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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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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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Resurrected to a New Life

Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.” This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country. Luke 7:11-17 NIV
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God’s Gifts and Our Works

After John’s messengers left, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind? If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear expensive clothes and indulge in luxury are in palaces. But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written: “’I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’ I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” Luke 7:24-28 NIV

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Saved from the Jaws of Death Part 2

“The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, they said to Him, ‘Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do you say?’ They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, ‘He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.’ Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. Straightening up, Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?’  She said ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said ‘I do not condemn you, either. Go, from now on sin no more’” (John 8:3-11).
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