someday when they help us celebrate our silver and golden wedding anniversaries. 

Wayne Brouwer


Let’s Talk
  • Are we playing games of deception right now? What might we lose through them?
  • How can we keep one another morally committed to what is right? Should we schedule regular opportunities for accountability checks? What would we ask each other?
  • In what areas are we most vulnerable to temptation or sin? What do we need most from each other to strengthen these vulnerable places?

An Interview from Death Row


I sit a few feet from a man on death row. Jewish by birth. Tentmaker by trade. Apostle by calling. His days are marked. I'm curious about what bolsters this man as he nears his execution. So I ask some questions.

Do you have family, Paul? I have none.
What about your health? My body is beaten and tired.
What do you own? I have my parchments. My pen. A cloak.
And your reputation? Well, it's not much. I'm a heretic to some, a maverick to others.
Do you have friends? I do, but even some of them have turned back.
Any awards? Not on earth.


Then what do you have, Paul? No belongings. No family. Criticized by some. Mocked by others. What do you have, Paul? What do you have that matters?

I sit back quietly and watch. Paul rolls his hand into a fist. He looks at it. I look at it. What is he holding? What does he have? He extends his hand so I can see. As I lean forward, he opens his fingers. I peer at his palm. It's empty.

I have my faith. It's all I have. But it's all I need. I have kept the faith.

Paul leans back against the wall of his cell and smiles. And I lean back against another and stare into the face of a man who has learned that there is more to life than meets the eye.

For that's what faith is. Faith is trusting what the eye can't see.

Eyes see the prowling lion. Faith sees Daniel's angel.
Eyes see storms. Faith sees Noah's rainbow.
Eyes see giants. Faith sees Canaan.
Your eyes see your faults. Your faith sees your Savior.
Your eyes see your guilt. Your faith sees his blood.
Your eyes see your grave. Your faith sees a city whose builder and maker is God.


Your eyes look in the mirror and see a sinner, a failure, a promise-breaker. But by faith you look in the mirror and see a robed prodigal bearing the ring of grace on your finger and the kiss of your Father on your face.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - WORSHIP FUNCTION OF THE CHURCH


“…Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth." John 4:23-24

All true believers recognize the privilege and responsibility to worship God. This worship begins when the Holy Spirit enters our being and grows and continues throughout our lifetime. Every believer should worship the Lord privately as well as gather together with other believers to worship whenever possible. We can worship the Lord because of who He is, because of what He has done in creation and redemption, and because of all that He has done for us individually.

Worship in Scripture seems to revolve around praising God. This is an act of the will not necessarily related to how a person "feels" or the immediate circumstances of life. In other words, we should praise the Lord even when things seem to be going wrong. This is an act of submission to His divine will and pleases the Lord (Psalm 67:3; Hebrews 13:15; Isaiah 12:1).

Worship is evidently a matter of attitude that may be expressed outwardly in prayer, various bodily positions (such as kneeling), singing, dancing, clapping etc. Music plays a very important part in the heartfelt worship of most believers. The form of worship should reflect the believer’s cultural methods of showing adoration as long as it does not conflict with biblical guidelines.

Worship in the early church was simply an outpouring of thanksgiving from a heart that rejoiced in the Lord in complete disregard of circumstances. This type of worship cannot be stopped by anyone. A group of Christians in hostile surroundings can worship in this simple way without being limited to a certain building, a special time, or a prescribed program.

Worship is basically recognizing and declaring God's glory, holiness and worth. An act of worship is an expression of this recognition. The New Testament writers seemed to assume that all people knew how to worship. They give us few examples of how the early Christians worshipped. Participation in the Lord's Supper appears to have been their highest expression of worship. As they prayerfully remembered Jesus and His sacrificial death upon the cross for their sins, they were worshipping.

There are scriptural references to other times of worship such as Peter's prayer (Acts 4:23-28), and Paul and Silas’ experience in prison (Acts 16:23-25). Pastor Jack Hayford enjoys sharing the story about this as told by his favourite African-American preacher. Paul and Silas’ prison cell singing was heard all the way to the heavenly throne room of God. He began to tap his toe to the music. And since heaven is His throne and the earth is His footstool, that toe tapping created an earthquake!!!

