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What does your church teach regarding the subject of Widows and Orphans? If we were all being honest Air VaporMax 97 UK , most of us rarely give the matter a second thought. If your ministry, company, or even your civic group is struggling, or you're lacking contentment in your own spiritual life, here's a tip that's guaranteed to send any lackluster routine into hyperspace. Interested?

Here it is: Start reaching out to widows and orphans within your scope of influence.

Recently, TV's 700 Club interviewed Heidi Baker of Iris Ministries which is experiencing phenomenal revival among many African tribes. To paraphrase Heidi, "If you want to see revival, start ministering to the widows and orphans."

Even America, the most powerful Air VaporMax CS UK , wealthiest nation on Earth, lags embarrassingly behind smaller countries where providing for its children is concerned. While we rank first among nations for military spending and the number of our millionaires, we rank a dismal 14th in our efforts to help our orphans. Jesus said, " is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God."

Here are some sad statistics about the State of the Children in the land of the free and home of the brave, submitted by the Children's Defense Fund: Each day, four children are killed by abuse or neglect, five commit suicide, eight are killed by firearms, 76 die before their first birthday Air VaporMax Flyknit UK , 182 are arrested for violent crimes and 366 for drug abuse, 1,186 are born to teenage mothers, 1,707 are born without health insurance, 2,171 are born into poverty, 2,341 are born to mothers without a high school diploma Air VaporMax Laceless UK , 2,455 are abused or neglected, 2,539 high school students drop out and 4,440 children under age 18 are arrested.

Those statistics would make Abraham Lincoln, our nation's 16th President, roll over in his grave. It was he who said, in his Second Inaugural Address, March 4 Air VaporMax Off White UK , 1865: "With malice toward none, with charity for care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan..."

Today, we find ourselves in a new kind of war. Though wecall it a "war against terrorism," fact is, it's still a war and that means people are dying. As of this writing, July 8, 2005, America has experienced a total of 1 Air VaporMax Womens UK ,752 casualties in Iraq; 210 in Afghanistan, 56 of those in 2005. Are we, the people, taking advantage of the opportunity to reach out to the women left without husbands and children left fatherless? Or do we leave that to the government or say "Somebody should do something"?

WHAT DOES SCRIPTURE INSTRUCT US TO DO?

There is a verse in Scripture that describes the only kind of true religion, the kind that Jesus taught and exemplified - one which had nothing to do with obligatory Church attendance or obedience to manmade rules and regulations. This verse, describing the only kind of religion that makes sense, can be found in James 1:27: "Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world."

As you may have noticed, Jesus was not a very religious person Air VaporMax Mens UK , always butting heads with the most religious people of His day, healing on the Sabbath, hanging out with prostitutes and tax collectors and so on. The religious part of any faith is no less than a mere return to bondage - adherence to rules and regulations that shackle humankind - intended to be the most free creatures in the universe. That kind of religion - legalism, self-imposed rules and self-denial - is the kind that nobody needs or desires. Religion is, after all, man's hapless attempt to reach God. We simply can't reach that high. So, God became one of us. I wish everyone had a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. He's real, you know. Jesus proclaimed that He came to set us free. "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty Air VaporMax Plus Womens UK ," (2 Corinthians 3:17). Relationship is what Christianity is all about - reconciliation between God and man and man with each other (2 Corinthians 5:17-19).

Look at Colossians 2:23 where religion is spoken of in this way: "These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh."

An Old Testament verse, Deuteronomy 10:18, reads: "... He executes justice forthe fatherless and the widow...." There have always been widows and orphans. The Scriptures repeatedly uses widows and orphans as the litmus test of need. Apparently, from Heaven's perspective, there is no one more needy than the woman who has lost her husband or the child who has lost mommy and daddy. God's heart is turned toward them. Ours should be as well.

Religion that is acceptable to God is religion that has Christ's hands and feet, the Body of Christ. Now Air VaporMax Plus Mens UK , it may involve more than this, but it never involves less. Regarding James 1:27, the NIV translates the "visiting" of widows and orphans as episkeptesthai, meaning: "to look after." The King James translates it as, "to visit." The Good News Bible translates it as, "to take care." All these translations are pretty much spot on. It's more than merely visiting and it's more than taking care of. Literally, it's about visiting in order to help. It's about taking the initiative to go to those who need assistance.

EXAMPLES FROM THE EARLY CHURCH

The Early church actively addressed legitimate social concerns (Acts 6:1; 9:39; 1 Tim. 5:3). This was in keeping with Old Testament instructions about caring for the needy (Deut. 14;28,19; 16:11; 26:12). The example set by the Early church has been imitated for nearly 2,000 years. For example Air Max Plus UK , William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, described his ministry in this way: "We will wash (our sacrifices) in the tears of widows and orphans and lay it on the altar of humanity." In lookin
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