The Homeless – What to Do?

We have a homeless population in our community and often we see them panhandling on the streets.  I decided to call the police department and ask their suggestion on how best we can help.

I was strictly advised, “Do not give them money!  Instead, support the organizations that assist them.”

Hmm.  We are already doing that!  So I came up with an additional plan.   I went to a fast food restaurant and purchased gift cards to enclose in envelopes.  Then I went online and did a search for local resources that support the needy.  I came up with a long list and included the most important resources on one sheet of paper.  On the other side I printed the Gospel message from Larry Kent of  On-Tract.com.    Here it is below:

***   The stories that follow capture the heart of the Bible’s message in a fresh, new way.  You are invited to experience them for yourself.

1. The Driver:   A driver was once stopped by a police officer.  He was a good driver and as far as he knew he had done nothing wrong. The police officer said, “I pulled you over because you were going 60 through a school zone.  There were ten warning signs that the speed limit was 15 and you ignored them all.”

Just as the driver had ten warning signs, God has given us ten clear warning
signs in the Bible.  They are called the Ten Commandments.  Have you ever told a
lie, stolen something, or used God’s name as a swear word?  If you’re like me the
answer is ‘yes.’

Listen to what the Bible says in James 2:10:  “Whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.”   God is saying that by breaking one Commandment we have sinned and will be held accountable for breaking all of them, including adultery and murder.  God’s judgment for our sin is death. (Banishment to hell because He will not allow sin in His presence). Romans 6:23a   If the story ends here, there is no hope for us…

2. The Convict:   An innocent man approached a judge and volunteered to be executed in the place of a convicted murderer.  The judge consented. The next day the judge told the convict he had a decision to make.  “An innocent man has been put to death in your place.  If you will accept his payment for your crime, you are free to go.  If you will not accept his payment, you will be executed for your crime. Which do you choose?”

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was sinless but voluntarily gave His life to pay the
penalty for your sins and mine.  (God’s judgment for our sin is death). Three days
later He rose from the dead. “God showed His great love for us by sending Jesus to die for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 5:8
“The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23b

As a result of Jesus’ death in your place, you have two choices:
Receive both God’s pardon for your sins and eternal life by repenting (sensing
your sinfulness and desiring to turn from it) and placing your trust in the Lord
Jesus, ORReject both God’s pardon for your sins and eternal life by trusting in anyone or anything other than Jesus to make you acceptable to God, thus bearing the penalty for breaking God’s law yourself.

“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son of God
will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” John 3:36
Knowing about Jesus doesn’t mean you believe in Jesus…

3. The Skydiver:    Skydivers demonstrate their belief in their parachutes when they jump from the plane.  Followers of Jesus demonstrate their belief in Him when God’s Spirit changes their thoughts and desires.  “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”  2 Corinthians 5:17
God says, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you.” Ezekiel 36:26

Just as entering a garage won’t make you a mechanic, attending a church won’t make you a Christian.  If you would like to receive God’s pardon for your sins and the gift of eternal life, consider a prayer like this:    “Jesus, I believe You paid the penalty for my sins when You died on the cross and rose from the dead.  I want to turn from my sins and place my trust in You as my Lord.  I am willing to follow You the rest of my life.  Thank You for the gift of eternal life. Amen.”

The desire of real followers of Jesus is to: “live a life worthy of the Lord, pleasing Him in every way, bearing fruit in every good work, and growing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:10

The above is available in 100 languages at: www.on-tract.com                                             When life doesn’t make sense:  www.godlife.com

“Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  Romans 10:13   

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[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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