Day 5/10 – Measuring the Work of God

Serve Others  – Mark 10:45 (ESV)  “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  Mark 10:45

“An axiom of Scripture is: Steward the temporal; give your life in exchange for the eternal. Keep the value of your possessions in proper perspective; they are resources given by God to assist you in investing in “the fruit that remains.”  This best prepares you for an eternity with Him. What does your investment portfolio reveal about your belief?”    Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)

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A history of these Daily Devotions can be found at: lylebrennan.com. 

This email contains, sequentially: Memory Verse (above), Daily Devotion from “Thoughts From The Diary of A Desperate Man” by Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”), Scripture Reading  (read the entire Bible in 1 year), and Prayer Requests. 

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Measuring the Work of God

Day One Hundred Thirty

“For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”  2 Corinthians 10:12

If someone were to ask you to list the six most important things Jesus sought to impart to His disciples in the three years of His public ministry, what six would you give?  You might include faith, the importance of self-denial, love, and forgiveness.  But whatever your list includes, in all probability you will find that they are characteristics that cannot be measured.  Significant, lasting work in the life of a person touches attitudes, values, world-views – ingredients that defy measurement.

You can force a person to read and memorize the Bible, and sit under the preaching of the Word, but you cannot influence the difference it will make in his life, to say nothing of measuring it.  If you have difficulty determining what God is doing in your own life, you have an impossible task making such a determination in the life of another. You can measure the number that professes faith in Christ, but even here you run into difficulty.  “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.”204  The work of drawing a person to the Savior may have been accomplished  before you met him, and many that do profess Christ are not converted.

Why would you want to try to measure the work of God?  What do you seek to accomplish?  Paul warned the Corinthians that such efforts often flow from a desire to compare; you need to measure what you are doing in order to compare favorably with another.  You must be careful that such endeavors don’t become a substitute for walking by faith.  With the work of God you will never be able to determine success by that which you measure, and your comparing yourself with others is at best, counter-productive.

204  I Corinthians 3:6

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2 Kings 10-12 John 1:29-51 (New King James Version)

2 Kings 10-12

Ahab’s Seventy Sons Killed

10 Now Ahab had seventy sons in Samaria. And Jehu wrote and sent letters to Samaria, to the rulers of [a]Jezreel, to the elders, and to [b]those who reared Ahab’s sons,saying:

Now as soon as this letter comes to you, since your master’s sons arewith you, and you have chariots and horses, a fortified city also, and weapons, choose the [c]best qualified of your master’s sons, set himon his father’s throne, and fight for your master’s house.

But they were exceedingly afraid, and said, “Look, two kings could not [d]stand up to him; how then can we stand?” And he who wasin charge of the house, and he who wasin charge of the city, the elders also, and those who reared the sons,sent to Jehu, saying, “We areyour servants, we will do all you tell us; but we will not make anyone king. Do what isgood in your sight.” Then he wrote a second letter to them, saying:

If you arefor me and will obey my voice, take the heads of the men, your master’s sons, and come to me at Jezreel by this time tomorrow.

Now the king’s sons, seventy persons, werewith the great men of the city, whowere rearing them. So it was, when the letter came to them, that they took the king’s sons and slaughtered seventy persons, put their heads in baskets and sent themto him at Jezreel.

Then a messenger came and told him, saying, “They have brought the heads of the king’s sons.”

And he said, “Lay them in two heaps at the entrance of the gate until morning.”

So it was, in the morning, that he went out and stood, and said to all the people, “You arerighteous. Indeed I conspired against my master and killed him; but who killed all these? 10 Know now that nothing shall fall to the earth of the word of the Lord which the Lord spoke concerning the house of Ahab; for the Lord has done what He spoke by His servant Elijah.” 11 So Jehu killed all who remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, and all his great men and his close acquaintances and his priests, until he left him none remaining.

Ahaziah’s Forty-two Brothers Killed

12 And he arose and departed and went to Samaria. On the way, at [e]Beth Eked of the Shepherds, 13 Jehu met with the brothers of Ahaziah king of Judah, and said, “Who areyou?”

So they answered, “We arethe brothers of Ahaziah; we have come down to greet the sons of the king and the sons of the queen mother.”

14 And he said, “Take them alive!” So they took them alive, and killed them at the well of [f]Beth Eked, forty-two men; and he left none of them.

