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God's Love, Endless and Certain

      God’s Love, Endless and Certain

                                        Romans 8:35
               Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?

George Matheson, known for the hymn, “O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go” wrote this beloved hymn in the midst of great sorrow. George, as a young man was already experiencing poor eyesight and in the years to follow, would leave him totally blind. He was determined to finish his education and at the age of nineteen enrolled in the University of Glasgow. There he would study Christian ministries but unfortunately, during his graduate studies, became permanently blind. To add to his saddened plight, his fiancee was unwilling to be married to a blind man and broke off their engagement returning the ring.

George never married because of his broken heart and severe pain of total rejection. His two sisters, who loved him dearly, stood beside him learning Greek and Hebrew along with him to help with his studies for ministry. When one of the sister…

Thanksgiving

                      Thanksgiving

                                I Thessalonians 5:18
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Well, Thanksgiving Day is almost here! Will our gratitude last beyond the afternoon nap? Is Thanksgiving—a one-time, get-it-out-of-the-way holiday that forces us to reflect on how blessed we are? Too quickly people resort back to being ingrates and complaining about what they don’t have. God’s will for us is to be thankful all the time and in all things. If we’re a believer that loves God with all our heart, soul and mind, then follow God’s will and be thankful!

“In every thing” carries an unlimited stipulation. It refers to everything that may take place in one’s life, except of course, personal sin. No matter what struggles or trials God will direct or indirectly allow into our lives, there is always a reason for thanking Him. I Peter 1:6-9 tells us that we are to rejoice when we have been grieved by various trial…

When Life Hurts

                     When Life Hurts
Galatians 6:2
Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
What does it mean to fulfill the law of Christ? Most Bible teachers say that the law of Christ is what Jesus stated in Mark 12:28-31, “. . . love the Lord your God with all your heart . . . soul . . . mind and . . . strength.’  . . . ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Are there things that you wish others knew and could understand when life brings real heart wrenching pain and your grief overpowers every dream you hold dear?  Sometimes people with good intentions say foolish and harmful things to those suffering. Words can wound an already broken heart to the point of devastation instead of giving hope and strength in an ongoing crisis.

Someone in sorrow needs for you to come along side and give them encouragement through a touch of compassion, and a tearful, tender heart (Romans 12:15). Even though the question, “How…

I Think on These Things

            I Think on These Things

                                  Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Is There An Intruder?
Is there an intruder in your house? Has he crept in unaware?
He’ll steal your joy, your peace, your love;
And rob you of blessings from above.

Is there an intruder in your heart?
He’s not welcomed there, nor entitled to any part.
He’ll try to move in and not let go,
Once you’ve given him the slightest control.

Is there an intruder in your mind?
He’s taken up occupancy and stolen your time.
What you thought about was neither lovely nor true;
“Being anxious for nothing,” has no meaning to you.

Is there an intruder you’ve allowed to come in?
Can it be the flesh you’ve no confidence in?
“Be strong in the Lord, and in the power…