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No Greater Love…

No greater loveJesus said, My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. John 15:12-14

Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:7-8

Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Romans 8:34

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. 1 Peter 2:24-25

For the wages of sin is death (eternal separation from God – hell), but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

AMEN!!!

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What Does God Want Me To Do, Jesus?

I do not know what God wants me to do, Jesus. So many works I have undertaken have been blocked. My attempts have gone nowhere. It seems that I have failed God, even though I have tried with all of my might. I want so much to fulfill His plan for me. One day I will stand before You, Jesus, and You will judge what I have done with all God has provided. Please help me.

“Listen. You are thinking with human wisdom and not with My Father’s wisdom. You are following your thoughts and not His thoughts.”

How am I doing this, my Lord?

“Look at your very words. It is not by your might but by His might that you will succeed. Here is another problem in your mind: You have measured success by the ways of the world. Must you see with your eyes to believe?”

How am I to know I have not failed You if I do not see results from my efforts for the Kingdom of God?

“Trust My joy and peace in you, and not what you see with your eyes. Be content in knowing you have done what I have led your heart to do. It is not by trying but by trusting that you will succeed. Trying comes by trusting.”

How will I know each day that I really am doing what God wants me to do, Jesus?

“The evil one will oppose you. He will accuse you of being foolish. He will remind you of how small you are. He will cast at your mind the memories of sins I have forgiven. He will tell you loudly that you are not worthy of serving me. He will tell you it is impossible. My Father’s will for you is impossible apart from Me in you. You must not listen to the evil one with your mind. Listen to Me with your heart. In the Spirit—that is how you will know what to do.”

This is what You have spoken to me through Your Spirit: I will know what to yet do only when I seek knowing You more than anything else. It is when I am on my knees before You that You confirm to my heart that You love me, that You are listening, and You will tell me what I am to do for God. Time seems to not matter in Your presence. As I still myself before You, You renew me. Your Spirit leads me through each step. I have noticed, Jesus, that You give me an extra portion of love, joy, and peace both just before You tell me what God wants me to do, and during my works for Him, to encourage me. It seems that almost immediately after I know what direction to take, I am hit by an unseen but felt attack. It is often physical, and this is difficult for me.

“The measure of your success is both unseen and twofold—the evil one will rage against you, and I will fill you with a knowledge of My love as you have never known in the world.”

Your words explain why Satan has come against me so strongly, and why I feel so wonderfully and completely loved by You. Then I am in God’s will?

“If you were not, I would tell you so.”

I do not have to see results in this world to know I am fulfilling what God wants of me. I need to rely completely on what You tell me through Your Spirit. Thank You, Jesus. You are so good to me.

He will bring me glory by revealing to you whatever he receives from me. (John 16:14, NLT)

Life in His Name…

Life in his nameAfter Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:

“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. John 17:1-3

From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. Matthew 16:21

He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. Luke 24:44-45

Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20:30-31

AMEN!!!

Time with the Father

My Father is calling for me and nervously I prepare for our time. My Father is a great and mighty warrior who rules and reigns in all the earth. My thoughts are all a jumble with the reasons for his call. Need to get my breathing under control and letting the need to eat go and the feeling of being overwhelmed go…The walk across the river took no time at all; without hesitation my feet brought me into the throne room of God. My head bow and there I knelt before the King in worship. Praising the Lord in a foreign tongue my lips gave homage to the maker of heaven and earth. The mouth now quiet, the head raise my Father beckons me to rise with his hand and grasping the outstretched hand I stand. The fishing poles were right where we left them in the tall green grass. The stones looked inviting so picking up a few my Father watch me skips stones across the clear blue waters. Hand touching my hair and smiles shared we took our fishing rods and casted our lines into the water one by one. In childlike matter my frame fit well into my Father’s lap where hugs and kisses were met. Then, it happen my reel was releasing line so fast that I jumped from my Father’s lap and grip that pole between both hands. My Father came behind and directed me what to do and we landed a beautiful trout of silver shilling lights. Hand touching my hair and smiles shared my prize was put into a fishing bag. When I turned around my Father was gone.

My time with my Father was bitter sweet because while I was visiting Him my thoughts were going to my real father who has long passed away. My thoughts went to times in my life that my father wasn’t apart of and the tears poured down through the hugs and tears I now share with my heavenly Father.

My heavenly Father has become that Dad and Mom in my life. He has given me a hope and a promise for better times that my parents can’t give me. Our parents can’t shelter us from the storm of life and diseases that our world has to offer.

