Posted by: Anne | February 10, 2018

Oh, how He loves you… and me

Oh, how He loves you

The Bible in summary: Old testament, love Me, love Me, love Me; New Testament, I love you.

He loves you as you are
Jesus loves you for free. You cannot earn something which is free. It would be like paying for sunlight, when you get it simply by stepping outside. The Lord said, “…I will love them freely…” (Hosea 14:4). If you had to earn His love, it wouldn’t be love.

Learn to love the Lord for who He is, not based on who you are. For you are broken and He is not. He loves you even when you cannot love yourself.

His love will change you
I heard this somewhere, “Jesus loves you just as you are, but He loves you too much to leave you that way”.

Stop thinking that if He loves you He would make your life easy.

The more you realize His love for you, the greater that God will fill you. My prayer for you is this, “that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:17-19).


Read more at the source:
https://hehasyou.org/2018/01/08/oh-how-he-loves-you/

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Posted by: Anne | February 3, 2018

the price of love

If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

~ 1 Corinthians 13: 3-7 (The Message)

Posted by: Anne | January 27, 2018

the idea of love

“People don’t like love, they like that flittery flirty feeling. They don’t love love – love is sacrificial, love is ferocious, it’s not emotive. Our culture doesn’t love love, it loves the idea of love. It wants the emotion without paying anything for it.” ~ Matt Chandler

 

Posted by: Anne | January 20, 2018

look for the lesson

“An ongoing problem is like a tutor who is always by your side. The learning possibilities are limited only by your willingness to be teachable.”
~ Sara Young, Jesus Calling

Posted by: Anne | January 13, 2018

manageable chunks

“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

Posted by: Anne | January 6, 2018

stop… and start where you are

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” ~ Walt Disney

Posted by: Anne | December 30, 2017

My Book of Life

MY BOOK OF LIFE
(Author Unknown)

I closed another chapter in my book of life today,
And paused for meditation as I laid the book away.

I thought of smudgy pages where the record was not clear,
And dreary lines of trouble clouded o’er by doubt and fear.

It’s now too late to alter any script that’s dried and set;
The story’s far from perfect, but it’s vain to stew and fret.

I asked the Lord to pardon the mistakes that mar the book,
And give me grace and courage by a hopeful, Christ-ward look.

So now there lies before me a new chapter clean and white.
And I hope to write its pages so the plot will turn out right.

I trust the final chapters will the Master’s plan reveal,
And weave the many fragments to depict a life that’s real.

Posted by: Anne | December 23, 2017

lessons learned from Linus

The most popular Christmas special of all time next to “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” is “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” It has been shown every year and often twice a year since 1965. It is the only Christmas special to clearly present the true reason for Christmas and point us to God.

Facts about “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

1. The show was developed in less than 7 weeks on an extremely small budget.

2. The show almost never aired. CBS executives originally didn’t like it for reasons ranging from not having a laugh track to the Biblical passage recited by Linus.

The inclusion of the passage from Luke chapter 2 reminds us that the perfect answer to the question “Who is God?” is found in the Christmas story.

Truths About God that Linus’ quote from the Bible teaches us about God… and what practical significance that has for our lives.

* God wants to be known. The entire Bible is filled with hundreds of accounts and stories of God revealing himself to people and communicating with them. Many people wrongly believe that God is distant and inactive in the world or in our lives.

* Through Jesus, God reveals his character. Throughout the Gospels, we see God’s character made vividly clear in the person of Jesus. The Old Testament gives us a taste of God’s character and heart – but Jesus is the perfect and complete picture of God’s character. Sometimes it can be difficult to read through books like Leviticus and Numbers…. But even these laws, along with the entire rest of the Bible, give us a glimpse into the character and heart of God. But Jesus himself is the ultimate revealing of God’s character. In Jesus, we find the heart of God. We find him caring for people, loving people, rebuking the hypocritical religious people, healing the sick… and much more.

Christmas reminds us in ways that few other things can, about the true identity, character, purpose, and love of God. Only in the person of Jesus can we see all these things in their full and complete form. During this Advent season, as we approach Christmas Day, there will be nothing more spiritually meaningful than to reflect on and grow in our understanding of who our God is and what he has done for us.

Read the full article at the source:
www.cbchsv.org/living-by-truth/5-little-known-facts-from-a-charlie-brown-christmas

Posted by: Anne | December 16, 2017

The King Who Missed Christmas

The King Who Missed Christmas
by Andy Cook

Matthew 2:1-23

So consider the king who missed Christmas. Consider how difficult it was for him to miss it! International scholars traveled a great distance to tell Herod of the event. His in-house advisors confirmed that the prophets promised the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, the same Bethlehem near the Herodium [Herod’s palace]. In short, Herod knew as much as anyone could have known about the very first Christmas – and yet he missed it.

There were those in the same region who found Christmas. None were quicker to the manger than the shepherds, who got the message from angels. They heard an announcement worthy of royalty… and they rushed to the place where a baby lay in a manger, attended by a young couple from Nazareth. The shepherds worshipped the child there, and left as radically changed people.

Why is it important? Because our Christmas holiday season is surrounded, immersed and even defined by Herodian-like wealth and luxury, and a schedule that gives us almost no time to wait like shepherds on news God Himself might want us to hear. It can happen to the countless numbers of people who know the information about the Christmas story without knowing the Christ of the story. And it can happen to committed believers, trapped in a schedule too full, blinded by a gift list too long and expensive.

The only way to “find Christmas” is to find the Christ child. Of all the gifts surrounding this holiday, this is the only gift that can make a lasting difference in any life.

Read the full article at:
www.lifeway.com/Article/sermon-king-who-missed-christmas-matthew-2

Posted by: Anne | December 9, 2017

Christmas, the harvest time of love

“Christmas is the harvest time of love. Souls are drawn to other souls. All that we have read and thought and hoped comes to fruition at this happy time. Our spirits are astir. We feel within us a strong desire to serve. A strange, subtle force, a new kindness, animates man and child. A new spirit is growing in us. No longer are we content to relieve pain, to sweeten sorrow, to give the crust of charity. We dare to give friendship, service, the equal loaf of bread and love.” ~ Helen Keller

Found here:
theranch.org/2008/02/24/helen-keller-christmas-is-the-harvest-time-of-love/

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