To love or not to love

The current generation see everything from gay pride parades to religious fanatics bashing them in an attempt to protest those on parade. 

With this in mind I shared the following in our home school Sunday school time with my own children…

God loves & cares for us, even when we are undeserving. He is kind to the unthankful & wicked (Luke 6:35 below)

All have sinned and fall short of God’s glory.

You without sin throw the first stone.

If you say that you are without sin you are a lier. Keep in mind that being free from the slavery of sin is different from being without sin.

Grace is giving us what we don’t deserve (G.R.A.C.E. God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense).

Mercy is, “Not giving us what we do deserve.”

Our forgiveness cost Christ everything and we should be showing others forgivness & love, regardless of if we agree with their life style or not. That is what Christ did & to be like Him we’ve gotta ask Him to help us love & forgive others who may not know any better, for whatever reason. Let’s focus on our relationship with Jesus Christ rather than tell everyone else where we think they should in their relationship to God. 

We read Luke 23:32‭-‬34‭, ‬39‭-‬43 NLT and re-read

As Jesus hung dieing he said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice. One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!” But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Luke 23:32‭-‬34‭, ‬39‭-‬43 NLT

http://bible.com/116/luk.23.32-43.NLT

Psalm 90

A prayer of Moses, a man of God 

God, it seems you’ve been our home forever;

  •  long before the mountains were born, 
  • Long before you brought earth itself to birth, 

from “once upon a time” to “kingdom come”—you are God.

 So don’t return us to mud, saying, “Back to where you came from!” 

Patience! 

You’ve got all the time in the world—whether a thousand years or a day, it’s all the same to you. 

Are we no more to you than a wispy dream, no more than a blade of grass That springs up gloriously with the rising sun and is cut down without a second thought? 

Your anger is far and away too much for us; we’re at the end of our rope. 

You keep track of all our sins; every misdeed since we were children is entered in your books. All we can remember is that frown on your face.

  Is that all we’re ever going to get? 

We live for seventy years or so (with luck we might make it to eighty), And what do we have to show for it? Trouble. Toil and trouble and a marker in the graveyard. 

Who can make sense of such rage, such anger against the very ones who fear you? 

Oh! Teach us to live well! Teach us to live wisely and well! 

Come back, God —how long do we have to wait?— and treat your servants with kindness for a change. Surprise us with love at daybreak; then we’ll skip and dance all the day long. 

Make up for the bad times with some good times; we’ve seen enough evil to last a lifetime. 

Let your servants see what you’re best at— the ways you rule and bless your children. 

And let the loveliness of our Lord, our God, rest on us, confirming the work that we do. 

Oh, yes. Affirm the work that we do!

Psalm 90:1‭-‬17 MSG

http://bible.com/97/psa.90.1-17.MSG

“Do your best, pray that its blessed & He’ll take care of the rest.” -Keith Green 

Music:

https://youtu.be/Vhxzwp6h_TI



Reminder of Love 

Valentine’s Day is coming soon and the word love & its conotation will thrown around a lot.

I remember when I was a teenager & searching for love God used His word to give me a clear definition of what love is in His eyes.

  • Love never gives up. 
  • Love cares more for others than for self. 
  • Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. 
  • Love doesn’t strut, 
  • Doesn’t have a swelled head, 
  • Doesn’t force itself on others, 
  • Isn’t always “me first,” 
  • Doesn’t fly off the handle, 
  • Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, 
  • Doesn’t revel when others grovel, 
  • Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, 
  • Puts up with anything, 
  • Trusts God always, 
  • Always looks for the best, 
  • Never looks back, But 
  • keeps going to the end. 

We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! 

We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

1 Corinthians 13:3‭-‬7‭, ‬12 MSG
(http://bible.com/97/1co.13.3-12.MSG)

Love, with 1st Co. 13 type love, beetle

Consciously Committed Unconsciously Committing

When asking my 3 younger daughters to try to get along one of them said, “I look forward to when we don’t have to try and we just do it without thinking.”

When noticing my elderly father had a calmer temperament and complementing him he said, “I’m trying.”

All glory to God who allows His Holy Spirit to transform us & show His Characteristic in us when we allow Him.

We do our part, “do our best, pray that it’s blessed & He takes care of the rest” -Keith Green

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:14‭-‬16 MSG

http://bible.com/97/mat.5.14-16.MSG

Let His bright, shinning morning star shine through.

The @YouVersion Plan Authentic Witnessing In Today’s World reminded me that,

“In the Message translation of Matthew 5, we get this beautiful illustration of the way we should be representing Christ. A witness is something we naturally are as we live out our life for Jesus; our love and commitment should shine forth in order to point people to God. Living our lives so that others see Christ in us is essential. If we only tell people about God and yet neglect to show them a glimpse of Him within ourselves, we have only empty words.”

Note from my daughter Olivia at the start of 2019

I had 5 nights & 6 days with my daughters Abbey, Madi & Olivia. Kyri, my oldest daughter, joined us for our Christmas celebration together. We are still working through the grief process of my son’s death in 2016 & the new normal of living with my disability, but as always, I try to make our time together fun, peacful and meaningful.

It’s amazing to me how God takes care of the rest when I make every effort to do my best and pray that it’s blessed.

Olivia, I love you more than words can express but I’ll try in word & deed & if i love you this much, imagine how much more our heavenly father loves you.

In His care, dad