God’s love in our hearts

December 10, 2015 by admin  
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“Whoever does not love does not know God,
because God is love.” 1 John 4:8.

The distinguishing mark of a Christian is their confidence in the love of Christ,
and the relenting of their hearts to Christ in return.

Faith sets its seal on us by enabling us to praise Jesus who
“loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
Then love will give in return!
“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19.

God's Love
In old days, in the earliest time of the Christian religion,
this reciprocal love was clearly seen in Jesus’ followers.

They were men and women who knew the love of Christ,
and rested on it like someone might lean on a trusty cane.

The love they felt towards the Lord was not a quiet emotion hidden deep within!
They didn’t only speak of their love in private meetings on the first day of the week.

When they sang hymns in honor of the crucified savior Jesus Christ,
it was with a passion that was so enthusiastic and powerful that it shone through in all their actions,
their speech, and even the look in their eyes.

god's love
Love to Jesus was a flame which was fueled by the heart of their passion.

From there its force burned its way outward to shine brightly into the world.
Devotion to the glory of Jesus was the outward sign of all genuine Christians.

Due to Christ’s love they risked much,
and because of their love to Christ they accomplished much.

“And it’s still the same today!
We, the children of God,
are still ruled in our lives by the power of love ‘.

Jesus Calling
The love of Christ should still cause us to rejoice.

Do we feel our hearts lit afire by the Holy Spirit,
and then by force of the gratitude they feel as the love of the Savior fills our hearts?

- fwd: vc mathews

Make every day count

December 8, 2015 by admin  
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The Psalmist wrote, “Seventy years are given to us!  Some even live to eighty” (v. 10).

todayLet’s say you’re sixty, and you live to be eighty.
That’s just  two hundred and forty months LEFT !!!

When you begin to think that way, time becomes a precious commodity and a limited resource,
and you get serious about making every day count.

Each time you say, “I’ll take care of that tomorrow,” you’ve lost another day you can never get back.

Or

Don’t be like the Rich fool, in Luke 12:18 … “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”‘… “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you;

“Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.”  Ps 90:12

The Most crucial questions you need to think about is…
Have you discovered God’s will for your life ….
If not… then you need to begin praying for Wisdom  to see what you are called to do!

and then devote yourself to fulfilling it?

Make every day countUnderstand these three things:
(1) God scheduled the date of your arrival on earth. (Ps 139:16).
(2) God has laid out a track for you to run on and what he expects of you. (Heb 12:1).
(3) God will reward you for how you’ve lived (See 1Co 3:14-15).

So make every day count!… for HIS glory
and your preparation to go “back”.

- fwd: chris ferns

Thank God in advance

December 6, 2015 by admin  
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“The king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the Lord
and praising him for his holy splendor.
This is what they sang: ‘Give thanks to the Lord; his faithful love endures forever!’”
(2 Chronicles 20:21 NLT)

In 2 Chronicles 20:21, King Jehoshaphat had a very unusual way of organizing an army:
“The king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the Lord and praising him
for his holy splendor.

This is what they sang:
‘Give thanks to the Lord; his faithful love endures forever!’” (NLT)

Thank You God
Jehoshaphat’s battle plan was to put a choir before the infantry. Patton would have fainted! Picture this:
On one side are the three enemy armies amassed to do battle against Israel.
Then there’s the valley where they’re going to do battle.
Then there are the lowly Israelites.

Jehoshaphat says, “We’re going to take those who sing and make a choir out of you
and put you in front of the army as you march into battle.”

There’s a very important truth here: The Israelites were thanking God in advance for the victory.
Praise and thanksgiving are verbalized faith. If you thank God after the fact, that’s gratitude.
If you thank God before it happens, that’s faith.

Notice the effect of praise in verses 22 and 23:
“When they began to sing, the Lord threw the invading armies into a panic.
The Ammonites and the Moabites attacked the Edomite army and completely destroyed it,
and then they turned on each other in savage fighting” (GNT).

thanking the lord
God confused the enemy, and they turned on each other and destroyed themselves
while the Israelites looked on.

