“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.
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.
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 ‘.
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
The Psalmist wrote, “Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty” (v. 10).
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.
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?
Understand 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
“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)
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).
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
- fwd: vathan shettigar
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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, 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
This 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, 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 :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 :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.”
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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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.
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.
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.
- fwd: samuel machado
Ratan Tata Tweet…
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.
The 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.”
Richard was the second-youngest of nine children.
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.
Written in a seven-year-old scrawl were the words, “I done it for love.”
- reuben tellis