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IS GOD REALLY WHITE?

IS GOD REALLY WHITE? This is a question that one of our readers asked me this morning in response to our lesson yesterday title: “SIMON OF CYRENE WAS THE BLACK HANDS THAT HELP CARRY THE CROSS.” You can read his questions and my answers to his questions under the comment section at the bottom of this lesson.  Click this link and stroll down to the bottom of the page:  http://wp.me/pf75v-33x

THE SPIRIT OF GOD IS IN ALL THINGS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE SPIRIT OF GOD IS IN ALL THINGS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

My friend, your question that you asked this morning, “Is God really White is in truth a really simple to answer.  However, I will not just give you a simplicity answer.  I will begin by answering it this way.  God is neither White nor Black; God is spirit.  We worship God in truth and in Spirit, because God is all there is.  God is everything and everything is God.  Before the world was created, God existed and He created everything out of Himself.  There is nothing are no where God is not.  Therefore, the beautiful colors that we all are, God created them all to represent himself in his beautiful natural self.  The bible says in Genesis 1:27 that God created us in His own image and likeness.   Therefore, what color are we?  Did God not create the rainbow?  Does not the rainbow have many different colors?  Since we all are Gods’ children, do we not represent the rainbow of the Universe?

 

 

Your next question would probably be, what about Jesus, is  Jesus himself God, was He not a white man with long stringy hair and blue eyes?  Well that is the image that the white man in America has created to represent Jesus.  That is not the real Jesus who is the son of God and who is our Lord and Savior.  There is nowhere in the New Testament that includes a physical description of Jesus before His death.  That being the case, how can we come up with a picture of Jesus being a white man with blue eyes?  I am a black man and I have blue eyes.   Various theories about the race of Jesus has been advanced and debated for centuries, but there is no clear evidence of what color is Jesus.  The one thing that we can say for certain is that Jesus is God and He has said so Himself and God is neither white nor Black.

The Prophet Isaiah spoke of Jesus some 700 years before Jesus came to earth.  This is what he said, “Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: I am the First and I am the Last; besides Me there is no God.”  (Isaiah 44:6 AMP)

In the book of John the bible says this, “In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  (John 1:1 AMP)  Then in verse 14, John further says, “And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth.” When we move to the book of Revelations the bible says this:  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, says the Lord God, He Who is and Who was and Who is to come, the Almighty (the Ruler of all).  (Revelation 1:8 AMP) During His time here on this earth Jesus said many things about Himself here are a few:

  1. I am Divine
  2. I am the son of man
  3. I am Alpha and Omega
  4. I am the light of the world

Wow, think about that last one, “I am the light of the world!”  What color is light?  Nobody knows the race are color of Jesus, but what we do know is that his message is about God and love, that makes his race and the color of his skin irrelevant. Our calling is to love God with all our being and be conformed to the image of Christ.  He came here to teach us how to live, love and be obedient to the word of God and offer us eternal life.  He was beaten and suffered a horrific death on the cross for our sins that is all the people of the world, not just white people, or black people nor any other race of people.  He did this for all of us and in this day and time, we should be living as one people, being of the same mind as Jesus had, when he said let this mind that is in me be also in you. (Philippians 2:5). Let us celebrate this Easter with the love of Christ in our hearts, and think not of his color or even our own skin color, but love each other, because God first loved us and he has commanded that we love each other.

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SHARE LOVE THAT WILL GROW

SHARE A LOVE THAT WILL GROW:

LOVE BOUNTIFUL IN FRUITS FROM THE SOUL:

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

Love suffers long and is kind, love does not envy…parade itself…is not puffed up, does not behave rudely, does not seek its own; it is not provoked, thinks no evil, does not rejoice in iniquity; but, rejoices in the truth. Love bears all things, hopes all things, endures all things; Love never fails (1 Corinthians: 13:4-8; NKJV). What is it about these tributes that make it hard for people to get along in the world? How often do you take a moment and examine your attitude, can you say it’s one of love? For Jesus has taught and shown the world how to love, for which without, no man will see God.

If you pause and look around, you can plainly see that people are growing colder, more immune to violence and despair.  Would you reach out to people you don’t know, those who desperately need to know they matter. Homeless people, those incarcerated, gang members, teenage mothers, runaways, battered women and children, junkies—people who are lost and have given up hope; have you made an attempt to let them know that there are angles among us.

Jesus says, “…my commandment is that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love have no man than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friend (John: 15: 12-13). So, do you pick and choose your friends or do you pray and ask the Master to give you a spirit of discernment instead of prejudice?  You will find that we are eager to admit love for one another and that’s great; but, just think how that same spirit of love can influence the attitude of others helping to shape a better world.

Just for today reverse negative thinking to positive, when you encounter something as simple as saying thank you with a smile you begin a cycle, which will flow from you, through you to others and back to yourself.

We are everything, yet we are nothing, we all are one and that process is comprised of Love, Agape Love, the kind of love Jesus shared throughout his ministry and passed on to all people. “So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well…appropriately…sincere and intelligent not a sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life…Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God (Philippians:  1: 9-11; MGS).” Glory belongs to God always!

 

 

LEARNING THE ART OF LOVE, TOUCH AND GIVING

LEARNING THE ART OF LOVE, TOUCH AND GIVING:

"OBEDIENCE BRINGS OUR LIVES' INLINE WITH GODS' PLAN" PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

“OBEDIENCE BRINGS OUR LIVES’ INLINE WITH GODS’ PLAN” PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

Written by SHIRLEY RHODES:

Society has become a stage of life in which you are able to see how people are responding to one another through acts of hate, malice, war, and neglect, just to name a few. God gave each of us a life to live, yet many prefer to take the road of least resistance, ignoring many problems that can easily be corralled. LEARNING THE ART OF LOVE, TOUCH AND GIVING, provide hope for the dying world we wake up and embrace every day, it’s about mutual caring and sharing the message of hope found in Jesus. Peter shared his thoughts this way, “Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul” (1 Peter: 2:11; MGS).

Disobedience brings about many problems that can affect almost anything that surrounds you, that’s why is important to be attentive to what enters your space. You are no different than many who have gone on before you, even in the time of the Master Jesus himself. People often closed their ears to what he had to say, words that give a better quality of life, yet he never ceased to reach out, helping others to know the importance of LEARNING THE ART OF LOVE, TOUCH AND GIVING.

Scripture shares these words; “Now it came to pass…Jesus…departed from there to teach and preach in their cities” (Matthew 11:1; NKJV); “he rebuked the cities in which most of his mighty works had been done because they did not repent” (Matthew 11:20). He said, “Come to me all you who labor…I will give you rest. My yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11: 28-30) Jesus embraced, LEARNING THE ART OF LOVE, TOUCH AND GIVING by setting an example.

May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble…May he grant you according to your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your purpose (Psalm 20:4-5).

 

HAPPY VALENTINE DAY TOO ALL OF YOU WITH LOVE

FLOWERS ARE THE TRUE EXPRESSION OF GOD’S LOVE AND BEAUTY

PHOTOGRAPHY BY SHIRLEY RHODES

THE BLACK ORCHID

Flowers are known as the reproductive organ in plants and when combined into a bouquet there’s beauty and sweet aroma to enjoy.  So I set before you to enjoy the Essence and Beauty of My Flower Garden.

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The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. Song of Solomon 2:12

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Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.     1 Corinthians 13:4-7

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A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  John 13:34-35

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I will be like the dew to Israel;  he shall blossom like the lily; he shall take root like the trees of Lebanon Hosea 14:5

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My beloved has gone down to his garden to the beds of spices, to graze in the gardens and to gather lilies.  I am my beloveds and my beloved is mine; he grazes among the lilies. Song of Solomon 6:2-3

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REMEMBERING OTHERS DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS for they shall be called the sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9; NKJV)

REMEMBERING OTHERS DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON:

"DEW DROPS OF MORNING BRINGS REFRESHING AND HOPE"

“DEW DROPS OF MORNING BRINGS REFRESHING AND HOPE”

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

The time of year many have anxiously anticipated is upon us, now the process of decision and choice making has begun full forced. It is the time of year in which feasting and celebration are shared within many homes and communities world -wide; therefore, let us enhance the spirit by REMEMBERING OTHERS DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.

