As a minister I believe the only true way to study is to look at verses in the context of which they were written.   These HJD messages and the scriptures are done for that purpose.  Each verse listed is a link to the whole chapter.  Simply click on the verse and you will be taken to the whole chapter for further reading.  I chose the translation “The Message” as it is in the language of today so we can relate.  I encourage you to study with passion each verse in many translations.   Enjoy and I pray this blesses you over and over. 

Perry


February 18th, 2024

Happy Jesus Day!

Love And Happiness!

All my adult life I can’t pass a homeless person on the street and not help.  It’s not just money they desire, but many times it’s wanting someone to care.  Truly homeless, down trodden people, care more about being noticed, than they do about money.  Money is helpful, but if you take the time to talk to them it brightens their day. In Hebrews Paul talked of entertaining angels!  You can not know, and will not know, if one is so. Love of God, and of humanity, are not two separate things. As if one could love God but shun humanity. Compassionate action reflects, and mirrors, the divine image. Love is not an emotion or obligation but is God present in the soul.  I witness so many people who profess Christianity, and yet shun the very people who are looking for shelter and refuse from their troubled lives.  Who among them could be angels?  Who among them could be Jesus?  Was Jesus not a refugee at the age of two to escape sure death?  Everyday I work with people who work hard, ask for nothing other than a paycheck.  They are the most productive people I know, and they love their families just as i do. I help anyway I can, but as it turns out all they want is to be given a job.  Love and happiness does not live in a secure society or bigger houses.  It doesn’t live somewhere else.  It lives in us.  God simply asks that we give it away to ALL his children.  Hebrews 13:2

I Love You!

Perry

Matthew 5:42;

If someone drags you into court and sues for the shirt off your back, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. And if someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.

John 13:34-35;

“Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.”

1 John 3:16-20;

This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear.

When We Practice Real Love

My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.

Matthew 25: 37-40;

“Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’

1 John 4:16;

Everyone who confesses that Jesus is God’s Son participates continuously in an intimate relationship with God. We know it so well, we’ve embraced it heart and soul, this love that comes from God.

Galatians 6:9-10;

So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.

1 Peter 4:8

Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!


February 11h, 2024

Happy Jesus Day!

God + Relationship

Our conversation was about growing spiritually. So many are caught between how they were raised, and the truth of knowing a God beyond that. I hear people say “the bible does not change”! The words don’t change, but our understanding should. Hopefully, we live, grow, and study in an effort to look beyond the words.  Only by growing mentally… and spiritually… each day, do we truly live.  So many accept the role of their raising as the answer to everything.  I myself was raised in the Church of Christ.  I have a deep love for that religion and its people, but as I matured my heart and mind knew there had to be more. People I talk to were raised in so many different religions. Many who send me notes are looking to a relationship with our Father that is beyond their childhood teaching. Why do we as people, believe the teaching of our tribe… and then believe it to be a sin to question it?  Humans as a species, are not attracted to change. We like things the way we like things. And yet the first words out of Jesus’ mouth tell us that he came for change: “Repent,”—translated change your mind—“for the kingdom of heaven has come near”. Change for the sake of change is not always good.  However, do not question your relationship with God because it is what your ancestors did, and is not what God wants of us. God wants relationship! NOT RELIGION! Look beyond the words on the page and listen with your heart.  Matthew 3:2; His message was simple and austere, like his desert surroundings: “Change your life. God’s kingdom is here.”

I Love You! 

Perry

2 Timothy 2:21;

In a well-furnished kitchen there are not only crystal goblets and silver platters, but waste cans and compost buckets—some containers used to serve fine meals, others to take out the garbage. Become the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to his guests for their blessing.

James 4:7-10;

So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him make himself scarce. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.

Colossians 2:8-10;

Watch out for people who try to dazzle you with big words and intellectual double-talk. They want to drag you off into endless arguments that never amount to anything. They spread their ideas through the empty traditions of human beings and the empty superstitions of spirit beings. But that’s not the way of Christ. Everything of God gets expressed in him, so you can see and hear him clearly. You don’t need a telescope, a microscope, or a horoscope to realize the fullness of Christ, and the emptiness of the universe without him. When you come to him, that fullness comes together for you, too. His power extends over everything.

2 Peter 3:17-18;

But you, friends, are well-warned. Be on guard lest you lose your footing and get swept off your feet by these lawless and loose-talking teachers. Grow in grace and understanding of our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ. Glory to the Master, now and forever! Yes!

