Warning: Declaration of WarpMenuWalker::start_lvl(&$output, $depth) should be compatible with Walker_Nav_Menu::start_lvl(&$output, $depth = 0, $args = Array) in /home/john316m/public_html/wp-content/themes/yoo_downtown_wp/warp/systems/wordpress/helpers/system.php on line 0

Warning: Declaration of WarpMenuWalker::end_lvl(&$output, $depth) should be compatible with Walker_Nav_Menu::end_lvl(&$output, $depth = 0, $args = Array) in /home/john316m/public_html/wp-content/themes/yoo_downtown_wp/warp/systems/wordpress/helpers/system.php on line 0

Warning: Declaration of WarpMenuWalker::start_el(&$output, $item, $depth, $args) should be compatible with Walker_Nav_Menu::start_el(&$output, $item, $depth = 0, $args = Array, $id = 0) in /home/john316m/public_html/wp-content/themes/yoo_downtown_wp/warp/systems/wordpress/helpers/system.php on line 0

Warning: Declaration of WarpMenuWalker::end_el(&$output, $item, $depth) should be compatible with Walker_Nav_Menu::end_el(&$output, $item, $depth = 0, $args = Array) in /home/john316m/public_html/wp-content/themes/yoo_downtown_wp/warp/systems/wordpress/helpers/system.php on line 0
John316Marshall.com » Matthew 25

Visiting Prisoners

Posted in Matthew, Matthew 25, New Testament

Matthew 25:36c

Visiting Prisoners

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Matt. 25:36c I was in prison and you visited Me.

Let me begin by talking about the world’s most vulnerable prisoners. Global slavery is one of the most profitable industries in the world today.

At least 20 million are trapped as workers, including child-laborers, and prostitutes. Women and girls are 70% of those trafficked. Five countries account for 61% of the world’s slaves: India, China, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, and Russia. Millions of dollars are spent in the fight against human trafficking, but little of it trickles down to help the victims. (Info in this paragraph was gleaned from the New York Times Editorial Board.)

Lest we think this is a problem only far away, the FBI has trained local police in the Springfield/Branson area to deal with sex trafficking, labor trafficking, and pimps selling girls via the Internet. In our area, laborers are sometimes forced to work for low wages and extended hours.

I would be dishonest if I did not confess I sometimes feel the cause is hopeless, but I have to remind myself we tackled this issue before, and won. In the 300 years (1500s to 1800s) of the trans-Atlantic African slave trade, at least 35,000 slave voyages were made (we have records on them); 12 million slaves were brought over. We beat this trade primarily due to three men.

William Wilberforce

The Bible: Strong Medicine

Posted in Matthew, Matthew 25, New Testament

Matthew 25:36b

The Bible: Strong Medicine

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Matt. 25:36b (Holman) I was sick and you took care of Me;

These sermons about Beautiful Christianity, based on the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats, have reminded me of three books I read years ago: two were written by D. James Kennedy, “What If Jesus Had Never Been Born” and “What If the Bible Had Never Been Written”; the third was written by S. I. McMillan, “None of These Diseases”. Every Christian would benefit from reading these three books. They tell how history would have been totally different, much less compassionate, without Jesus and the Bible. I am especially indebted to Kennedy and McMillan for this sermon on Beautiful Christianity’s influence on medical care in world history.

Due to the Bible’s Old Testament standards, the Hebrews were light years ahead of other nations in matters of communal hygiene. Cleanliness and good diets were at the heart of Old Testament teachings.

These teachings proved helpful many times in world history. Maybe their best contributions happened in the Middle Ages, when leprosy and the Black Death were the scourge of Europe. Leprosy killed millions. Black Death, in the 1300s, killed 60 million people, one-fourth of Europe; some consider it to be the worst disaster ever recorded in human history.

What finally brought these epidemics under control? The