Thought of the Day 5-27-14

 

Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. (Philippians 2:1, 2 NKJV)

It’s hard for many men to show love to others. To them it seems to diminish their masculinity, or jeopardize their status in the business world. I believe some men never had a pattern to follow. But I’m not talking about hugging everybody with whom you work or telling them that you love them. There are so many ways you can show love to your fellow man.

Let someone merge in front of you on the highway, even if that person didn’t use a turn signal. Listen attentively when someone is talking to you. Smile a little more. Get someone a cup of coffee. Praise someone’s effort. All these and other little gestures let God’s love shine throughout you. Remember, when you are talking to a brother or sister, you are talking with The Lord. Give them the same attention you would give to The Lord. Show others how much you care.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. (John 13:34 NKJV)

This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. (John 15:12 NKJV)

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (I Corinthians 13:13 NKJV)
Pastor Pete

 

Thought of the Day 5-20-14

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. (John 13:34 NKJV)

I came to a reality that, what I do for people I do for Jesus. I was beginning to see how powerful the truth of God living in the people of faith really was! When I treated them with love, I was treating Him with love. And when I treated them carelessly and with indifference, I was treating Him carelessly and indifference. This was becoming a clear reality to me as I was seeing the significance of Jesus’ Commandment, “to love one another as He had loved us.”

The sobering prophetic words that Jesus had given His disciples were impacting me with a weight I had never experienced before.

And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ (Matthew 25:40, 45 NKJV)

Two amazing truths were becoming clear to me: (1) unless I loved my brothers and sisters, I could not love God, and (2) when I loved my brothers and sisters, I could not help but love God too!

 

Thought of the Day 5-15-14

He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, And He will pay back what he has given. (Proverbs 19:17 NKJV)

Everything you have, God has graciously given to you. God has richly blessed you. Look around and consider the wealth, which flows far beyond money and possessions, the love of your family and friends, the health of your mind and body, the beauty of your surroundings.

God loves your tender heart and your benevolent spirit. When you give generously, you honor God. When you give of yourself through acts of service and return your tithe to the Father, He will pour out His blessings on you.

He is ever merciful, and lends; And his descendants are blessed. (Psalms 37:26 NKJV)

But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you —see that you also excel in this grace of giving. (2 Corinthians 8:7 NIV)

Pastor Pete

Thought of the Day 5-12-14

And said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? (Matthew 19:5 NKJV)

Think back to your wedding day. What a day! You were excited as you and your bride embarked on this adventurous journey. There was so much to comprehend that day, that it is hard now for you to recall all the details. But if you remember only one thing, your wedding vows.

Most people only remember the “till death us do part” phrase, but that is not the most important. Never forget the part where you promised to always love your wife. God loves you unconditionally and with a devotion that never wavers. You are to love your wife in the same way, and if you do, your marriage will definitely last a lifetime. We are suppose to love our wives as Christ loved the Church.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, (Ephesians 5:25 NKJV)

Pastor Pete

 

Thought of the Day 5-6-14

And that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:24 NKJV)

You are a spitting image of your Father. All people experience an identity crisis at some time in their life. Your identity problem is not that you don’t know who you are, but rather that other people don’t recognize who you truly are. You are not Mr. Athlete, Mr. Church Member, or anyone else. Those identities are the ones whom people observe on the outside. But you live from the inside out.

Your identity is not in what you do, but rather in who you are in Christ. When others see you, may they say, “I recognize him. Why, it’s clear whose family he belongs to. He’s a Son of God.

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (I Thessalonians 5:23 NKJV)

For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. (2 Corinthians 3:17, 18 NLT)

 

Thought of the Day 5-1-14

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. (II Corinthians 13:14 NKJV)

First, the word communion means presence. God, the Father’s desire for you is that the sweet presence of the Holy Spirit will be with you.

Second, it means fellowship. You do not need to pray to the Holy Ghost, but you simply fellowship with Him. And you should seek the communion as you would seek water in the wilderness.

Third, it means intimacy. You’ll never experience a deep love with Christ until you know it with the Holy Spirit, who brings that intimacy. There is no other way. God has “poured out” His love into our hearts “by the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans 5:5). You can’t love God without the Holy Spirit. Are you ready to commune with Him?

Here’s what the Holy Spirit showed me. When did we know “the Grace of The Lord Jesus Christ”? When He died for us. When did we know “the love of God”? When we saw the cross. They both refer to the past, but then we read, “the communion of the Holy Ghost be with you all.” I said, “That’s it. The Holy Spirit is here to commune with me and to be with me, now!”