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Love as Christ loved us

This is one of the first Scriptures that I ever memorized.  Why?? Because I heard it every Sunday that I went to church growing up.  Before the offering each week, the priest would say “Love as Christ loved us, and gave Himself for us, and offering and sacrifice to God.”  Something about those words — they were really impressed upon my heart before I even knew what they actually meant.  It can truly be difficult to love when you depend only on your own strength.  But it is my prayer that God will show His love through us, strengthening us in those places where we are weak.  While yet sinners, Christ died for us. Not that we deserved it, but we were worth it.  Maybe you do not feel like you are loved.  But, PLEASE read it for yourself.  God loves you.  He loves you so much that He wants to be your all.  There is no greater love in this world, and it is available to you,  no matter who you are or what your circumstances might be.  You are worth dying for.  God loves you so much that He will seek you where ever you are.  Lord, help us to love like You. 

Here is a link to a printable prayer and notes journal.

Love as Christ Loved Us

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Posted by on January 14, 2012 in ASK magazine

 

Thanks

I am deep into the creative process here and the theme is “thanks”.  I am just in the beginning research stage and found 192 verse  with some form of the work “thanks”in them: 

thank  27, thanked  11, thankful  4, thankfully  1, thankfulness  2, thanking  6, thanks  113, thanksgiving  39, thanksgivings  2, thankworthy  1

Here is the list of verses:

Exod 29:28; Lev 7:12f, 15; 22:29; Deut 26:3; 2 Sam 14:22; 22:50; 1 Chr 16:4, 7f, 34f, 41; 23:30; 25:3; 29:10, 13, 20; 2 Chr 5:13; 7:6; 20:21; 29:31; 30:22; 31:2; 33:16; Ezra 3:11; 10:11; Neh 11:17; 12:8, 24, 27, 31, 38, 40, 46; Ps 6:5; 7:17; 18:49; 22:29; 26:7; 30:4, 12; 33:2; 35:18; 44:8; 45:17; 50:14, 23; 52:9; 54:6; 56:12; 57:9; 66:8; 67:3, 5; 68:26; 69:30; 75:1; 79:13; 92:1; 95:2; 97:12; 100:1, 4; 105:1; 106:1, 47; 107:1, 22; 108:3; 109:30; 111:1; 116:17; 118:1, 21, 28f; 119:7, 62, 171; 122:4; 136:1ff, 26; 140:13; 142:7; 147:7; Isa 12:1, 4; 38:19; 51:3; 57:19; Jer 17:26; 30:19; 33:11; Dan 2:23; 6:10; Hos 14:2; Amos 4:5; 5:22; Jonah 2:9; Matt 9:8; 11:25; 14:19; 15:31, 36; 26:26f; Mark 2:12; 6:41; 8:6f; 14:22f; Luke 1:64, 68; 2:28, 38; 5:25f; 6:32ff; 7:16; 9:16; 10:21; 17:15f, 18; 18:11; 22:17, 19; 23:47; 24:30; John 6:11, 23; 11:41; Acts 13:48; 21:20; 27:35; 28:15; Rom 1:8, 21; 6:17; 7:25; 14:6; 16:4; 1 Cor 1:4, 14; 10:30; 11:24; 14:16ff; 15:57; 2 Cor 1:11; 2:14; 4:15; 8:16; 9:11f, 15; Eph 1:16; 5:4, 20; Phil 1:3, 5; 4:6; Col 1:3, 12; 2:7; 3:15; 4:2; 1 Thess 1:2; 2:13; 3:9; 5:18; 2 Thess 1:3; 2:13; 1 Tim 1:12; 2:1; 4:3f; 2 Tim 1:3; Phlm 1:4; Heb 13:15; 1 Pet 2:19; Rev 4:9; 7:12; 11:17

This was supposed to be a simple project that was to be ready to post in November, but I have found there is so much more depth to the subject that the project will be a little larger than anticipated. I am excited – I know this is an exercise that I need for myself. I thank God for everything – both the bitter and the sweet.

