Monday, October 22, 2018

Believe In Jesus


Some friends and I were a part of a little project for people who are new to a walk with Jesus. We are attaching our faith, to the days ahead, when God will (and is currently pouring) pour His spirit out on all mankind (Joel 2:28).  The Bible says in Romans 14:11 that "every knee will bow and every tongue will acknowledge God." So, if you stumbled across this blog and are new to knowing Christ, take a look at the videos we put together:

http://www.shilohfellowship.com/media21554374

I love talking about Jesus.  In fact, He is one of my favorite subjects.  I also love learning about Him.  I remember sitting around the table at Starbucks planning what subjects we would cover and talk about. The videos we put together are just a couple subjects.  We could fill pages and pages of interesting thoughts and experiences of getting to know Christ.  I love the subject of Grace, so that is the subject matter I talked about.  Many of my friends, work in a TV studio and are used to camera's, but not me.  It was a new experience for me to sit in a TV studio and have the film guy adjusting everything.  I probably would have done a lot better with just my phone in my living room, but it's fun to try new things!

I hope something from these videos touches your heart today and spurs you on in your faith with Christ (Hebrews 10:24) if you are just getting to know Him.  And if you have followed Christ for awhile, maybe some of these videos will be helpful as you disciple others.  If you have not made a decision to put your faith in God, let me encourage you . . . BEST CHOICE I EVER MADE!  I can't imagine life without a relationship with God.  https://youtu.be/Rj_n-uiC7nc

Friday, October 19, 2018

A Thought to Ponder

"How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you."  ~ Psalm 31:19

I love this scripture from Psalms 31.  How amazing picturing God storing up good things for us and then in front of everyone giving them to us.  The only caveat is that we walk in the fear of the Lord and seek protection and shelter (refuge) inside of Him.  I love this!  


The Bible says the Fear of the Lord is a fountain of life (Proverbs 14).  The Fear of the Lord is humility (Proverbs 22) and of course all the scriptures concerning wisdom and understanding being a gateway to the Fear of the Lord.  But the scripture I always think of and quote when I am defining the fear of the Lord is, Proverbs 8:14 "To fear the Lord is to hate evil".  I tell my kids to fear the Lord is to love what He loves and hate what He hates and evil is something that falls into that hate category (Psalm 97:10).  

So, we can look at Psalms 31 like this . . .  God has abundant goodness stored up for us when we walk before Him in humility hating what He hates and seeking His wisdom and understanding.  And everyone will see His goodness displayed in our lives as we take refuge/shelter in Him.  Love it!  A nice thought to ponder . . .

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Debt of Love

Here are some thoughts I have on Love debt . . .

http://www.extremelove.com/a-debt-of-love/


Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.  ~ Romans 13:8  

Some translations say, “let love be your only debt.”




Have you ever owed anything to anyone or had an outstanding debt?  To have something unpaid, unfinished, pending or ongoing can be comparable to a heavy cloud hanging over your head or like a ball and chain.  Debt creates pressure and no one likes pressure.   To let “no debt remaining outstanding,”  is pretty easy to understand, mortgages, hospital bills, college tuition, credit cards, taxes or car payments all need to be paid and not left outstanding. But what does this clause “except the continuing debt of love” look like? Imagine a world with no debt other than love for one another.  It’s an interesting thought to think of love being a debt that we cannot pay off fully or be done with. 

Ponder for a moment, that you can never out-give love.  We continually owe love no matter how many times we have previously given it.  Love is our continual debt to each other.  If we owe love to someone at 3:00 pm we will still owe them love at 5:00 pm  And this is what love looks like, “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, endures all things.”  This is the continuing debt of love. 

Thankfully we do not have to pay this debt of love in our own strength or merit.  Rather, we can receive the limitless, overflow of God’s love for us, overflowing out of us to others.  As we are rooted and grounded in the love of God, we are able to love others more deeply.  May Love be our only debt . . .