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Friday, September 25, 2020

For God So Loved the World...

September 25, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

John 3:16

For God so loved the world, that He gave His Only
 begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.


No discussion about love would be complete without including what is arguably the most well-known verse in the Bible. John 3:16 describes the essence of our relationship with Jesus. This is the foundation of Christianity and what we refer to as The Gospel.

Emphasizing how important it was for humanity to live in love, Jesus summarized His entire message in just two commands: Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.  

Which brings us back to God is Love – a noun and a verb. Remember that divine love is agape love, the highest form of love that is everlasting and given freely, without judgment. There’s nothing we can do to deserve it or earn it.  

Jesus freed humanity as he was mocked, spat upon and beaten. God donated his son to be the ultimate sacrifice...to atone for our sins and bring us back to Him.

Today’s Prayer
Dear Lord, through Your Grace and Mercy, we are part of the Kingdom of Heaven through Your great love for us. The promise is not going to be delivered when we die, but by Your love and through the Holy Spirt, we are part of the Kingdom of Heaven right now. Dear God, You are the same yesterday, today, tomorrow, and forever. You may not approve of the sinful behavior, but no matter what, once we have accepted Jesus into our heart, Your love for us is without fail. You have promised to never abandon us. We are grateful for Your sacrifice, Your grace, and most importantly for a glimpse into what it means to feel Agape Love. We worship You and we thank You for all You do for our lives. In Jesus’s name, Amen.


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Thursday, September 24, 2020

We love Him, because He first loved us

September 24, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

1 John 4:10-11,19

This is Love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us
 and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, if this is the way God loved us, we must also love one another...We love Him, because He first loved us.


Of all the world’s languages, English may be the most lacking when it comes to the word, love. Sanskrit has 96 words for love; ancient Persian has 80, There are 11 words for ‘love’ in Arabic, with each conveying a different stage in a relationship or the falling in love process. The Greek language has three words for love. English has only one.

We say, “I love you” the same way and with the same word as saying, “I love pizza” or “I love my dog” or “I love to travel.”

Researchers have found the word ‘love’ is mentioned hundreds of times in the Bible, but the exact number of times varies by version. For example, the King James Version has “love” mentioned 310 ties but the new International Version, love is mentioned 551 times.

I suspect that is because there are four different types of love discussed in the Bible and only one word for the English translation:

·      Storge – the feeling of familiarity and love towards family

·      Philia – the love felt in the bonds between friends

·      Eros – the strong romantic feeling for your spouse.

·      Agape – the unconditional devotion for one supreme power, God.

The Agape love from God is His greatest comes from the heart of God. God’s love isn’t sentimental; it’s part of His character; it is the outpouring of who He is. 

Today’s Prayer:
Dear Lord, we can only imagine with the smallest part of our being the magnitude of the Love You have for us. We compare Your love, to Eros love for our spouse and our kids; it doesn’t have a speck of comparison. We are so blessed to be Your chosen ones, called by Your name. Help us to feel Your divine love, if only a glimpse of it. We love You, Lord in the only ways that we know how.... accept our words, our prayers, and our gratitude. May Thy Will be done in our lives. In Jesus’s precious name. Amen.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Be Kind to One Another

September 23, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Colossians 3:12-14

Therefore, as God's chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Be tolerant of one another and forgive each other if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, you must also forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which ties everything together in perfect unity.

I really encourage you to review the verses we’ve talked about this week on the topic of love. 

· 1 John 4:10-11– We love Him because He first loved us.

· 1 Peter 4: 7-8 – Divine love covers a multitude of sins

These verses from Colossians are a beautiful reminder of how Christians should interact - not only with each other but with every person we encounter. If we never read any other verses in the Bible, and we simply followed this “recipe”, we would change the world. 

As you give, you receive. If you are kind, others are kind to you. If you are hostile, it comes back to you like a boomerang. 