There are those who are less fortunate among us that a friendly gesture can bring healing to their soul, for they seek not the material things of this world, but spiritual. Jesus gave each of us a message, a thought to always ponder especially during the holiday season, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God” (Matthew 5:9; NKJV). Where there is disharmony, discord, chaos and greed, the time is now to mend and repair, restore and renew by REMEMBERING OTHERS DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.

Somewhere there is someone that will not hear the words “Joy to the World” or “Silent Night,” because of the sound of war raging in their communities. Somewhere there will be some child that will not experience the happiness of opening gifts with moments of glee. Somewhere someone will spend Christmas alone because they have no family to share it with. The list it seems is endless, but the joy of Christmas is really all about the “Birth” the “Gift of a Savior.” For the scriptures reminds us this way, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder. And his name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.” While REMEMBERING OTHERS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON think on these things for it is from the heart love is freely given.

As the joy and spirit of Christmas continue to unfold, take a moment and reflect on how blessed you truly are, WHILE REMEMBERING OTHERS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON in a very special way.

May you find the gift of peace and contentment as you approach and become participants in this holiday season.

OVERCOME HATE WITH LOVE

OVERCOME HATE WITH LOVE

THE GOOD NEWS:

"MY ROSE IS A TOKEN OF LOVE AND PEACE" PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

“MY ROSE IS A TOKEN OF LOVE AND PEACE” PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

THE GOOD NEWS is that you’re not lost, you’re not alone, and faith is open for all to grasp and rely on because that is the way God has designed it to be. God’s Word is a road map that points the way to your destination if you so choose to study and apply it to your life. God’s Spirit is given freely because Jesus paid the price in full for our salvation.

Paul invites’ us to share in his revelation when he penned, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved and gave himself for me.”(Galatians 2: 20-21, NIV). As we live out our purpose, faith is a magnifier of transformation that causes us to rely on the will of God to guide and direct us in His way. “Faith” is described this way, “The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1, NKJV). Another translation describes “Faith” this way: “it is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see…” (Hebrews 11:1, MGS), it is THE GOOD NEWS.

God’s Word is written to us and about us, we are Gods’ prize possession and he has given His word to bless, teach and guide us, and to forgive and save us.  Jesus says, “Come to me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me…” (Matthew 11: 28-30, NKJV). Jesus so passionately taught and encouraged us through words and actions to learn of Him, therefore our hearts will be at peace; sharing THE GOOD NEWS.  The greatest treasure of all is knowing that God saw the need to spare each of us for a reason, that reason is to become learners of Him, share his message of hope for a dying world and transform our thoughts and attitude in such a way that “Love” will become the guiding force in all we say and do. We must be diligent in searching and applying those things Jesus gave as a pattern to follow. THE GOOD NEWS brings us from the lower realm to a higher level in Christ Jesus and in that, we learn the true meaning and value to the words “Let us Love one another.”

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MERCY AND TRUTH HAVE MET TOGETHER

MERCY AND TRUTH HAVE MET TOGETHER

THE TOWER OF STRENGTH POWER BEAUTY AND SERENITY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE TOWER OF STRENGTH POWER BEAUTY AND SERENITY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

We are commanded to love one another as God has so loved us.  He wants to bless us and show us favor in order that we may do the same with our brothers and sisters.  Therefore, I ask you simply this question; “WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MERCY AND TRUTH MEET TOGETHER?”

This is how the word of God answers the question, it says, “Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.” (Proverb 3:3-4 ESV)

You are truly the power and present of God, and He desires us to walk in righteousness.  Therefore, He says to us,  “Mercy and truth have met together, Righteousness and peace have kissed.  Truth shall spring out of the earth, and righteousness shall look down from heaven.”  (Psalm 85:10-11) NKJV

In your daily walk with God, you now know that God will shower His steadfast love on all His people because all the claims of truth have been fully met by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on the cross.  In the same sense, righteousness and peace have kissed.  We as believers can now enjoy peace with God because all the claims of divine justice were met by the substitution work of Our Savior.

Your real blessings will begin after you have met with MERCY AND TRUTH, and then YOU HAVE KISSED RIGHTEOUSNESS AND PEACE.  Now lift up your Holy Hands and begin to  Praise and bless God for all his manifest evidence of mercy and goodness that have showed up in your life, for you are truly the tower and power of all that God is.

We bless this word to each of you this day, that God’s blessings will cover you, strengthen you and give you peace in all that you do.  BE STRONG, BE BOLD, BE BRAVE and STAY FOCUS and allow God to use you for His purpose and His Will.

LOVE AND HATE CANNOT COEXIST

LOVE AND HATE CANNOT COEXIST

GOD'S AWESOME BEAUTY OF LOVE IS EXPRESSED IN FLOWERS WE SEE (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

GOD’S AWESOME BEAUTY OF LOVE IS EXPRESSED IN FLOWERS WE SEE (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

If anyone boasts, “I love God,” and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see? The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You’ve got to love both.  1 John 4:20 MSG

The world as it exists today is filled with evil doers and hate mongers.  Everywhere we turn, weather in our families, our neighborhoods or the world body, there are people hating on each other.  With this extreme hate comes violence and chaos, innocent people and especially our children are being gunned down in the streets of America and the world like wild animals.  This is unacceptable today; we are called by God to love one another, and how can we claim we are Christians and love God when we want even speak to our neighbor, but carry hate in our hearts for them?

John tells us that a real measure of a Christians boasting of how much they love God can be tested by the person’s love of the community of God, if that person hates another Christian, then that person love for God should be questioned.  In fact, John says, “such a person is a liar”.  John explains, very logically, that if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we have not seen?  If a believer does not love his or her /Christian brothers and sisters, who are God’s visible representatives, how can that person possibly love the invisible God?  It is easy to claim to love God, when that love doesn’t cost anything more than weekly attendance at your Church religious services.  But the real test of a person’s love for God is their attitude or behavior towards their family and /or, fellow believers.  We as individuals cannot truly say that we love God, while neglecting to love our Christian brothers and sisters.

We are commanded, “To love one another” and we should exhibit “real, unconditional love” day in and day out, not just when it’s convent or suit our own needs.  Listen to how Jesus teaches us about loving each other; when a lawyer from the Pharisees asked Him this question, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with your entire mind.  This is the great and first commandment, And a second is like it; you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:36-40 ESV)

Where there is love, hate cannot exist; either you have real love in your heart, or you are a liar about your Christianity and Spirituality.  Your real life is on display in your daily actions, words and deeds; just telling someone you are a Christian does not make you a Christian

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, butrejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8 ESV)

But real love will always be and never fade away. God is love, and he loves us unconditionally, and He wants us to do the same with each other.  Let us learn to overcome hate with love.  Put away hate for our brothers and sisters and put on the garment of love.  It is time to rejoice in the glory of God.  Make each day a day of joy, peace and happiness.  Awaken to the newness of the glory that God has given to us.  Rise up and take a stand against hate and violence and let our love over rule and take control of what otherwise would become chaos.

Finally my brothers and sisters, John speaks to us with these words of truth as he says, “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” (1 John 3:18 ESV)  Let us be of one mind, as we are of one body in Christ, and when our hearts are filled with love for the one who created us, there will be no doubt that LOVE AND HATE CANNOT COEXIST!

