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Dwelling in God’s Love…..by Billy Graham


And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. (‭1 John‬ ‭4‬:‭16‬ KJV)

I am comforted in the presence of God. No matter what happens, I feel secure there!

Perhaps Billy Graham said it best:

God Loves You!

Never question God’s great love, for it is as unchangeable a part of God as is His holiness. Were it not for the love of God, none of us would ever have a chance in the future life. But God is love! And His love for us is everlasting.

The promises of God’s love and forgiveness are as real, as sure, as positive, as human words can make them. But, like describing the ocean, its total beauty cannot be understood until it is actually seen. It is the same with God’s love. Until you actually possess true peace with God, no one can describe its wonders to you.

Daily Prayer

Yes, almighty God, I have felt the consolation of Your love!

A Sunday Morning Prayer


Prepare for God’s Arrival

“Comfort, oh comfort my people,” says your God. “Speak softly and tenderly to Jerusalem, but also make it very clear That she has served her sentence, that her sin is taken care of—forgiven! She’s been punished enough and more than enough, and now it’s over and done with.” (‭Isaiah‬ ‭40‬:‭1-2‬ MSG)

This expression of comfort means a lot to me. Jesus is coming soon…not to judge us, but for fellowship!

Prayer: Lord, help me to put the appropriate value on forgiveness and your companionship.

Verse of the Day – June 6th


http://bible.com/114/gal2.20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Galations 2:20

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I love being in fellowship with God.  He is close to me, but never closer than fourty-five years ago.  On that date, my eldest son was born.  I  can only image God’s pleasure in His son, not born as we are, but nevertheless created in His image.
He loves His son as I love my son.  Having this in common makes fellowship sweeter.
We give ourselves to each other in fellowship and I thank Him for his care and interest in us.
Praise be to the Father, praise be to the son and praise be to thè Holy Spirit!  Amen!

Major Themes LXXV – Forgiveness


COLÔSSIANS 2:1-23 NKJV

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For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ. Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that  is from God. Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations— “Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,” which all concern things which perish with the using— according to the commandments and doctrines of men? These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but  are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.

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God’s Purpose for You…Billy Graham


Romans 11:36 NKJV – For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.
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God’s Purpose For You

Have you ever wondered why God placed us on this planet? What our purpose is in being here? It is because God is love. There may be life on other planets, but I believe man is unique in the sense that he was created in the image of God. God created on this planet as it were “little gods” whom He could love and who would return love to Him. Reverently speaking, God was lonely. He wanted someone to love and who would return love to Him. That sounds incredible, but the Bible tells us that God loved, and so He created and put us on this planet.

Daily Prayer

Freely I love You, divine God, who daily brings joy to my soul.

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Major Themes LVI -One Another


ROMANS 15:1-33 AMP

WE WHO are strong [in our convictions and of robust faith] ought to bear with the failings and the frailties and the tender scruples of the weak; [we ought to help carry the doubts and qualms of others] and not to please ourselves. Let each one of us make it a practice to please (make happy) his neighbor for his good and for his true welfare, to edify him [to strengthen him and build him up spiritually].
For Christ did not please Himself [gave no thought to His own interests]; but, as it is written, The reproaches and abuses of those who reproached and abused you fell on Me. [Ps. 69:9.] For whatever was thus written in former days was written for our instruction, that by [our steadfast and patient] endurance and the encouragement [drawn] from the Scriptures we might hold fast to and cherish hope. Now may the God Who gives the power of patient endurance (steadfastness) and Who supplies encouragement, grant you to live in such mutual harmony and such full sympathy with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, That together you may [unanimously] with united hearts and one voice, praise and glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).
Welcome and receive [to your hearts] one another, then, even as Christ has welcomed and received you, for the glory of God. For I tell you that Christ (the Messiah) became a servant and a minister to the circumcised (the Jews) in order to show God’s truthfulness and honesty by confirming (verifying) the promises [given] to our fathers, And [also in order] that the Gentiles (nations) might glorify God for His mercy [not covenanted] to them. As it is written, Therefore I will praise You among the Gentiles and sing praises to Your name. [Ps. 18:49.] Again it is said, Rejoice (exult), O Gentiles, along with His [own] people; [Deut. 32:43.] And again, Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise Him! [Ps. 117:1.] And further Isaiah says, There shall be a Sprout from the Root of Jesse, He Who rises to rule over the Gentiles; in Him shall the Gentiles hope. [Isa. 11:1, 10; Rev. 5:5; 22:16.]
May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope. Personally I am satisfied about you, my brethren, that you yourselves are rich in goodness, amply filled with all [spiritual] knowledge and competent to admonish and counsel and instruct one another also. Still on some points I have written to you the more boldly and unreservedly by way of reminder. [I have done so] because of the grace (the unmerited favor) bestowed on me by God In making me a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles. I act in the priestly service of the Gospel (the good news) of God, in order that the sacrificial offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable [to God], consecrated and made holy by the Holy Spirit. In Christ Jesus, then, I have legitimate reason to glory (exult) in my work for God [in what through Christ Jesus I have accomplished concerning the things of God]. For [of course] I will not venture (presume) to speak thus of any work except what Christ has actually done through me [as an instrument in His hands] to win obedience from the Gentiles, by word and deed, [Even as my preaching has been accompanied] with the power of signs and wonders, [and all of it] by the power of the Holy Spirit. [The result is] that starting from Jerusalem and as far round as Illyricum, I have fully preached the Gospel [faithfully executing, accomplishing, carrying out to the full the good news] of Christ (the Messiah) in its entirety. Thus my ambition has been to preach the Gospel, not where Christ’s name has already been known, lest I build on another man’s foundation; But [instead I would act on the principle] as it is written, They shall see who have never been told of Him, and they shall understand who have never heard [of Him]. [Isa. 52:15.]
This [ambition] is the reason why I have so frequently been hindered from coming to visit you. But now since I have no further opportunity for work in these regions, and since I have longed for enough years to come to you, I hope to see you in passing [through Rome] as I go [on my intended trip] to Spain, and to be aided on my journey there by you, after I have enjoyed your company for a little while. For the present, however, I am going to Jerusalem to bring aid (relief) for the saints (God’s people there). For it has been the good pleasure of Macedonia and Achaia to make some contribution for the poor among the saints of Jerusalem. They were pleased to do it; and surely they are in debt to them, for if these Gentiles have come to share in their [the Jerusalem Jews’] spiritual blessings, then they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings. When therefore I have completed this mission and have delivered to them [at Jerusalem] what has been raised, I shall go on by way of you to Spain. And I know that when I do come to you, I shall come in the abundant blessing of the Gospel of Christ.
I appeal to you [I entreat you], brethren, for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love [given by] the Spirit, to unite with me in earnest wrestling in prayer to God in my behalf. [Pray] that I may be delivered (rescued) from the unbelievers in Judea and that my mission of relief to Jerusalem may be acceptable and graciously received by the saints (God’s people there), So that by God’s will I may subsequently come to you with joy (with a happy heart) and be refreshed [by the interval of rest] in your company. May [our] peace-giving God be with you all! Amen (so be it).