Today’s Prayer
Dear Lord, we are so grateful that Your Word gives clear instruction to us every day. The more we read, the more time we commune with You, the more we grow not only in the Spirit, but grow to be more like You. Help us to know Your love, and help us to show that we belong to You through our thoughts, our words and our deeds. We praise and worship You, Lord. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.

C

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Love Covers a Multitude of Sins

September 22, 2020 - LISTEN HERE - With special guest, Patrick Lathum

1 Peter 4:7-8 

Because everything will soon come to an end, be sensible and clear-headed, so you can pray. Above all, continue to love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.

I’ve been talking for months now about the pervasive and mostly overlooked disasters of this man-made COVID19 crisis. The entire fiasco has been set in place to usher in the destruction of the human race.
  • Masks are the first step. They are a visible tool used by those in control to plainly see how many are willing to be obedient and how many are willing to be compliant. The mask is an external measure of global behavior. A mask makes visible how many “bought” the fear-based story of a “deadly” virus that has been shown to have a 99.96% survival rate.
  • Social distancing is social engineering. Humans are now suspicious of each other. Stay away from me! Don’t touch me! Stand far apart – I might “catch” something from you!! Humans are meant to touch, hug, and hold each other. We are being conditioned to accept being non-human.
  • Mandatory vaccination is a physical assault on the body. The COVID19 vaccine is planned to be laced with a product called hydrogel that is not removable from the body. Maybe you’ll lose your phone or your vaccination record? No problem. We’ll conveniently put that chip in your hand...
Jesus said, “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its branches become tender and sprout leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you will know that He is near, right at the door.” (Matthew 24: 32-33)

Are we seeing the beginning of the end? Even if this is just a “season” we are passing through,  we are reminded to be sensible, clear-headed, and prayerful.

We see the chaos, the murders, the vandalism, the political division, the COVID19 reminders every day. Rather than fighting back, we need to remind each other to pray...and to operate from the place of divine love

Why? Because “love covers a multitude of sins.”

When we tap into God’s divine love and share that with someone, especially those we would rather NOT love! – this is an act of forgiveness. And maybe this verse is a lesson, a reminder, that some offenses are not worth confronting.

Instead of “being offended” at every personal slight, ignorant remark or comment, we can actively choose to NOT be offended...and just let it go. Remember that forgiveness, charity, and love really can “cover a multitude of sins.”

Today’s Prayer
Dear Lord, we see the times and read the signs around us as you predicted. Even if we are not correct or accurate in our human assessment about things coming to an end, but nonetheless, times are troubling, we are grateful that Your Word admonishes us to pray and to love. You say we are to pray for those who harm us and love those who hate us. Lord, give us the strength and the courage to do this more every day. In Jesus's name. Amen 

Friday, September 18, 2020

God’s Purpose for Us: Happiness, Hope and Prosperity

September 18, 2020

Jeremiah 29:11-13

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. You will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

When Americans hear the word “welfare,” they usually jump to the more modern definition of welfare: economic support given by the government to disadvantaged low-income groups.

But Webster’s Dictionary has another definition for welfarethe state of doing well, especially in respect to good fortune, happiness, well-being, and/or prosperity.

God’s plan for us – His purpose for our life – is to do well, have happiness, good fortune and prosperity. Most importantly, when we stand strong in the Lord, we have hope. He promises when we call out to Him, when we humble ourselves before Him, ask for forgiven of our sins [past and present], He will come to us...and listen.

What plans could we as short-sighted humans make that would be better then embracing the plans the Lord ha for us? Every element of our life has been planned, down to the number of days we will be alive on this planet. The Free Will we have is choosing to ask, seek and find the Lord. We have the Free Will to follow His plan ... or not. 
  • This week we talked about PURPOSE, God’s plan for our life.
    • Monday:   Romans 8:28 - All things work together for good to them that love God
    • Tuesday:  Ecclesiastes 3:1 - To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven
    • Wednesday: Proverbs 16:4 - The Lord has prepared everything for His purpose
    • Thursday: Job 42:2 - God’s purpose of cannot be thwarted
At the end of the week, we see that God’s purpose for us is above all things, above all else. God says to put Him FIRST in our life, not as an after-thought or an Sunday morning exercise. He hears our prayers, He knows our fears, He wants to magnify our faith.

