Sunday, February 12, 2012

“I believe, however, when justice for the poor is connected not to guilt but to grace and to the gospel, this “pushes the button” down deep in believers’ souls, and they begin to wake up. Here is an example of the kind of argument that accomplishes this. It comes from a sermon by a young Scottish minister early in the nineteenth century, preaching on the text “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35):

Now, dear Christians, some of you pray night and day to be branches of the True Vine; you pray to be made all over in the image of Christ. If so, you must be like Him in giving . . . “Though he was rich, yet for our sakes he became poor” . . . Objection 1. “My money is my own.” Answer: Christ might have said, “My blood is my own, my life is my own” . . . then where should we have been? Objection 2. “The poor are undeserving.” Answer: Christ might have said, “They are wicked rebels . . . shall I lay down my life for these? I will give to the good angels.” But no, he left the ninety-nine, and came after the lost. He gave his blood for the undeserving. Objection 3. “The poor might abuse it.” Answer: Christ might have said the same; yea, with far greater truth. Christ knew that thousands would trample his blood under their feet; that most would despise it; that many would make it an excuse for sinning more; yet he gave his own blood. Oh my dear Christians! If you would be like Christ, give much, give often, give freely, to the vile and the poor, the thankless and the undeserving. Christ is glorious and happy and so will you be. It is not your money I want, but your happiness. Remember his own word, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Excerpt from Generous Justice by Timothy Keller (2010) page 107-108

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

We were blessed to have a work team from Cornerstone with us for the last two weeks. They helped us finish painting the houses in Leroux at IFM's earthquake housing project. They also helped us build a house for Delen Pierre, an earthquake victim that moved out here to Fond Parisien.

The walls went up fast!

A big thank you to the donors that gave money to build this house for Delen and her 3 children. A big thankyou to the Cornerstone team for all their hard work. God Bless.