There is power in expectation.

You know that insurmountable problem in your life — the one with the odds stacked against you?
When are you going to start thanking God for it? After it’s all solved?

If so, that’s called gratitude. How about thanking God now, while you’re in the problem
or see it coming at you?

That is faith.

When you allow God to solve your problems, it becomes a testimony to unbelievers.
The world takes notice when the Christian lives by faith.
And, God loves to demonstrate his power in those who expect him to work in their lives.

thankful
Are you facing a difficult circumstance this week? Do you feel like the odds are against you?
Do you think your problem is overwhelming? What do you do?
” You turn to God — Jehovah Nissi,
the God who defends you “

- fwd: vc mathews

The secret of the rose

December 3, 2015 by admin  
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A new minister  was  walking  with  an  older, more  seasoned  minister  in  the  garden  one  day. Feeling  a  bit  insecure  about  what  God  had for  him  to  do,  he  asked  the  older  preacher  for some  advice.  The  older  preacher  walked  up to  a  rosebush  and  handed  him  a  rosebud  and told  him  to  open  it  carefully  without  tearing off  any  of  the  petals.

rosebud

The  young  preacher  was baffled,  and  was  trying  to  figure  out  what  a rosebud  could  possibly  have  to  do  with  his wanting  to  know  the  will  and  plan  of  God  for his  life  and  ministry.  Nevertheless,  because  of his  great  respect  for  the  older  preacher,  he  proceeded  to  try  to  unfold  the  rose  while  keeping every  petal  intact.  It  wasn’t  long  before  he  realized  how  impossible  this  was  to  do.

Noticing the  younger  preacher’s  inability  to  unfold  the rosebud  without  tearing  it,  the  older  preacher began  to  recite  the  following poem:

It   is only a tiny rosebud,
A flower of God’s design;
But  I  cannot  unfold  the  petals
With these clumsy hands of mine.

Rose
The secret of unfolding flowers
Is  not  known  to  such  as  I.
God opens this flower so easily,
But in my hands they die.

If I cannot unfold a rosebud,
T his flower of God’s design,
Then how can I have the wisdom
To unfold this life of mine?

So I’ll trust in God for leading
Each moment of my day.
I will look to God for guidance
In each step of the way.

Rose
The path that lies before me,
Only my Lord knows.
I’ll  trust  God  to  unfold the  moments,
Just as He unfolds the rose.

- fwd: vathan shettigar

Let your light shine

December 1, 2015 by admin  
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Someone told me that we influence at least 250 people during our lifetime.
Today, with the Internet connecting us with more people, I believe our influence is much greater.

I recently watched a true story featured on the video Paradise Road.
It told of a woman who used her influence and training to give a group of women hope,
courage, peace, unity and a reason to keep living.

Shine
The women were prisoners of war.
They came from diverse backgrounds – high society and farmers.
They were from different countries.

At first they didn’t trust each other,
but as life become more difficult for them, they began to work together.

God used this woman in an amazing way.
With her music and organizational abilities, she united the women to form an orchestra
and patiently taught them how to use their voices to sound like instruments.
Soon they were able to create a beautiful concert.

She gave them something to beautiful to focus
on besides their own misery and their horrific surroundings.

Every day women died at the hands of their captors or from disease,
but the group was able to keep going because of her courage.

There were, of course, some women who wouldn’t join the choir
and watched from afar, but most followed her.

let your light shine
Over half the women in the choir died. One day, when they were having yet another funeral procession,
one of the guards asked her, “Where is your choir now?”

Instead of letting his remark discourage her, she picked up two rocks and began banging out a rhythm.
Soon others followed her example, using sticks, shoes – whatever they could find.
They were an orchestra again and were encouraged.

Even those who usually sat and watched joined in the music.
Finally the war was over and they were set free.