Many of you will say that it will be different with me. But, who will protect your daughters and sons when they are not with you. School has bullies and school yards have perpetrators. Who will shield them there?

The Lord took me to Psalms to help a friend and now the Lord takes me there to help you. Psalm 18 beginning in verse 1 I love you. O Lord, my strength. David who has been anointed King of Israel knows what is like to be bully and hunted as prey. David’s only escape is to cry out to Jesus Christ for help; because he has no one else to turn too. (Can you relate? You just want someone to notice you.) David was brought up to know this unseen God that had power beyond anything we can imagine. (Exodus 14:15-31) David knew from past experience with this unseen God that he was able to draw strength from him when the bear or lion attacked his sheep. (1Sam. 17:36) Little David called on God when he killed the giant Goliath (1Samuel 17:32-51). David words, I love you, O Lord, my strength came from a heart who knows struggle and pain. But he rose up from his adversities knowing that this unseen Lord would be ²my rock, my fortress and my deliverer and that my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. ³I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies. God heard David in His throne room and into His ears David cry came. The earth trembled and quaked…because He was angry…smoke rose from His nostrils and consuming fire came from His mouth…God mounted a chariot and soared on the wings of the wind…He shot His arrows and scattered the enemies…on and on it goes.

Now, I don’t know about you but I would like that unseen God on my side when the bombs drop on my life.  For us to say I love you, O Lord, my strength we need a heart change.

If you want the protection that David had with the Lord, God; call on the Lord. Repent and believe…give all to Jesus…each and every sin…believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, rose from the dead for you and is enthroned on high …surrender and ask Jesus Christ into your life…so that you will have security of mind that your children, and love ones are in the hands of the Lord, God of Israel.

Thank you, Father for your steadfast love which is new every morning. Thank you, Father that I can draw my strength from you and you will keep me in your hand. Thank you, Lord that you continually call me to your side and we can fish along the river. Thank you.

Lord Jesus, I pray for your lost children; that they will come home. Father, they do not know that you watch for them every day. But, we will keep praying that they will finally hear your voice calling in the wilderness to come home. Come those with burdensome hearts, fatherless, motherless, orphans, and penniless the Lord is waiting for your knock. The Lord door is always open for the repentant heart. In Jesus Christ name, I Pray. Amen.

Endurance and Encouragement…

EnduranceI, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. Revelation 1:9

Paul writes, For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans 15:3-4

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, Ephesians 3:16-17

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Philippians 2:1-2

So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:15-17

AMEN!!!

The Eternal God…

The Eternal God“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9

And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars—all the heavenly array—do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things the Lord your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven. Deuteronomy 4:19

“He (God) is not a mere mortal like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court. If only there were someone to mediate between us, someone to bring us together, Job 9:32-33

“Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth for I am God, and there is no other. Isaiah 45:22

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. 1 Timothy 2:5-6

“Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Acts 13:38

For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. 1 Peter 2:25

AMEN!!!

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Firstborn Son

The mighty hand of God brought Israel out of Egypt so that they could worship God in the desert. The miraculous signs and wonders that God did in Egypt foretell what God will do in the future with His people Israel. The Lord says in His word in Exodus 13 to remember what I did for you and tell your children.

Remember your slavery….remember that you cried out to God….remember that I sent a man called Moses to help…remember the signs and wonders I did…remember the last plague of the killing of the firstborn son and animal…remember it was by the mighty hand of God that brought you out…

Now, imagine that you were this son who was given to God. What do you think your life would entail?

Maybe the firstborn son would learn the scriptures/meditate day and night (Psalm 1:2; Joshua 1:8)

∻The firstborn son would pray with others/pray without ceasing (Philemon 1:6; 1Thessalonians 5:17)

∻The firstborn son serves others (Luke 22:27; Romans 14:8; 1Peter 4:11)

∻The firstborn son sings songs and hymns to God/sing psalms (Nehemiah 12:24; Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 2:12)

∻The firstborn son writes God’s words and miracles for remembrance (Psalm 87:6; Romans 10:5; 2Peter 3:16)

∻The firstborn son reflects God’s glory (1Corinthians 11:7)

Does this firstborn son sound familiar? If you call yourself a Christian you are that firstborn son separated and set apart for God. This is your life in Christ to be that firstborn son. We are sons and daughters to the King and because of that we are heirs to the throne of God.

