“Love is (Part 2)” 10/21/2014 by Ann Friend

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Love is (Part 2)

Posted on September 16, 2013 by Ann “afriend4ever54” Friend
Continuing from Love is (Part 1), to truly love others, we must deal with our stuff first. (shock face) To love like Jesus requires being spirit led and spiritual fruit. Without them, love becomes conditional or non existent.

Just as change and growth is an individual thing; love is individual and begins with us. It gets back to life is a process of changes, as long as we crawl, walk or run on this earth. (smile) Love is a choice. Bottom line, God loves us in spite of our stuff. He may not like things we do but at no time does He withhold His love or stop loving us. This is our goal too. To love in spite of what someone does. Can we get a witness? (wink)

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As we grow and mature, we deal with our stuff, and we’re able to love ourself, flaws and all. Psst, nobody is perfect except Jesus. So speak to that perfection lie. Loving ourself opens us up to love others. God will put people and things in our life to help us grow. (smile)

God knows what it takes to bring us to our knees. (shock face) Dealing with our stuff can be painful. We can thank God for his mercy and his grace. We can thank God for prayer. We can thank God for faith. The more we choose to let the Holy Spirit work in us, love starts to flow. (smile) Praise The Lord!

Spiritual fruit in us–love (giving), joy (gladness), peace (free from worry and fear), long suffering (patience), gentleness (kindness), goodness (generosity), faith (dependability), meekness (gentleness) and temperance (self-control) allows love to flow and draw people to us because light shines from within. (smile) It’s a beautiful thing to love others by showing kindness and compassion. God gets the glory!

Growing in love does not happen overnight. It’s a lifelong process that only God knows when we are ready and complete. He will keep pruning and removing anything keeping our fruit from growing. (nervous smile) Ain’t life grand! (wink)

To love our neighbor as we love ourself requires spiritual fruit and maturity. (shock face) Remember, God is love and there is no darkness in Him. Let’s not forget, God created us different. We may be similar but we are different. How we express or show love maybe different until we learn unconditional love. Sometimes, we harp and complaint because someone does not love us as we think we need to be loved.

Here’s the thing, only God through His Son, Jesus can meet all our needs. No human can give us what we lack within except Jesus. As we grow, whatever is missing within develops. Love is action. Love is giving and forgiving. Love keeps on loving until God changes that someones heart. Love is adapting and adjusting. Love can’t be forced. Love never fails.

For your reading pleasure, Scriptures about love:

Love – Christian – Toward God:
First commandment – Matthew 22;37, 38
With all the heart – Matthew 22:37
More important that ritual – Mark 12:31-33
Gives boldness – 1 John 4:17-19

Love – Toward Christ:
Sign of true faith – John 8:42
Manifested in obedience – John 14:15, 21, 23
Leads to service – 2 Corinthians 5:14

Love – Toward Others:
Second command – Matthew 22:37-39
Commanded by Christ – John 13:34
Described in detail – 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

The Love of Christ – Objects of:
Father – John 14:31
Believers – Galatians 2:20
Church – Ephesians 5:2, 25

Love – Described as:
Knowing – Ephesians 3:19
Personal – Galatians 2:20
Conquering – Romans:8:37
Unbreakable – Romans 8:35
Intimate – John 14:21
Imitative – 1 John 3:16
Like the Father’s – John 15:9
Sacrificial – Galatians 2:20

The Love of God – Objects of:
Christ – John 3:35
Christians – 2 Thessalonians 2:16
Mankind – Titus 3:4
Cheerful giver – 2 Corinthians 9:7

The Love of God – Described as:
Great – Ephesians 2:4
Everlasting – Jeremiah 31:3
Sacrificial – Romans 5:8

The Love of God – As Seen in Believers:
Hearts – Romans 5:5
Regeneration – Ephesians 2:4, 5
Love – 1 John 4:7-12
Faith – 1 John 4:16
Security – 2 Thessalonians 3:5
Daily life – 1 John 2:15-17
Obedience – 1 John 2:5
Without fear – 1 John 4:18-21
Glorification – 1 John 3:1, 2

God bless us by faith as we adapt and adjust while loving one another. Let thy will be done. 😀

© Ann “afriendforever54″ Friend

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“Good Intentions” 10/20/2014 by Bill Sweeney

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Written by my friend Bill Sweeney, stricken with ALS almost 18 years ago. He now writes by use of an eye-tracking computer, with only his eye movements. Bill’s “Unshakable Hope” should give us all a reason to count our blessings !! (bruce)

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Good Intentions

With all the bad going on in the world, I was thinking about how much better it would be if we acted on most of our good intentions. Not only would the recipients of the good actions be better off, but I’m convinced that the doers of those that act on their good intentions would experience a greater sense of joy, hope and overall contentment.

