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From the monthly archives: April 2009

We are pleased to present below all posts archived in 'April 2009'. If you still can't find what you are looking for, try using the search box.

Left Behind in God's Care by Greg and Sue Smith

God heard [Ishmael] crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, "What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation." – Genesis 21:17-18 (NIV) All across the Commonwealth of Virginia, and especially in Fredericksburg where we live, stories of Latino immigrants who left children, parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, and others in their home countries to live and work to the US come to our attention, breaking our hearts and bringing tears to our eyes. Leaving behind a little one, or even an older adult, who depends on you for their needs truly cannot be an easy thing to do. But many have done so, and continue to do so, not out of callousness or cruelty, but just the opposite, out of compassion and concern to provide in ways they never could if they stayed home. But that decision comes with a price. One day O. ...

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Light of YOUR World by Marc Wyatt, CBF Field Personnel

In the same way your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things that you do and praise your Father in heaven. -- Matthew 5:16 (Good News Bible) Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven. -- Matthew 5:16 (The Message)   Something to Think About: Have you ever heard someone say ‘she’s the spitting image of her mother’ or ‘he’s a chip off the old block’? It’s usually meant as a compliment. That is what Jesus meant when he shared this final thought about shining. He told his disciples that when they let their little lights shine folks would compliment God their Father. By the goodness they would bring to others, that is to say their love, their example of faith, the acts of kindness and goodwill people would give thanks and praise to God. The world is in despera ...

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