Notes on message of love/Dec. 26, 2020

Notes on message of love/Dec. 26, 2020

Continuing to work on the message of love and still welcoming any insights and even corrections. God bless you all.

The subject of love has so many parts, that it can be seen as a body. You read in the Bible how the church is called a body with many parts.

1 Corinthians 12:12-27 NLV (One Body with Many Parts) 12 The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. 13 Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.] 14 Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. 15 If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything? 18 But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. 19 How strange a body would be if it had only one part! 20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” 22 In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. 23 And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, 24 while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. 25 This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. 26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. 27 All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.

God being Love. can be seen as having three parts.

  • 1 John 4:8 – But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
  • 1 John 4:16 – We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.  
  1. God, the Heavenly Father, Creator of heaven earth and man. The great I Am.
  2. Jesus, Son of God. The Word made flesh. Our Savior and Redeemer.
    1 John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
  3. Holy Spirit, The Spirit of God. Our Helper and Comforter. Genesis 2:7 Then the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.

Three that are one. Read 1 Corinthians 12 again and see how we are to be one body. One body has many different parts. Dissect a body and you can see how many parts there are and how they are connected. In a healthy body all the parts are performing their purpose and working together with the other parts. If one part of the body becomes weak, sick or quits, it effects the whole body. The body becomes sick and if left untreated it could die. Each part relies on another part to function and work together. Unified as one.

A problem with love in the world today is that each part is operating separately. Neglecting the needs of the other parts the individual part is only concerned about its’ own needs and desires. That part is selfish and does not care if their actions hurt anyone else. If you read 1 Corinthians 13 you will see that being selfish or demanding is not love. God’s desires for us to become one united in Love. Working together. Understanding each part is equal to the other and no part is greater. One body with one heart, and He is the head.Each part of the body working together, supporting each other in life and love.

1 Corinthians 13 :4-5 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Notes on message on love/personal thoughts about the holidays

I have been making notes on preparation for a message on love and how God’s love transforms our heart. Tonight I am not focused on the message but on the holidays. Thanksgiving was just a month ago and in two days we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ on a day we call Christmas. Memories of the holidays of my youth I can remember that they were much different than how they spent in the recent years. Stores closed early and families spent time together celebrating and enjoying family. The food, the smiles, and even playing football together. We took time to do the little things and there was love. Now I see selfish greed. There is so much hatred in the world today, the concept of peace seems unattainable. Shouts of ‘No justice, no peace’. Violence on top of an epidemic. The world is falling apart and is on a self destructive path and no one seems to realize they are a part of it. All we do is demand our own rights while stampeding over others. No life seems to be safe. Love and peace feel like a distant dream. So why even bother with Christmas. With everything going on in the world today it is not the presents and shopping that should matter. We should be thinking about the best gift we were all given, and that is the Son of God, our Savior, Jesus came to this fallen world to save each and every one of us. Loving us and forgiving us, by showing great mercy. Teaching us what love truly is, for He is love. It is not the trees, the decorations and lights, or the presents we buy, but the love none of us could buy or work for. A love given freely. A gift we just need to receive and give thanks. It is a time to remember this.

I pray that you all are blessed as you celebrate this Christmas, and that your hearts overflow with love, peace and joy. May the year to come give you hope and peace. God protect and prosper you in the fruits of His Spirit. Amen.

Notes on message on love/personal thought on love

What is love? When love is mentioned we think about the emotion we call love. Emotions however are unstable, they can be tossed around like a small boat in the ocean. Ups and downs, they come and go. If you say a person is emotional you may also be calling them unstable. So again I ask, what is love? Christian rap group DC Talk have a song titled love is a verb.

If we look at love as only a verb then we say it is an action. Something that is performed. Is that all love is?
No! Love is so much more, it is not just a fleeting emotion, or an action. So again I pose the question what is love?
Love is alive, and is a being greater than any person on earth. God is Love, His Spirit is Love, His Son Jesus is Love. Everything God has done has been out of love.
What else can we say love is?
What do you say love is?