Colossians 1:9-12; 

Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven’t stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works. We pray that you’ll live well for the Master, making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.

2 Peter 1:5-9;

So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus. Without these qualities you can’t see what’s right before you, oblivious that your old sinful life has been wiped off the books.

Ephesians 4:15-16;

No prolonged infancies among us, please. We’ll not tolerate babes in the woods, small children who are easy prey for predators. God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love—like Christ in everything. We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything we do. He keeps us in step with each other. His very breath and blood flow through us, nourishing us so that we will grow up healthy in God, robust in love.

3 John 1:11;

Friend, don’t go along with evil. Model the good. The person who does good does God’s work. The person who does evil falsifies God, doesn’t know the first thing about God.

James 2:26

The very moment you separate body and spirit, you end up with a corpse. Separate faith and works and you get the same thing: a corpse.


February 4th, 2024

Happy Jesus Day!

The Bible – Sword or Peace Treaty?

We have taken a set of stories, a group of directions and so many letters and turned them into an idol.  I myself am in love with Gods’ word.  Only to the point that it shows me how to love. I have read it through many times.  Studied it in different translations and spent time even trying to understand the original language it was written in.  As much as I have spent my life studying, I have come to believe it has become many things other than what God intended.  We use it as a sword of judgement to oppress those we don’t understand. We pick and choose which parts of it to believe while dismissing other teachings to suit our needs.  Through out history it has been used to oppress woman, to judge certain behaviors and to degrade many races of people.  Many use their own interpretation to single out people with homosexual lifestyles while looking past other lifestyles with careless regard.

Unless and until we understand the biblical concept of God’s grace, God’s unaccountable love, most of the biblical text cannot be interpreted or tied together in any positive way. Grace, without a doubt, is the key to everything in the Bible. People who have not experienced the radical character of grace will always misinterpret the meaning and direction of scripture. The Bible will become a burden, obligation, and weapon more than a gift.  I have been asked by young people I mentor “who do we listen to? So many interpretations and so many religions”.  My answer.  The Holy Spirit.  She is the only one that truly knows his heart. 

1 John 4:8;

My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love. 

Acts 17:29;

One of your poets said it well: ‘We’re the God-created.’ Well, if we are the God-created, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to think we could hire a sculptor to chisel a god out of stone for us, does it?

1 John 5:21;

And we know that the Son of God came so we could recognize and understand the truth of God—what a gift!—and we are living in the Truth itself, in God’s Son, Jesus Christ. This Jesus is both True God and Real Life. Dear children, be on guard against all clever facsimiles.

James 2:10-20;

You do well when you complete the Royal Rule of the Scriptures: “Love others as you love yourself.” But if you play up to these so-called important people, you go against the Rule and stand convicted by it. You can’t pick and choose in these things, specializing in keeping one or two things in God’s law and ignoring others. The same God who said, “Don’t commit adultery,” also said, “Don’t murder.” If you don’t commit adultery but go ahead and murder, do you think your non-adultery will cancel out your murder? No, you’re a murderer, period.

Talk and act like a person expecting to be judged by the Rule that sets us free. For if you refuse to act kindly, you can hardly expect to be treated kindly. Kind mercy wins over harsh judgment every time.

Faith in Action

Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?

I can already hear one of you agreeing by saying, “Sounds good. You take care of the faith department, I’ll handle the works department.”

Not so fast. You can no more show me your works apart from your faith than I can show you my faith apart from my works. Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove.

Do I hear you professing to believe in the one and only God, but then observe you complacently sitting back as if you had done something wonderful? That’s just great. Demons do that, but what good does it do them? Use your heads! Do you suppose for a minute that you can cut faith and works in two and not end up with a corpse on your hands?

Romans 6:12-14;

That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don’t give it the time of day. Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time—remember, you’ve been raised from the dead!—into God’s way of doing things. Sin can’t tell you how to live. After all, you’re not living under that old tyranny any longer. You’re living in the freedom of God.

Ephesians 2:8;

Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role.

Romans 3:23;

The God-setting-things-right that we read about has become Jesus-setting-things-right for us. And not only for us, but for everyone who believes in him. For there is no difference between us and them in this. Since we’ve compiled this long and sorry record as sinners (both us and them) and proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us, God did it for us. Out of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. 

John 14:26

“I’m telling you these things while I’m still living with you. The Friend, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you. I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught.