 

BELIEVERS ACTIONS ARE ROOTED IN LOVE NOT FOR HONOR OR POSSESSIONS PART 2 of 3

BELIEVERS ACTIONS ARE ROOTED IN LOVE NOT FOR HONOR OR POSSESSIONS PART 2 of 3

Jesus was faithful to the end (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Jesus was faithful to the end (Photo by Pastor Davis)

MATERIAL WEALTH IS A HINDERANCE TO YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE     

In part one; we presented you with the scriptures just as Jesus gave them to you.  In this lesson we want to focus your attention on what was happening at the time Jesus taught this very important lesson and how it fits into all of our lives today.

Jesus life was unique, so were his teachings.  His teachings were known for their fresh and new approach.  Jesus taught several distinctive spiritual truths that set Him apart from any other religious leader who ever lived.

In this lesson, we will focus on Jesus unique abilities as a Master Teacher to teach this one great lesson that we all need to understand and that is; HOW A BELIEVERS ACTIONS ARE ROOTED IN LOVE NOT FOR HONOR OR POSSESSIONS.

Jesus taught that love must not be selective.  His followers are to love all people, regardless of how unlovely or even hostile they may be.  They also must act on that love by being willing to do good when it is in their power to do it.  There are several words for love in Greek.  The word we are using here is agape love, meaning the kind of love shown even when the one loved has no merit for that love.  It is love that must be chosen and willed.

All people have experienced agape love from GodGod loved the world even while people were sinful and rebelliousGod willed to love his people and sent his Son to die for them, not because they deserved it, or had any merit, but only because of God’s love.  Those who have experienced God’s love understand what it means to be loved undeservedly.  People who were once enemies of God and have joined his family can understand what it means to love your enemies.  Only with the help of God’s Spirit can his people do well to those who hate them, pray for the happiness of those who curse them, and pray for those who hurt them.  When believers are hated, cursed, and hurt, they are to respond with love.

HOW CAN ANYONE RESPOND TO HATE WITH LOVE?

I submit to you when you are in the flesh, this can be a very difficult thing to do.  However, let me assure you that people who have accepted Christ as their Savior have the Holy Spirit’s help to accomplish what would otherwise be impossible.

Now let us for a moment take a look at the examples Jesus offers to us; he says, “If you get slapped, turn the other cheek.”  “WOW” Who me, you say? Turn my other cheek and let you slap me again.  “You got to be crazy!” And therefore, the normal response for a person in the flesh would be to slap back, but Jesus offers another option—the attitude that says, “I will not seek revenge.”  Pause your thoughts, and think about this for a moment… then say, “In fact, if need be, I am ready to take another blow.” This attitude is not so much to offer to be slapped again, as it is to offer forgiveness.

The same attitude is illustrated regarding the coat and the shirt, referring to the outer garment and your undergarment.  If someone demanded the one, you are to offer the other as well.  The point is not so much being passive when someone is attempting to rob you as it is being compassionate for another’s need.  If someone needs to steal your coat, then perhaps that person also needs your shirt.

In fact, a more general principle could be stated:  Give what you have to anyone who asks you for it; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back.  Such an attitude completely confounds the world.  It doesn’t understand non-retaliation, forgiveness, and a loose hold on possessions.  But believers, citizens of a future heavenly Kingdom, are freed to forgive and to give.  The point is not that giving is always the correct answer, but that “believer’s actions are rooted first in love, not in regard for honor or possessions.”

In our final lesson on this subject we will conclude it with, “HOW MATERIAL WEALTH IS A HINDERANCE TO YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE.”

BELIEVERS ACTIONS ARE ROOTED IN LOVE NOT FOR HONOR OR POSSESSIONS PART 1 of 3

BELIEVERS ACTIONS ARE ROOTED IN LOVE NOT FOR HONOR OR POSSESSIONS PART 1 of 3

MATERIAL WEALTH IS A HINDERANCE TO YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE     

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Open Bible (Photo credit: Ryk Neethling)

 

In part one of these very important lessons we wanted to focus your attention only on the pure scripture of this message.  In lesson two we will go into the details of Jesus teachings on this subject.  Read it, pray on it, then spend some time and meditate on what Jesus is teaching you here.  This is taken from the Message Bible in (Luke 6:27-36).

To you who are ready for the truth, I say this: Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person. If someone slaps you in the face, stand there and take it. If someone grabs your shirt, gift wrap your best coat and make a present of it. If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.

Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them! If you only love the lovable, do you expect a pat on the back? Run-of-the-mill sinners do that. If you only help those who help you, do you expect a medal? Garden-variety sinners do that. If you only give for what you hope to get out of it, do you think that’s charity? The stingiest of pawnbrokers does that.

I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never—I promise—regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst. Our Father is kind; you be kind.

YOUR ENEMY MAY DO YOU HARM BUT LOVE HIM ANYWAY

YOUR ENEMY MAY DO YOU HARM BUT LOVE HIM ANYWAY

THE ROSE OF LOVE (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

THE ROSE OF LOVE (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

The lesson I write and teach here today will be hard for a lot of people to understand in light of the verdict in the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman trial.  However, we must understand and learn to obey the teaching of Jesus when He tells us to love our Enemies.  So let us look closely at what Jesus wants us to know about loving our enemies.  We will begin with Paul’s teaching to the Church of Corinth as he spoke passionately on the meaning of love.

Paul says, “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant  or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.

 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.  (1 Corinthians 13:1-8 ESV)

Now listen carefully, open your spiritual mind, and understand this message: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want, remember these words written in Psalm 23:1, allow this to be your focus when intervening in prayer on behalf of those who may have sought to lay a stumbling block in your pathway or do bodily harm to you. He prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies, anoints my head with oil and my cup overflows (5) with goodness from the Lord.  Develop and Understand as a Rule, Love your Enemies.

Jesus was an advocate of love and his teachings were centered on this key ingredient which is the key to living life in the fullness of his joy. He says, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you; bless those who curse you and pray for those who spitefully use you…Just as you want men to do to you, you do to them likewise (Luke 6:27-31 NKJV). Love your enemies, do good and lend, hoping for nothing in return (35), judge not, condemn not, and forgive those who wrong you.” When you are able to develop and understand as a rule, love your enemies, your blessings will flow from the heavenly realm because Jesus has said so.

Love, as Jesus instructed and set an example to follow. Through many encounters he demonstrated patience, kindness, and concern for others. It is not his will or desire that anyone should be lost or have an attitude of harm and indifference towards one another. Through his teachings we gain strength and knowledge to help us to understand behavior, what to expect from others and how to handle those events in life through a genuine heart of love and kindness; even toward those who seek to cause us harm. When we are connected from the spiritual realm we understand how we are to respond through spiritual kindness; and when we do, he sets the rest in proper order. When you are able to develop and understand as a rule, love your enemies, your reward will be one of inner peace.

Christ in God is our life; chosen by God our new life become a life of love, along with that love we acquire compassion, kindness, humility, strength, discipline. We become content with second place, quick to forgive offense. The greatest of all attribute is love, something we should never be without; every detail in our lives focused on Jesus with praise and thanksgiving to God the Father always (Colossians 3:3-17, MGS). When you are able to develop and understand as a rule, love your enemies, you’re being obedient to God’s will.

However the stream flows, it never forgets its source (African Proverb).

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A UNIVERSAL JOURNEY IN SEARCH OF LOVE AND PEACE

A UNIVERSAL JOURNEY IN SEARCH OF LOVE AND PEACE

WILL NOW TAKE US DEEP INTO THE JOURNEY OF LOVE AND COMMITMENT FOR THE CAUSE OF JESUS CHRIST

Giving God all the praises for His Marvelous Light (Photo by Pastor Davis)

By Shirley Rhodes

In Search of Peace:

If you are seen as “weird,” “strange,” or “indifferent,” it’s okay. If you are following the pattern Jesus has given you’re on a journey that will take you beyond your wildest dreams, just remember, this journey is about love and commitment for the cause of Jesus Christ.

Now let us see how Jesus wants us to prepare for this journey.

