To love our enemies

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

NIV Matthew 5:43-45; KJV Matthew 5:43-45

It is hard to love those who persecute us, those who wish us not well, those who put us down or work against us… It is very hard. In our weak human nature we tend to do just the same to them as they do to us. But, having our hearts in Christ and having of His spirit changes how we see our enemies. If we truly are the followers of Jesus Christ we will love and pray for our enemies, and that is what sets us apart from the rest and makes us children of our Father in heaven who’s love knows no limits.

To love our enemies

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We are called to be free

“13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.”

NIV Galatians 5:13-16; KJV Galatians 5:13-16

Read Galatians 5

Yes, we are called to be free, but we enslave and imprison our selves with a way of life we think it’s right, with the clothes we think we should wear, with the car we think we should drive, with the amount of success we think we need to be happy.  And God forbid, we fail to achieve what we think is right, the whole world falls apart and we become desperate and broken. We are the inmates in our very own prisons. But, there is hope! We are called to be free and the only way to be truly free is to be free in Jesus, to love one another, to let go of our selfish wants and desires, to let Jesus direct our paths and to fully trust that His plans for us are much better than our own.

We are called to be free

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Guard Your Heart

“Above all else, guard your heart,
    for everything you do flows from it.”

NIV Proverbs 4:23; KJV Proverbs 4:23

Read Proverbs 4

It’s not an easy job to guard your heart nowadays. We are surrounded by things that easily can poison us spiritually and physically. We all know what those are. So, let’s keep our eyes on the Lord. He is a source of Purity and Hope. We will ask Him for help, we will ask Him to strengthen us, and to remove all that doesn’t belong in our hearts. Let’s fill our hearts with Jesus, so love, compassion, peace and justice can flow out into the broken world.

Guard your heart

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A Morning Prayer

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

NIV Philippians 4:6; KJV Philippians 4:6

LORD, let me see people through your eyes. Let my words and actions seek to uplift others whose load may be heavy and hard to carry today. Let Your Love shine through me today and always. Thanks for blessing me LORD, so I can be a blessing to others. In Jesus name i pray. Amen.

People of the world

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Eternal Life

“23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

NIV Romans 6:23

I am a sinner just like you and in a perfect and pure presence of God Our Creator, there is no place for sin. Where the light rules, there is no place for darkness. To be able to get rid of our darkness and eternally dwell in light, we need help. Divine help. We can’t do it on our own. We can be good, we can be kind, we can be loving, still there is a nature to us that is not perfect and not pure. Despite that, God LOVES US! He is merciful. He is just. He is good. Accept God’s gift today: Salvation and Eternal Life through Christ Jesus.

Read Romans 6

Be reconciled to God

“17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors,as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

NIV 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; KJV 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

Through Jesus Christ, God reconciled us to himself not counting our sins against us. In this passage we are called to be Christ ambassadors, His messengers, His representatives. How can we be ambassadors of Christ? We are to love, because He loved. We are to be merciful, just and forgiving. We are to spread the message of His love and urge others to be reconciled to God. So, dear friend reading this post, if you wandered away from God, if you think you are not worthy of His love, if you have sinned and think you can’t be forgiven, if you have a hard time making it on your own please know that God wants you back. His love and grace are larger than we can ever explain with human words. Call on His name, invite Him into your heart today! 

Read 2 Corinthians 5

Be reconciled to God

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A New Year’s Prayer

Lord God, Father of all creation my prayer is that the New Year 2014 brings to this world more peace and less war, more food and less hunger, more laughter and less tears, more love and less hate, more understanding and less judgement, more care and less neglect. I pray that we love one another as you love us, I pray that we are always aware of your presence and that in all we think, say and do we are guided by Your unfailing Love. In Jesus Name. Amen.

New Years Prayer

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In His Name the nations will put their hope

17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
18 “Here is my servant whom I have chosen,
    the one I love, in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
    and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
19 He will not quarrel or cry out;
    no one will hear his voice in the streets.
20 A bruised reed he will not break,
    and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out,
till he has brought justice through to victory.
21     In his name the nations will put their hope.”

NIV Matthew 12:17-21; KJV Matthew 12:17-21

700 years before Jesus’ birth it was foretold that He will be the Hope of the world, He will be the servant and the king, He will be the just one and the victorious one. Our future without Him does not exist, not in the way it was purposed to be. Our Hope is in Jesus and JESUS ONLY.

Read Matthew 12

Pure and Faultless Religion

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

NIV James 1:27; KJV James 1:27

Read James 1

I can change the world

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Sermons We See

(By Edgar A. Guest)

I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day;

I’d rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way.

The eye’s a better pupil and more willing than the ear,

Fine counsel is confusing, but example’s always clear;

And the best of all the preachers are those who live their creeds,

For to see good put in action is what everybody needs.

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I soon can learn to do it if you’ll let me see it done;

I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run.

And the lecture you deliver may be very wise and true,

But I’d rather get my lessons by observing what you do;

For I might misunderstand you and the high advice you give,

But there’s no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.

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When I see a deed of kindness, I am eager to be kind.

When a weaker brother stumbles and a strong one stays behind

Just to see if he can help him, then the wish grows strong in me

To become as big and thoughtful as I know that friend to be.

And all travelers can witness that the best of guides today

Is not the one who tells them, but the one who shows the way.

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One good person teaches many, we believe what we behold;

One deed of kindness noticed is worth forty that are told.

Who stands with those of honor learns to hold their honor dear,

For right living speaks a language which to every one is clear.

Though an able speaker charms me with their eloquence, I say,

I’d rather see a sermon than to hear one, any day.