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2011 in ASK magazine, bible study

 

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Prayer: Part VI (final)

 Consistent with the Lord’s Prayer, in Mark 11:25, Jesus instructs that in prayer, believers should extend forgiveness to each other as God has extended His own forgiveness to them.  This principle is also articulated in the parable of the unmerciful servant which is found in Matthew 18:21-35. 

 

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Prayer: Part V

 Prayer reflects dependence on God and His divine providence through requests for sustenance, forgiveness, protection, and all other supplications.  Psalm 107 reflects the depth of God’s work in the lives of believers.  The message found in Ephesians 1:3-12 also memorializes the role of humanity in the predestined plan of God.  E.M. Bounds wrote that, “[p]rayer is asking God for something, and for something which He has promised.  Prayer is using divinely appointed means for obtaining what we need and for accomplishing what God proposes to do on earth.

 

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Prayer: Part II

Prayer is directed to the Father.  Believers are to have faith in God, believing that He hears them, and if they ask according to His will, those things will come to pass.   This principle is also reflected in 1 John 5:14-15, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him”  (see also Mark 11:20-25).  

 

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Lessons from Hannah: Part 4 (final)

As a result of Hannah’s servant leadership example, we learn that if we confess our emotions to God and rid ourselves of selfish motives, then He can use us to do His will for His glory.     In the course of our leadership within the church, we should encourage leaders to confess their faults and limitations to the Lord, and ask the Lord for His help, mercy, and guidance as we seek to do His will.  In all things, we must remember that all we accomplish is by His power.  Ministry belongs to the Lord, and He promises to be with us when we seek to do his will. 

 

The second thing that we learn in light of Hannah’s servant leadership is that there is truly greatness in service and we should take up the towel of service whenever we can.  This principle is also expressed in Matthew 25:35-40.  Jesus instructs us that when we care for those who would be considered the least among us, we are demonstrating our love for Him.  Within church leadership, leaders can first demonstrate this principle by humbling themselves to do work that might seem beneath their capabilities.  This can encourage others to service and to the realization that no task is too small in service to the Lord.  In addition, church leaders can also reinforce this principle by encouraging people to serve, not out of self interest or to gain popularity, but out of the love we have for the Lord.  Leaders are identified because they can be trusted to have right motives and to exercise authority in love. 

 

Finally, one last important lesson that we learn through Hannah’s experience is that we should always maintain integrity in all that we do.  God is just and rewards those who walk with integrity.  After Hannah kept her vow to the Lord, she was blessed with three more sons and two daughters (1 Samuel 2:21).  As church leaders, when we make a vow, we should see to it that we keep our promise.  We should seek the Lord so that our vows line up with His will and not our own.  As leaders, we should encourage those under our guidance to do the same. 

While in the short term, Hannah’s goal was to bear a son, from a larger perspective, we see that in essence, what she was seeking was love and wholeness.  Hannah felt incomplete without a child.  In seeking to fulfill this void, Hannah learned that only God could complete her.  Hannah may have expressed that she sought the Lord for a child, but in reality, she was asking that God be glorified in her life.  When she asked the Lord to give her a son, she was offering herself as a willing vessel to display the glory of the Lord and what God can do when we are wholly surrendered.  As servant leaders, there is no greater honor than to be used by God to bring forth transformation in a situation or in the lives of others. 

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2010 in ASK magazine, bible study

 

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Lessons from Hannah: Part 3

Hannah’s weaknesses in leadership were primarily due to her letting the negativity of others influence her actions and her sometimes highly emotional reactions.  In 1 Samuel 1:6-7, when Hannah is provoked by Peninnah, she is irritated to the extent that she is tearful and cannot eat.  Hannah’s highly emotional tendency is also demonstrated in 1 Samuel 1:8-10, where she is described as downhearted and bitter. Being influenced by negativity and being highly emotional is a negative for a servant leader because it is during these times when someone could seek immediate solutions to their problems instead of being steadfast and resolute to seek God’s plan.  As a servant leader, one must be able to limit the influence of negativity and control emotional impulses which could delay or even hinder the manifestation of a long-term vision. 

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2010 in ASK magazine, bible study

 

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