Tag: faith and love

Faith moved by compassion!

Scripture reading for March 12:  Luke 7, Psalm 51, Proverbs 20

Key Scriptures: Luke 7:12-15  “As He drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was  being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her.  And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.”  Then He came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still.  And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.”  And the dead man sat up and began to speak and Jesus gave him back to his mother.”

Jesus encountered a funeral procession with the body of a young man who had recently died and followed by the mother and a crowd of mourners.  Luke says Jesus was moved by compassion to speak to the mother, telling her not to weep.  He then came and touched the bier where the body lay and spoke to the young man, telling him to arise.  The young man immediately sat up and began to speak!  The love of Jesus moved Him to speak comfort and life in the face of hopeless grief and death.

Faith Confession:  Lord Jesus, thank You for filling me with Your great love and compassion through the Holy Spirit.  Help me to allow You to use me to speak life into places of fear and death.  Action step:  As God directs, speak life to someone you know who is in fear or despair.

Proverbs 20:28 “Steadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king, and by steadfast love his throne is upheld.”

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Revelation through sharing!

Scripture reading for October 11th:  Isaiah 43-45, Philemon

Key Scriptures: Philemon 4-7  “I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.  For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints are refreshed through you.”  

Paul wrote to Philemon concerning his run-away slave, Onesimus.   As he opened his short letter, he encouraged him with the report he had heard concerning  Philemon’s testimony and the fruit of sharing faith.  Paul had received joy and comfort from his love.  The sharing of our faith brings revelation to us and others of all the good things we have in Christ!

Isaiah 45:8  “Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain down righteousness; let the earth open, that salvation and righteousness may bear fruit; let the earth cause them both to sprout; I the Lord have created it.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for revealing your great love and salvation to me.  Direct me today in sharing my faith that increased glory may come to Your Name!  Amen.

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Actively share your faith!

Scripture reading for October 12th:  Philemon

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Philemon 3-7  “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints.  I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.  Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints.”

Paul wrote this short letter to a friend, Philemon, who had a run-away slave that was now a believer and a helper of Paul as he was imprisoned.  Paul wrote to appeal to Philemon to do what was right by this new convert whom Paul considered a “son”.  Paul commended Philemon and his friends for their faith and love for all the saints.  It gave Paul joy to know that his friend was refreshing the hearts of fellow-believers.  Paul especially encouraged Philemon and prayed that he would be active in sharing his faith.  This would bring a fuller understanding to his own life of God’s great gift and His heart of love for all men.

Observations for over-comers:  Faith and love are key ingredients in the lives of over-comers.  Faith and love energize evangelism and evangelism grows our faith and love!  “A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”  (Proverbs 11:25)

 

 

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Sunday rest and reflection!

Sunday October 19th, 2014

Dear Friends,

Jesus honors faith!  He spoke the Word of God to birth faith in His followers and empower them to move mountains to His glory!  Without faith we cannot please Him!  Faith works by love.

God’s people gather on the first day of the week to celebrate the love of God in Jesus Christ.  We gather to pray, worship and hear the Word proclaimed.  We demonstrate our love for God by obedience.  We gather to speak to mountains of sickness, bondage, and unforgiveness and watch them be thrown into the sea of God’s grace!  Don’t miss out on what God is doing!  Your gathering today with God’s people is an act of faith that pleases God!

In His Love,  Pastor John and Mary

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Sharing Your Faith and Forgiveness

Scripture reading for December 10th: Philemon

This short personal letter from Paul to Philemon concerns a run-away slave who got saved under Paul’s ministry in Rome.  This slave could easily have been sentenced to death if he had been caught, but God was working something else out in his life.  He heard the Gospel message from Paul and gave his life to Jesus Christ.  Paul was writing his master, Philemon, to appeal to him to take him back and receive him as a brother in the Lord.  Philemon was a believer in a church that Paul had planted and Paul had evidently been his spiritual father as well.  This simple letter reveals the heart of forgiveness we must have toward others as they repent and come into the kingdom.

“I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.  Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints.” (Philemon 6-7)

Paul’s prayer for Philemon is an encouragement for us to share our faith.  As we learn to give away what we have received from the Lord, we get back a more complete understanding of all that is ours in Christ.  Giving  by sharing brings blessings of deeper understanding and causes joy in pastoral leadership!

Paul next, gently appeals to Philemon to take Onesimus, this converted slave, back and restore him. (Philemon 8-10)  Paul states that Onesimus was formerly useless to him.  Before salvation, he was in bondage to self and sin and could not be loyal and serve him properly.  Now, as a brother in the Lord, Onesimus was useful to the kingdom and to Philemon!  This is an added blessing of sharing your faith!  Others come into their full purpose and become brothers and sisters in the family of God!

Love isn’t love unless it is freely given.  Forgiveness isn’t real if it is not also freely given.  We can’t order forgiveness.  We can’t command that another love us or love God.  When we appeal to another person to do what is right, then they can more easily choose to freely give.  Paul’s letter is a great example of a godly appeal to someone in authority to do what is right.  May the Lord grant us grace today to love and forgive freely according to the example of Jesus Christ!

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