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom Psalm 90:12.

Now let us understand how the pattern of following Jesus on this JOURNEY works.  The things that are holy belong to God and are sacred (special, precious); we hold such gifts close to our hearts because they are blessed.

When we are chosen, we’re set apart from the things of this world; we come out of darkness and follow “the light” that is spirit. Unless we are willing to accept this gift of light we have no inner peace, nothing really satisfies the thirst for righteousness. When we wonder about in life, do we ponder the meaning of the many gifts before us and offer praise and thanksgiving or do we literally take life for-granted.  Sanctification sets us apart and instills our hearts and spirit with the desire to follow the pattern Jesus gave.

When we stop and read (learn) of his message and how it applies to our daily life, we process our thoughts and focus on what lies in front of us as the JOURNEY begins. God gave his Son so that we are able to share in his glory.

There are those who are always finding fault, pre-judging, accusing, doubting and giving their opinion of who we are and we allow those acts to influence how we live, but that do not have to be. Jesus made attempts, performed many miracles, gave us instruction for life, He was loving, patient and kind, yet there were (and are) so many who still prefer to wander in darkness than make the sacrifice to follow his pattern of teaching for life.  This is the generation that seek him Psalm 24:6

Jesus summed it all up this way when He said, “Whoever believes in me, believe not just in me, but the One who sent me. Whoever looks at me is in fact, looking at the One who sent me. I am Light that has come into the world so that all who believe in me won’t have to stay any longer in the dark. If anyone hears what I’m saying and doesn’t take it seriously, I don’t reject him. I didn’t come to reject the world; I came to save the world. Whoever puts me off, refusing to take in what I’m saying is willfully choosing rejection. The Father sent me, gave me orders, told me what to say and how to say it. I know exactly what his command produces, eternal life. What the Father told me, I tell you” (John 12:44-50, Mgs)

Jesus teaches us to love thy neighbor as thy self:

He didn’t just stop there, He went on to say, “Children, I’m with you for only a short time longer; let me give you a new command:  Love one another in the same way I loved you. When everyone sees the love you have for each other they will know that you are my disciples (34-35).

Whatever you request along the lines of which I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. Whatever you request in this way I will do it. Because a loveless world, is a sightless world, if anyone loves me he will carefully keep my word and the Father will love him. The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you.

Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned bereft (23-28). If you find the godless world hating you, remember it got its’ start hating me. If you lived on the world’s terms, the world would love you as one of their own, but since I picked you to live on God’s terms and no longer on the world’s terms, the world is going to hate you (15:18-19). Fix this firmly in your minds: You’re going to be in deep mourning while the godless world throws a party. You’ll be very sad, but your sadness will develop into gladness (16:20). Your joy will be a river overflowing it’s banks”(24).

In closing, we encourage you to stay focus on the prize and keep in the forefront of your mind that, “THE JOURNEY OF LOVE AND COMMITMENT FOR THE CAUSE OF JESUS CHRIST is one that you have been chosen to participate in and enjoy all the fruits that God has provided for you along the way.  Now Enjoy!

WHAT DOES LOVE HAVE TO DO WITH VALENTINES DAY?

WHAT DOES LOVE HAVE TO DO WITH VALENTINES DAY?

EXPERIENCING THE JOY OF A LOVING RELATIONSHIP (PHOTO BY PASTOR)

EXPERIENCING THE JOY OF A LOVING RELATIONSHIP (PHOTO BY PASTOR)

Today’s lesson centers on the word love, and we begin our lesson today by answering our own question, and we answer it simply with one word: “EVERYTHING!”  We were first created by a loving God.  He created us to love and be loved.  He commanded us to love our neighbors as ourselves.  This day simply means that we take the opportunity to pause and reflect and think deeply upon what it means for us to love and be loved; then share our thoughts and true feelings of love with those that mean so much to us.  Remember, we are the reflection of that person in the mirror, and that person is a child of God, created to love, and to be loved?

MaxImillion and Tida experiencing the joy of a loving relationship (Photo by Pastor Davis)

MaxImillion and Tida experiencing the joy of a loving relationship (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Now let us understand a few basic facts about love and being in a loving relationship.  First of all, we’re all either in a relationship, getting out of one are looking for one.  No matter what the situation may or may not be, everyone is seeking love.  Some of us are seeking it in all the wrong places and in all the wrong ways.  No matter, we want love.  We want to be loved and we want to experience it in ways that will define who we are.  Weather we are young or old, rich or poor, we are trying to reach a place in life that will define our happiness, our joy, our place in history, as a man or woman, a family or whatever.  We seek love; we seek to be loved, not knowing that; Love is the foundation and the apex of the pyramid of our existence.

Now listen to what God’s word teaches us about love, it says, “If I speak with the eloquence of men and of angels, but have no love, I become no more than blaring brass or crashing cymbal. If I have the gift of foretelling the future and hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but the very secrets of God, and if I also have that absolute faith, which can move mountains, but have no love, I amount to nothing at all. If I dispose of all that I possess, yes, even if I give my own body to be burned, but have no love, I achieve precisely nothing.

This love of which I speak is slow to lose patience—it looks for a way of being constructive. It is not possessive: it is neither anxious to impress nor does it cherish inflated ideas of its own importance.

Love has good manners and does not pursue selfish advantage. It is not touchy. It does not keep account of evil or gloat over the wickedness of other people. On the contrary, it is glad with all good men when truth prevails.

Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. It is,

Shared moments of love and romance (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Shared moments of love and romance (Photo by Pastor Davis)

in fact, the one thing that still stands when all else has fallen. (1Corinthians 13:1-7 Phillips)

Love suffers for a long time.  Our modern “throw-away” society encourages us to get rid of people in our lives who are difficult to get along with whether they are friends, family, or acquaintances.  Yet this attitude runs in complete contrast to the love described in God’s word.  True love puts up with people who would be easier to give up on.

Love does not envy.  If our love is directed toward others, we will rejoice in the blessings they receive rather than desiring those blessings for ourselves.  Fundamentally, the selfless love that God calls us to does not involve pride or glory.  It does not parade itself and is not puffed up.  In fact, true love does not seek its own.  If we truly love others, we will set aside our own plans, agendas, and entitlements for the good of another.

Love is not provoked.  That is, love is not easily angered or over-sensitive.  When we truly love others, we are careful not to be touchy concerning other people’s words or actions towards us.

Love does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.  The godly love described in this lesson has nothing to do with evil, but has everything to do with what is right and true.  It believes all things and hopes all things.  This does not mean that love is blind or naïve.  When we love, we may recognize problems and failures in people, but we do not lose faith in the possibilities of what people might become.  Love never gives up, knowing that God can change lives for the better.

Finally, love endures all things.  Love accepts any hardship or rejection, and continues unabated to build up and encourage.  When your relationship has been built on this solid foundation of Godly love, no weapon that the enemy may form against it shall ever prosper.  Love is the glue that bounds all hearts that are filled with Godly love together.  After you have carefully studied this word, prayed on it, meditated on it, I leave you with the question that we begin this word with, “WHAT DOES LOVE HAVE TO DO WITH VALENTINE DAY?”  Now you complete the rest of the story in your own words to the one you love.

 

THE JOURNEY OF LOVE AND COMMITMENT

THE JOURNEY OF LOVE AND COMMITMENT

RIVER OF LIFE (Photo by Pastor Davis)

THE JOURNEY OF LOVE AND COMMITMENT FOR THE CAUSE OF JESUS CHRIST

By Shirley Rhodes

In Search of Peace:

Today, we set out on The Journey of Love and Commitment for the Cause of Jesus Christ, and if you are seen as “weird,” “strange,” or “indifferent,” it’s okay. If you are following the pattern Jesus has given, you’re on a journey that will take you beyond your wildest dreams, just remember, this journey is about love and commitment for the cause of Jesus Christ.