The Rest of Ahab’s Family Killed

15 Now when he departed from there, he [g]met Jehonadab the son of Rechab, comingto meet him; and he greeted him and said to him, “Is your heart right, as my heart istoward your heart?”

And Jehonadab answered, “It is.”

Jehu said,“If it is, give meyour hand.” So he gave himhis hand, and he took him up to him into the chariot. 16 Then he said, “Come with me, and see my zeal for the Lord.” So they had him ride in his chariot. 17 And when he came to Samaria, he killed all who remained to Ahab in Samaria, till he had destroyed them, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke to Elijah.

Worshipers of Baal Killed

18 Then Jehu gathered all the people together, and said to them, “Ahab served Baal a little, Jehu will serve him much. 19 Now therefore, call to me all the prophets of Baal, all his servants, and all his priests. Let no one be missing, for I have a great sacrifice for Baal. Whoever is missing shall not live.” But Jehu acted deceptively, with the intent of destroying the worshipers of Baal. 20 And Jehu said, [h]“Proclaim a solemn assembly for Baal.” So they proclaimed it.21 Then Jehu sent throughout all Israel; and all the worshipers of Baal came, so that there was not a man left who did not come. So they came into the [i]temple of Baal, and the temple of Baal was full from one end to the other. 22 And he said to the one in charge of the wardrobe, “Bring out vestments for all the worshipers of Baal.” So he brought out vestments for them. 23 Then Jehu and Jehonadab the son of Rechab went into the temple of Baal, and said to the worshipers of Baal, “Search and see that no servants of the Lord are here with you, but only the worshipers of Baal.” 24 So they went in to offer sacrifices and burnt offerings. Now Jehu had appointed for himself eighty men on the outside, and had said, “Ifany of the men whom I have brought into your hands escapes, whoever lets him escape, it shall behis life for the life of the other.”

25 Now it happened, as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, that Jehu said to the guard and to the captains, “Go in andkill them; let no one come out!” And they killed them with the edge of the sword; then the guards and the officers threw themout, and went into the [j]inner room of the temple of Baal. 26 And they brought the sacredpillars out of the temple of Baal and burned them. 27 Then they broke down the sacredpillar of Baal, and tore down the [k]temple of Baal and made it a refuse dump to this day. 28 Thus Jehu destroyed Baal from Israel.

29 However Jehu did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who had made Israel sin, that is,from the golden calves that wereat Bethel and Dan. 30 And the Lord said to Jehu, “Because you have done well in doing what isright in My sight, andhave done to the house of Ahab all that wasin My heart, your sons shall sit on the throne of Israel to the fourth generation.” 31 But Jehu [l]took no heed to walk in the law of the Lord God of Israel with all his heart; for he did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam, who had made Israel sin.

Death of Jehu

32 In those days the Lord began to cut off partsof Israel; and Hazael conquered them in all the territory of Israel 33 from the Jordan eastward: all the land of Gilead—Gad, Reuben, and Manasseh—from Aroer, which isby the River Arnon, including Gilead and Bashan.

34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehu, all that he did, and all his might, arethey not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? 35 So Jehu [m]rested with his fathers, and they buried him in Samaria. Then Jehoahaz his son reigned in his place. 36 And the period that Jehu reigned over Israel in Samaria wastwenty-eight years.

Athaliah Reigns in Judah

11 When Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the royal heirs. But [n]Jehosheba, the daughter of King Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took [o]Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him away from among the king’s sons who werebeing murdered; and they hid him and his nurse in the bedroom, from Athaliah, so that he was not killed. So he was hidden with her in the house of the Lord for six years, while Athaliah reigned over the land.

Joash Crowned King of Judah

In the seventh year Jehoiada sent and brought the captains of hundreds—of the bodyguards and the [p]escorts—and brought them into the house of the Lord to him. And he made a covenant with them and took an oath from them in the house of the Lord, and showed them the king’s son. Then he commanded them, saying, “This iswhat you shall do: One-third of you who [q]come on duty on the Sabbath shall be keeping watch over the king’s house, one-third shall beat the gate of Sur, and one-third at the gate behind the escorts. You shall keep the watch of the house, lest it be broken down. The two [r]contingents of you who go off duty on the Sabbath shall keep the watch of the house of the Lord for the king. But you shall surround the king on all sides, every man with his weapons in his hand; and whoever comes within range, let him be put to death. You are to be with the king as he goes out and as he comes in.”

