Posts tagged ‘Love’

God’s Love & Peace to You

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Well, they say all good things must come to an end. I’ve been publishing this blog Monday-Friday for a year. But, the G3 Church is moving on with some new media and ways of communicating. Watch on the G3 Church website for more information as it becomes available. As for me, if I start another blog, you’ll catch me on Facebook and Twitter.

The goal of this blog was to connect our modern culture with the God of the Bible. On most days, I feel I successfully did that. Hope you thought so too.

There’s a song on The Beatles’ “White Album” called “Glass Onion.” In it John, not so subtly, reveals that the walrus (mentioned in the song “I Am a Walrus”) was Paul. He sings: “Well, here’s another clue for you all, the walrus was Paul.”

Well, here’s a couple of not so subtle clues for you, readers:

The gorilla was Bruce.

And, The savior of the world is Jesus.

There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved. Acts 4

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Change: The Only Constant in Life

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On the website Lifehack there’s an entry titled “10 Sentences That Can Change Your Life.” Here they are…with an 11th added.

1. People aren’t against you; they are for themselves.

2. Climb mountains not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world.

3. You learn more from failure than from success; don’t let failure stop you.

4. The most dangerous risk of all—the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.

5. Go where you’re celebrated, not where you’re tolerated.

6. The person that you will spend the most time with in your life is yourself, so you better try to make yourself as interesting as possible.

7. If you accept your limitations, you go beyond them.

8. People often say that motivation doesn’t last, but then, neither does bathing…that’s why we recommend it daily.

9. Everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something.

10. Comfort is the enemy of achievement.

And #11 is the most important of all…

God loved you so much he sent his only son to die for you so he might give you everlasting life…and so much more.

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3

What Does LOVE Mean?

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A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year olds: “What does love mean?” (from an article by Ladan Lashkari).  Here are some of the answers:

1. “When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.”   Rebecca – age 8

2. “When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.”   Billy – age 4

3. “Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.”   Bobby – age 7 

4. “If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.”   Nikka – age 6

5. “Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.”   Chris – age 7

6. And the final one…

Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child.

The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.

Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, “Nothing, I just helped him cry.”

No one loves you more than God who sent his own son into the world as a sacrifice for you.

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3

Yeah. Uh huh. Sure. Sure.

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Have you ever had to call an office to clear something up? Maybe they got your bill wrong. Or, you needed to reschedule an appointment. But, you can tell right off, the person you’re talking to isn’t really listening to you. You don’t have the person full attention. You keep talking…but it’s really not doing much good. Later, you find out you were right when the problem isn’t rectified.

Does that not make you mad! Does that not get your drawers in a bunch! Grind your gears! Push every one of your buttons! Few things are worse than not being listened to. It says to you: You’re not important to me. I don’t care about you.

That will never happen with Jesus. It’s not in his character. If you read about Jesus, you’ll find he listened to everyone. Even a despised leper who fell with his face down in front of Jesus and asked Jesus to heal him. Jesus said: “I am willing. Be clean.” He always values what you have to say. He always cares. And, today Jesus still listens to everyone.

Do you need someone who will listen to you? Someone to give you their full attention? Someone who hears your every word? Someone who answers you?

It’s as easy as speaking. That easy. Seek Jesus.

Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared. Luke 5

Humble, Humble, Sometimes Trouble

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I went to high school with a girl who was constantly putting herself down. She was always belittling herself. She wasn’t kidding either, she meant it. “Becky is so good, she’s such a nice person. I’m just not that way.” She’d say things like that all the time. Many of her friends, me included, told her she was a good person…we valued her. As I think back to that time, the saddest part is now I think she thought she was being humble. Not so!

Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less.

Humility is putting others before yourself. Not because you think they’re better than you, but because you are a humble person. Don’t allow negative thinking about yourself to allow you to feel you’re being humble.

You are valued. God values you. He already loved you before you even existed. That’s amazing, isn’t it. You are important to him. Does he want you to act humbly and put others before yourself? Yes, he does. But not because there’s anything wrong with you.

Feel good about who you are. Think about attaching your life to a God who already loves you because you are…you…no other reason. Love yourself, love God…and be humble.

And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. Ephesians 3

 

What Roses?!!!

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I used to work in a high school. Valentine’s Day was absolute chaos. You would not believe how many flowers and stuffed animals and candy were delivered to the school’s office for students from students. It was ridiculous!

What we had to do was leave all the stuff sitting in the office all day then about half an hour before school ended, call all the names and let the kids come down and pick up their stuff.

My secret dream was to change all the cards around and watch the show as Mary says to Bob; “I loved the roses you got me!” And, as his face is turning red, Bob says, “I didn’t get you roses, I sent you a stuffed bear! So, who sent you roses?!” Oh, the pandemonium and bedlam would have been priceless!!!

It was sort of a sad day, too, because the vast majority of the kids got nothing. Wouldn’t it have been nice if we could have sent a rose to every student from YOUR SECRET ADMIRER? Maybe.

You don’t always feel loved, do you. Valentine’s Day for instance, can be hard to endure. But, there may be other days you don’t feel wanted, cared for, appreciated. Know this, though. God loves you. Everyday. 24/7. No matter who you are. No matter what you’ve done. God loves you. And, even more amazing, he wants to take care of you. To have a relationship with you.

You can read all about this amazing God in the Bible. He is…quite amazing. Check him out for yourself.

Today is Valentine’s Day and someone does love you…he is the God of the Universe.

The Lord your God wins victory after victory and is always with you. He celebrates and sings because of you and he will refresh your life with his love. Zephaniah 3

Buzzzz…Buzzzz…Buzzzz…

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The alarm goes off…buzzzz. Hit snooze. Eight minutes later…buzzzz. Hit the stop button. Stretch. Start to curl up. Stretch. Pull yourself up to sitting on the side of the bed. You’re now up…starting your day.

What’s your plan for the day? Oh, there are the things you HAVE to do because of your job or your family, yes. But, what about YOUR plans. What are you going to do today? Here’s something you might try:

This day, look for ways and opportunities to be a blessing to someone around you.

The person doesn’t even have to know what you’re doing. Can you say something nice, something encouraging? Can you get the person a cup of coffee? Can you offer to pay for the person’s lunch? Can you just help out in some way?

You might not usually do this because you don’t consciously look for the opportunities. That’s the key…thinking about it in the morning and then looking for ways to be a blessing.

And you know what? When you find ways to bless others, you’ll be blessed, too. You’ll feel good about yourself. And, you will have accomplish something personally good for the day.

So…think about it. How can you bless someone today?

Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. Matthew 5

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