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 We know the Christian response is to help those who are needy; physically or mentally unable to take care of themselves. But what should our response be to those who are able but unwilling to work? What should we do with the lazy?
 What Does The Bible Say?
 II Thessalonians 3:10-12 says… 
“For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: if any one will not work, let him not eat. For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work in quietness and to earn their own living.” 
From this passage, we learn:
 1. Laziness is a sin.
 2. Idleness encourages other sinful activities.
 3. We should not reward lazy behavior.
 4. God expects people to work. 
 Make a living and improve our community.

 During World War II, a US marine was separated from his unit on a Pacific island. The fighting had been intense and in the smoke and the crossfire, he had lost touch with his comrades.
 Alone in the jungle, he could hear enemy soldiers coming in his direction. Scrambling for cover, he found his way up a high ridge to several small caves in the rock. Quickly he crawled inside one of the caves. Although safe for the moment, he realized that once the enemy soldiers looking for him swept up the ridge, they would quickly search all the caves and he would be killed.
 As he waited, he prayed, “Lord, if it be your will, please protect me. Whatever your will though, I love you and trust you. Amen.”
After praying, he lay quietly listening to the enemy begin to draw close. He thought, “Well, I guess the Lord isn’t going to help me out of this one.” Then he saw a spider begin to build a web over the front of his cave. As he watched, listening to the enemy searching for him all the while, the spider layered strand after strand of web across the opening of the cave. “Haha,” he thought, “What I need is a brick wall and what the Lord has sent me is a spider web. God does have a sense of humor.”
As the enemy drew closer, he watched from the darkness of his hideout and could see them searching one cave after another. As they came to his, he got ready to make his last stand. To his amazement, however, after glancing in the direction of his cave, they moved on. Suddenly, he realized that with the spider web over the entrance, his cave looked as if no one had entered for quite a while. “Lord, forgive me,” prayed the young man. “I had forgotten that in you a spider’s web is stronger than a brick wall.”
We all face times of great trouble. When we do, it is so easy to forget the victories that God would work in our lives, sometimes in the most surprising ways. As the great leader, Nehemiah reminded the people of Israel when they faced the task of rebuilding Jerusalem, “In God we will have success!” (Nehemiah 2:20)
 And remember: Whatever is happening in your life, in God a mere spider’s web becomes a brick wall of protection.​

God’s Plan for Saving Mankind

• Hear the Gospel (Romans 10:17)
• Believe the Gospel (Hebrews 11:6 and John 20:30-31)
• Confess Faith in Christ (Romans 10:9-10 and Matthew 10:32)
• Repent of Past Sins (Acts 17:29-31)
• Be Baptized in Water (Acts 2:36-38, Mark 16:16, Galatians 3:27, and 1 Peter 3:21)
• Be Faithful Until Death (Revelation 2:10) 

Let’s examine these passages and let God’s word into our hearts. Adapted from Shane Williams (NKJV) 

God and the Spider
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Theme for 2015: The Mind of Christ
What Does the Bible Say about WORK?