Notes on message on love Dec.21,2020

When we seek Him, we will find Him. How and why? Because He is always there. He never leaves or forsakes us. He is patient and kind, waiting for us to turn to Him. He pursues us and will leave the ninety-nine to come after us, because each and everyone of us is so special to Him He loves us all equally. Jesus you could say left the ninety-nine for us when He left Heaven with His Father and all of His glory to come down to earth as a baby. This baby would grow into a man, who would suffer and die to pay the debt of our sins, so that we could be saved. He redeemed us from death by giving up His life, not because we were living good and righteous law abiding lives, because we have not. We are sinners, who have lived according to our own ways. This did not keep Him from loving us and it is His love, His life that he gave to us on the cross. No greater love is there than for a man to lay down his life for another. God could have destroyed us all. Given up on us and started over. Yet He loves us and sacrificed His own Son, that all we have to do is believe and receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior and were are saved. With the life and blood of Jesus we are redeemed and can now be called His sons and daughters. This is the love of the One True God, our Heavenly Father. A God of mercy and love, forgiving us and never forsaking us.

Notes on message on love Dec. 20, 2020

Notes on message on love Dec. 20, 2020

The work continues. With so much scripture on love and transforming our hearts from stone to flesh, I am wondering how I will ever get to preparing this message. These notes lead me to more and then I am going back to old lessons and posts. Keeping on subject is difficult as well since love touches all other areas of our lives. Yet the one thing that is staying constant that it is God and His love that matters. That without out Him there is no love. So here are my notes for today.

Psalm 51-:9-11 Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities. 10Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.11Cast me not away from Your presence; take not Your Holy Spirit from me.…
Psalm 73:1 Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.
Proverbs 20:9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?
Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers all transgressions.
1 Peter 1:22 Since you have purified your souls by obedience to the truth so that you have a genuine love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from a pure heart.
Proverbs 17:9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
1 Peter 4:7-9 The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear-minded and sober, so that you can pray. 8Above all, love one another deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9Show hospitality to one another without complaining.…
A new heart, a clean heart, a pure heart, are all hearts free from sin. Sin is what separated us from God, but it did not stop Him from loving us. Even though we have sinned and rebelled against Him and disobeyed Him, He made a way for us to not only be cleansed but to become new. Love takes us back to Him, the Author of love, because He is love. There is nothing that we can do on our own powers, abilities,or actions that can cleanse us from our sins. It is only through the Blood of Jesus Christ, God’s only Son and our Redeemer, are our sins paid for and we are given a new life, a new heart. So we can receive a heart transplant and a blood transfusion. It is not our outer appearance that matters, anyone can put on a costume and pretend to be something they are not. It is the changes on the inside of us that we can not do on our own that changes who we are. It is God who will make these changes in us if we surrender to Him and submit our entire life over to Him. Then His Love and His Word can guide and teach us how we are now to live and to love even while we live here in a fallen world.

Notes on message of love Dec. 19, 2020

Notes on message of love Dec. 19, 2020

I am continuing my study and notes on the message on love and how God’s love transforms the heart. It is been a challenge to work on another persons message, and reminding myself this is not going to be a lesson plan which I am so use to working on but a message. Going back over some of my previous lessons, and researching the scriptures given to me, I keep asking myself how am I going to do this? There is so much information in scripture on the subject of love, and how God’s love transforms us. How when we receive Jesus as our Lord we become new creations. Then I remind myself this is only my note taking stage and that i have all of you reading my notes and offering your pearls of wisdom. So here is my next set of notes. I look forward to hearing from you on any insights, suggestions, and corrections you may have.

