Power in Love Part 4

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” Matthew 5:44 NIV

How can we possibly do here what Jesus commands us? First of all, I believe we must be totally committed to our Lord in able to do this command. We must also think of all as equal to us. We must be selfless, seeking the betterment of others above our own well-being. We must truly be dependent on God for all our needs. Remember, while on the cross Jesus asked the Father to forgive those who crucified Him.

In the existence of mankind, how many people have died due to hatred? I am sure it is hundreds of millions. What would all of these people have been able to do for mankind if their lives had not been cut short due to hatred? How would our world be a better place today if they had lived full lives?
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Power in Love Part 3

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:9-13 NIV

These words that Jesus spoke to the disciples in the upper room during the Last Supper were not meant for them alone. These words are intended for all mankind. Unfortunately not all of mankind turn to Jesus.
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Power in Love Part 2

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.’ Matthew 22:37-39 NIV

Can you feel the intensity with which Jesus speaks this command? Loving God cannot just be with the heart, mind and soul. It must be with all our heart, with all our mind, and with all our soul. When we love God in this manner, so much power will flow through the believer. We are devoted to doing that which pleases the Heavenly Father and the Son. We do that which we are commanded. The power of God will flow through us so we can do more and more for Him. When we submit ourselves totally to God, He will use us as His vessels for the advancement of His kingdom. God gave us free will. He will not force us to submit to His will, but, when we do submit, so much can be done.
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Power in Love Part 1

As we now are in the holiday season, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I thought it would be a great time to discuss a topic of much importance, the power of love.

Have you ever noticed how much Jesus speaks of love in that which He shares with us? Do you believe that Jesus speaks so much about love because He realizes the magnitude of power which is present when love exists?

I would like to share a few passages in the next several days which reveal the power of love.

I wish to begin with a scripture passage which is undoubtedly known by any true Christian. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NIV I believe herein we have the epitome of love. Our creator, our God, loves us so much that He has a perfect plan wherein we can be saved and have eternal life with Him. This love came with a cost, the shedding of the innocent blood of the Heavenly Father’s only Son. Without this sacrifice that Jesus made on our behalf, our lives would have no true value. We would be lost forever from our first to our last breath. We would live only to die. Do you think our creator had that in mind for His creation?
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Hope and Intimacy

Overwhelming evidence not only shows the existence of God, but His great love toward mankind.  Nonetheless, a large number of people are willingly ignorant, which is beyond mere ignorance of the truth.  It’s one thing to be naïve and lack understanding.  It is quite another when one makes the decision to never acquire knowledge and understanding.  Obviously, a good many do not want to be held accountable for their lifestyle choices, so they choose to disbelieve in God.  Unfortunately for them, they’ve also chosen to live a life without hope.  A worldview that excludes God is void of hope.  Why do you think the devil fights so hard against the truth?  He doesn’t even care if people don’t believe he exists; in fact, it gives him an advantage.  If he can keep people in a state of unbelief, he already has stolen their hope.  Not only that, but their purpose for living.
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Celebrating Life, A Time of Healing and Thanksgiving Part 3

Extravagant Praise

My next stop on this musical journey was at the COGIC (UK) Centre, to experience three nights of Extravagant Praise. The three nights of praise were in June, August and September of 2010. I knew God had something special in stored for my family and I. We were not disappointed! It brought tears to my eyes, blessed my heart, brought confirmation of the direction in which God was leading me and I felt renewed in my spirit. I had been longing for this form of freedom to express my love to God, through uninterrupted, prayerful songs of thanksgiving. God granted my heart’s desire by connecting me with Extravagant Praise.
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