This woman had given them hope, courage,
and even joy by inspiring them to make something beautiful in dire circumstances.

You are like this woman when Jesus Christ controls your life,
“You shine like stars…as you hold out the word of life” (Philippians 2:15).
You help women see something beautiful in life, no matter the circumstances.
You are the light of the world.

let your light shine
Think for a moment about the people you influence.
The ones you meet at your local coffee shop, the grocery store, clothing store and online,
as well as your neighbors, coworkers, church and family.
God can use you to help introduce people you know to Christ,
the One who brings light into our souls and eyes.

- fwd: vc mathews

Love is not tolerance

November 29, 2015 by admin  
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Christian love bears evil, but it does not tolerate it.
It does penance for the sins of others, but it is not broadminded about sin.

The cry for tolerance never induces it to quench its hatred of the evil philosophies that have entered into contest with the Truth.
It forgives the sinner, and it hates the sin; it is unmerciful to the error in his mind.

Love
The sinner it will always take back into the bosom of the Mystical Body; but his lie will never be taken into the treasury of His Wisdom.

Real love involves real hatred:
Whoever has lost the power of moral indignation and the urge to drive the buyers and sellers from the temples has also lost a living, fervent love of Truth.

charity of love
Charity, then, is not a mild philosophy of “live and let live”; it is not a species of sloppy sentiment.
Charity is the infusion of the Spirit of God, which makes us love the beautiful and hate the morally ugly.

- bishop fulton j sheen

Why does the Quran direct Muslims to Bible?

November 26, 2015 by admin  
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quran and bibleThis is a question for the muslim posters mainly but others may join in. I have noticed that a lot of muslims posters seem to be of the opinion that the bible (hebrew and greek scriptures) are not to be viewed as the Word of God…that the text is compromised and untrustworthy.

However, i’d like to ask what the opinion is on these verses from the Quran which encourages the use of the bible?

Āl ‘Imrān [3]:3, 4, NJD: “He has revealed to you the Book with the truth, confirming the scriptures which preceded it; for He has already revealed the Torah and the Gospel [Injīl in Arabic] for the guidance of men.”

Al-Mā’idah [5]:46, 47: And in their footsteps, We sent ‘Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), confirming the Taurat (Torah) that had come before him, and We gave him the Injeel (Gospel), in which was guidance and light and confirmation of the Taurat (Torah) that had come before it, a guidance and an admonition for Al-Muttaqun (the pious)

Yūnus [10]:94.“If thou wert in doubt as to what We have revealed unto thee, then ask those who have been reading the Book from before thee.”

quran and bibleIt seems to me that the Quran is endorsing the use of the holy bible rather then trying to correct its teachings. I’d like to know where this idea that the bible needed correcting comes from?

And if the bible was falsified ‘later’ as muslims claim, then when is ‘later’?

It must have been before Mohammads time, otherwise he would not have come and declared that it had been changed… but then if it was before Mohammad, why would the Quran (which was written AFTER Mohammads time) direct people to the bible?

This all seems very contradictory to me.

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The guest

November 25, 2015 by admin  
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A few months before I was born, my dad met a stranger who was new to our small Tennessee town.

From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family.
The stranger was quickly accepted and was around to welcome me into the world a few months later.

As I grew up, I never questioned his place in our family. Mom taught me to love the Word of God. Dad taught me to obey it.
But the stranger was our storyteller. He could weave the most fascinating tales. Adventures, mysteries and comedies were daily conversations.
He could hold our whole family spellbound for hours each evening.

Family Spellbound

He was like a friend to the whole family. He took Dad, Bill and me to our first major league baseball game.
He was always encouraging us to see the movies, and he even made arrangements to introduce us to several movie stars. The stranger was an incessant talker.

Dad didn’t seem to mind but sometimes Mom would quietly get up – while the rest of us were enthralled with one of his stories of faraway places – and go to her room and read her Bible and pray. I wonder now if she ever prayed that the stranger would leave. My Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions. But this stranger never felt an obligation to honor them.