Know in your heart that God is just waiting for you the ASK that He fulfill your purpose during this season of your life. No matter what you may be experiencing right now, He’s right there, by your side.

Today’s Prayer
Dear Lord, may Your purpose for our life be manifest so that You receive the glory. As Your children, we know to ask, but we’re not always patient in waiting to here YOUR purpose. We run ahead and make our plans because we don’t have enough faith or we don’t fully trust. 

Lord, make way our paths. Show us the magnificent plan and purpose You have in store for us. We embrace Your plan with gratitude. We look forward to feeling and experiencing more of You in every task we do, every word we speak, every interaction we have with others. We are grateful to be part of Your family, Lord. We pray for our country, our President, our future. We seek Your face Lord as we humble our hearts in prayer. Thy will be done in Jesus’s name. Amen.

 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

God's Purpose Will Not Be Defeated

September 17, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Job 42:2 

Then Job answered the Lord and said, “I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.”

If you put “Job” in the search of this blog, you will find quite a few posts about Job and his trust in God. The Book of Job is quite long, and Chapter 42 is nearing the time when Job testing is coming to an end. He speaks out to God and as a testament to his faith and trust in God, acknowledges that God can do all things, at all times....and His purpose will not be thwarted.

Thwart is a word not commonly used in modern language. Thwart is a verb that means: 

 To prevent the occurrence, realization, or attainment of
 To oppose and defeat the efforts, plans, or ambitions of (someone).
 
Put into modern language, this verse can read like this:

Then Job answered the Lord and said, “I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be opposed or defeated.”

Isn't this exactly what we need to cling to and know about in these uncertain times? God isn't a crisis manager who responds to events in a reactionary way. He isn’t surprised by our problems or the situations blaring across the media outlets. He isn’t perplexed by our blunders nor is He taken by surprise by bombs, explosions or “random acts of violence.”

The Bible tells us over and over again that God can do all things...and that we can even greater things than Jesus did when He was here: we just need to ask, trust and wait expectantly. Once God put His purpose in the center of our life, it can never be stopped.

Today’s Prayer:
Dear Lord, just like Job, we come to You in awe of God’s unlimited power, knowledge, and dominion. We ask for all things to come to pass that are in accordance with your purpose. Make Your plan for our lives clear, Dear Lord, so we know we are following Your Calling. We know that no matter what we do, You will guide the path – for our life, for our country, for our world – because Your purpose will not be defeated. May Your Plan will be fulfilled in a timely manner, according to Earth time. We ask for clarity, guidance and understanding. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Did God Create People to be Wicked?

September 16, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Proverbs 16:4 
The Lord has prepared everything for His purpose—even the wicked for the day of disaster.

This passage seems to say that the Lord has created some individuals for the explicit purpose to be wicked. Could that possibly be correct? We know that evil and sin are abominations to God; did He create evil to serve His purpose?

God created every one of us, surely He created wicked people too. History has dozens of high-visible examples of people who were truly evil. These wicked people were eventually brought down; I have no doubt they were judged severely when they stood before their Maker.

Looking at today’s current events, with the thoughtless vandalism and brutal beatings between those of differing opinions, perhaps the Lord really does make the wicked...what could be His purpose? 

This verse is often used to pick apart faith in God. I read quite a few articles by different Bible scholars about this verse. Almost all discussions refer back to the original Hebrew or Greek of this passage where the phrase, “everything for His purpose” comes from the Hebrew word maaneh, which means “to answer to, or to give a reply to.”

This changes the verse to read like this:
The Lord hath made all things to give answer unto Him, even the wicked, who think they are off His hook. They will be required to give an account unto Him on the day of judgment."