Now let us see how Jesus wants us to prepare for this journey, and we begin with:

When we follow the patterns of scripture, it says,  “teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom Psalm 90:12.”

Now let us understand how the pattern of following Jesus on this JOURNEY works.  The things that are holy belong to God and are sacred (special, precious); we hold such gifts close to our hearts because they are blessed.

When we are chosen, we’re set apart from the things of this world; we come out of darkness and follow “the light” that is spirit. Unless we are willing to accept this gift of light we have no inner peace,

The Mystery of the forces of darkness (Photo by Shirley Rhodes)

nothing really satisfies the thirst for righteousness. When we wonder about in life, do we ponder the meaning of the many gifts before us and offer praise and thanksgiving or do we literally take life for-granted.  Sanctification sets us apart and instills our hearts and spirit with the desire to follow the pattern Jesus gave.

When we stop and read (learn) of his message and how it applies to our daily life, we process our thoughts and focus on what lies in front of us as the JOURNEY begins. God gave his Son so that we are able to share in his glory.

There are those who are always finding fault, pre-judging, accusing, doubting and giving their opinion of who we are and we allow those acts to influence how we live, but that do not have to be. Jesus made attempts, performed many miracles, gave us instruction for life, He was loving, patient and kind, yet there were (and are) so many who still prefer to wander in darkness than make the sacrifice to follow his pattern of teaching for life.  This is the generation that seek him Psalm 24:6

Jesus summed it all up this way when He said, “Whoever believes in me, believe not just in me, but the One who sent me. Whoever looks at me is in fact, looking at the One who sent me. I am Light that has come into the world so that all who believe in me won’t have to stay any longer in the dark. If anyone hears what I’m saying and doesn’t take it seriously, I don’t reject him. I didn’t come to reject the world; I came to save the world. Whoever puts me off, refusing to take in what I’m saying is willfully choosing rejection. The Father sent me, gave me orders, told me what to say and how to say it. I know exactly what his command produces, eternal life. What the Father told me, I tell you” (John 12:44-50, Mgs)

Then Jesus moves on and provides us with His greatest lesson of all times by teaching us to love thy neighbor as thy self:

The Joy of Loving one another

He didn’t just stop there, He went on to say, “Children, I’m with you for only a short time longer; let me give you a new command:  Love one another in the same way I loved you. When everyone sees the love you have for each other they will know that you are my disciples (34-35).

Whatever you request along the lines of which I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. Whatever you request in this way I will do it. Because a loveless world, is a sightless world, if anyone loves me he will carefully keep my word and the Father will love him. The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you.

Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned bereft (23-28). If you find the godless world hating you, remember it got its’ start hating me. If you lived on the world’s terms, the world would love you as one of their own, but since I picked you to live on God’s terms and no longer on the world’s terms, the world is going to hate you (15:18-19). Fix this firmly in your minds: You’re going to be in deep mourning while the godless world throws a party. You’ll be very sad, but your sadness will develop into gladness (16:20). Your joy will be a river overflowing it’s banks”(24).

In closing, we encourage you to stay focus on the prize and keep in the forefront of your mind that, “THE JOURNEY OF LOVE AND COMMITMENT FOR THE CAUSE OF JESUS CHRIST is one that you have been chosen to participate in and enjoy all the fruits that God has provided for you along the way.  Love one another, He says, as I have loved you! Now enjoy the moment!  And He closes with, “I will be with you, even to the end of time.”  AMEN!

WE ARE COMMANDED TO LOVE HEAL AND FORGIVE

WE ARE COMMANDED TO LOVE HEAL AND FORGIVE

Flowers of the Field (Photo by Pastor Davis)

How do we repair a major breach in our lives, when that breach is the glue that binds us together?  Jesus commanded us to love one another.  Love our neighbor as ourselves.  The very first thing we need to do is to get Jesus into our homes, schools, communities, workplace and everywhere we work and playJesus is love; he is alpha and omega, the beginning and the end.  He is the author and finisher of our faith.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:43-48 ESV).

Now my friends, take a few more minutes of your valuable time, and watch this video clip about love, healing and forgiveness.  Then make this day, your day of healing as you pray and meditate on the word of God that his promises will be fulfilled in the lives of those who are in need of God’s blessings this day.

RECOGNIZING YOUR REAL SELF AS BLESSED (LESSON THREE)

USING YOUR MANIFEST POWERS TO BLESS OTHER

In this third lesson, we will teach you how to bless others by using your own manifest powers, and receive greater blessing for yourself.  Know without a doubt, You are truly the power and present of God.  Now learn how to use this power for a greater good.  Be guided by these words; “Mercy and truth have met together, Righteousness and peace have kissed.  Truth shall spring out of the earth, and righteousness shall look down from heaven.”  (Psalm 85:10-11) NKJV

The Roses for Peace-Love-Blessings (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Your real blessings will begin after you have blessed yourself, and at this point, you will naturally want to share and extend this good, so begin by blessing your entire house and household.  Now make sure that the source of your supply receives a very special blessing.  After you have finished reading this lesson, why not email it to all the people you know, re-blog it and post it on all your social networking sites.   Praise and bless him or her for all their manifest evidence of goodness, but here is the truly clever part – praise him or her, most for any quality of character or success that he or she at present appears to lack, and lo! You will stir within them that very quality.  The following is a true story, which illustrates this very point; here it was a lack of love and loyalty.

A teacher was lecturing on “Blessing” in the New England states.  A very lovely, charming woman was in the audience one who was very unhappy, for her husband had been neglecting her, leaving her alone night after night.  Listening intently and storing away every word the teacher said, she went home, sat down before the fire, put a chair in front of her and mentally placed her husband in it.  She then blessed and praised him for his goodness his kindness his honesty and integrity his success in life and his loyalty, releasing in him every good quality she knew.  All the afternoon she did this at five she went upstairs and put on her prettiest gown.  At six, her husband came home with a box of gorgeous American Beauty roses, also a large box of candy, and gave them to her.  She thanked him, very graciously, but not a word did she say as to how she had spent her afternoon.  After dinner, her husband said, “Do you know, my dear, I hadn’t meant these gifts for you, but as I was leaving my office something said to me, ‘What a chump you are, wasting your time and life.  Go home to your wife, who really and truly loves you.”  He had a complete awakening.  Wasn’t that wonderful?  What about you?  Have you been missing out on your blessings, by being inconsiderate and not blessings the love of your life?

You see, her recognition and invocation of the “Divine Power” within him, her at-one-ment with the All good everywhere evenly present, called forth that marvelous demonstration.  You can do the same thing with anybody or anything.  So bless each member in your household, your friends, all your contacts for the day, the city you live in—this, you are enlarging your horizon.

Here is an example of how you can do this:  Before going downtown, bless the shops, the clerks, and you’ll meet the blessing coming back to you in many unexpected ways.  Did you ever throw a pebble into a pond and watch how the little ripples spread outward in every direction, all coming back to you as well as going forth?  So it is with blessing.

Bless and praise the house you live in, the bed you sleep in, the chairs you sit on, for there is but one substance, one intelligence, by virtue of which everything that has form is life.

There is no reason why you should not bless the rug you walk on, invoke the Presence of the Divine Power within it,—saying, “For the Goodness of God within you, I bless you, and bless you, and bless you, and whoever steps upon this rug will receive a shock of instant good a healing, perhaps, or a manifestation of some desire by receiving, all of a sudden, the right idea to bring it forth.”

This will indeed make it a “magic carpet.”  Likewise, you can bless all of your furniture in the same way.  Learn to put fun, joy, and romance into everything you do.  You are far too serious, which freezes your life forces.  We have almost lost the art of playing.  As Hans Christian Anderson says, “Every man’s life is a fairy tale written by God’s finger.”  Thus these “secrets” will call forth once again in your life the art of playing.

