Because God is extreme to the nth degree – God requires an extreme type of relationship from us. Once we get born again, we will continue growing deeply, naturally, into further maturity in Christ. The wonder of passing from being “God-damned” to being “marvelously saved by Jesus”. Oh how marvelous this journey!
It was not so nasty a word
I am redeemed, but not with silver… I am bought, but not with gold… Bought with a price—the blood of Jesus.
Ephesians 5:1-3. “Therefore become imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father]; 2 and walk continually in love [that is, value one another—practice empathy and compassion, unselfishly seeking the best for others], just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and sacrifice to […]
Peace within our own boundaries is not guaranteed. It is so important in these days that we all draw near to God, and pray. We must seek after God, while He yet can be found. Deuteronomy 4:29 “…seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your […]
Many Christians are satisfied if they are doing something —others wish to feel sure that they are doing much; but few admit the obligation, or make serious efforts, to do all they can.
Good talk is fun! Put simply: It involves your mouth voicing words with your brain full on, your heart tuned to “nice“, and another talker involved – some listening ear understanding you, involved mutually in the conversation. If there is no understanding – then there is no communication. If it’s not mutual, then there is […]
You do know, right (?)… that we are actually all together one race? Today’s news events of hate-filled cops and hate-filled rioters and hate-filled political movements seem to indicate otherwise. Is anyone reading the Bible – and actually trying to follow Jesus? I’m sure you heard about this murder of George Floyd. It happened in […]
Once we have the absolute joy of knowing Jesus as our Savior, our life is made even richer by bringing others to Jesus – so they can be saved from the wrath of God against sin. Paul put it this way: 19 For who is [the object of] our hope or joy or our victor’s wreath […]
Based on 1 Corinthians 13:4-7; Matthew 25:41-46; Hebrews 13:2; 3 John 1:5. Acts of love I can do… in Christ: I will be friendly, cordial, and gracious to all people, in all circumstances, even if I am miffed, or feel wronged. I will look-out for anyone being overlooked or ignored, and be gracious and loving […]
Heaven will be awe-full and law-less. …filled-up full with unending awe of the One-and-Only, the wonderfully awesome God. …filled-up full with overflowing love that voids any need for laws. Love will rule inside our insides. The peace of God will rule inside our hearts. This will be commonplace. Everyone around. Imagine that! 15 Let the peace […]
Love forgives. Plain and simple. Nothing less. Is your love acting, or “failing”? 1 Peter 4:8 Above all, have fervent and unfailing love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins [it overlooks unkindness and unselfishly seeks the best for others]. Got to have it: “have fervent and unfailing love”. Have it. Have […]
Take today’s challenge: Try “loving” again. “Do not judge and criticize and condemn [others unfairly with an attitude of self-righteous superiority as though assuming the office of a judge], so that you will not be judged [unfairly].” – Matthew 7:1 The world around us is chuck-full of fault-finding. You might even find it inside your […]
We all do it. It is so easy. We jump to it! Each of us – we suddenly are harsh and unloving. We jump to judgment, condemning others around us. Our harsh words and attitudes come out of such lovely, innocent faces. We often draw conclusions without all the facts – and then shame and […]
The statement of faith to which we subscribe: We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible authoritative Word of God. We believe the Triune Godhead exists in One Eternal, Transcendent, Omnipotent, personal God, manifested in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The substitutionary and redemptive sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ […]
It appears that, for the majority in the USA, Jesus is Savior no more. Even though the Supreme Court ruled against taking down the cross, citizens continue to remove Christ from their view (Referenced in South Carolina city news article on 7/25/2019.) In the midst of all this public discord, we need to be Christians […]
God is holy – to the nth degree Our God reveals Himself in the Bible to be extreme to the nth degree. That is to say: perfectly, absolutely, extremely, totally, unconditionally … – https://www.dictionary.com/browse/to-the-nth-degree He is many many things, but lets just look at His love and His holiness. Our loving Father God is so […]
When this life is over, and we’ve lived it all for self, we’ll have nothing in eternity – but self, and self, that’s all: no good, no joy, no love – no pleasantness again. For God is good; God is joy; God is love. God is why pleasantness exists. If all we have is self, […]
“…I have come in response to your words.” -Angel Gabriel; Daniel 10:12 To us puny humans, everything God is in Himself, and everything God does in action — is extreme. His power is extreme. His divine nature is extreme. His knowledge is extreme. His mercy is extreme. His compassion is extreme. All that He is […]
Oh the unfathomable love of our wonderful mysterious God. Think about it. His love is so endless, amazingly deep and wide. Try understanding this love. God’s love for us is never failing, beyond the capabilities of our understanding. God foreknew us as sinful, yet loved us still. God hates sin, but even though He foreknew […]
God is love. This is love: 1 Corinthians 13. So this is what God is like: 1 Corinthians 13. Is this me? 1 Corinthians 13. What love is – as God describes it: Based on 1 Corinthians 13 Amplified Bible (AMP) 4 Love… endures with patience and serenity, is kind and thoughtful, is not jealous or envious; […]
Like a bleating baby lamb alone in green meadows, I have discovered myself surrounded by giant forests where wolves lurk. Been there yourself? So steps the Christian who blithely lives a life without accountability. Each of us must take care to set up properly, and live with some kind of accountability. We’re like popcorn over […]
Jesus said, “Be careful that no one misleads you [deceiving you and leading you into error] – Matthew 24:verse 4 I am the only one responsible for my eternal soul. Same for you. Right? If someone deceives me, convincing me, leading me into a false religious cult, there will be no recourse for me in […]
I’m a’ workin’ more on myself. (I know. It says: I am a working moron myself.) Sometimes I am a moron! I do exactly NOT what I wanted to do, just as the Apostle Paul admitted in Romans 7: verse 15. How foolish is that!? I want to be always right, and always righteous. But […]
People talkin’ ’bout you? Feeling besmirched? Feeling befuddled? Stumbling like a drunk through your day? Getting to the next thing all you can seem to handle? What’s next? Demands and to-do’s piled-up? …no contentment? Is “happy” gone? besmirched: 1) damage the reputation of (someone or something) in the opinion of others. 2) make (something) dirty […]
Love is something you do. It’s not just a feeling. Love is always sincere. And when it can, love is active. Faking love – is not actual love. Hypocrisy knows nothing about actual love. Romans 12:9 Love is to be sincere and active [the real thing—without guile and hypocrisy]. Doing Love. Your supposed “love” is […]
How to converse without offending… Matthew 7:1 Amplified Bible (AMP) “Do not judge and criticize and condemn [others unfairly with an attitude of self-righteous superiority as though assuming the office of a judge], so that you will not be judged [unfairly]. You ever had to “bite your tongue”? Just really really HAD to say something, […]
*Capture each part of the process of being made alive in Christ. Here the passage is broken into its separate phrases and nuanced truths …explained here by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians chapter 2, verses 1-10. Ephesians 2:1-10 Amplified Bible (AMP) 2 “And you [He made alive when you] were [spiritually] dead and separated from […]
How much do you love God? You have a big heart, a deep, deep soul, lots of strength, and a huge mind! What’s in there?! Are you all for God in all of you, or …partially? What Jesus was saying here, basically, is: Your life must be totally given-over to Jesus, without reservation.
– Anonymous Quote in reference to the Charlottesville violence – by both sides, violent white supremists and violent protesters against their racism… How ’bout this perspective – for us in the USA today? Maybe we all should try greeting each other in love? If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than […]