The Greatest Of These!

Love such an amazing word and yet so hard for people to say.  Why do we always relate love only to the relationship between husband and wife or family members?  Are we not called, by our Savior, to love everyone we encounter?   Are we not to practice PHILIA love to other humans and friends regardless of who they are?  As I hug people I tell them of the love I have for them.  A love that Christ showed to everyone and thru the Holy Spirit I try to show.  It amazes me that so many struggle with the term and still others think it to be inappropriate.  Our true state of being and the center of our existence is a place of love.  “The greatest of these is love.”  Obviously to God not much else matters!

1 Corinthians 13:13

I Love You!

Perry

Your Will Not Mine!

Do you every wonder if the way you spend your time is pleasing to God?  Lately I have been puzzled by the way I spend my time.  Everything we do in life should serve one purpose.  To bring glory to him.  If your involved in ministry, is it for your glory or his?  If you belong to a club is it to make you feel better or is it to glorify our Father?  If you have a hobby is it to make you happy or to make our Savior happy?  Many times I find myself boasting in my ministry instead of his glory.  Many times I find myself addicted to the self fulfillment of service instead of his love.  I pray that he will fill my heart with an over abundance of his love… his glory…  his presence…  Then I can truly say “ your will in every part of my life and never mine”!  

James 4:4-6

I Love You!

Perry

All We Need Is Christ!

A movie this week reminded me of how often we battle each other.   I thought of the time in the book of Mark, when the disciples were arguing over which one was Jesus’s favorite.  They were arguing at the very time he was trying to teach them love… humility… and kindness. We compete on  so many levels. We compete over money. Over status. Over lifestyle. Over power. I even see us competing over religion.  We think that because we go to a certain church or follow a certain religion we are more spiritual than the next.  We think that our level of happiness is in correlation to our position in life.  When will we simply listen to our Savior, when he said “I am the way, the truth, and the life”.   We need to stop and realize that Christ is all we need!!

Mark 9:34

I Love You!

Perry

Near or Far!

The meal was amazing as was the time with my beautiful wife. Walking around downtown always brings peaceful thoughts in the company of the one I love.  Blinded by my favor I had not taken the time to help those hurting and far from God! Then he opened a door for us as he asked if I could bless him. As I helped I inquired about his injury and his life. We hugged and went on our way.  I then thought… who is more lost,  me or  him. Sure I know God but was blinded by my favor. His sin… my sin… one and the same. Gods love for him… Gods love for me… one and the same. Father allow me to see, with your heart, all people. Near or far!!!

Romans 3:23

I Love You!

Perry