So the captains of the hundreds did according to all that Jehoiada the priest commanded. Each of them took his men who were to be on duty on the Sabbath, with those who were going off duty on the Sabbath, and came to Jehoiada the priest. 10 And the priest gave the captains of hundreds the spears and shields which had belongedto King David, that were in the temple of the Lord. 11 Then the escorts stood, every man with his weapons in his hand, all around the king, from the right [s]side of the temple to the left side of the temple, by the altar and the house. 12 And he brought out the king’s son, put the crown on him, and gave himthe Testimony;[t] they made him king and anointed him, and they clapped their hands and said, “Long live the king!”

Death of Athaliah

13 Now when Athaliah heard the noise of the escorts andthe people, she came to the people inthe temple of the Lord. 14 When she looked, there was the king standing by a pillar according to custom; and the leaders and the trumpeters were by the king. All the people of the land were rejoicing and blowing trumpets. So Athaliah tore her clothes and cried out, “Treason! Treason!”

15 And Jehoiada the priest commanded the captains of the hundreds, the officers of the army, and said to them, “Take her outside [u]under guard, and slay with the sword whoever follows her.” For the priest had said, “Do not let her be killed in the house of the Lord.” 16 So they seized her; and she went by way of the horses’ entrance intothe king’s house, and there she was killed.

17 Then Jehoiada made a covenant between the Lord, the king, and the people, that they should be the Lord’s people, and alsobetween the king and the people. 18 And all the people of the land went to the temple of Baal, and tore it down. They thoroughly broke in pieces its altars and [v]images, and killed Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars. And the priest appointed [w]officers over the house of the Lord. 19 Then he took the captains of hundreds, the bodyguards, the escorts, and all the people of the land; and they brought the king down from the house of the Lord, and went by way of the gate of the escorts to the king’s house. Then he sat on the throne of the kings. 20 So all the people of the land rejoiced; and the city was quiet, for they had slain Athaliah with the sword inthe king’s house. 21 Jehoash wasseven years old when he became king.

Jehoash Repairs the Temple

12 In the seventh year of Jehu, Jehoash[x] became king, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name wasZibiah of Beersheba. Jehoash did what wasright in the sight of the Lord all the days in which Jehoiada the priest instructed him. But the [y]high places were not taken away; the people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.

And Jehoash said to the priests, “All the money of the dedicated gifts that are brought into the house of the Lord—each man’s census[z] money, each man’s assessment money—andall the money that [aa]a man purposes in his heart to bring into the house of the Lord, let the priests take itthemselves, each from his constituency; and let them repair the [ab]damages of the temple, wherever any dilapidation is found.”

Now it was so, by the twenty-third year of King Jehoash, thatthe priests had not repaired the damages of the temple. So King Jehoash called Jehoiada the priest and the otherpriests, and said to them, “Why have you not repaired the damages of the temple? Now therefore, do not take moremoney from your constituency, but deliver it for repairing the damages of the temple.” And the priests agreed that they would neither receive moremoney from the people, nor repair the damages of the temple.

Then Jehoiada the priest took a chest, bored a hole in its lid, and set it beside the altar, on the right side as one comes into the house of the Lord; and the priests who [ac]kept the door put there all the money brought into the house of the Lord. 10 So it was, whenever they saw that there wasmuch money in the chest, that the king’s scribe[ad] and the high priest came up and [ae]put it in bags, and counted the money that was found in the house of the Lord. 11 Then they gave the money, which had been apportioned, into the hands of those who did the work, who had the oversight of the house of the Lord; and they [af]paid it out to the carpenters and builders who worked on the house of the Lord, 12 and to masons and stonecutters, and for buying timber and hewn stone, to repair the damage of the house of the Lord, and for all that was paid out to repair the temple. 13 However there were not made for the house of the Lord basins of silver, trimmers, sprinkling-bowls, trumpets, any articles of gold or articles of silver, from the money brought into the house of the Lord. 14 But they gave that to the workmen, and they repaired the house of the Lord with it. 15 Moreover they did not require an account from the men into whose hand they delivered the money to be paid to workmen, for they dealt faithfully. 16 The money from the trespass offerings and the money from the sin offerings was not brought into the house of the Lord. It belonged to the priests.

Hazael Threatens Jerusalem

17 Hazael king of Syria went up and fought against Gath, and took it; then Hazael set his face to [ag]go up to Jerusalem. 18 And Jehoash king of Judah took all the sacred things that his fathers, Jehoshaphat and Jehoram and Ahaziah, kings of Judah, had dedicated, and his own sacred things, and all the gold found in the treasuries of the house of the Lord and in the king’s house, and sent themto Hazael king of Syria. Then he went away from Jerusalem.