RESPONSE: Today I desire every aspect of my life to declare God’s glory, holiness and worth.

PRAYER: Pray today for Christians in countries like North Korea who rarely have opportunity to express openly and publically their worship of Almighty God.

Un Dia a la Vez - Necesitamos cambiar


Dichosos los que guardan sus estatutos y de todo corazón lo buscan. Jamás hacen nada malo, sino que siguen los caminos de Dios. Salmo 119:2-3

Estamos viendo en estos días la necesidad que tenemos de rendir a Dios las actitudes, los pensamientos y los comportamientos a fin de tener libertad y bendición.

El Señor tuvo que quebrantarme en muchas esferas de mi vida con el propósito de hacerlas nuevas. Por ejemplo, el espíritu de infidelidad. Esto no significa que fuera una mujer así toda la vida. Sin embargo, mis continuos problemas emocionales y mis malas relaciones con mis ex esposos me llevaron a cometer terribles errores como un intento de aborto en mi juventud antes de conocer a Jesús. Aun conociendo a mi Dios, llegué a perderlo todo un día, y de una relación fuera del matrimonio nació mi tercera princesa.

Han sido muchas mis caídas y las consecuencias terribles. Solo por la misericordia de Dios volví a ganar credibilidad hasta con mis propias hijas, recuperar mi trabajo en la radio y, sobre todo, volver a ser feliz.

Dios me concedió los recursos para forjar una nueva vida que me tomó años de obediencia, de guardarme y dedicarme solo a mis hijas y al ministerio, además de cumplir pactos muy serios y radicales con Él.

Asimismo, tuve que reconocer que estaba enferma emocionalmente, y que si no cambiaba, seguiría perdiendo a las personas que amaba.

Por eso, mi amigo, te invito a que lleves cautiva tu vida a Jesús. Él es el único que te puede ayudar a hacer cambios para siempre y ser feliz.

Verse of the Day - December 03, 2016


John 6:35 (NIV) Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

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The Daily Readings for SATURDAY, December 3, 2016


First Reading: Isaiah 4:2-6
On that day the branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land shall be the pride and glory of the survivors of Israel. Whoever is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, everyone who has been recorded for life in Jerusalem, once the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and cleansed the bloodstains of Jerusalem from its midst by a spirit of judgment and by a spirit of burning. Then the LORD will create over the whole site of Mount Zion and over its places of assembly a cloud by day and smoke and the shining of a flaming fire by night. Indeed over all the glory there will be a canopy. It will serve as a pavilion, a shade by day from the heat, and a refuge and a shelter from the storm and rain.

Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died. For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel's call and with the sound of God's trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Gospel Reading: Luke 21:5-19
When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, "As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down." They asked him, "Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?" And he said, "Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, 'I am he!' and, 'The time is near!' Do not go after them. "When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately." Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven. "But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. This will give you an opportunity to testify. So make up your minds not to prepare your defense in advance; for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your souls.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 20 Exaudiat te Dominus
1   May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble, the Name of the God of Jacob defend you;
2   Send you help from his holy place and strengthen you out of Zion;
3   Remember all your offerings and accept your burnt sacrifice;
4   Grant you your heart's desire and prosper all your plans.
5   We will shout for joy at your victory and triumph in the Name of our God; may the LORD grant all your requests.
6   Now I know that the LORD gives victory to his anointed; he will answer him out of his holy heaven, with the victorious strength of his right hand.
7   Some put their trust in chariots and some in horses, but we will call upon the Name of the LORD our God.
8   They collapse and fall down, but we will arise and stand upright.
9   O LORD, give victory to the king and answer us when we call.