Do you remember where you were and what you were doing when God set you free from slavery to a life of a firstborn son?

I remember the room and my single bed and that I was on my knees giving up my control. How about you do you remember what God has done for you?

God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16) God did this so that we could all be firstborn Sons. We all could inherit everlasting life.

But you say how can I be a firstborn Son am a girl? Son just means children of a parent so either male or female are a Son. (In some cases Man is also refer to as human but not in all cases.)

First, realize you can’t make it on your own…your life is not your own and there is a higher power…realize you do not like the life your living …you think there is more to this life than this…you realize you have this heavy burden on your heart and you do not nowhere to turn…and then you sense something…someone calling your name…he is beckoning you to turn around…to come home…because He is missing His firstborn Son…so you turn and  walk boldly into the throne room of God…and you find yourselves in the arms of Jesus Christ and you are crying how sorry you are that you ever thought you could live apart from Him…you repent and believe that Jesus Christ came to live and die for your sins and you ask Jesus Christ to come and live inside of you. You surrender your life for His life of a Firstborn Son of a King, Jesus Christ.

Remember and write it down and tell your children how Jesus Christ by His mighty hand took you out of Egypt and set you free. Now, live for Christ and be that firstborn Son so that you will reflect the glory of God. So, others will see and turn back and find Christ.

Thank you, Lord that you made me a firstborn Son for I am not worthy but you are the worthy one. Thank you, Father that you came and died so that I could have an everlasting life with you. Thank you, Lord that you are the one and only one I love and that you do not give up on us but continue to work in us to get the best out of us. Thank you.

Father, I come before you now to pray in all earnestness for your people who are called by your name that they will humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways so that they will be called firstborn Son of righteousness. I pray for every family in heaven and on earth that derives its name from Jesus Christ. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:15-21) In Jesus Christ name, I pray. Amen.

Love One Another…

Love one anotherJesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples (followers), if you  love one another.” John 13:34-35

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Ephesians 5:21

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 

And this is his (God’s) command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us. 1 John 3:23-24

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:12-14

AMEN!!!

A Deathbed Lesson: Jesus in Watching – Love Your Enemies

Though I had urged him a number of times to accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior, I did not know with certainty until a month before his death that I would see him in Heaven. I was the one who quoted Scriptures. I told him that the people in his life were not his friends. I encouraged him to avoid people and choices that hurt him. He did not listen to me, and I did not see Jesus in him then.

He was a smallish man with a big heart. He lived for two years as a POW after he did his best to rescue a soldier who had been left behind because of the color of his skin. He ran with the wounded man over his shoulder until the enemy forces caught up with him. They tortured him every day until he was rescued, and still, he would not renounce his country. He was never sorry that he had suffered so someone else could live. He never spoke badly of the enemy soldiers who had put him through agony.

He lived with great compassion for those who had problems. He would welcome people I would not have let into my life. I worried about him very often. I could not see why he showed such kindness and why he could not see how they took advantage of him. I thought of myself as having common sense, and of him as lacking it. I was not thinking with an eternal perspective. I was thinking about his quality of life in this world.

He died without so much as a working coffee pot, yet he paid the bills of others. He gave them a place to live though they beat him. He helped them each time they asked for money though they stole from him, used him, and were very uncaring. When I asked him why he let them do these things to him, he would tell me that they needed help. I would inform him that he was not helping them because they were not only destroying themselves, but also hurting him. I was foolish and blind. He was showing them Jesus.

As I stood by his bed, two hours before he went to Heaven, I had no idea how much the Lord loves him. He had lost his sight. Life support had been removed. He could not speak. He could not see me. He did not move. He did not even blink, but his eyes turned toward my voice. He was listening to every word I said to him. I had told him everything God spoke to my heart to say. I had told him the angels would take him Home. The Lord had told me there would be more than one.

Then they filled the hospital room with an overwhelming sense of peace. At the moment the four angels came, he pointed to them, one by one, with an expression of great wonder. After he gestured vigorously toward each, he looked toward me with joy I had never before seen on his face. I know what he was thinking. He wanted to know if I also could see them. I told him I could not, but I knew they were there, and that they would take him to heaven very soon. I told him Jesus would welcome him, reward him, and give him more than he could imagine for all he gave to others in this life. I told him how much I love him, again, just before he left this life.