Zechariah 7:11-13 Berean Study Bible But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder; they stopped up their ears from hearing. 12They made their hearts like flint and would not listen to the law or to the words that the LORD of Hosts had sent by His Spirit through the earlier prophets. Therefore great anger came from the LORD of Hosts.13And just as I had called and they would not listen, so when they called I would not listen, says the LORD of Hosts.…
Nehemiah 9:30 Yet You were patient with them for many years, and Your Spirit admonished them through Your prophets, but they would not listen; so You gave them into the hands of the people of the land.
Daniel 9:11 All Israel has transgressed Your law and turned away, refusing to obey Your voice; so the oath and the curse written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, has been poured out on us because we have sinned against You.
Here we read about how hard/stubborn hearts do not listen to God, His Word, His Spirit, or His law. Refusing to listen is the same as disobedience. This results in angering God. Just like any parent who has a child that acts out and disobeys them gets angry, God our Heavenly Father also gets angry. As a Father, He will discipline us, not because He wants to cause us pain, He wants us to learn that our behavior is harmful and that we need to learn to stop doing what is wrong. Nehemiah speaks of His patience and how He spoke to His children through His prophets yet they refused to listen and after years of reaching out and speaking to them, He did eventually turn them over to the people of the land. I am sorry to say this is something that I am seeing today through out our nation. God has reached out to us time and again. Spoken to us loud and clear, telling us, that we as a nation need to repent and turn back to Him. Unfortunately the people are refusing once again to listen and now we are about to be turned over to the people of the land. God loves us and has given to us everything we need, not even withholding the life of His Son. Yet the stubbornness of man(this includes men and women) and the hardness of our hearts we have refused His love. So, how can we receive His love, when our hearts are too hard to penetrate? We need a heart transplant, and the only one who can do this is the Great Physician God. He can take our stone hard hearts and give us a new soft heart made of flesh that can receive His love and that He can write His commands on.
Ezekiel 36:25I will also sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. I will cleanse you from all your impurities and all your idols. 26I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.27And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes and to carefully observe My ordinances.…
Just like a wound must be cleansed before you apply medication and bandages, repentance/turning to God is necessary to receive this new heart.He will give to anyone of us His heart but we have to turn to Him to receive it.

Notes for a message on love Dec. 17, 2020

Notes for a message on love Dec. 17, 2020

Continuing the work on the message on love. Still open to any comments or corrections from anyone in the ministry. This is not a complete work, but part of my studies and thoughts as I research the subject of love in relation to God and how His love transforms us.

Jeremiah 32:38-40
38 They will be my people, and I will be their God.
39 I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me and that all will then go well for them and for their children after them.
40 I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me.
Fear in this scripture (Stong’s 3372 yare pronounced yaw-ray, primitive root to fear) in Hebrew means to revere.
יָרֵא yârêʼ, yaw-ray’; a primitive root; to fear; morally to revere; causatively to frighten:—affright, be (make) afraid, dread(-ful), (put in) fear(-ful, -fully, -ing), (be had in) reverence(-end), × see, terrible (act, -ness, thing).
When you first read the word fear, what comes to mind? Being afraid, scared, even terrified. This is not what fear means in this scripture though. Here it means to revere.
With so many words having different meaning it is important to know it’s context, to understand it’s true meaning. So when you see the word fear in this scripture, and understanding the meaning helps to understand God is putting a reverance to Him in their hearts. This is why I like to use a concordance in my studies so I can get to the root words being used to understand what is being said.
KJV dictionary defines revere-
REVE’RE, v.t. L. revereor; re and vereor, to fear.
To regard with fear mingled with respect and affection; to venerate; to reverence; to honor in estimation.
Further study is now showing how the word fear used in this verse is related to affection/love. So we can now see that it is God that is the One, putting a love for Him into our hearts.

Notes for a message on love Dec. 15, 2020 continued

Here are more notes, as this subject has both the attention of my heart and mind. My cup seems to be overflowing tonight. I welcome any comments, suggestions and corrections from any of you who are in the ministry, because I want to be true and correct as I prepare this message. Thank you.

I just had a thought. Not sure how it will relate to assisting on preparations on the sermon on love. Nonetheless here is my current thought.
In preparing a message on love, am I not showing Who love is? God is LOVE. He has been known to be a vengeful God to be feared. How can one relate this God to being the God who Is LOVE? Jesus taught us that there is no greater love than for a man to lay down his life for another. (John 15:13) The thing is that Jesus the Son of God suffered the cross and died to pay the price of all of our sins. Not just for those who walked with Him and loved Him, but even for those who cried out for Him to be crucified. Before any of us received Him as our Lord and Savior, we were His enemies. He died for His enemies! Jesus is LOVE, He is God’s Love. Any parent who has ever lost a child knows a pain that others who have not do not understand, but these parents know how God felt as He watched His son be crucified and buried. Even though God knew the grave would not hold Him, that moment of separation, that pain He suffered all for a creation who had turned their backs on Him. Tell me that is not a God of Love. Who could wipe this entire planet out in a blink of an eye and just start over, but He didn’t.l Instead He sent His ONLY Son down to a world that had ran so far away from Him, that they did not even realize who Jesus was. Over and over God has given man chance after chance to turn to Him, and even today there are many who still reject Him, who choose hatred over love. Those whose only love is for themselves. We need to learn what True Love is, and Who True Love is. I know I am repeating myself but True Love is God! He is the Good Father, the Shepherd who would leave the 99 to after the one lost one. (Matthew 18:12-14) The Father who does not just receive His prodigal child who ran off to live life in his or her own way. Then realizes that they would have a better life to be a servant in their father’s house. So returns home to find their father running out to meet them and take them home and celebrate their return. (Luke 15:11-32)
I can find and think of so many examples of God’s love in scripture, and this subject has helped refuel my spirit, which to be honest was starting to run on fumes.