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

Jesus did say that the southbound road is really wide and the northbound road is extremely narrow (Matthew 7:13), but I don’t remember Him ever mentioning what the pavement was made of. I think legalistic religion would tell us that the road to hell is paved with evil actions (sin). The opposite extreme would tell us that this dark road is paved with legalistic bricks that have impossible-to-keep rules imprinted on them. Like most things, I believe that the truth is somewhere in between the extremes.

When I read the Bible, especially the New Testament, it becomes clear that God views our wrong actions (sins of commission) just as harshly as He does our failure to act on our good intentions (sins of omission). For example, in the Matthew’s gospel (25:31-46), Jesus paints a scary picture of what judgment day will be like:

“…for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ “Then they themselves also will answer, “Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’ “Then He will answer them, “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’

The frightening thing about the above passage is that these people who Jesus sent down the dark road, considered themselves to be Christians. If you read between the lines it becomes obvious that these people had developed a habit of not following the promptings of the Holy Spirit or their God-given conscience–they simply quit acting on their good intentions.

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“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of (good) works…” (Ephesians 2:8-9),

The Bible is clear that we are not saved by good deeds; we’re saved by grace through a commitment to follow Christ. But that commitment (if genuine) should bear fruit in the form of good works (James 2:18). It’s so easy for Christians to come to a place where we believe that we’re good because we’re not behaving badly. By definition this is self-righteousness. But we don’t overcome evil (in ourselves and in the world) just by not trying to do wrong; we overcome evil by doing good:

“Don’t let evil get the best of you, but conquer evil by doing good.” (Romans 12:21 NLT)

When going through a serious trial, it’s tempting to think that we should somehow be exempt from having to do good works; we might think that we should only be the recipients of the good works of others during these difficult times. Don’t believe this, it will only lead to despair. Our good works might seem insignificant (compared to others) when life’s challenges limit our physical, emotional and/or financial abilities, but, as Christians, we’ll never become exempt from doing good works. This poverty-stricken widow set the perfect example for those going through a trial:

“And He (Jesus) sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent. Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on.” (Mark 12:41-44)

Mary and I are so thankful for the family, friends and even people we didn’t know personally, that have helped us in so many ways throughout this almost 18 year battle with ALS (you know who you are). We don’t even want to think about how much worse this trial would have been had you not acted on your good intentions.

There are so many people in need, but maybe you feel, like I’ve felt at times, that you only have a penny’s worth of help, prayers, words of encouragement or even money to give. Think about the poor widow and just do what you can. I know that God will bless the person you help, and He’ll bless you for acting on your good intentions.

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“John 15:22-25 (Love Me)” 10/19/2014 by BJ Richardson

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John 15:22-25 (Love Me)

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They would not be guilty if I had not come and spoken to them.
But now they have no excuse for their sin. Anyone who hates me also hates my Father.
If I hadn’t done such miraculous signs among them that no one else could do, they would not be guilty.
But as it is, they have seen everything I did, yet they still hate me and my Father.
This fulfills what is written in their Scriptures: ‘They hated me without cause.’ (John 15:22-25)

Read: Matthew 17:14 – 18:35, Mark 9:14-50, Luke 9:37-50

Relate: A false prophet once said, “God will gather the believers on the Day of Resurrection in the same way (as they are gathered in this life), and they will say, ‘Let us ask someone to intercede for us with our Lord that He may relieve us from this place of ours.’ ” He claimed that at first these believers went to Abraham who said he was unworthy to intercede for them and sent them on to Moses. Moses also claimed to be unworthy and sent them on to Jesus. This false prophet then says, “They will go to Jesus who will say, ‘I am not fit for this undertaking, but you’d better go to Muhammad whose sins of the past and the future had been forgiven by God.”

There are few things that Jesus is unfit to do, and intercede for us is certainly not one of them. Jesus is the One and Only mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5) and He is ever alive and making intercession for us. (Hebrews 7:25) For anyone else to claim to be more worthy than Jesus in this regard is nothing but blasphemy. In taking such prerogative on himself, it is too kind to simply call Muhammad a false prophet. He is really setting himself up as a false God.

