He Wept

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“Jesus wept.”

John 11: 35

This is one of the shortest and yet most profound of all scriptures.

Why was He weeping? He was weeping over the jewel of a city – Jerusalem.

More importantly, He was weeping over people, people that in many cases had rejected God. They simply would not receive what He had to say.

But this was not only a problem of Jerusalem but of all people. Rejecting God is a human problem. Many believe He was weeping and praying about all of us. Why?

Because God always wants the best for us, and we are all, each one, His children.

Lord God please help us to love other people and have compassion for them. Help us to see people the way You do.

And Father we do pray for the victims of Las Vegas, and their families. Please bring healing, restoration, and comfort to all. Amen.

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quote from the NIV Bible

 

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Loving with Actions and in Truth

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“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need

but has no pity on them, how can the love of God

be in that person? Dear children, let us not love

with words or speech

but with actions and in truth.”

I John 3: 17, 18

There are times where the things we say, are not nearly as important as what we do. And there are so many needs in our world, in the U.S. and overseas.

Heavenly Father, please help us to know how and when to help people, including with our time and money. We need the wisdom, and the heart to make a positive impact Lord God. Guide us, amen.

    

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quote from the NIV Bible

 

Bringing the Refreshing

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“One person gives freely, yet gains even more;

another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.

A generous person will prosper;

whoever refreshes others

will be refreshed.”

Proverbs 11: 24, 25

Have you ever noticed how stingy people lose out on so much joy? And it not only is it a joy to give, but how humbling and refreshing it can be when we are on the receiving end!

Years ago my wife and I went on a missions trip overseas. We stayed in an empty house, which also served as the meeting place for a church. And yes we were roughing it with no beds, but we slept in our sleeping bags on the tile floor.

One day a refrigerator made an appearance, and soon there after we found food in it, and we were told it was all for us. Talk about humbling! We were so blessed and wondered where it all came from. This was a poor country and the people did not have much at all.

It wasn’t until the end of our time there, we found out the refrigerator belonged to one of the pastors, and they were the ones that had stocked it with food. They had taken from their own house, and their own family, and had given it all to us.

We were so humbled we cried, and it still brings me to tears.

Heavenly Father, thank you that in this mixed up, crazy world there are still people that love You, and care about others. Thank You for all those that give and bring refreshing to others. In Christ’s name, amen.

     

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quote from the NIV Bible

Note: Enjoy your day of rest! I will be too and will see you, Lord willing, on Monday.

Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace

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“Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love; 

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;…..”

from the Prayer of St. Francis

   

I’ll be sharing more of this very beautiful and powerful prayer in future posts. Have you ever noticed though how the saints (or Saints) seemed to be so much more spiritual than we are? Why is that?

Well I think it’s for two reasons, besides not having the Internet! First, it was the depth of their surrender. They literally gave their lives over to God.

And secondly, it was their humility. They were ordinary people with extraordinary humility. They were so different from us in these ways I think.

Lord God, we may never be a Saint, but help us to live for You! My God, help us to surrender more of our lives and live in humility! In Christ’s name, amen.

 

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Those Who Plan What is Good

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“It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor,

but blessed is the one who is kind

to the needy.

Do not those who plot evil go astray?

But those who plan what is good

find love and faithfulness.”

Proverbs 14: 21, 22

It’s interesting that these two verses are next to each other. God truly cares about our neighbors and we should too. Remember the two greatest commandments?

And I love the idea that there are blessings in caring for the poor. It’s my opinion, (just my opinion) that this includes providing health care, instead of trying to take it away.

Let us plan too, good things for ourselves and others.

Lord God please help us to be the kind, caring people You want us to be, including caring for the needy. Amen.

    

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quote from the NIV Bible

 

How Much You Care

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Why evangelism fails:

“People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

Author Unknown

My wife actually taught me this. Sometimes when we share our faith, we focus too much on being right and we miss the point entirely.

We need to show the love of God, and share the compassion that the person needs, and the compassion that He wants us to have.

Heavenly Father please help us to be the type of people we should be, even when we share our faith. Amen.

 

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What Good Is It?

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“Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.

If one of you says to him, ‘Go I wish you well; keep warm

and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs,

what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself

if it is not accompanied by action,

is dead.”

 

James 2: 15-17

    

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quote from the NIV Bible