January 1999

Volume 1, Issue 1

Sunday Afternoon Meditation by Rev. Steven Leuice

Inside this issue:

     It's Sunday afternoon.  This morning I led the worship service. Now one nagging question lingers:  Did I facilitate real worship? 
     What about you? It doesn't matter if you were behind or in front of the pulpit. Did you contribute to genuine worship? It is an important question, because after all, that's what we were made for:
"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, THAT YOU MAY DECLARE THE PRAISES OF HIM WHO
I Pet. 2:9

     Think about the last time you spent with the Lord, either in private devotions or corporate worship. Were you carrying out a "duty" or
finding "delight" in the one you call LORD? 
     Is there a difference? Oh, yes, a big difference! Anything in which we find delight automatically overflows into praise. Players praise their favorite sport, fishermen praise their favorite spear-gun, cooks praise their favorite food dish, and singers praise their favorite song. Anything we enjoy, we honor with our words, our time, and our actions. It is a natural consequence.

"Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart."  Ps. 37:4

     God has a word for those who try to praise what they have no pleasure in. He calls them hypocrites. He says, "These people honor me with
their lips, but their heart is far from me."
(Mark 7:6)

Foundation House by Rev. Bob Murphy

     The FH program includes finding foster parents for children in need, plans for a group home to house up to 300 children, and other programs to help kids heal.

     The needs are great but it has been difficult to find people who will take these children into their homes. On

the island of Guam, families have been torn asunder by drugs, alcohol, physical and sexual abuse, and neglect. Children on Guam from all the islands in Micronesia are in shocking need of a safe place to live. Cases like ... fifteen month-old infants with diaper rash so severe they bleed, while Mom is high on "ice"         

     Foundation House (FH) is an organization that was established to meet the needs of over 2000 children from all the island of Micronesia living on Guam that need immediate foster care. These children have been abused by their families and require help that the government is unable to provide.