Archive for March, 2014
How do I know that Jesus lives you ask ?… Because He continually stirs the spirit within me . He causes me to empathise with folks of unfortunate circumstance. His forgiveness of me demands my forgiveness of others.
He compels me to share my daily blessings with those who may not yet believe .. He gives me insight into things that may inadvertently harm me or my relationship with Him…..
He beckons me to draw ever closer to Him and His provisions …He provides unnatural strength when life is most challenging …. He guides my discretionary path….He shows me boundless love and encourages that unconditional love to flow forth from me ..
He shows me the incomparable wonders of His creation …He restores my soul .. He gives me hope when all worldly indications scream hopeless .
I know He lives because I can readily feel His presence within me and daily…
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“Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 (NASB)
It is sharing and caring,
Giving and forgiving,
Loving and being loved,
Walking hand in hand,
Talking heart to heart,
Seeing through each others eyes,
And always trusting and believing
And thanking God for each other…
For love that is shared
is a beautiful thing–
It enriches the soul
and makes the heart sing.
Helen Steiner Rice
“Be on guard! Let no one mislead you. Many will come attempting to impersonate Me. ‘I am the Messiah!’ they will claim, and they will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. Do Not be alarmed. Such things are bound to happen, but that is not yet the end. Nation will rise against nation, one kingdom against another. There will be famine and pestilence and earthquakes in many places. These are the early stages of the birth pangs. They will hand you over to torture and kill you. Indeed, you will be hated by all nations on My account. Many will falter then, betraying and hating one another. False prophets will rise in great numbers to mislead many. Because of the increase of evil, the love of most will grow cold. The man who holds out to the end, however, is the one who will see salvation. This good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world as a witness to all the nations. Only after that will the end come.”
Matthew 24:4-14 (NAB)
In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.'” 1 Corinthians 11:25 (NASB)
In his series of poems “Idylls of the King,” Alfred Lord Tennyson told a story that had in some form already circulated in England as one of the legends surrounding King Arthur. Sir Galahad saw a vision of the very cup that Jesus used when He instituted the Lord’s Supper. It was called “the Holy Grail.” He and the other knights embarked on a long and fruitless search to find this cup.
Suppose the cup had been found. Would Communion then mean more to us than it already does? Would that enhance our observation of the Lord’s Supper? Not at all. However, we do have something from the Upper Room. We have the presence of Jesus Himself. That is enough to make Communion holy, no matter the kind of cup we use. It is His presence and our reverence, humility, and prayerful attitude, that give meaning to the Supper. The kind of table on which the emblems rest, the kind of utensil from which they are poured or into which they are poured, the kind of building in which we meet–all of these are really unimportant. What is in our hearts is most important. And what happens in our lives as a result is essential.
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often have I wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let Me. And now, look, your house is abandoned and desolate. For I tell you this, you will never see Me again until you say, ‘Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LORD!'”
Matthew 23:32-39 (NLT)