Monday, November 17, 2008
1. Jerusalem- local (town, county, and/or region)
2. Judea- state
3. Samaria- nation
4. End of the Earth- world
Remember in ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame,’ Esmeralda ran to a church because she was scared and needed protection. The Church needs to start being that REFUGE and LOVING like we are called to.
Why don’t we LOVE? I believe it’s because we don’t really know or understand who God really is because if we did we would LOVE. If we truly understood who God was and how much He loves us, then we would LOVE like crazy!
Matthew 22:36-40 states:
"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
This says LOVE! If we would just LOVE in all aspects of life, then I believe that everything else would just “fall into place.” It says, “All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” But I would venture to say that everything hangs on LOVE. WE MUST LOVE!
*Paul says it all in 1 Corinthians 13:
1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Friday, November 14, 2008
I don't understand why people never hear the Gospel and some go hungry.
CHRISTians have so much money that we just waste.
Look at our churches that we spend MILLIONS on.
Many people in other countries worship in houses or just any place they can find.
How can we claim to be CHRISTians, but not be CHRIST-like in this aspect?
Christ loved the poor and preached to the poor, but all we do is shed a tear
for them every now and then or toss them a buck.
Wake up Church!
Quit living such lavish lifestyles.
Do we think we deserve so much better than "the Son of Man has no place to lay his head"?
I love you all very much, and that is why I am challenging you to change.
Be like Christ. Take care of the poor and the needy, and help those trying to reach them as I write.
Please cut back on some things you don't NEED, and CHANGE THE WORLD with the blessings God has given you.
1 John 3:14,16-18
2 Corinthians 8:13-14
Dare to love.
Dare to imagine,
To imagine a better world.
Dare to be different.
What innovation did not birth as a dream?
They say be realistic.
They say you're just one person.
They say you can't make a difference,
you can't change the world.
They say don't dream.
Well... They're wrong!
God says you can.
He says that you can do anything with Him.
Don't put Him in a box,
And don't limit Him.
When you're a true Christian
And you put limits on yourself,
You are really putting limits on God
And what He can do through you.
Trust God, Dream Big, Change the World!
-Excerpt from a sermon called "For Whom Did Christ Die?" by Charles Spurgeon
We are all ungodly until purified by the blood of Christ, and we need to remember that.