Then, putting this verse into context, makes the message even more clear: (from the Amplified)

1The plans and reflections of the heart belong to man, But the [wise] answer of the tongue is from the Lord. 
 
2All the ways of a man are clean and innocent in his own eyes; But the Lord weighs and examines the motives and intents [of the heart and knows the truth]. 

3Commit your works to the Lord [submit and trust them to Him], And your plans will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance].
 

4The Lord has made everything for its own purpose [every person and every deed must answer to Him], Even the wicked for the day of evil.
 

5Everyone who is proud and arrogant in heart is disgusting and exceedingly offensive to the Lord; Be assured he will not go unpunished.
 

6By mercy, loving kindness and truth [not superficial ritual] wickedness is cleansed from the heart, And by the fear [reverence] of the Lord, one avoids evil.

From so many other passages in the Bible, it is abundantly clear that God did NOT create people to behave wickedly so He could use them or to punish them. All things have been created by God for His glory. And all of His creations will be required to give an account to Him for what they have - and haven't - done. Even those who think they are getting away with their violence, theft, and lawlessness today, are going to give an account to Him on the day of judgment.

Today’s Prayer:
Dear Lord, we know that Abba Father is good to all, so good, that He gave His only son as a living sacrifice for us all.  We thank you, Lord, for what You did for humanity. We pray that many more will come to You, repent and live a lift of grace, charity and Love, in Your name. Lord, we pray for our country, our legislator, our president. We pray for the safety of those who fight daily to protect and preserve our constitution and our bill of rights. We know that wickedness exists in the world due to man’s fall from Grace and falling for Satan’s many traps. We love You. We worship You and we are grateful for Your many blessings. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

For Everything, There Is A Season

September 15, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Ecclesiastes 3:1  
   - with Special Guest, Catherine Latham of the HighWire

To everything, there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven

Most of us know this verse and the long list ‘seasons’ in subsequent verses. Ecclesiastes 3 was popularized by rock band, The Byrds, in 1965. The lyrics are taken almost verbatim from the King James version of book of Ecclesiastes, although the sequence of the words was rearranged somewhat for the song.

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to harvest;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.”
 
This list represents nearly all the important perspectives in our lives. Some are happy, some are sad; some are building, some are taking away; some are harsh, some imply rest.

No matter which side of the pendulum you are on right now, almost every pro/con, every ebb and flow of life is necessary to participate in Earth School. Whether we succeed or fail, our experiences are how we learn, grow, and evolve.

We all prefer life to run smoothly, with as little disruption as possible. We complain about being bored, but the truth is, most of us like our boring routine. We don’t like surprises that upend our well-established boundaries and borders. Routine makes us feel safe.

The current circumstances have turned every element of life upside down. We’ve had many changes come at us out of the blue and in rapid succession. We haven’t had time to adapt. We find our activities and our mental functions are frozen, like deer in the headlights. The easiest, safest thing to do is to comply with the New Rules, even when we know they are wrong.

What if we respond to this storm from a perspective of, “this too shall pass”? What if we are experiencing this “season” in our life for a purpose? With God's presence within our hearts, we can navigate the situation with peace, and without fear, knowing He is in control.

Sometimes the only way we know how far we have come is when we emerge even stronger, wiser, and freer...many years down the road.

Today’s Prayer:

Dear Lord, we come to You today knowing that every situation, every circumstance, every activity has a purpose in the Plan of our life when we put our trust in You. We were never assured it would be easy, but we were promised You would be with us, every step of the way. Our part is learning to trust. Life’s lessons are how we grow personally as a human and grow spiritually as a child of God. 

You never allow the season to be more than we can bear...and You promise to always help us bear the load. Thank You for the seasons in our life, when we laugh and when we cry. All we really need, Lord, is You by our side. Thank You that Your plan for my life has long been set in place. We ask for courage and protection, and a quiet heart to stay the course. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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