Death of Joash

19 Now the rest of the acts of [ah]Joash, and all that he did, arethey not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

20 And his servants arose and formed a conspiracy, and killed Joash in the house of [ai]the Millo, which goes down to Silla. 21 For [aj]Jozachar the son of Shimeath and Jehozabad the son of [ak]Shomer, his servants, struck him. So he died, and they buried him with his fathers in the City of David. Then Amaziah his son reigned in his place.

Footnotes:

  • 2 Kings 10:1 So with MT, Syr., Tg.; LXX Samaria;Vg. city
  • 2 Kings 10:1 the guardians of
  • 2 Kings 10:3 most upright
  • 2 Kings 10:4 Lit. stand before
  • 2 Kings 10:12 Or The Shearing House
  • 2 Kings 10:14 Or The Shearing House
  • 2 Kings 10:15 Lit. found
  • 2 Kings 10:20 Consecrate
  • 2 Kings 10:21 Lit. house
  • 2 Kings 10:25 Lit. city
  • 2 Kings 10:27 Lit. house
  • 2 Kings 10:31 was not careful
  • 2 Kings 10:35 Died and joined his ancestors
  • 2 Kings 11:2 Jehoshabeath,2 Chr. 22:11
  • 2 Kings 11:2 Or Jehoash
  • 2 Kings 11:4 guards
  • 2 Kings 11:5 Lit. enter in
  • 2 Kings 11:7 companies
  • 2 Kings 11:11 Lit. shoulder
  • 2 Kings 11:12 Law, Ex. 25:1621Deut. 31:9
  • 2 Kings 11:15 Lit. between ranks
  • 2 Kings 11:18 Idols
  • 2 Kings 11:18 Lit. offices
  • 2 Kings 12:1 Joash,2 Kin. 11:2ff.
  • 2 Kings 12:3 Places for pagan worship
  • 2 Kings 12:4 Lit. the money coming over
  • 2 Kings 12:4 any man’s heart prompts him to bring
  • 2 Kings 12:5 Lit. breaches
  • 2 Kings 12:9 guarded at the door
  • 2 Kings 12:10 secretary
  • 2 Kings 12:10 tied it up
  • 2 Kings 12:11 Lit. weighed
  • 2 Kings 12:17 Advance upon
  • 2 Kings 12:19 Jehoash,vv. 1–18
  • 2 Kings 12:20 Lit. The Landfill
  • 2 Kings 12:21 Zabad,2 Chr. 24:26
  • 2 Kings 12:21 Shimrith,2 Chr. 24:26

John 1:29-51

The Lamb of God

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who [a]is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ 31 I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.”

32 And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. 33 I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”

The First Disciples

35 Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. 36 And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”

37 The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38 Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek?”

They said to Him, “Rabbi” (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), “where are You staying?”

39 He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour).

40 One of the two who heard John speak,and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the [b]Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus.

Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, “You are Simon the son of [c]Jonah. You shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, [d]A Stone).

Philip and Nathanael

43 The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

46 And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”

Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!”

48 Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?”

Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”

49 Nathanael answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”

50 Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter[e] you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

Footnotes:

  • John 1:30 ranks higher than I
  • John 1:41 Lit. Anointed One
  • John 1:42 NU John
  • John 1:42 Gr. Petros,usually translated Peter
  • John 1:51 NU omits hereafter

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PRAYER REQUESTS 

Please pray for Brother Kevin Parkinson’s daughter, Amber Lee, from his first marriage who had been a meth addict for many years…He just heard she had a massive stroke!  Please Pray that Kevin and others will deliver the message of the Gospel to her and that she receives Salvation before it’s too late. 

Please Pray for Brother K and his family as him and his wife have children from two different marriages including their own. The children are manipulating each other and the parents; and, trying to put a wedge between the him and his wife. 

Please Pray for Sister Anna’s mom who is in near end stages of life; and, Pray for Anna who is returning home to El Salvador to live.  

Please Pray for Brother Walt and His Friday Bible Study.

Please continue to Pray for the Women’s Resources ministry in Las Vegas that they would lead women to the Lord and save babies. 

Please continue to Pray for Jenny Nadeau who has multiple surgeries scheduled and is currently in a weakened state from a recent blockage removal surgery. Pray that she and those around her will witness first hand our Masters Love and Holy Touch. 