Now I encourage you to meditate on these words, understand the truth of what they are speaking to you.  Allow the Holy Spirit that lives within you to take control of your thoughts as you move to the higher level of blessings.  Know that in everything you do, you are blessed and you are a blessing to others you meet.  Stay tune for lesson four, which will continue to teach you how to bless and be blessed.

This lesson today is my Blessings to all of you.  I leave you with my peace, love and the presence of the Divine power of God, that surrounds each of you, that you will be filled with much joy and happiness and have the opportunity to experience the fullness of all that God has to offer you this day.  I remain your brother in Jesus Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher!

 

JESUS SHOWS COMPASSION FOR THE PEOPLE (PART 5 of 5)

THE HARVEST IS RIPE BUT THE LABORS ARE FEW (MATTHEW 9:36-38)

We have shared with you a deep and clear path for you to follow if you are truly committed to being that one disciple who will pick up his cross and follow the path that Jesus has laid out for those who truly do love him.  I encourage each of you to go back and study each one of these lessons in its entirety, watch the videos and allow your mind to be taken on a journey as they prepare you to go into the vineyard and retrieve the harvest that has become ripen and ready for you to bring into God’s market place.

Now understand clearly what Jesus is saying to you when he says these words, “I am the Vine, you are the branches.  When you ‘rejoined with me and I with you, the relationship is intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant.  Separate, you can’t produce a thing.  Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire.  But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon.  This is how my Father shows who he is when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.”  Through the study of this lesson, I am certain that each one of you has matured as one of Jesus Disciples and you are now ready to be obedient to his word because your state of mind is now one of maturity.

Therefore, allow me to conclude this lesson with the following remarks:

1. This state of mind that we have been discussing is as obligatory upon sinners as upon saints. All men ought to feel this compassion for souls. Why not? Can any reason be named why a sinner should not feel as much compassion for souls as a Christian? Or why he ought not to love God and man as ardently?

2. Professors of religion who do not obey the true spirit of these precepts are hypocrites, without one exception. They profess to be truly religious, but are they? Certainly not, unless they are on the altar, devoted to God‘s work and in heart sincerely sympathizing in it. Without this, every one of them is a hypocrite. You profess to have the spirit of Christ; but when you see the multitudes as He saw them, perishing for lack of Gospel light, do you cry out in mighty prayer with compassion for their souls? If you have not this spirit, write yourself down a hypocrite.

3. Many do not pray that God would send forth laborers because they are afraid He will send them. I can recollect when religion was repulsive to me because I feared that if I should be convertedGod would send me to preach the Gospel. But I thought further on this subject. God, said I, have a right to dispose of me as He pleases, and I have no right to resist. If I do resist, He will put me in hell. If God wants me to be a minister of His Gospel and I resist and rebel, He surely ought to put me in hell, and doubtless He will.

But there are many young men in religious colleges today who never give themselves to prayer for the conversion of the world, lest God should send them into this work. You would blush to pray, “Lord, send forth laborers, but don’t send me.” If the reason you don’t want to go is that you have no heart for it, you may write yourself down a hypocrite, and that is no mistake.

If you say, “I have a heart for the work, but I am not qualified to go,” then you may consider that God will not call you unless you are, or can be qualified. He does not want unfit men in the service.

4. The ministry for the last quarter of a century has fallen into disgrace for this reason; many young men have entered it that never should have entered. Their hearts are not fixed, and they shrink from making sacrifices for Christ and His cause. Hence, they do not go straight forward, true to the right, firm for the oppressed, and strong for every good word and work. By whole platoons, they back out from the position which they have sworn to maintain. The hearts of multitudes of lay brethren and sisters are in great distress, crying out over this fearful defection. To a minister who was complaining of the public reproach cast on his order, a layman of Boston replied,
“I am sorry there is so many occasions for it; God means to rebuke the ministry, and He ought to rebuke them since they so richly deserve it.” Do not understand me to say that this vacillation of the ministry is universal; no, indeed; I am glad to know there are exceptions; but still the painful fact is that many have relapsed, and, consequently, as a class, they have lost character, and this has discouraged many young men from entering the ministry.

Let this be so no longer. Let the young men now preparing for the ministry come up to the spirit of their Master and rush to the front line of the battle. Let them toil for the good of souls, and love this toil as their great Lord has done before them. Thus by their fidelity let them redeem the character of this class of men from the reproach under which it now lies. Let them rally in their strength and lay themselves with one heart on the altar of God. So doing, not one generation should pass away ere it will be said — Mark the faithful men; note the men whose heart is in and on their work; the ministry is redeemed!

5. With sorrow I am compelled to say — Many don’t care whether the work is done or not. They are all swallowed up with ambitious a springs. Who does not know that they do not sympathize with JesusChrist?

Beloved, let me ask you if you are honestly conscious of sympathizing with your great Leader? I never can read the passage before us without being affected by the manifestation it makes of Christ‘s tenderness and love. There were the thronging multitudes before Him. To the merely external eye, all might have been fair; but to one who thought of their spiritual state, there was enough to move the deep fountains of compassionChrist saw them scattered abroad as sheep that have no shepherd. They had no teachers or guides in whom they could repose confidence. They were in darkness and moral deathChrist wept over them, and called on His disciples to sympathize in their case, and unite with Him in mighty prayer to the Lord of the harvest that He would send forth laborers. Such was His spirit. And now, dear young men, do you care whether or not this work is done?

6. Many seem determined to shirk this labor and leave it all for others to do. Indeed, they will hardly entertain the question what part God wants them to take and perform.

Now let me ask you – Will such as they be welcomed and applauded at last by the herald of judgment destiny, crying. Out, “Well done, good and faithful servants, enter ye into the joy of your Lord?” Never; no never!

7. Many say — I am not called, but really they are not devoted to this work so as to whether they are called or not. They do not want to be called — not they!

Now the very fact that you have the requisite qualifications, means, and facilities for preparation, indicates God‘s call. These constitute the voice of His providence, saying, Go forth, and prepare for labor in my vineyard! There is your scholarship; use it: there the classes for you to enter; go in and occupy till you are ready to enter the great white fields of the Savior‘s harvest. If providential indications favor, you must strive to keep up with their summons; pray for the baptisms of the Holy Ghostseek the divine anointing, and give yourself no rest till you are in all things furnished for the work God assigns you.

It is painful to see that many are committing themselves in some way or other against the work. They are putting themselves in a position which of itself forbids their engaging in it. But do let me ask you, young men, can you expect ever to be saved if, when you have the power and the means to engage in this work, you have no heart for it? No, indeed! You knock in vain at the gate of the blessed! You may go there and knock, but what will be the answer? Are ye my faithful servants? Were ye among the few, faithful among the faithless – quick and ready at your Master’s call? O no, no; you studied how you could shun the labor and shirk the self-denial! I know you not! Your portion lies without the city walls!

Let no one excuse himself, as not called, for God calls all too some sort of labor in the great harvest field. You never need, therefore, to excuse yourself as one not called to some service for your Lord and Master. And let no one excuse himself from the ministry unless his heart is on the altar and he himself praying and longing to go, and only held back by an obvious call of God, through His providence, to some other part of the great labor.

Many will be sent to hell at last for treating this subject as they have, with so much selfishness at heart! I know the young man who for a long time struggled between a strong conviction that God called him to the ministry and a great repellency against
engaging in this work. I know what this feeling is, for I felt it a long time myself. A
long time I had a secret conviction that I should be a minister, though my heart repelled it. In fact, my conversion turned very much upon my giving up this contest with God, and subduing this repellency of feeling against God‘s call.

8. You can see what it is to be a Christian, and what God demands of men at conversion. The turning point is — Will you really and honestly serve God? With students especially the question is wont to be — Will you abandon all your ambitious schemes and devote yourself to the humble, un-ambitious toil of preaching Christ‘s Gospel to the poor? Most of this class are ambitious and aspiring; they have schemes of self-elevation, which it were a trial to renounce altogether. Hence with you, your being a Christian and being saved at last will turn much, perhaps altogether, on your giving yourself up to this work in the true self- denial of the Gospel spirit.

