Volume 1, Issue 11  
    November 2007  
Who is Your Neighbor?

      In the days when Yahshua lived on the earth, the Samaritans were a despised people who were looked upon as very low class citizens.  But Yahshua told a story that would shock the people of His day!  He was asked a question by a man who knew the law.  The man wanted to know who his neighbor was.

      Yahshua said, “Once upon a time a Hebrew man was travelling to Jericho from Jerusalem.  He was attacked by a gang of robbers.  They took everything he had and beat him severely, leaving him to die.  Soon a priest from the temple came down the same road and saw the poor man lying in a pool of blood.  The priest kept on going without even stopping to help the man!  Then a Samaritan came down the road on his donkey.  Unlike the priest, he rushed to help the man, even washing his wounds and putting him upon the donkey.  He took the man to an inn and took care of him.  The next day he gave the inn keeper money to keep on taking care of the man.   ‘When I return,’ said the Samaritan, ‘I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’”

inside this issue  
Your Neighbor?  
Fun in the Kitchen.  
Who Am I?  
Autumn Crossword  

      Then Yahshua asked, “Who do you think was a neighbor to the injured man?”

      The man who asked the question admitted, “The one who showed mercy.”

      “Go and do likewise,” said Yahshua.  From this story, we learn that a despised Samaritan helped a man who would’ve probably considered him an enemy.  But he helped him anyway.  How do you think the injured man would’ve felt if he learned that a priest had turned his back on him, and that

"You know the commands: “You must not be guilty of adultery. You must not murder anyone. You must not steal. You must not tell lies about your neighbor. Honor your father and mother.”

  —- Luke 18:20 NCV

he was helped by someone very unexpected?  Do you think the injured man would’ve began treating the Samaritans differently?          

      What can you learn from this story?  We should try to treat others kindly, even if they are people who are treated differently by our society.  If we have enemies, we should pray for them and not try to get revenge on them.  Yahshua wants us to be like Him.  He was nice to people who were looked down upon in His society.  For instance, He healed lepers.  Everyone else ran away from such people.  While we are not able to perform miracles today like Yahshua did, we can still pray for those who are sick or lame.  We can still write letters or send cards to those who are hurting.  Let us all be like the good Samaritan!






Family Fun in the Kitchen!

      Mom and Dad, Autumn is a great time to go apple-picking with your children!  Why not spend an afternoon together trying this yummy recipe?  It’s much healthier than candy, as apples are high in fiber and nutrients!  Children, do not try this without your parents help.

  Caramel Apples:

1 1/2 Tbsp. butter

1 1/2 cups light brown sugar

6 Tbsp. water

Popsicle sticks

8 to 10 apples

      Melt the butter in a saucepan.  Add the sugar and water. Stir until it has a smooth consistency.  Gently bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 3 minutes until the pan’s sides get steamy and the mixture is thin but somewhat sticky.  Remove from the heat.  Pierce the center of each apple with a popsicle stick, then swirl in the caramel syrup until coated.  Place apple on a greased cookie sheet to harden.  Refrigerate for at least 1 to 2 hours.  Serves 8 to 10.




In the statements below, circle the correct name (found in parentheses).

1.  I fearlessly slew the giant, Goliath.                                      (The Apostle Paul, David, Sarah)

2.  I was a tax collector.                                                                      (Abraham, Mary, Matthew)

3.  I was old when I had a baby.                                                              (Sarah, Miriam, Martha)

4.  I was Abraham’s first son, by Hagar.                                                     (Peter, John, Ishmael)

5.  I loved to serve guests, but Yahshua scolded me!                          (Martha, Andrew, Mary)



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