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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Our Faith Must Increase

When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well. Luke 7:1-10 NIV
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A Father’s Day Poem

GOOD FATHERS ARE NOT PERFECT,
BUT THEY DO THE BEST THEY CAN.
THEY PLAY WITH KIDS AND READ TO THEM,
AND FATHERS ARE THEIR FAN.

GOOD FATHERS ALWAYS WANT WHAT’S BEST
FOR EVERYONE AT HOME.
THEY SEE THEIR CHILDREN OFF TO SCHOOL,
AND MAKE SURE THEIR HAIR IS COMBED.

GOOD FATHERS GO TO CONCERTS,
AND TO BASKETBALL, AND PLAYS.
THEY TEACH THEIR CHILDREN TO ENJOY
THEIR LIVES AND ALL THEIR DAYS.

GOOD FATHERS ALSO HAVE TO WORK.
THEY HAVE TO EARN THEIR BREAD.
THEY WANT THEIR FAMILIES TO HAVE MONEY,
AND TO GET AHEAD.

SOMETIMES THEY CANNOT BE AT HOME,
BUT WHEN THEY ARE AWAY,
THEY CARE ABOUT THEIR FAMILIES,
AND THEY PRAY TO GOD EACH DAY.

GOOD FATHERS HAVE TO DISCIPLINE,
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