9. Many have been called to this work, which afterwards backslide and abandon it. They begin well, but backslide; get into a state of great perplexity about their duty; perhaps, like Balaam, they are so unwilling to see their duty and so anxious to evade it, that God will not struggle with them any longer, but gives them up to their covetousness, or their ambition.

Young man, are you earnestly crying out, “Lord, what wilt Thou have me do?” Be assured, God wants you in His field somewhere; He has not abandoned His harvest to perish; He wants you in it, but He wants you first to repent and prepare your heart for the Gospel ministry. You need not enter it till you have done this.

Many are waiting for a miraculous call. This is a great mistake. God does not call men in any miraculous way. The finger of His providence points out the path, and the fitness He gives you indicates the work for you to do. You need not fear that God will call you wrong. He will point out the work He would have you do. Therefore, ask Him to guide you to the right spot in the great field. He will surely do it.

Young men, will you deal kindly and truly with my Master in this matter? Do you say, “O my God, I am on hand, ready for any part of the work Thou hast for me to do?’

What say you? Are you prepared to take this ground? Will you consecrate your education to this work? Are you ready and panting to consecrate your all to the work of your Lord? Do you say, “Yes, God shall have all my powers, entirely and forever?”I do beseech you, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” The altar of God is before you. A whole sacrifice is the thing required. Are you ready to fore go all your selfish schemes? Ye who have talents fitting you for the ministry, will you devote them with all your soul to this work? Say, will you deal honestly and truly with my Master? Say, do you love His cause, and count it your highest glory to be a laborer together with God, in gathering in the nations of lost men to the fold of your Redeemer?

Now, I ask you to please take note of Jesus final words to you, he says, “I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature.  This is my command:  Love one another the way I loved you.  This is the very best way to love.  Put your life on the line for your friends.  You are my friends when you do the things I command you.  I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what their master is thinking and planning.  No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father.

“You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil.  As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you.

“But remember the root command:  Love one another.

Our hope is that you have received this message in the Spirit that it was meant to be given, and now you are in a unique position to accept the challenges that are provided to you in this very special lesson and grow with us as we will with you and together we can bring about a much needed change in lives of the people of this world.  Working to lift them up out of poverty, to the possibilities of all things that are new in Jesus Christ, because we all are our brother’ keeper.

The VINE AND BRANCH WORLD MINISTRIES is taking the GOSPEL to the world and taking the WORLD one soul at a time.  Pause for a moment, and say, “BLESSED.” Because, you are truly BLESSED, and we minister to you from a position of PEACEPOWER, PURPOSE AND PROSPERITY!!!  Jesus is the true Vine and we are His branches and together we become, “THE VINE AND BRANCH WORLD MINISTRIES.”

OUR MISSION is to reach the world through the Word of God, with truth and power.  Allow the branches of this ministry tree to grow and spread to every corner of the world, and sow a seed of salvation in one soul at a time, in doing so; we will transform the world and the lives of each person into a brand new flower in Jesus Christ and one of us will bear much fruit as Jesus has commanded us to do.  Our purpose in this world is to live fruitful lives and to become fruit-bears.

OUR VISION:  is for every person to encounter the supernatural life changing power of Jesus Christ.  This is the gospel I share with you that you may accept it, grab hold of it and take it into the world and share it with others.  I remain your brother in Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

TODAY’S GOOD NEWS

DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORD THAT CONCEIVED YOUR LIFE?

In the world today we find that people are filled with anxious desires to overcome their present lot in life.  Anxieties are running deep in their veins, being faced with much lack of everything that this world has to offer and in their heart of hearts not being able to have the basics necessaries that God has promised to them that love and believe in the Lord.  Nevertheless, I say to all the people, know that God never makes a promise that he will not fulfill.  Just hold onto God’s unchanging hands and your storehouse will never be bare.  You see, God has provided the world with all the necessaries things for man’s survival in this world.  Remember, there are three basics things that we need for our survival and they are; the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat.  These three basics necessities, God provides them in great abundances’ and they are free and without germs are dieses.

But then you would say, I need a job and without a job how can I have food on my table for me and my family to eat, clothes for my children to wear, money to pay my mortgage and car note, money to keep the lights and gas on in my house, money to send my kids to college and of course your list will go on and on.  It is true, that working on a job and receiving a paycheck is one way of providing you with money to help offset these burdens.  However, do you remember what Jesus teaches us concerning these things with his word, how the world was created with his word, how you and I was conceived with his word? If not, please allow the following passage of scripture to remind you of Jesus’ teaching.

Therefore I tell you, stop being [a]perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?

Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?

And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the [b]span of his life?

And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and[c]learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.

Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his [d]magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these. [I Kings 10:4-7.]

But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith?

Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, what are we going to have to eat? Or, what are we going to have to drink? Or, what are we going to have to wear?

For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.

But seek ([e]aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness ([f]His way of doing and being right), and then all these things [g]taken together will be given you besides.

So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.  (Matthew 6:25-34 AMP)

You see, in this passage Jesus is trying to bring you into the realization that you are free of all yokes and bondage of man’s rule over you.  It is not man that is going to provide you with the necessities of this life, but it is God who provides all of those who believe.
The first prerequisite of having the great abundances of this life is to be set free.  Your mind has to be free of the bondage that is keeping you from having all the things that you desire in this world.  It is not that man is not providing you with a job to meet your basics needs that is hindering you from having.  It is your own thought process that is keeping you from having; your dependences upon another man to provide you with a job that God has already told you to use your own thought process and you can have anything that you may desire.  Free your mind and be free indeed.  If the Son of God Sets You Free, you must realize the greatest news of all and that is, “You are truly FREE.”  At a time when Jesus was speaking truth to power, this is what he said to the Jews and what he is saying to you and I right here and now, “Then Jesus turned to the Jews who had claimed to believe in him. “If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will FREE you.” (John 8:31-32 MSG)

These are the words of truth that were birthed in you from the beginning of time.  They are the words that will allow you to create that job that you are concern about in order to be in a position to meet your basic worldly needs.  They are the words that will bring about that change from the old man to the new.  They are the words that you can take to the cashier at your bank, present them with a check with whatever amount you desire at the time and be guaranteed it will be cashed with no questions asked.  You are the ruler of your life, the power given to you by the maker and creator of this world.  No man holds power over you but the one you give to hold such power.  And when you are ready to make the change and your determination is so great that you are willing to do whatever is necessary to be the true ruler of your life, the new person in you will show up and nothing can stop you from rising to take your place in this world of great abundance.

Remember, in the past you have allowed yourself to live in captive, drug down, step on, and the invisible yoke of bondage put around your neck, and the heavy bondage of life worries placed upon your back.  The thief came in the front door and stole all the love and joy away from you.  You were unable to hold onto your job, and therefore all your earthly goods and everything that you had perceived as good was stolen away from you.  Now you are suffering from a lack of determination, no energy and fight left in you to be able to take back what was stolen.  Jesus has warned you that the thief was going to do this.  However, you allowed your mind to set idle, doing nothing good for yourself, becoming a couch potato with the T.V. remote pointing and flicking from channel to channel and the cell phone constantly dialing and gossiping about who is sleeping with who. DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORD THAT CONCEIVED YOUR LIFE?

Now listen to the truth of Jesus words as he was warning the people, “Jesus told this simple story, but the people had no idea what he was talking about. So he tried again. “I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep stealers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”

“I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd puts the sheep before himself, sacrifices himself if necessary. A hired man is not a real shepherd. The sheep mean nothing to him. He sees a wolf come and runs for it, leaving the sheep to be ravaged and scattered by the wolf. He’s only in it for the money. The sheep don’t matter to him.  (John 10:10-12 MSG).