Profanity was not allowed in our house – not from us, our friends, or adults.
Our longtime visitor, however, used occasional four-letter words that burned my ears and made Dad squirm.

To my knowledge, the stranger was never confronted. Dad didn’t permit alcohol in his home.
But the stranger enlightened us to other ways of life. He often offered us beer and other alcoholic beverages.

He made cigarettes look tasty, cigars manly, and pipes distinguished.
He talked freely about sex. His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing.

Family

I know now that my early concepts of the man/woman relationship were influenced by the stranger.

I believe it was only by the grace of God the stranger did not influence us even more.
Time after time he opposed my parents’ values. Yet he was seldom rebuked and never asked to leave.

More than thirty years have passed since the stranger moved in with the young family on Morningside Drive.
But if I were to walk into my parents’ home today, I would still see him sitting over in a corner, waiting for someone to listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures.

His name? We always called him TV.

TV

- fwd: samuel machado

Money is yours but resources belong to the society

November 24, 2015 by admin  
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Ratan Tata Tweet…

GermanyGermany is a highly industrialized country. In such a country, many will think its people lead a luxurious life.

When we arrived at Hamburg , my colleagues walked into the restaurant, we noticed that a lot of tables were empty. There was a table where a young couple was having their meal. There were only two dishes and two cans of beer on the table. I wondered if such simple meal could be romantic, and whether the girl will leave this stingy guy.

There were a few old ladies on another table. When a dish is served, the waiter would distribute the food for them, and they would finish every bit of the food on their plates.

As we were hungry, our local colleague ordered more food for us. When we left, there was still about one third of un-consumed food on the table.

When we were leaving the restaurant, the old ladies spoke to us in English, we understood that they were unhappy about us wasting so much food.

“We paid for our food, it is none of your business how much food we left behind,” my colleague told the old ladies. The old ladies were furious. One of them immediately took her hand phone out and made a call to someone. After a while, a man in uniform from Social Security organisation arrived. Upon knowing what the dispute was, he issued us a 50 Euro fine. We all kept quiet.

Think.Eat.SaveThe officer told us in a stern voice, “ORDER WHAT YOU CAN CONSUME, MONEY IS YOURS BUT RESOURCES BELONG TO THE SOCIETY. THERE ARE MANY OTHERS IN THE WORLD WHO ARE FACING SHORTAGE OF RESOURCES. YOU HAVE NO REASON TO WASTE RESOURCES.”

The mindset of people of this rich country put all of us to shame.

WE REALLY NEED TO REFLECT ON THIS. We are from country which is not very rich in resources. To save face, we order large quantity and also waste food when we give others a treat.
(Courtesy: A friend who is now changed a lot)

THE LESSON IS:- THINK SERIOUSLY ABOUT CHANGING OUR BAD HABITS.
VERY TRUE -”MONEY IS YOURS BUT RESOURCES BELONG TO THE SOCIETY.”

Motivating love

November 23, 2015 by admin  
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Richard was the second-youngest of nine children.

child polishing shoesOne Saturday afternoon, three days before Christmas, his mother was in her usual rush to get everything done. She asked Richard to go upstairs and polish her Sunday shoes.

After awhile Richard brought down the shoes, obviously proud of the job he had done. Mother was so pleased that she reached into her purse and handed him a quarter.

A quarter was quite a treasure, especially three days before Christmas, but Richard looked puzzled. He took the money, picked up the shoes, and quietly went back upstairs. In a few minutes, his mother rushed up to change her clothes.

LoveAs she slipped her feet into the shiny shoes, her right foot hit a lump in the toe. She was half-annoyed and hurriedly pulled out a wad of paper. She unwrapped it and out fell a quarter.

Written in a seven-year-old scrawl were the words, “I done it for love.”

- reuben tellis

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