React: It is a dangerous thing to claim to know Jesus, and yet not love and worship Him for who He truly is. It is to such people that Jesus is referring in John 15. There are those who will claim to love God, yet in reality that is not possible if you do not love Jesus. It is a part of the mystery of the Trinity that, although different, they are one and the same.

But before looking at others and saying they do not love Jesus, it is good to step back and look closely in the mirror. Jesus just finished saying, those who love me will obey me. (John 15:5,8,10) Are we demonstrating the love He has commanded us to show? Are we actively living and working to fulfill the Great Commission He has commanded of us. Are we really following Him if we aren’t going out into our world? Are you? Am I?

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Jesus, You are all. You are my everything. I recognize that there is no other way to God except through You. Help me always to remain in You. Help me to live and breathe and move and work every minute of every day in complete surrender to You. I recognize that the only way to truly be a slave of God is to be Your servant. Help me live my life in submission to You.

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“BRING JESUS TO WORK WITH YOU!” 10/18/2014 by Dave Boller

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BRING JESUS TO WORK WITH YOU!

“the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.” (Luke 22:26, NIV)

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We devote so much time and hard work to our own advancement. We strategize, we plan, and we put our heads down and grind our way to the “top.” Somewhere deep down within us there is something that drives us toward securing greatness – of some kind or another – for ourselves. Maybe it’s on a small scale. Maybe on a large scale. Maybe in our work, our communities, or maybe even in our faith. But, because of our human nature, that drive just exists within us.

The twelve Apostles (all human by the way) had this drive, too. In the upper room, a dispute arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the “greatest.” But Jesus intervened and taught them (and us) that this inner drive must be refocused. “But I am among you as the one who serves” (Luke 22:27, NIV). Shouldn’t we be trying to become more like Jesus in everything we do? His life was designed to be a blueprint for our lives. We must follow it and no other. We must reject all blueprints drawn by our pride, or envy, or selfishness.

Refocusing this drive, away from ourselves and toward lifting those around us, is one of the most important things we can do. When we do this successfully, others begin to see Christ in us. Our lives will move from being self-centered to being compassionate, generous, merciful, and loving – all characteristics which help define the nature of Jesus Christ.

Serving others is a better way to live – better for God, better for us, and better for those we are to love and serve. Look around you today, and this entire week, for people who are in need. Perhaps they need encouragement, or someone to talk to. Perhaps they need someone who will listen to them. Maybe they just need someone to acknowledge them – a smile, a “good morning”, an “atta boy.” Bring Jesus to them through you. It’s important to honor Him in everything we do!

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Have a blessed day, “Working for Christ!”

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“Working Out Instead of Walking Off” 10/17/2014 by Robert VanHoose

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October 10
Read Colossians 1.
Hebrews 13

“Working Out Instead of Walking Off”

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” Colossians 3:13 NIV

Every human endeavor is subject to differences of opinion, conflicts, and misunderstandings from time to time. We and everyone else are imperfect people living in an imperfect world.

The soaring divorce rate among Christians and non Christians alike give stark testimony to the fact that many are choosing to walk out instead of work out misunderstandings.

Ever since the devil gained a toe hold in Christ’s church from the very beginning, many have walked out because they have refused to work out their differences. Many churches in most every city, and the thousands of denominations now in existence, have come about primarily because people chose to walk out instead of work out differences.

There is a pride streak in most of us that makes us prefer being right to being reconciled. Pride somehow makes it very difficult to take our share of the blame, and to rise above other”s failure to do the same.

The realization of where we would all be today if God had let us walk out instead of work out our spiritual problems, should encourage us all to try to work it out in every situation. Worse still, where would we be if God had walked out on us the many times He could and probably should have.

Jesus Christ came to reconcile us to God, and we should always seek to be reconciled with those He has commanded us to love. We need to learn how to forgive and forget from The One who has not only forgiven us, but forgotten every sin we have every committed.

Father, give me the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit to work out instead of walk out whenever possible. In Jesus’ name. Amen

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To Wives: Before You Were “Mommy”

Click on this link for an excellent post for wives pregnant for the first time… And an excellent writer to give young mothers hope, to start their day !!

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Blessings in Christ, bruce

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“Wait on The Lord” 10/16/2014 by Pastor Rob Barkman

Excellent post for wives pregnant for the first time… And an excellent writer to give young mothers hope to, start their day !!

Blessings in Christ, bruce

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