Your life is worth more to Jesus than a job with the money you will earn to pay your bills.  Jesus is the Good Shepherd.  He is the one that will preserve your mind from the idle thoughts that allows the thief to enter in and still and kill you.  Haven’t you allowed him to do enough damage to you?  DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORD THAT CONCEIVED YOUR LIFE

Now as we conclude this word of truth, it is my hope that this word has stirred up a passion in your soul and given you new life to begin a new way of thinking and living, allow Jesus to have the final word that can make you whole and bring truth and salvation to your soul.  Here then are the words of Jesus.   “Now that you’ve cleaned up your lives by following the truth, love one another as if your lives depended on it. Your new life is not like your old life. Your old birth came from mortal sperm; your new birth comes from God’s living Word. Just think: a life conceived by God himself! That’s why the prophet said,

The old life is a grass life,
its beauty as short-lived as wildflowers;
Grass dries up, flowers droop,
God’s Word goes on and on forever.
This is the Word that conceived the new life in you.  (1 Peter 1:22-25 MSG)

After this Jesus spoke and then gave us the greatest commandment of all, and this is what he said, “And you shall love the Lord your God [a]out of and with your whole heart and out of and with all your soul (your [b]life) and out of and with all your mind (with [c]your faculty of thought and your moral understanding) and out of and with all your strength. [d]This is the first and principal commandment.

The second is like it and is this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these. (Mark 12:30-31 AMP)

 Now my brothers and sisters, it is with great joy that I am thrill beyond my own imagination that you have comprehended what has been taught here and you will use it to your benefit to rise above where you are right now to the level God is trying to push you to be.  I urge you to think globally and work locally.  I minister to you today from a position of peace, power, purpose and prosperity because, This is the Word that conceived the new life in you.   I remain your brother in Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

 

 

 

A FATHER’S LOVE LETTER

Father’s Love Letter

My Child
You may not know me, but I know everything about you Psalm 139:1
I know when you sit down and when you rise up Psalm 139:2
I am familiar with all your ways Psalm 139:3
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered Matthew 10:29-31
For you were made in my image Genesis 1:27
In me you live and move and have your being Acts 17:28
For you are my offspring Acts 17:28
I knew you even before you were conceived Jeremiah 1:4-5
I chose you when I planned creation Ephesians 1:11-12
You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book Psalm 139:15-16
I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live Acts 17:26
You are fearfully and wonderfully made Psalm 139:14
I knit you together in your mother’s womb Psalm 139:13
And brought you forth on the day you were born Psalm 71:6
I have been misrepresented by those who don’t know me John 8:41-44
I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love 1 John 4:16
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you 1 John 3:1
Simply because you are my child and I am your father 1 John 3:1
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could Matthew 7:11
For I am the perfect father Matthew 5:48
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand James 1:17
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs Matthew 6:31-33
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope Jeremiah 29:11
Because I love you with an everlasting love Jeremiah 31:3
My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore Psalm 139:17-18
And I rejoice over you with singing Zephaniah 3:17
I will never stop doing good to you Jeremiah 32:40
For you are my treasured possession Exodus 19:5
I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul Jeremiah 32:41
And I want to show you great and marvelous things Jeremiah 33:3
If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me Deuteronomy 4:29
Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart Psalm 37:4
For it is I who gave you those desires Philippians 2:13
I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine Ephesians 3:20
For I am your greatest encourager 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you Psalm 34:18
As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart Isaiah 40:11
One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes Revelation 21:3-4
And I’ll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth Revelation 21:3-4
I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus John 17:23
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed John 17:26
He is the exact representation of my being Hebrews 1:3
He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you Romans 8:31
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you 1 John 4:10
I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love Romans 8:31-32
If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me 1 John 2:23
And nothing will ever separate you from my love again Romans 8:38-39
Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen Luke 15:7
I have always been Father, and will always be Father Ephesians 3:14-15
My question is Will you be my child? John 1:12-13
I am waiting for you Luke 15:11-32

Love, Your Dad. Almighty God

Father’s Love Letter used by permission Father Heart Communications Copyright 1999-2011 http://www.FathersLoveLetter.com

 

GOD IS LOVE

‘Love Wins’: Pastor’s book kindles firestorm over hell – USATODAY.com.

This article an video is taken from the USA TODAY.com newspaper.  Click on the above link to view the video.

Bell’s new book, Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, has provoked weeks of fierce infighting among pastors, theologians and anyone else who scans the Christian blogosphere where critics rage that he’s a hipster heretic.

In Love Wins, which arrives in stores Tuesday, Bell claims:

Heaven and hell are choices we make and live with right now. “God gives us what we want,” including the freedom to live apart from God (hell) or turn God’s way (heaven).

• Death doesn’t cut off the ability to repent. In his Bible, Bell sees no “infinite, eternal torment for things (people) did in their few finite years of life.”

Jesus makes salvation possible even for people who never know his name. “We have to allow for mystery,” for people who “drink from the rock” of faith “without knowing who or what it was.”

• Churches that don’t allow for this are “misguided and toxic.”

Small wonder that traditionalists call him a false teacher of a Jesus-optional Gospel, leading innocents to damnation and a traitor to the evangelical label.

“A staggering number of people have been taught that a few select Christians will spend forever in a peaceful, joyous place called heaven, while the rest of humanity spends forever in torment and punishment in hell with no chance for anything better. It’s been clearly communicated to many that this belief is a central truth of the Christian faith and to reject it is, in essence, to reject Jesus. This is misguided and toxic and ultimately subverts the contagious spread of Jesus message of love, peace, forgiveness, and joy that our world desperately needs to hear.”

“At the center of the Christian traditionsince the first church has been the insistence that history is not tragic, hell is not forever, and love, in the end, wins.”

“When people say they’re tired of hearing about “sin” and “judgment: and “condemnation,” it’s often because those have been confused for them with the nature of God. God has no desire to inflict pain or agony on anyone.”

“For some, the highest form of allegiance to their God is to attack, defame, and slander others who don’t articulate matters of faith as they do.”

“None of us have cornered the market on Jesus, and none of us ever will.”

In an exclusive interview with USA TODAY, Bell jokes: “I am not aware that labels are the highest form of goodness and truth.” He rebuffs critics who say he presents a Jesus-optional Christianity: “Jesus spoke of the renewal of all things. He said, ‘I have sheep who are not of this flock.’ Through him, extraordinary things are happening in the world. If saying that gets you banned from the E-club, so be it.”

Bell’s view is “that God is love, that he sent Jesus to show us that love, that love demands freedom. So making definitive judgments about other people’s destiny is not interesting to me. The heart of God is to rescue everyone from everything we need to be rescued from.”

It’s a mercy that Bell doesn’t read his press or social networks.

Justin Taylor of the Gospel Coalition, a network of traditionalist scholars and pastors, says Bell’s views are “dangerous and contrary to the word of God. … If Bell doesn’t believe in eternal punishment, then he doesn’t think sin is an offense against a holy God.”

It was Taylor’s critique last month, based on reading a few chapters, that triggered explosive arguments radiating from Christian sites to CNN. Now that he has read all 200 pages, Taylor is even more convinced of Bell’s errors. “Whether you like it or not, the Bible presents true teaching and warns against false teachers, even those who look like great people,” says Taylor, digging at Bell’s highly stylized videos circulating online and among churches coast to coast.”

But Richard Mouw, president of the world’s largest Protestant seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary based in Pasadena, Calif., calls Love Wins “a great book, well within the bounds of orthodox Christianity and passionate about Jesus.

The real hellacious fight, says Mouw, a friend of Bell, a Fuller graduate, is between “generous orthodoxy and stingy orthodoxy. There are stingy people who just want to consign many others to hell and only a few to heaven and take delight in the idea. But Rob Bell allows for a lot of mystery in how Jesus reaches people.”

 

 

 


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