His death changed me. Now I live with an acute awareness that Jesus is watching. I live with certainty of His presence, His love, and His will for me. I will do what Jesus tells me to do for others, even when I know they are using me, even when they hurt me, and even if people think I am foolish. I will follow Jesus. I will show them His love and His compassion. One day soon, I will kneel before my Lord and Savior and kiss His feet. He will gaze at me with a love greater than I have ever known in this life. Everything I have suffered for Him in this life will be worth all it cost me.

Jesus is watching you, too. My prayer is that you know Him, love Him, and serve Him. I pray that He gives you the desire to love your enemies and show Him to them, in whatever way He speaks to your heart. I pray that your rewards will be very great.

Luke 6:35-36
Love your enemies! Do good to them! Lend to them! And don’t be concerned that they might not repay. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to the unthankful and to those who are wicked. You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.

Success is Knowing and Obeying God, Even When We Suffer

As Christians, we need not be dismayed when we suffer in this life. Those who love the Lord are the enemies of the evil one and his demons. Because the real battle is unseen, we can be blind to the oppression inflicted against us. Satan often prefers that we do not know that it is him who is attacking us. He wants non-believers to be oblivious to the help and hope available to them through Jesus Christ. He wants us who believe in the Lord Jesus to see ourselves as undeserving victims of God, or as foolish and doomed martyrs in the cause of Christ. He assigns the demons to attack us in the ways that we are most vulnerable. The evil one even uses people who, with or without knowing it, are controlled and manipulated by him to hurt us. He tries to convince us that unpleasant or painful dilemmas are evidence that the Lord does not really love us and is not really good.

Especially when we do not have the answers about why we are suffering, the evil one attempts to convince us that God is punishing us. His accusations, of course, are filled with deception. He will do anything in his power to try to stop us from using every situation for the glory of God—even what appears, in human wisdom, to be failure. Satan wants us to blame ourselves or blame God for what we experience as painful because he knows that God’s plan is good for each who believes in Him through Jesus Christ. Each and every circumstance that God allows, whether we perceive it as good or bad, and as a success or a failure, has an eternal, good purpose.

If you are in a painful situation, Satan is either hoping to keep you from knowing Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, or he is maneuvering to impede you as you serve God. Jesus is our only protection from the evil one and his demons. They are in fact terrified of Jesus. Jesus Christ has authority over everything in heaven and on earth. Satan does not want you to know this and remember this as you are suffering. He wants you to focus on yourself through what you think and how you feel about circumstances. He wants to distract your attention away from our Lord so you will not seek and receive the strength, power, courage, and wisdom that is in Jesus Christ and revealed by Him to us through the Holy Spirit.

Sometimes, when we suffer, we do not understand that the reason for the difficulty is to bring glory to God. We can become discouraged by struggles, and see ourselves as failures when we forget to trust the Word of God rather than how we feel, the perceptible challenges that face us, or what we are thinking. Everything God allows is to be used to further His Kingdom. We do not fail as long as we obey Him.

Our Lord is faithful. At the right time, He will reveal the specific reason that He has allowed oppression by the evil one. Perhaps God is speaking to you through these words you are reading. Maybe He is calling you to Him through Jesus Christ. Maybe He is confirming that what you are experiencing is to draw you near to Him so that you can fully know His purpose for allowing your circumstances. Listen to His whisper to your heart. God wastes nothing. He will make known to you what you are to do with your situation.

If you are suffering for the Lord, what can you do? Praise Him for the opportunity to serve Him. Be diligent in reading His Word and dwelling on it. Ask God what you are to know and to do for Him. Ask God what the evil one is trying to accomplish or prevent. We can persist, overcome, and succeed by obeying what God tells us to do with whatever we face. Suffering for the Kingdom of God is a tremendous honor from our Lord. The works to which He calls us, as the result of serving Him through difficulties, are more important than anything we could treasure in this world. Suffering for the Lord brings us closer to Him. It gives us a greater appreciation of what He has done for us. It permeates us with reverent awe of His love and provision for us. And, one day, when we see Jesus face to face, we will know that persisting with faith and through obedience, when we suffer in His will, is the epitome of success. Further, what we do for the Lord, in and through suffering, is success that lasts forevermore.

And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering. Romans 8:17, NLT

An Ever-Present Help in Times of Trouble…

Help in times of troubleGod is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed (distressed)a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name (Jesus) trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:9-10

Turn to me (Lord Jesus) and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish. Psalm 25:16-17

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord , “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, Psalm 91:14-15a

“Sacrifice thank offerings (say thanks) to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High, and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” Psalm 50:14-15

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26:3-4

AMEN!!!

