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|Posted on February 18, 2018 at 9:16 PM||comments (455)|
February is “Library Lovers Month” declared by one group! Along with that comes a whole list of February activities. Not to mention VALENTINES DAY. For some like our daughters occupation; National School Counseling Week TM. Along with Black History Month, Heart Health Month, Nation Wild-birds Feeding Month, including Darwin Day celebrations and last most certainly least National Condom Month!
“For God so loved . . .”
Gospel of John 3:16
The anti Christian portion of all societies would point to Lent, Easter and of course Christmas as purely Christian recognition. In our U.S. Societies that same segment proclaims and protests that the christian faith leaves them out. Thus we find all of these other things to recognize and celebrate.
My point here is the christian portion of the world and the U. S. are not the only people that care for others! I have to check myself often that I am not the best example of some one that cares for others. I do not know the psychology of us humans yet we seem to have an innate gene of self, “I” and “me.” I (see the first person here) noticed in our little children and then with our grandchildren we didn't need to teach them selfishness! “MINE”!
It seems we have to learn compassion or we would be destined to a life of selfishness. And it does permeate much of many societies even now including many confessing conspicuously religious.
Concern for others [brotherly love] is laced through out the old testament but for that portion of society that has pushed for less religious or christian influence in our daily lives. Worship all you want but just do it in private and the Christian population mostly capitulated letting crosses to be removed from public view and taking away nativity scenes from any city, county, state or federal location thus taking Christian influence out our public arena.
Bible expositor Finis Dake notes 102 verses in the New Testament that the writers used the word “love.” I won't get into translations from Hebrew, Greek or Latin words used but simply translated to our English word “love.” Wikipedia uses this translation, deepest interpersonal affection and one may use this meaning when reading the Bible without missing the writers emphasis with ones relation to others.
I am afraid or more over I feel I have observed that in the void with the Ten Commandments and the other Biblical influences having been removed from the prominence in our society a selfish love drained into the void.
My kind of love is a better than yours! If you love Me, you won't judge me! Parents have heard this one even before we allowed the Bibles to be taken out of our schools; “If you loved me you'd let do that!, go there!” In that void also seeped in My religion is better than yours, radical faiths began to come and float like a scum in stagnate pool. Radical ISIS sprung from the void with violence for the “love of Allah” exterminating all they decide do not Love as they do.
Add to this discussion the Judaeo-Christian belief in a caring Creator, a living, loving and forgiving Ruler of the Universe. How can we “mere mortals” as C. S. Lewis refers to us, understand His Love. The Bible says that “His ways aren't our way and our ways aren't His ways.” this brings me back St. John's Gospel chapter three verse sixteen: “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.”
In all honesty, I can't comprehend that kind of “love.” I accept it, I place my faith in the “life,” “death” and “Resurrection”! Yet I don't understand it, I mean that kind of love. I love my family, I understand the love I have for my wife, my love for our children (the same as for my wife only different) My sisters, I love them because they are my kin and friendship, I have a buddy we grew up, graduated high school, got drafted, lived in different states, got married, had children, 60 plus years and every time we see each other or talk on the phone it is like our last visit was yesterday. Another kind of love and I understand it.
A Creator so loving, a sacrifice so great, a Savior so willing, it is beyond me.
Matthew Henry in the seventeen hundreds put it this way;
The Son of man is lifted up, as the serpent of brass was by Moses, which cured the stung Israelites. 1. It was a serpent of brass that cured them. Christ is the same. Christ, who was made sin for us and yet knew no sin; was made in the likeness of sinful flesh and yet not sinful; as harmless as a serpent of brass. The serpent was a cursed creature; Christ was made a curse. That which cured them reminded them of their plague; so in Christ sin is set before us most fiery and formidable. 2. It was lifted up upon a pole, and so must the Son of man be lifted up; thus it behoved him, Lu. 24:26, Lu. 24:46 . No remedy now. Christ is lifted up, (1.) In his crucifixion. He was lifted up upon the cross. His death is called his being lifted up, ch. 12:32, ch. 12:33 . He was lifted up as a spectacle, as a mark, lifted up between heaven and earth, as if he had been unworthy of either and abandoned by both. (2.) In his exaltation. He was lifted up to the Father’s right hand, to give repentance and remission; he was lifted up to the cross, to be further lifted up to the crown. Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete)
Happy Love month.
You choose your reason to celebrate.
I'll accept if you choose the other reasons to celebrate Love in February as long as no one insists that I not share openly about this Divine Love.
|Posted on July 19, 2017 at 1:00 PM||comments (179)|
Jesus Is the Revealer of the Invisible God
It was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him.
Most historians acknowledge that there was a man named Jesus who walked on the earth 2,000 years ago. And even agnostics concede that nobody has influenced the world for good more than Jesus. Hospitals, orphanages, universities, and many scientific advances—all of these things came about through Christians because of their faith in Christ. And yet, as wonderful as those accomplishments were, that’s not what makes Jesus the most holy person who ever lived. This week we will look at Colossians 1 to discover three unique characteristics of Jesus Christ.
