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Sixteen Reasons Why I Love You*


*with apologies to Connie Francis for taking her song title.

Jesus taught us through the Gospel to love one another in many ways. Following are some of them. We love one another because God loves us and because of the benefits of love over indifference.

Matthew 22:39 (KJV)

39  … Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Matthew 5:44 (NAB)

44  But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you,

Matthew 22:37 (NLT)

37  Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’

Matthew 3:17 (MSG)

17  And along with the Spirit, a voice: “This is my Son, chosen and marked by my love, delight of my life.”

Matthew 5:46 (MSG)

46  If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that.

Matthew 6:4 (MSG)

4  Just do it—quietly and unobtrusively. That is the way your God, who conceived you in love, working behind the scenes, helps you out.

Matthew 18:17 (MSG)

17  If he still won’t listen, tell the church. If he won’t listen to the church, you’ll have to start over from scratch, confront him with the need for repentance, and offer again God’s forgiving love.

Luke 6:36 (ETRV)

36 Give love and mercy the same as your Father gives love and mercy. (Mt. 7:1-5)

Mark 12:33 (GW)

33  To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as you love yourself is more important than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

John 8:42 (ASV)

42  Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I came forth and am come from God; for neither have I come of myself, but he sent me.

John 10:17 (ASV)

17  Therefore doth the Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it again.

John 13:34 (ASV)

34  A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; even as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

John 13:35 (ASV)

35  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

John 15:13 (ASV)

13  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Acts 15:14 (ETRV)

14 Simon Peter has told us how God showed his love for the non-Jewish people. For the first time, God accepted them and made them his people.

Acts 20:24 (TLB)

24  But life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about God’s mighty kindness and love.

Which are your favorites? And which ones do you need to work on?

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Only His Enough is Enough


This is actually a selection from a women’s reading plan (you-verse Bible).  But I think it is good for all of us. Tell me what you think.

When was the last time you took a spiritual inventory?

“I’m pretty good most the time.” Except I hid the last piece of birthday cake in the back of the fridge so I could eat it.

“I know Him pretty well.” Even though the only prayer I’ve uttered of late is, “Please let no one find that piece of cake.”

“I almost always practice self-control.” Need I say it? Cake.

“I stick to most things I start.” Except for that Bible study that kind of petered out (pun intended).

“I try to be like God.” But cursed at that driver who cut me off.

“I’m kind and loving to others.” Or at least when they are to me.

But here’s the trouble with that kind of thinking: it gets you stuck. And God doesn’t want us stuck, He wants us to grow. He wants us to move forward. He wants us to be useful and fruitful. He wants us to make every effort to know Him better every day.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith. (1 Peter 1:5, NIV) Add goodness. (v. 5) Do what you know to be right. Add knowledge. (v. 5) Study the word. Pray without ceasing. Add self-control. (v. 6) Control your will and operate in the Spirit. Add perseverance. (v. 6) See His tasks through, even when it’s hard. Add godliness. (v. 6) Let others know to Whom you belong in your conduct. Add mutual affection and love. (v. 7) Give your time, talents and lives for others.

When we keep adding to our faith inventory, when we pursue Him more and more, when we are never willing to say, “That’s enough. I’m good.” we will confirm our calling and election.

We will confirm His gift of redemption and promise of eternity.

We will say, “Lord, only you are enough.”

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“Judging others makes us blind, whereas love is illuminating. By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

Love is what the world needs to realize today, not judgmentalism.  That comes later…from God, not us!

Five Things to be Grateful For…


5. Grandchildren.

Whether you spoil them or play it straight, they are a joy to have around.  You can see glimpses of the prior generation and that warms the heart.

4. Grown Children

These guys can break your heart, but more often than not, they bring a fullness to your life that would otherwise be missing.

3. Health

Whatever state you find yourself in, it could be worse.  Making the best of what ever your condition may be is an exercise in meaningful relations—you make the best of whatever you have, because complaining does no good.  It only prolongs your misery.

