"We love because he first loved us."NIV
"A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly."
"Blessed be the LORD, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications.The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him."
?It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.?
A Psalm of David.
1.The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2.He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
"A good name is rather to be chose than grea riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold."
?It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. ?
"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. "
?To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.?
"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." (John 14:1-3)
"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."
"Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass."
?And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.?
"Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness."
"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
"Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know."
" For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."
?Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.?
"For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him."
"Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is."
?Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.?
Mat 20:1 For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is a householder, which went out early in the morning to hire laborers into his vineyard.
Mat 20:2 And when he had agreed with the laborers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
Mat 20:3 And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
A Song of degrees.
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
?Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.?
?A true friend sticks closer than one?s nearest kin.?Prov.18:24, NRSV
Friends ? How we all need friends! Some of us have few friends, while others have quite a few. Some are ?casual? friends, while others are ?heart? friends.
Forgive as He forgave
It seems like sooner or later everyone gets mistreated and hurt. Many times the actions against us are unintentional, but other times they can be extremely malicious. Suddenly, this hurt begins to invade every other area of our life. We carry a heavy burden which we know we don't deserve - and which we certainly don't desire to keep - but it's a burden we can't seem to let go.
?Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion.? Amos 5:8
It was early in the morning when I woke ? just half past three.
My heart was o?erwhelmed with burdens that were troubling me.
I wasn?t ready yet to face appointments I must keep,
And so in darkness I prayed for one more hour of sleep.
God and the geese
There was once a man who didn't believe in God, and he didn't hesitate to let others know how he felt about religion and religious holidays. His wife, however, did believe, and she raised their children to also have faith in God and Jesus, despite his disparaging comments.
One snowy Eve, his wife was taking their children to service in the farm community in which they lived. They were to talk about Jesus' birth. She asked him to come, but he refused.
"That story is nonsense!" he said. "Why would God lower Himself to come to Earth as a man? That's ridiculous!"
So she and the children left, and he stayed home.
10 THINGS GOD WON'T ASK
1...God won't ask what kind of car you drove, He'll ask how Many people you drove who didn't have transportation.
2...God won't ask the square footage of your house, He'll ask How many people you welcomed into your home.
A story is told about a soldier who was finally coming home after having fought in Vietnam.
He called his parents from San Francisco.
"Mom and Dad, I'm coming home, but I've a favor to ask. I have a friend I'd like to bring home with me."
My friend saved me from doing the unspeakable!
One day, when I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class was walking home from school. His name was Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all of his books. I thought to myself, "Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday? He must really be a nerd." I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friends tomorrow afternoon), so I shrugged my shoulders and went on.
As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running toward him. They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms and tripping him so he landed in the dirt. His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from him. He looked up and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes. My heart went out to him. So, I jogged over to him and as he crawled around looking for his glasses, and I saw a tear in his eye.
?A virgin will have a baby boy, and he will be called Immanuel,wich means ?God is with us.? Matt.1:23, CEV
Have you ever stopped to wonder , What does Christmas really mean?
What do we truly see when we view the manger scene?
A mother, a baby, the sheep and oxen mild?
The shepherds, angels, Wise Men, the lovely Christ child?
The sweet baby Jesus, with such an innocent face,
The beautiful epitome of God?s loving grace.
The humble shepherds who watched for the sign,
And with God?s help knew it was just the right time.
Thousands of majestic angels who came from above,
Bringing true meaning to Christmas, God?s matchless love.
Strains of the melodious , angelic voices,
As the whole world in awe and wonder rejoices.
The Wise Men traveling, came from afar,
Intently following God?s celestial star.
God in His wisdom had set her apart,
As Mary pondered it all in her heart.
God?s ultimate Gift to us had come,
The sweet baby Jesus, God?s only Son.
Source : Lillian Musgrave
Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods. They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said, "Someday I hope to be a treasure chest. I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems. I could be decorated with intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty."
Then the second tree said, "Someday I will be a mighty ship. I will take kings and queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world. Everyone will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull." Finally the third tree said, "I want to grow to be the tallest and straightest tree in the forest. People will see me on top of the hill and look up to my branches, and think of the heavens and God and how close to them I am reaching. I will be the greatest tree of all time and people will always remember me."
If a Christian is Christlike,then one is :
Caring Happy Respectable Industrious Sincere Tolerant Inspiring Amiable Neighborly.
Why suffering and death?
Why is there so much suffering in the world? Why is there death? Who is the cause of trouble and sorrow? Is it God? Does God make people sick? Did God plan death? How can God be a God of love and allow suffering and decay? Is there any hope of release? Will it always go on like this?
What kind of world did God make?"God saw every thing that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning where the sixth day" (Genesis 1:31). Very good means that it was a world without sin, suffering, and death when it came from the hand of God.
The gift of God
What is the gift of God?"The Gift of God is eternal life" (Romans 6:23)
What is eternal Life?It is the exact opposite of death. "The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life" (Romans 6:23). Eternal life is continued existence with no death. One writer describes it like this: " If a little bird should fly from heaven to earth and pick up one grain of sand and take it back to heaven, and repeat it once every million years (one grain of sand every million years), by the time it had taken every grain of sand from this earth to heaven, it would be put a moment in eternity."Eternal life is also a different quality of life that we experience now. The apostle Paul wrote that now we live in weakness, but then we will live in power; now we are perishable, but then we will be imperishable (1 Corinthians 15:35-44,RSV).
What happens after death?Are the dead living in another world? Can the dead see, hear, and know what is going on in this world? When a good man dies, does his soul go immediately to heaven? When a bad man dies, does his soul go immediately to hell? Do the dead go first to a stopping-off place called purgatory? When a amn dies, does he go off to a spirit world where he his able to send mesages to his loved ones? Or could it be that when a man dies, he peacefully sleeps until the resurrection day? Let us see what God, the Author of live, has to say on this subject.
" Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as a friend." " Prayer is the key in the hand of faith to unlock heaven's storehouse, where are treasured the boundless resources of Omnipotence."
To whom are we to pray?"O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come" (Psalm 65:2)How willing is God to hear our prayers?"If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?" (Matthew 7:11).