Posts Tagged ‘God’s love’

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The LORD is good and does what is right; He shows the proper path to those who go astray.” (Psalms‬ ‭25‬:‭8‬ NLT)

Jesse, a ginger tomcat, was 18 months old when he escaped from his cage in Staffordshire, England. Owners Lesley and Colin Corbett, and their daughters, Grace and Saskia, searched the area for days and put up posters – but they gave up hope of ever seeing him again as the years went by. But thanks to a microchip, the long-wandering cat was identified and brought back home eight years later. That’s almost an entire lifetime!

At some point, we all deviate from God’s best plan for our life. While some moments may be slight, others can last for years and leave remarkable scars. The good news, much like Jesse’s, is that there is always a way back home and into a life of planned purpose. It also leads to healing and restoration from the pain of our disobedience!

Whether through obstinance or guilt, many choose to stay gone. Don’t let your heart harden towards God. Come home! Whatever makes us run is never worth the result of our disobedience. Choose the path that leads to life, peace, and restoration! You are loved and wanted back home!

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Great is God’s faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.” (Lamentations‬ ‭3‬:‭23‬ NLT)

The great American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once remarked about the beauty of a new day: “Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on yesterdays.”

On this last day of Summer, a beautiful one here in Central Arkansas, it’s a good time to bid an old season goodbye and to welcome a new one in. Just as each new morning starts for me with a steaming cup of coffee, it also comes with the promise of new things and healing moments that God spent all night preparing while I slept. To imagine that God gives each of us the opportunity to start over everyday is the best feeling ever!

As you start your new day today and everyday, start it with a new mindset. You can choose to either dread it or embrace it. The difference is up to you! You are loved today!

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This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” (1 John‬ ‭4‬:‭10‬ NLT)

Baseball legend Ted Williams’ career with the Boston Red Sox was marred, to a degree, by his sour and antagonistic relationship with the fans and media in Boston, and having led the Red Sox to just one American League pennant in his entire career (and no World Series titles). But as the last All-Star Game of the 20th century came back to Boston, it was was Williams who was awarded the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. And as the crowd came alive for that magical night, all old feelings were transformed into great praise and honor for the Splendid Splinter, the Hero of Hardball.

We have never done anything to deserve God’s grace, yet He offers it freely because of His great love. In spite of our rebellious attitude and His necessary corrective measures, when we finally yield our selfish will, Heaven welcomes us home greater than anything Fenway Park experienced in 1999!

As you get ready to come to church tomorrow, know that God’s love is greater than our failures. While we beat ourselves up for letting God down, He simply waits with open arms to bring you back to His love. Be grateful today for that amazing grace! See you tomorrow!

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Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not.” (2 Timothy‬ ‭4‬:‭2‬ NLT)

In 1999, Vibe magazine predicted that companies in the next millennium would pay people to get tattoos advertising their brands. Joe Tamargo, of Rochester, NY, is a walking billboard, advertising 15 companies on his body with permanent tattoos. The only problem is that most of those groups went out of business years ago. Hope all the pain and money was worth it.

We are also human billboards. As we walk this journey down the Christ Life path, people are watching us. While most people don’t preach sermons from pulpits, we do by what we say, how we act, how we treat others and what we post on our social media accounts. People will judge Jesus and the Bible by how we live, whether we want them to or not. So how’s your sermon today going?!

Don’t be “bad ink” for the Gospel! The Christ Life is not lived when we find it convenient, then temporarily shut down when it’s not. Live the best sermon about how great your God is everyday! Hopeless people are looking for more than an empty expression, they need life! So show them! You are loved today!

I am overwhelmed with joy in the LORD my God! For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom dressed for his wedding or a bride with her jewels.” (Isaiah 61:10 NLT)

It was a beautiful Spring evening when I stood at the front of the Sanctuary with my friends. When the Bridal March played and the doors opened, my heart jumped to see my beautiful bride in her amazing gown as she walked towards me. It is one of my most treasured moments in life!

The prophet Isaiah describes our relationship with God in the same manner. His love for us, which is greater than the devastating effects of our sin, wraps us in a splendor that can only be compared to the beauty of wedding garments. Knowing that our God loves us in that manner should cause our hearts to be drawn to Him with equal intensity! To know that I am loved beyond my failures and faults is an incredible feeling!

As you start your weekend, take a moment to realize that God loves you like that. Then ask Him to help you to love Him in return in the same way. Enjoy the feeling of overwhelming love! See you Sunday!
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For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” (Romans 5:5 NLT)

According to Fox News, researchers excavating unmarked graves at a notorious reform school in the Florida Panhandle said Tuesday that they have retrieved the remains of 55 bodies, nearly double the number originally believed to be buried there over many decades. From 1900 to 2011, many children have died there under questionable circumstances. Could the place of corrective learning become a house of death?

Many institutions have fallen short of their ideal mark. Fraudulent banks to hypocritical churches to dangerous schools, places where we should be able to trust are becoming harder to keep trusting. But God has never failed us! His love still burns bright with passion for EVERYONE, even those that don’t love in return. His record of integrity is spotless & His motives completely pure.

Take time today to do what you were made to do: love God in return for all He’s done. Your worship – whether done in prayer, song, poem or dance – is more beautiful in His sight than any effort of work you could ever do in His name. He loves to be loved! Let Him enjoy yours today!

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