- Christ was everything but impersonal, his daily interaction with common people was marked by compassion. He paid special attention to women and children when it was not the cultural norm.
- John in his 1st letter states the the people of God prove their love for God by their love for people.
- When Jesus was asked to some up the Old Testament, he said the the we are toe Love the LORD with all of our heart, soul, and mind, furthermore we are to love our neighbor as ourselves. Then Jesus went on to qualify our neighbor as anyone, even our enemy!
- Finally, and most significantly Christ has displayed the personal love of God thorough becoming man and dying in the place of human beings. His crucifixion was preformed for sinners who by definition and by preference are in rebellion against God. This is a personal display of the perfect holy love of God!
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
"If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. "If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell.
He demands total allegiance:
"If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. "Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. "For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?
He demands that I love Him with every aspect of my existence:
And He said to him, " 'YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.'
By His grace and for His glory may God knock me down with the force of His Word!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Christ's work has not only dealt with past judgments, but His work is also to be the ruling principal for believers here and now. Furthermore those who are in Christ are to live in the reality of the ongoing resurrection life of Christ!
This supernatural life is one that acknowledges a moment by moment dependence on Christ to work out the spiritual fruit of God in Christians. Which means that we must be aware the the battle is the Lord's because it is a spiritual battle, so in this life he might make us his spiritual weapons vital and useful for his glory and our growth! This means for those of us with a western mindset must acknowledge our tendency to look at life from a natural perspective. The Universe is a supernatural place where a transcendent and all powerful God works in creation, and in the lives of individual believers through the power of the Holy Spirit!
Derived from interaction with True Spirituality: by Francis Schaeffer
Saturday, February 21, 2009
See if their be any wicked way in me; cleanse me from every sin and set me free.
I praise thee, Lord, for cleansing me from sin; fulfill thy Word & make me pure within.
Fill me with fire where once I burned with shame; grant my desire to magnify thy name.
Lord, take my life & make it wholly thine; fill my poor heart with thy great love divine.
Take all my will, my passion, self, and pride; I now surrender; Lord in me abide.
O Holy Spirit, revival comes from thee; send a revival , start, the work in me.
Thy Word declares thou wilt supply our need; for blessings now, O Lord I humbly plead. Amen
J. Edwin Orr --- 1936
Friday, February 6, 2009
(Some thoughts to Consider)
To the Sexual Revolutionist
People can look for purpose and in any place, person, or thing. A person could look to a relationship with another person but there is only so much that one can do for another. Sex could also be a place that a person could look for fulfillment. A person can embrace sexual revolution as much as they want the end result however will not be freedom but bondage to desires for bigger and better sex than before. This is a desire that cannot be satisfied.
To the Party Animal
The party animal can only be the life of the party for so long before; their normal life no longer exists. Life has is just the moments between the next high. All since of personal worth and meaning are dulled in the grip of addiction. There is no fun without the dulling of inhibitions; there is no self-confidence outside of the high. The pursuit of the ultimate High becomes the pursuit of life itself with the end result is that there are no hopes and dreams to pursue.
To the Hopeless
There is deliverance. There is an ultimate purpose for living and their can even be peace in dying. One must accept the deliverance that can be found in the gift of salvation. There is hope of being a new person just like a butterfly emerges from the cocoon a new creature, so a person can emerge from shell of mere existence to the eternal life that can only be found in the Jesus Christ. Once a person is joined to Jesus Christ there is no divorce He will never leave them or forsake them. Once He comes into a person’s life He helps that person to live a life that is purposeful and fruitful!
Where are you seeking freedom? Are you seeking freedom in places where you will only find more bondage? New life can start this very instant! Do you want to be Delivered?
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.