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Basic Course 6

Share Your Faith - Issue 6 of Basic Course

A lost and lonely world cries out for love and answers. If you've found Jesus, you have what others need. Learn to share the good news of Jesus' love, and see what wonders He can do through you to change others' lives for the better.

01-06-2009
Who Are You Listening To?
Who Are You Listening To?

We’ve all seen cartoons of a person at a point of decision, with a guardian angel on one shoulder and a little devil on the other, each trying to persuade the person to do or not do this or that. The message is simple, clear, and often amusing, but what few people seem to realize is that there is also a lot of truth to those cartoons.

Even a lot of people who believe in God don’t realize how real the spirit world is or what a major part it plays in their daily lives. Numerous passages in the Bible make...

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01-06-2009
The Ant and the Grasshopper
The Ant and the Grasshopper

At a primary school, during their weekly class on morals, some first-grade students were asked to finish the story of the hard-working ant and the lazy grasshopper in the way they thought would be best.

Most of us know this story—one of Aesop’s fables—of how the Grasshopper wasted the summer months playing his fiddle while the Ant labored hard storing food for the winter. When cold finally came, the industrious Ant and his friends were all safely tucked away with all that they would need, while the Grasshopper was left to search for food and found himself dying of hunger.

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01-06-2009
Change the World
Change the World

Back in 1913, a man about 20 years of age took a walking tour in the rural province of Provence, in southern France. Provence was a rather barren and desolate area at the time, as it had been almost totally denuded of trees due to overcutting and too-intensive agriculture. The soil had then been washed away by the rains, as there were no trees to hold it in place. The whole region had become barren and dry.

Little farming was being done now because of its poor condition. The villages were old and run down, and most of the villagers had...

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01-06-2009
The Cure For Loneliness
The Cure For Loneliness

Question: How can I cope with the extreme loneliness that I feel?

 

Answer: If you’re lonely, you’re not alone! Many people today are lonely—especially in cities, where life has been aptly described as “millions of people being lonesome together.” Just living in the middle of a lot of people won’t necessarily relieve loneliness, because loneliness comes from being insulated from others, not only isolated. And sad to say, it is often self-inflicted. People build walls around themselves instead of bridges. So what is the cure for loneliness? Loving others. Consider this true story:

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01-06-2009
Gain by Giving
Gain by Giving

You may have noticed the contented aura, even radiance, of people who make it a habit to give.Whether it’s time, money, help, friendship, or encouragement, they always seem to not only be content themselves, but to have enough to share with others. Jesus explained how this can be so: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured into your lap.” (Luke 6:38 NIV)

If we give to others, yield to their wishes to make them happy, or put their needs above our own, we can sometimes feel like...

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01-06-2009
God’s Miraculous Supply
God’s Miraculous Supply

Meat for a month

{bible50}Numbers 11:18-23{/bible} and {bible50}Numbers 31{/bible}

 

The Lord pays a widow’s debts

{bible50}2 Kings 4:1-6{/bible}

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01-06-2009
One Fine Day
One Fine Day

Just one more day. Just one more day, I kept telling myself as I made my way down a dusty path to the hospital entrance. It was still early morning, but I could feel the sun beating down on the back of my neck. My arms ached from the weight of the large box of medicine and other supplies I was carrying. It was the fifth and last day of a free medical project in a rural area of Nigeria, where other members of the Family International and I were assisting a team of volunteer doctors and other medical professionals....

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01-06-2009
Miracles Happen!
Miracles Happen!

Her doctors couldn’t promise that she would live from one day to the next

Debbie, who one month ago prayed with me to receive Jesus as her Savior, is overcoming a supposedly incurable disease—hepatitis C. Her condition was complicated by more than 10 years of heroin addiction. Her doctors couldn’t promise that she would live from one day to the next. Since I prayed with her for her healing, her blood has normalized to the point that her doctors have discontinued her medication. When I first met her, she couldn’t make it through a short conversation without nodding off...

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01-06-2009
Workplace World Changers
Workplace World Changers

Tajana Bandera; Rijeka, Croatia

I’m a dentist, and many people come to my office every day. You would be surprised at how many of them are quick to tell me about their problems. They really need someone to talk to, someone who will listen. So I listen for as long as needed and then try to comfort and encourage them. Of course God can solve their problems a lot better than I can, so I always try to bring Him into the conversation.

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01-06-2009
The “Mark of the Beast”

The coming cashless society

“He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on [in] their right hand or on [in] their foreheads, that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.” (Revelation 13:16–18)

This prophecy is remarkable. Think about it: Nearly 2,000 years ago the apostle John, who prior to...

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01-06-2009
Be a Vessel of My Love
Be a Vessel of My Love

Do you think you can pour love out of yourself? If you try, you will soon find that your own love falls short. True, unfailing, self-sacrificial love does not come from yourself, by your own power, or through your own efforts or habits or your own knowing how to love. But as you fill up on Me and My love, you will have this kind of love—and more than enough. This love will then pour out on everyone you meet.

First, you must let Me fill you up. A vessel that is moving or stopped up cannot be filled. You must...

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