Psalm 21 Domine, in virtute tua
1   The king rejoices in your strength, O LORD; how greatly he exults in your victory!
2   You have given him his heart's desire; you have not denied him the request of his lips.
3   For you meet him with blessings of prosperity, and set a crown of fine gold upon his head.
4   He asked you for life, and you gave it to him: length of days, for ever and ever.
5   His honor is great, because of your victory; splendor and majesty have you bestowed upon him.
6   For you will give him everlasting felicity and will make him glad with the joy of your presence.
7   For the king puts his trust in the LORD; because of the loving-kindness of the Most High, he will not fall.
8   Your hand will lay hold upon all your enemies; your right hand will seize all those who hate you.
9   You will make them like a fiery furnace at the time of your appearing, O LORD;
10   You will swallow them up in your wrath, and fire shall consume them.
11   You will destroy their offspring from the land and their descendants from among the peoples of the earth.
12   Though they intend evil against you and devise wicked schemes, yet they shall not prevail.
13   For you will put them to flight and aim your arrows at them.
14   Be exalted, O LORD, in your might; we will sing and praise your power.


Evening Psalms

Psalm 110 Dixit Dominus
1   The LORD said to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool."
2   The LORD will send the scepter of your power out of Zion, saying, "Rule over your enemies round about you.
3   Princely state has been yours from the day of your birth; in the beauty of holiness have I begotten you, like dew from the womb of the morning."
4   The LORD has sworn and he will not recant: "You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek."
5   The Lord who is at your right hand will smite kings in the day of his wrath; he will rule over the nations.
6   He will heap high the corpses; he will smash heads over the wide earth.
7   He will drink from the brook beside the road; therefore he will lift high his head.


Psalm 116 Dilexi, quoniam
1   I love the LORD, because he has heard the voice of my supplication, because he has inclined his ear to me whenever I called upon him.
2   The cords of death entangled me; the grip of the grave took hold of me; I came to grief and sorrow.
3   Then I called upon the Name of the LORD: "O LORD, I pray you, save my life."
4   Gracious is the LORD and righteous; our God is full of compassion.
5   The LORD watches over the innocent; I was brought very low, and he helped me.
6   Turn again to your rest, O my soul. for the LORD has treated you well.
7   For you have rescued my life from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling.
8   I will walk in the presence of the LORD in the land of the living.
9   I believed, even when I said, "I have been brought very low." In my distress I said, "No one can be trusted."
10   How shall I repay the LORD for all the good things he has done for me?
11   I will lift up the cup of salvation and call upon the Name of the LORD.
12   I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people.
13   Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his servants.
14   O LORD, I am your servant; I am your servant and the child of your handmaid; you have freed me from my bonds.
15   I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call upon the Name of the LORD.
16   I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people,
17   In the courts of the LORD'S house, in the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Hallelujah!


Psalm 117 Laudate Dominum
1   Praise the LORD, all you nations; laud him, all you peoples.
2   For his loving-kindness toward us is great, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures for ever. Hallelujah!


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The Daily Meditation for SATURDAY, December 3, 2016

From Forward Day By Day
Written by Hugo Olaiz

Luke 21:6 (NRSV) As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.

When I was a missionary in Paraguay, I was assigned to work with a local young man named Neri. He had barely finished high school, and I was a college graduate. We were poorly matched.

Neri’s lifelong ambition was to become a beekeeper. “When Jesus returns in all his glory, civilizations will collapse,” he explained. “Farming and beekeeping will go on forever.” Neri’s reading of prophecy struck me as misguided. “Too urgent and literal,” I thought. Or maybe not.

When I drive through Cincinnati, I see entire neighborhoods in decline. At the corner of Gilbert Avenue and Taft Road, there used to be a Presbyterian church, and today it is a place where Jesus’ prophecy is being fulfilled literally—except for one tower, the grand Neo-Gothic edifice is completely gone.

Is it possible that in today’s lesson from Luke, Jesus is referring to a curse we inflicted on ourselves? And what should be our response when we see neighborhoods, cities, and nations in the throes of collapse?

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Our Daily Bread - Listeners and Doers


Read: James 1:22–27 | Bible in a Year: Ezekiel 45–46; 1 John 2

Look after orphans and widows in their distress. James 1:27

The phone rang in the night for my husband, a minister. One of the prayer warriors in our church, a woman in her seventies who lived alone, was being taken to the hospital. She was so ill that she was no longer eating or drinking, nor could she see or walk. Not knowing if she would live or die, we asked God for His help and mercy, feeling particularly concerned for her welfare. The church sprang into action with a round-the-clock schedule of visitors who not only ministered to her but showed Christian love to the other patients, visitors, and medical staff.