2. A Godly spouse to share all things Holy with.

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In this area, I am the most fortunate of men, for my wife and I believe pretty much the same and we discuss it often.  We recently went through the “Five Love Languages” book and were jointly blessed by that experience.

1. A Godly Church to fellowship at, to serve and worship at and to guide your steps.

No man is an island and we need the strength of each other to carry life’s burdens. 

 I am most fortunate here, also, for any of a number of them would come any time I need them, to minister to me, etc.  and many times they have done just that.  I have done the same 

for them and this type of reciprocal fellowship cannot be bought at any price.

So, you see, today and every day, whatever state I find myself in, 

I am among the most fortunate of all men.  I know it and I thank God for it, because He knows, I did not earn it!

Oswald Chambers on Judging Others


“Judge not, that ye be not judged” (Matt. 7:1).

Jesus, says regarding judging—Don’t. The average Christian is the most penetratingly critical individual. Criticism is a part of the ordinary faculty of man; but in the spiritual domain nothing is accomplished by criticism. The effect of criticism is a dividing up of the powers of the one criticized; the Holy Ghost is the only One in the true position to criticize, He alone is able to show what is wrong without hurting and wounding. It is impossible to enter into communion with God when you are in a critical temper; it makes you hard and vindictive and cruel, and leaves you with the flattering unction that you are a superior person.

My Utmost for His Highest.

What We Plan and What We Do


Proverbs 16:9 (MSG)
9  We plan the way we want to live, but only GOD makes us able to live it.

John 15:5 (CEV) 

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It is clear to me who is in charge.  God is!  We can plan whatever we will, but only God can make it happen.  Our relationship with Christ determines whether we will be successful or not, in that we can accomplish nothing, once we are separated from the vine.

I want to be whatever God planned for me to be, so I must stay connected to “the Vine” and pray for God to allow me to accomplish this.  These scriptures taken together are powerful.

We would rather do it ourselves, our way, our timing, etc.  But it cannot happen unless God is an integral part of it.  I have repented of the former ways, where I would try to do it in my own strength, but then I find myself at the same old place again, because I have a bad tendency to leave God out of my plans.  This will not work, so I am praying for the strength to concentrate and focus on what God wants, not what I want.

My prayer today is for God to be integral in every part of my life, so that I will not take Him for granted or overlook Him.  I truly cannot do anything without Jesus.  And I want Him to do the planning!  He can do more with me than I can.

 

Sons & Heirs


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Galatians 3:26-29 NKJV

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

There is no room in Church doctrine for self assertion.  We all have equal status.  E. Stanley Jones, the great missionary to India once said that in every case where he found trouble in a church, it was a problem of self assertion.  It was a group asserting themselves against a person, or another group. Sometimes it was a person asserting themselves over another person, etc.  This prideful practice is a form of “who shall be the greatest.”
This attitude cannot be reconciled to the Gospel of Christ.  It is contrary to “whoever will seek to be first, shall be last.”

What part of “We are all one in Christ” do these people not understand?  I want to say that I do not consider myself to be superior to anyone else in the Kingdom of God.

My prayer for you today is that you will put behind all prideful aspirations and become least in His kingdom.  The last thing the Kingdom needs is another Master!  That position is taken.  But the Kingdom of God is in dire need of servants.  May God bless us with the heart of a servant!

Pastor’s Corner….coffee anyone?


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Windborn Church

For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.

–Psalm 33.4,5

There are so many wonderful verses in Scripture about how just God is. As part of His character, He cannot but be just, it is who He is. Justice flows from Him, it is the foundation of His throne (His reign, and sovereignty and kingdom). Because justice reflects who God is, what is unjust is contrary to who God is, contrary to His faithfulness and love. Accordingly, our starting point to understanding justice is the character of God.

 

  • Claim—God is just and His justice is perfect and faithful and trustworthy, because that’s who He is!

  • Data—Psalm 33.4,5; 97.2; 111.7; Isaiah 28.16,17; 30.15-18; 33.5,6; 42.4-9 (just to name a few).

  • Warrant—to say that God is just is to say we…

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