Worship Sounds

Worship Sounds

 

I miss the days when all the best and most widely used worship songs were actually about God. How powerful He is, His knowledge, His love, His wisdom, His mercy, and there was more God-based music.

You know what I mean? “Worthy is the lamb who was slain. Holy, holy is He.” “Indescribe, uncontainable, You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.” “God of all days, glorious in all of Your ways, the majesty, the wonder and grace in the light of Your name.”

Lately, worship music has taken a different spin. A spin toward “me me me me me.” It’s all  about what we get out of it. Everything on the radio and everything played in churches is about the things God has done for us. Don’t get me wrong, we need songs like that. But in the mainstream, I’m not hearing anything new that’s just about God. I mean entirely about God. Where we people hardly need to be mentioned.

There’s also been a sudden rise in “Jesus is my boyfriend” songs. You know, feel good songs that are basically love songs for Jesus written as if they were for a living person. There is an issue with this if you ask me. The love we have for God should be far deeper and far more intimate than the kind of love these songs sing about. “I love the way you hold me. You take each and every day, make it special in some way.” That’s not it. That’s not the point. His love is more accurate in “He loves like a hurricane, I am a tree bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy.” God’s love is tough. It doesn’t give me butterflies in my stomach. It makes me fall to my knees and cry out. And it’s exactly the kind of love we need.

I wish worship services weren’t leaning toward radio music. There’s so many deep worshipful songs coming out now. Bethel, United Pursuit, Hillsong, all of these groups, though less popular, have such an obvious heart for God and such their music reflects it. God moves through biblical truth, not a good feeling in your heart. Just something to think about.

God’s Kingdom Ambassadors…

God's Kingdom AmbassadorsYour kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord (Jesus) is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does. Psalm 145:13

… you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 1 Peter 2:9-10

… our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, Philippians 3:20

Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness (by spreading the Gospel), like the stars for ever and ever. Daniel 12:3

He (Jesus) said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Mark 16:15

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:12-13

AMEN!!!

The red arc in this infrared image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope is a giant shock wave, created by a speeding star known as Kappa Cassiopeia.

Image Credit:  NASA/JPL-Caltech

Washing Feet?

I think John 13 has a message that is ignored by Christians in today’s church. No, I’m not referring to the concept of servant leadership. That one’s hit right on the head by many pastors.

Allow me to add some context. John 13 is an account of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet. As he does this, Peter says Jesus shouldn’t be washing his feet. But Jesus says that He must wash Peter’s feet or Peter is not His. Then Peter asks Jesus to wash his entire body, but Jesus says that one who is clean does not need to bathe again, he only needs his feet washed.

This goes right over our heads, as it seems like just another story of Peter misinterpreting Jesus’ words. And maybe that’s the case. But have you ever thought about what Jesus ACTUALLY meant when he said that?

When we are covered by the blood of Christ, we are made new. We are made clean. We will occasionally stumble, however. We will develop dirty feet. It’s our job to make sure they are washed. And it’s also our job to wash the feet of others. We need to help each other on the path to sanctification. That may have been another goal Jesus had in mind for that image.

And it makes sense that he would need to. It’s so easy for us to sit back and not tell anyone about our sin, about our dirty feet. A lot of Christians, when they see another Christian with dirty feet, only think, “Hey! Look at this guy’s dirty feet! He’s not really clean throughout his body because his feet are dirty! Let’s kick him out of the church!”

But those people aren’t taking a Biblical approach to Christianity. You have the chance to. It’s our job to build each other up, keep each other accountable, pray with each other, rejoice with each other, weep with each other. Wash each other’s feet. Don’t be afraid of what someone will say when they see your dirty feet. We all have dirty feet. Let’s wash each others’.

 

Just something to think about.

Pressing on Toward the Goal…

Pressing toward the goalYour word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105

I run in the path of your commands, for you have broadened my understanding. Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end. Psalm 119:32-33

Great peace have those who love your law, (word) and nothing can make them stumble. Psalm 119:165

In the way of righteousness (being right with God, through Christ) there is life; along that path is immortality. Proverbs 12:28

Jesus said, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day. It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’  Isaiah 54:13

Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me.   John 6:44-45

Paul writes, I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 3:10-14

AMEN!!!

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