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Supreme Love

book of Ephesians

 

…And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

~Ephesians 3:17-19

I came across this passage from a prayer the apostle Paul was offering up on behalf of the Christians in Ephesus. What struck me in particular were the words describing the love which Jesus Christ has for all of us.

The pure beauty is in the description…“to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.”

It puts me in mind of another passage of scripture, also written by Paul, which is similar in describing The Lord’s love for us. It is found in (Romans 8:38-39) and it says:

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

All of us have experienced some sort of deep human love. Whether it be family or friends, or that special kind of romantic attachment, we’ve had a taste of it.

That is a feeling which gives us much pleasure, warmth, and security. But almost all of us have also know what’s it is like to loose such a love. It hurts so deeply as it goes to the very depths of our souls.

But imagine this love of Christ for a moment. Here is a Divine endearment, even richer and more deeply felt than any human love we have ever known, or ever will know. It comes from a bond which goes beyond anything we can form with another person.

And the very best part of this affection is that, unless we reject it completely, it will not fade nor ever go away. What’s more, Christ Jesus has given us His promise of everlasting companionship…“I will never leave you, nor forsake you,” (Hebrews 13:5).

All we need do to have this kind of love and security is to follow the Lord with all our heart, mind, body, and soul. And that love needs to be shown to others we see and deal with as well.

“Aw,” some may say, “that’s too much to ask! I want to live my life my way.” Ask yourself this question: ‘By living my way in the past, have I ever had this kind of love and rich blessings? Has anyone ever promised me heaven and been able to deliver on it?’

The true answer is no…nobody has been able to do that! Only in Christ do we have the love of a Savior who gave up His life for our sins, (1 Peter 2:24). Only in Christ do we have a way to be reconciled to God, (John 14:6). Only in Christ do we have the peace which passes all understanding, (Philippians 4:7).

God’s children through Christ are more loved and blessed than we could ever know on this earth! Praise the Lord for His unmatched mercy, grace, and compassion…

~Paul Christian

Bible Verses/Hope

 

 

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~Paul Christian

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Get Wisdom

 

book of Proverbs 2

…For wisdom will enter your heart And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; Discretion will guard you, Understanding will watch over you, To deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things;…

(Proverbs 2:10-12)

 

The Google dictionary defines “wisdom” as follows:

“Wisdom” (noun)

~The quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise~

Certainly we can all value wisdom as something to possess, and to possess more of it as we go. People like to believe the older we get the wiser we become. Perhaps that is true with some people, although not with everyone.

Speaking from a spiritual standpoint, wisdom is what God is all about..well, wisdom and love. These are traits which He made from His own infinite supply of both and He wants us to have them too.

Why? Because both of them lead to good things for us. And while we can speak of the benefits of a sincere portion of love, let us concentrate now on wisdom and its advantages.

Haven’t we all been faced with situations where we wish we were wiser or smarter about something? Much of the time the issue is something like finances, or jobs, schools, friendships, relationships, (romantic and otherwise), etc.

Often the matter involves a trust issue. Should we trust someone? Should we trust what they tell us? Should we take a chance on them? Can we count on them to do as they say?

Friends, this is where the council of God comes into play. If we sincerely turn to God in prayer for more wisdom, He will grant that to us as His children, (James 1:5-6). We will then be more vigilant and therefore more carefully attentive to what we hear and see.

Knowledge will then enter our hearts along with more discretion. The Lord will help to open our hearts and minds to making better decisions about many aspects of our lives.

When this happens, we will make poor choices less often. By no means will we stop making a mistake sometimes, but we will make fewer of them when our lives are centered around the ways of the Lord.

Let God be our guide in things, not only of this world but in our hope for the next life! He wants us to have life more abundantly, both now and in heaven, (John 10:9-10).

Why not become wiser and come to the Lord! And for those of us who have taken Christ Jesus into our lives, always strive to put on more of Him! This life can be harsh at times, but things can be better with the Lord beside us…

Get wisdom even if it costs you all you have, get understanding…(Proverbs 4:7 NIV).

Public Worship Services

 

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They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer… And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common…  (Acts 2:42, 44) 

No one needs to see the statistics to know that church buildings are emptier all the time. Of course there seems to be a few reasons for this…online churches, little need for “face-to-face” fellowship, and a lack of understanding as to why we go to church meetings.

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First off, let’s begin by defining what the “church” is. It is not the building where people meet together on the Lord’s day. The church consists of people who follow God through Christ Jesus. Therefore the church meets in a church building.

The second thing we need to understand is why we go to services at a church building to begin with. We do not go to please ourselves alone, although that is part of it. The main reason we attend is to worship God in fellowship with other like-minded followers.

Our Father is an awesome God. He deserves all the worship and praise we give Him…both privately and publicly. By sending His Son to die on the cross for our sins, God was able to punish sin without punishing each of us. That’s the mercy He has shown the faithful!

  1. Therefore, because we love the Lord for what He has done for us, we assemble to give Him praise and glory from sincere hearts, just as the early church did, (Heb. 10:25, Acts 20:7)
  2. We also assemble as one to sing praises to the Lord, (Eph. 5:19, Col. 3:16).
  3. A third reason we meet together is to pray publicly to honor God before others and to build them up as well, (Phil. 4:6, Eph. 6:18).
  4. One of the main reasons we meet together is to study from the word with our brothers and sisters, (2 Tim. 2:15, Col. 4:16). This is often done by way hearing a prepared sermon from the word of God.
  5. Christians also remember the death of Christ on the cross by partaking of the Lord’s Supper, (1 Cor. 11:23-29). The early church did this each Lord’s day, and public communion is an important part of the public worship service. 
  6. Another very important part of the Lord’s Day assembly is so that we can give back to the Lord an offering of some amount with which we have been blessed, (2 Cor. 9:7, 1 Cor. 16:1-2). This should be a portion of money which we have decided in our hearts to give back ahead of time. The money will be used to support both your local church and it’s works of love.

Folks, these are the reasons we have always come together on Sundays and will always be until the Lord comes again. Not all of these things can be done from private worship in our homes…they were intended to be done in fellowship worship.

When the Lord set up His plan of love and worship for us, it was intended to be followed by His children, not changed by them. We have no right to add to nor take away from what the Father has asked us to do! Our duty is to follow His commands if we truly love Him…

So as we approach another Lord’s Day, please think about these things and attend public services at a bible-based congregation. Forget any personality difficulties which may have occurred, or any such things which keep any of us from attending. Remember the six reasons above as to why you participate in public worship and go to services.

It’s the way God wants things to be!

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~Paul Christian

 

 

Bible Verses/Faith

 

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I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

~Paul Christian

Godly Quotes

 

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Please enjoy a few minutes reading these thoughts and spend a minute or two with the Lord!

~Paul Christian

 

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