Notice what Paul says what makes Jesus truly holy, different, separate. Jesus Christ is the revealer of the invisible God. If you believe there is a God, don’t you want to know who that God is? Don’t you want to know whether that God is loving or hateful? Don’t you want to know whether He is truthful and can be depended on, or whether He is deceptive? If there really is a God, wouldn’t it be good if we knew what He wants from us and what He demands from us? All of those are important questions to answer if there truly is a God.
Jesus came to tell us everything about God we need to know. Jesus is different from all the other religions in the world because in every other religion, there is a difference between the founder of that religion and the message of that religion. For example, Muhammad never claimed to be able to change people’s lives; he pointed people to the Qur’an to change people’s lives. Buddha never said he could save anybody; he pointed people to the Noble Path that would save people. But Jesus was altogether different. Jesus didn’t just point people to the message. He said, “I am the message.” Jesus didn’t say, “I will show you the way.” He said, “I am the way.” He didn’t say, “I will teach the truth to you.” He said, “I am the truth.” He didn’t say, “I am going to open the door to life.” He said, “I am the life.” Jesus is the full representation of God Himself.
Paul says of Christ, “It was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him” (Colossians 1:19). Do you know what is the greatest miracle of all time? It’s not the resurrection. That’s a big one, but it’s not the biggest. The greatest miracle of all time was the incarnation. God poured all of Himself into a tiny embryo implanted in a Jewish teenager’s womb. All of God, all of the fullness of God, dwelled in Christ. The humble circumstances of Christ’s birth have led people to misunderstand it. Many people believe because Jesus was born in a stable, placed in a feeding trough, somehow that means He was a little bit less than God. Not at all. God willingly chose to take human form. Why did He do that? The reason He came in such humble circumstances was to prove He was willing to go to whatever extreme necessary to rescue us from our dilemma of sin and death. Why is Jesus holy, different? Because Jesus is the revealer of the invisible God. Everything you need to know about God, you find in Jesus Christ.
Suppose someone should offer me a hamburger after I had eaten a T-bone steak. I would say, “No, thank you, I am already satisfied.” Young Christian, that is the secret. You are so filled with the things of Christ, so enamored of the things of God, that you do not have time or taste for sinful pleasures of this world.
It does not mean that in society we are snobs or have a superiority complex, lest we be in danger of spiritual pride — which would be far worse than any worldliness.
Just ask this question to yourself every time: “What would Christ have me to do?” Another question you can ask is, “Can I ask His blessing upon this particular thing for me?” “What would Christ think about my amusements, recreation, books, companions, and tele- vision programs?” “Could I ask Christ to go along with me to this particular event?” Being omnipresent, He’ll be there anyway. The point is, should you?
But today there are so many professing Christians who are walking hand in hand with the world that you cannot tell the difference between the Christian and the unbeliever. This should never be.
The Christian should stand out like a sparkling diamond against a rough background.
He should be more wholesome than anyone else. He should be poised, cultured, courteous, gracious, but firm in the things that he does and does not do. He should laugh and be radiant, but he should refuse to allow the world to pull him down to its level.
The Bible says that “whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (Romans 14:23), and the Bible again says that he who doubts is condemned if he does it. In other words, we are never to do anything of which we are not perfectly clear and certain.
Pathway to Victory Devotion © Robert Jeffress
edited by rcl
|Posted on February 10, 2017 at 1:19 PM||comments (92)|
God so Loved the World
February is often known as the Love month, Valentines Day. Marketers have used February for everything from selling candy, flowers, vacations. One web site has declared February The Month of Love and Kindness even appointing the week of 12 to 18th. the week of "Random Act's of Kindness Week" and my sisters birthday. Who didn't already know that? Well I don't expect you knew that the oldest of my 5 younger sisters was born on Feb. 14th. Happy Valentines Day!
John 3:16 New King James Version (NKJV)
"16.For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
Who has not seen that small child with her or his arms stretched out straight from the shoulder and saying "I Love You this much!"
It is Unfeigned: a Love of all creation, a Love for all the world, a Love of all the earth, and all that comes out of it and returns unto it. Of all this Creation which single creation/creature has the ability beyond instinct to reason, to learn or question our very existence.
It is Unfeigned Love for All Creation most of all human beings, all man kind, all that have question of ones very existence an answer of Love.
No matter the plite the/our creator has made the way; just open the door and step through! There is no toll! You just have to grab the handle and open the door then cross the threshold.
Thirsty? the water that quenches all thirst is right over there! Just across that line, but it is over there! One must step over, over to the other side. Filthy dirty? there is cleansing on the other side! You just need to pass through the curtain, the cleaning is on the other side, it cleans inside out! It cleans behind the ears, between the toes even the heart and soul.
Only if you want it, only if you go through, all thirsts are , all hunger is filled. and all filth or evil is cleansed.
Jesus of Nazareth is the door! Jesus bleeding on the cross is the veil!, Jesus's empty tomb is the line!
All who open unto Jesus and step into Gods Love thirst no more for sin. "because God so Loved."
All who step through the veil, by stepping through the curtain of the blood of Jesus leave filth of this life and like Jesus live anew. "because God so Loved"
All who chose to cross the line into the empty tomb will hunger no more for the lusts of this life. "16.For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
Happy Valentines Day