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Ten Things to Do on a Day Like This


When I come to this part of the year and have day after day with blocks of free time, I simply run out of interesting things to do.  So I thought I would make some suggestions for all of us, to help with our boredom.  Here are ten suggestions to break the boredom on a day like this:

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10) Board games-  get out the old monopoly, parcheesi, et.al. and watch the family enjoy these classics.  I forget, sometimes, how much fun it is to play them.

9) Set up a Bible drill.  See who can find and doccument the names of God, fruits and vegetables mentioned in the old testament,  Make up other interesting things to research.  Have a prize for the winners.

8) Go for a walk around the neighborhood, say hello to everyone you see and show an interest in their property, i.e., recent landscaping, how well their tree is doing, catch up on their family events, etc.

7) Call people of the church to come over for coffee and “prayer & share.”  This modern version of the prayer meeting/testimony recital can be very helpful for those who have never regularly participated in anything like this.

6) Have a read fest.  Let everyone in the house pick a book to read that day and have everyone share the mains points of their book this evening at dinner or just after dinner.  Winner escapes dish duty.

5) Take the day to visit shut-ins. Sing with them.  Brighten their day by taking them a home-baked treat.

4) Take some time to call all your long-distance friends and relatives.  Put each family member on the line to share in their own way.

3) Give of yourself:  Take time to do tasks at church that would otherwise go undone, i.e. gardening, dusting, cleaning, organizing, etc.

2) Take the whole family on an extended picnic.  Take all day, with games, contests, etc.  Better yet, ask another family to join.  Think of ways to enhance this fellowship.

1) Set yourself aside, go to the prayer closet and fellowship with God, in Word and prayer.  Take your prayer list with you.  Put “do not disturb” on the door.  Spend the day in fellowship with God.

I think that this type of commitment will reap benefits for you and your family.  Peace be unto all of you!

Introduction to Major Themes Reading Plan


This is a 65 day plan (weekends off) exploring the major themes found throughout the Bible. Some of these themes include Love, One Another, Worship, God’s Name and many more.

We would like to thank LCBC Church for providing the Major Events plan. If you would like to learn more about LCBC Church, please visit: http://www.lcbcchurch.com

She Speaks Truth III


PHILLIPIANS 2:1-11 NKJV

Therefore if there  is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be  done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and  coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the  point  of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

“For His Sake”

In your life with Christ, have you ever felt comforted? Have you ever felt the Spirit stir your heart? Any affection well up in your heart for Jesus?

I think your answer if you’re a sister is most likely -YES. YES. AND YES.

In this passage, Paul pulls out a beautiful if/then statement. If we’ve experienced any of those things ever before: here is his request of us. Please, as believers – since you have the same mind (that of Christ), the same heart (redeemed + transformed by the blood of Jesus) – love one another. Don’t be selfish or think of yourself first, put other people ahead of yourself, and for Jesus’ sake – be humble.

Right here, Paul sounds to me how I sound when I leave my kiddos playing for a quick minute to make the coffee while they’re having a rambunctious morning. Come on you guys! For the love! Please! For just one minute – don’t fight each other to the death!

It sounds a little silly till I remember it’s really a needed statement for us to hear. Moreover, it’s not only so important because it helps us function as a family. It’s crazy important because we want to be more like Jesus. And what did He do? He (being fully God) didn’t consider Himself equal with His Father and humbled Himself to come to earth as a servant. While here, He poured Himself out to the point of death for us, for the glory of His Father, for the Kingdom of God to advance.

So as we walk away from the word today, let’s heed that warning. For the love of the One who loved us all the way to earth, all the way to the cross, for His sake -let’s love one another today.

Father, through the redemption of your Son, Jesus, in us and by the power of the Holy Spirit that is alive and active, teach us to love one another. Help us to consider others better than ourselves and remember we have the same heart & mind, Yours. Not just so we can get along better, but so Your Kingdom will come on earth as it is in heaven. Thank you!

This article courtesy of the She Reads Truth community!