earlier notes – Notes for a message on love Dec. 15, 2020

Agree to Disagree / A thought for the moment, Oct. 28, 2020

Agree to Disagree / A thought for the moment, Oct. 28, 2020

With all that is going on in our world, there is much hatred and fighting that nothing is really getting done. I am thinking about 1 Corinthians 13, the chapter of ‘Love’, and how one of the things listed on love, is that Love does not demand it’s own way.

There is a lot of yelling and screaming but nothing is being heard because of all of the noise. I see a world filled with a bunch of children throwing temper tantrums. Basically saying I want what I want, and you are going to give it to me! A good parent would not reward their child by giving into their child’s tantrums. They would discipline their child. Wrong behavior should not be rewarded. Just because you do not agree with the other does not mean that you can bully your way into getting what you want.

There is no true winner in any fight. Both parties get hurt one way or another. Listen to what each other is saying even if you do not agree on what is being said. I can hear a person yelling at me, but that does not mean that I am going to listen to what they have to say because they have screamed their demands at me. I am sorry I am not a soldier and you are not my drill sergeant where I have to do what you yell at me. I am a person who has free will to think for myself and just because I do not agree with you does not give you the right to yell or scream your demands at me. There is a saying you attract more flies with honey than vinegar. You have the right to have your own thoughts and desires, but you nor I have the right to make you think or do as I do. Fighting will never accomplish anything. Sometimes you have to agree to disagree.

I can respect you without having to agree with you. Respect does not mean I even have to like you. It does mean I can exist without doing you harm. I can listen to what you have to say without being offended and raising my voice and slandering you for what you have to say. I should not demand that you agree with me, but show you the respect that will hopefully have you show me the same respect. Instead of getting angry because I do not like what you have said, understand that is your point of view and that I do not have to cuss at you or call you names. Doing that will never get you to listen to me if I did, it would just lead to more fighting.

Jesus taught us to love our enemies. That does not mean we agree with them, but that we give them the love that He gave to us before we even knew Him. A love that none of us deserved. He gave His life to save us while we were His enemy. Through His sacrifice we were given grace, mercy, and salvation. Yet we withhold this grace and mercy from anyone we do not agree with. Forgetting that none of us are truly righteous and that we all sin and are far from perfect. Remember our ways, are not His, and our thoughts are not His thoughts. It is not our way of doing things that we should be seeking but His. He has so much better for us if we would only stop fighting, but listen to Him and love each other as Jesus has told us we should.

Well these are just my thoughts for the moment and you do not have to agree with me or even listen to me, but I pray that you open your hearts and ears to Him and listen to what He is saying.

God bless and keep you in His peace.

Call To Prayer / I have a question

Call To Prayer / I have a question

I have a question and look forward to reading your answers. I had another sleepless night and while I laid there trying to fall asleep I had this thought, ‘Why do we go to the alter for prayer at the close of a service?’ I don’t know why this thought came to me. Yes I was praying. I have a prayer board I made hanging next to my bed so when I cannot sleep I can pray for others. Then BANG! This thought just popped into my head. Why is it that we ask people to come to the front of the church with all eyes on them at the end of the service? I have served on a prayer team for the current church I am a member of and have served in this same department at previous churches and never had this thought crossed my mind. I have many times been heart broken when the alter of prayer remained empty, knowing that many are hurting lost, and have some kind of need, either for themselves or a loved one. So why am I laying in bed praying and hoping for sleep did I question why do we ask people to come to the alter with the congregation as an audience to pray? I started thinking how many do not approach because they don’t want every eye looking at them, passing judgement (this does not mean they are being judged but the fear of being judged and maybe even gossiped about). I thought about Jesus teaching us to go into our closet to pray, but then I also thought about the scriptures about going to the elders to have them lay hands on us to pray and anoint us. These thoughts may be nothing more than thoughts of a sleep deprived mind. But I would like to know if anyone knows when this part of a church service began?