James’s letter to the early Jewish Christians encouraged the church to care for the needy. James wanted the believers to go beyond just listening to the Word of God and to put their beliefs into action (1:22–25). By citing the need to care for orphans and widows (v. 27), he named a vulnerable group, for in the ancient world the family would have been responsible for their care.

How do we respond to those who are at risk in our church and community? Do we see caring for the widows and orphans as a vital part of the exercise of our faith? May God open our eyes to the opportunities to serve people in need everywhere.


Father God, Your heart beats for the vulnerable and for those who are alone. Help us to love Your people as You love them, for we are made in Your image.

True faith demands not only our words, but our actions.

© 2016 Our Daily Bread Ministries

Nuestro Pan Diario - Oidores y hacedores


Leer: Santiago 1:22-27 | La Biblia en un año: 1 Juan 2

… Visitar a los huérfanos y a las viudas en sus tribulaciones… (Santiago 1:27).

El teléfono sonó en medio de la noche. Buscaban a mi esposo, el pastor. Estaban llevando al hospital a una de nuestras guerreras de oración de la congregación, una mujer de unos 70 años, que vivía sola. Estaba tan enferma que ya no comía ni bebía; tampoco podía ver ni caminar. Le pedimos a Dios que la ayudara y tuviera misericordia de ella, ya que nos interesaba mucho su bienestar. La iglesia se puso en acción, organizando una cadena de visitas que no solo la ayudaron a ella, sino que demostraron el amor cristiano a pacientes, visitas y personal médico.

En su carta a los primeros creyentes judíos, Santiago alentaba a la iglesia a ocuparse de los necesitados. Quería que fueran más allá de simplemente escuchar la Palabra de Dios y que pusieran en práctica su fe (1:22-25). Mencionó la necesidad de ocuparse de los huérfanos y de las viudas (v. 27), un grupo vulnerable, ya que, en el mundo antiguo, los familiares tenían la responsabilidad de cuidarlos.

¿Cómo reaccionamos ante aquellos de nuestra iglesia o de la comunidad que están en situaciones de riesgo? ¿Consideramos que ocuparse de las viudas y los huérfanos es parte vital del ejercicio de nuestra fe? Mantengamos los ojos abiertos para aprovechar las oportunidades de servir a los necesitados.


Señor, que sintamos lo mismo que tú por los necesitados.

La fe auténtica no solo requiere palabras, sino acciones.

© 2016 Ministerios Nuestro Pan Diario

Unser Täglich Brot - Hörer und Täter


Lesen: Jakobus 1,22-27 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: Hesekiel 45–46; 1.Johannes 2

Ein reiner Gottesdienst ist der: die Waisen und Witwen in ihrer Trübsal besuchen. Jakobus 1,27

Mitten in der Nacht läutete das Telefon für meinen Mann, den Pastor. Eine der Gebetskämpferinnen unserer Gemeinde, eine alleinstehende Frau in den Siebzigern, war ins Krankenhaus eingeliefert worden. Sie war so krank, dass sie weder essen noch trinken, sehen oder gehen konnte. Wir wussten nicht, ob sie überleben würde und baten Gott um seine Hilfe und sein Erbarmen. Die ganze Gemeinde sprang ein und organisierte einen Besuchsdienst rund um die Uhr, der nicht nur für sie, sondern auch für andere Patienten, Besucher und das Krankenhauspersonal zum Zeichen christlicher Nächstenliebe wurde.

Jakobus ermunterte die jüdischen Christen seiner Zeit, für die Bedürftigen zu sorgen. Die Gläubigen sollten das Wort Gottes nicht nur hören, sondern ihren Glauben auch in die Tat umsetzen (1,22-25). Mit dem Hinweis auf die Waisen und Witwen (V.27) erwähnte er eine Gruppe, die in der damaligen Zeit besonders verletzlich war, denn damals war die Familie zuständig für die Versorgung ihrer Glieder.

Wie reagieren wir, wenn in unseren Kirchen und Gemeinden jemand in Not gerät? Betrachten wir die Fürsorge für Witwen und Waisen als wichtigen Ausdruck unseres gelebten Glaubens? Möge Gott uns die Augen öffnen, damit wir sehen, wo unsere Hilfe nötig ist.