Please continue to Pray for Simon, Sister Sonia’s friend, he needs heart and kidney transplant; and, above all needs to receive Jesus.  

Please continue to Pray for Dave Ubank and his family. They are ministering and rescuing children and families in Syria directly affected by  Isis – Pray for their protection and their ministry.  For a short 2 minute video about Ubanks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_htIgIvgDM[/embedyt

Please continue to Pray for Jim Nelson and family ministering in China. 

Pease continue to Pray for Brother Bob Summers that he have complete healing after his surgery for a blood clot in his brain.

Please continue to Pray for Sister Diana who is witnessing to young persons with confused doctrine.  Pray God would speak through her and provide His Holy Clarity directly these young people. 

Please continue to Pray for our nation that God would open all our eyes to the sin that is drowning us. Abortion, sex outside of marriage, hatred & divisiveness, greed, pride, only to name a few.  Please Pray and Fast for our nation to turn from this evil that is enveloping us.   

II Chronicles‬ ‭7:14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Please continue to Pray for our Brothers’ and Sisters’ struggling with various addictions. Pray that God would reveal Himself to them that all things are possible through Him… He can Cure any addiction … He is our Great Creator, He is our Savior, He is our Healer …He is our All and All!  

Please continue to Pray for the healing of baby Caden (Kevin Odor’s grandson) – born with Agenesis of the corpus callosum (rare neurological birth defect). 

Please continue to Pray for Sister Fabiola and her children in Mexico. And, please continue to Pray for her church caught up in the tragedies surrounding the murder of her husband, x-husband and one of her children.

Please continue to Pray for the Salvation of Hagen who is HIV positive and is deathly ill. 

We continue to ask for Prayers and Gods Grace and Mercy for Baby Grace and her parents, Lisa and Darren. 

Please continue to Pray for Alejandro Corral, his son Alejandro Jr., and his aunt Josefina. 

Please continue to Pray for Brother Steve Venable dealing with ALS. 

Please continue to Pray for our Persecuted Brothers and Sisters and their families that are suffering and giving their lives for our Faith.  10 WAYS TO PRAY FOR OUR PERSECUTED CHRISTIAN FAMILY.. Pray our brothers and sisters will:

1. Sense God’s presence (Heb. 13:5) 

2. Know we are praying for them (2 Tim. 1:3) 

3. Experience God’s comfort (2 Thess. 2:16–17) 

4. See God open doors to evangelism (Col. 4:3) 

5. Boldly share the gospel (Acts 4:29) 

6. Mature in their faith (Col. 1:28–29) 

7. Be granted wisdom in covert ministry work (Acts 9:23–25) 

8. Remain joyful amid suffering (Acts 5:41) 

9. Forgive and love their persecutors (Matt. 5:44) 

10. Be rooted in God’s Word (2 Tim. 3:16–17)

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Stand with your Brothers and Sisters in Prayer and Support. (See: The Voice of the Martyrs: https://www.persecution.com)

Please continue Pray for our President & government leaders that they will would seek God and Walk in His Ways.    

Please continue to pray for Biblical “headship” in families.

Please continue to Pray for all our children. 

Please continue to Pray that there would be a resurgence of Biblical “Fear of the Lord” in the church and in each of us… “to fear the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom.”

Please continue to Pray for Brother Ron Brink’s son who had 3+ military tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and who is now suffering brain damage and PTSD.  Pray for God’s Healing Power to fall upon Johnathon. (Ron is a 20 plus year missionary in Mexico with Touch Baja… for info on Touch Baja and how to touch the Mexican people for Christ, see http://www.touchbaja.com.)

Please continue to Pray for the Sharon India Foundation (“SIF”) to assisting the poor of India.  Through SIF: Widows have received medical treatment and been given quality sewing machines and training on how to use them to make a living. Orphans have been given free education in their neighborhood slum areas.  After natural disasters relief has been provided in the nature of medical, food items, blankets, clothing and building materials.  Bore wells have been successfully dug to provide fresh water to affected areas.  Water purification systems have also been given out on a limited basis. Special shoes have been purchased for lepers with ulcerated feet.  Thousands of books have been translated to assist in the ever growing discipleship outreach of E-Squared (Evangelism and Edification/Disciples).  Sharon India Foundation has no administrative costs and 100% of all donations go directly to the Indian pastors and their ministries. (Let’s reach India and beyond for Christ…see how you can help: https://sharonindia.org.)

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