Himmlischer Vater, dein Herz schlägt für die, die allein und hilflos sind. Hilf uns, deine Kinder zu lieben, wie du sie liebst, denn wir sind als dein Ebenbild erschaffen.

Wahrer Glaube verlangt nicht nur nach Worten, sondern nach Taten.

© 2016 Unser Täglich Brot

Хлеб наш насущный - Слушатели и исполнители


Читать сейчас: Иакова 1:22-27 | Библия за год: Иезекииль 45-46; Евреям 9

Чистое и непорочное благочестие... есть то, чтобы призирать сирот и вдов в их скорбях... — Иакова 1:27

Среди ночи раздался звук телефона. Звонили моему мужу, служителю. Одну из молитвенниц нашей церкви, одинокую семидесятилетнюю женщину, забрали в больницу. Ей было так плохо, что она не могла ни есть, ни пить, ни ходить, ни даже видеть. Мы просили у Бога помощи и милости, чувствуя особую заботу об этой душе. Церковь составила график посещений. Приходя в больницу, верующие не только заботились о своей сестре, но и проявляли христианское отношение к другим пациентам, посетителям и медработникам.

Послание Иакова иудейским христианам побуждает их заботиться о нуждающихся. Иаков желал, чтобы верующие были не только слушателями Божьего Слова, но и воплощали свои убеждения в жизнь (Иак. 1:22-25). Призывая их заботиться о сиротах и вдовах (Иак. 1:27), апостол указывает на особо уязвимых людей, поскольку в древнем мире не было социальной защиты, и ответственность за немощных возлагалась на семью.

Как мы относимся к тем, кто терпит нужду в нашей церкви или обществе? Считаем ли заботу о вдовах и сиротах важной частью христианского благочестия? Пусть Бог откроет наши глаза на возможности послужить людям, оказавшимся в нужде.


Бог Отец, Твое сердце сострадает скорбящим и одиноким. Помоги нам любить Твой народ, как любишь его Ты, потому что мы созданы по Твоему образу.

Истинная вера предполагает не только слова, но и действия.

© 2016 Хлеб Наш Насущный

Notre Pain Quotidien - Écouter ou agir ?


Lisez : Jacques 1.22‑27 | La Bible en un an : Ézéchiel 45 – 46 et 1 Jean 2


[Visitez] les orphelins et les veuves dans leurs afflictions. (Jacques 1.27)

Une nuit, le téléphone a sonné. On informait mon mari, qui est pasteur, que l’on conduisait à l’hôpital une septuagénaire de notre assemblée. Il s’agissait d’une guerrière de la prière qui vivait seule et était devenue malade au point de ne plus pouvoir manger, boire, voir et marcher. Ignorant si elle survivrait ou mourrait, nous avons demandé à Dieu de lui venir en aide et de lui faire miséricorde, car nous nous préoccupions beaucoup de son bien. L’Église est passée immédiatement à l’action en instaurant un échéancier de visites jour et nuit qui a eu pour effet non seulement d’oeuvrer auprès de notre être cher, mais encore de témoigner de l’amour de Christ à d’autres patients, à des visiteurs et au personnel médical.

L’épître que Jacques a adressée aux premiers chrétiens juifs a encouragé l’Église à prendre soin des gens démunis. Jacques tenait à ce que les croyants ne se bornent pas à écouter la Parole de Dieu, mais mettent aussi leur foi en action (1. 22‑25). En évoquant la nécessité de veiller au bien des orphelins et des veuves (V. 27), il a nommé un groupe de gens vulnérables, car la famille en avait la charge dans l’Antiquité.

Comment nous comporter envers les gens vulnérables de notre Église et de notre communauté ? Percevons‑nous les soins à apporter aux veuves et aux orphelins comme étant primordiaux dans l’exercice de notre foi ? Puisse Dieu ouvrir nos yeux sur les occasions qui s’offrent à nous de servir partout les gens démunis.

La vraie foi exige non seulement nos paroles, mais aussi nos actions.

© 2016 Ministères NPQ