January 28th, 2024

Happy Jesus Day!

It’s A Mystery!

As I spoke with him I could tell he was concerned about understanding scripture. There are thousands of interpretations of the bible. “How do we know what or who to believe?  ”Too be unsettled about God, faith, and scripture puts most people in a state of stress.  Because we will never fully understand the bible, or God, we have produced a bad habit of creating God to look like ourselves.  By doing so we have distorted Yahweh. We don’t like feeling uneasy so we interpret scripture and we manufacture a God that fits our mold, and makes us feel comfortable about who we are and what we believe. I have known great men of theology who knew scripture front to back, but don’t truly understand the heart of Jesus. I watch as people argue over their interpretations of verses and dismiss the human factor.  Methodist believe one thing.  Baptist another.  Church of Christ has their traditions and Catholics follow what the Pope says.  The discussions will continue until Jesus comes back, and that’s good.  So many things influence our direction from the people we call our tribe, to the preacher we listen to on Sunday.  Do you think God and his son made it so hard to understand to lead us to discussion?  To lead us to moments of pondering and self awareness?  I think he was leading us to a life of dependency on the indwelling Holy Spirit.  In the end what matters is not how right we get it.  What matters is how much we love.

I Love You!

Perry

Romans 8:5-6;

Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing.

Romans 8:11-14; 

When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!

So don’t you see that we don’t owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent. There’s nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. God’s Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go!

1 Corinthians 2:14;

The unspiritual self, just as it is by nature, can’t receive the gifts of God’s Spirit. There’s no capacity for them. They seem like so much silliness. Spirit can be known only by spirit—God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion. Spiritually alive, we have access to everything God’s Spirit is doing, and can’t be judged by unspiritual critics.

Romans 8:9;

But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won’t know what we’re talking about.

John 14:26;

“I’m telling you these things while I’m still living with you. The Friend, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you. I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught.

Romans 8:26-27;

Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

John 16:7

So let me say it again, this truth: It’s better for you that I leave. If I don’t leave, the Friend won’t come. But if I go, I’ll send him to you.


January 21st, 2024

Happy Jesus Day!

It’s Not About The Chocolate!

In the movie Wonka’s mother had written: “It’s not the chocolate that matters.  It’s who you share it with”.  So it is, with the love of Christ. The point in the gospels is not that Jesus can work miracles. It is not for us to be astounded that Jesus can turn five loaves and two fish into enough for five thousand. That is amazing, but what Jesus does is feed people’s immediate needs, which is even more amazing. He doesn’t talk to them about spiritual things, or churchy things. He doesn’t point a finger and tell them how wrong they are. He doesn’t give a sermon about going to church. He doesn’t tell us what we are supposed to be upset about. He knows that we can’t talk about spiritual things until we take away people’s immediate emotional needs. When so much of the world is living at a mere survival level, how can we possibly talk about spiritual things?  The important thing God wants us to do is to create a community of compassion where people care about one another. It’s not the feeding that matters, it is mostly the caring. Jesus never once talked about attending church services, but he talked constantly about loving others regardless of lifestyle. That is what it means to be a follower of Jesus.  Being like Jesus is about loving others and not preaching about how we think they are wrong. It is not about having all the answers.  It’s about loving the people. Colossians 3:12

I Love YOU!

Perry


1 Peter 4:10;

Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!

1 John 3:17;

This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4;

All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too.

1 Thessalonians 5:11;

So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it.

Romans 15:5;

God wants the combination of his steady, constant calling and warm, personal counsel in Scripture to come to characterize us, keeping us alert for whatever he will do next. May our dependably steady and warmly personal God develop maturity in you so that you get along with each other as well as Jesus gets along with us all. Then we’ll be a choir—not our voices only, but our very lives singing in harmony in a stunning anthem to the God and Father of our Master Jesus!

Galatians 6:1-3;

Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived.

Colossians 3:12-17

So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.

Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.


January 14th, 2024

Happy Jesus Day!

Watch Your Heart Change!

My heart weighs heavy.  My emotions run high. Tears fill my eyes and pour down my cheeks.  This question fills my mind… invades my heart.  WHY DO WE HAVE ENEMIES?  For many years I lived a life of judgement.  Judging others based on lifestyles…  As Christ has filled my heart to the brink, new insight has taken over my life.  The question that haunts my heart is: “Why do we consider anyone that differs from us our enemy?”  What gives us the right to believe that our way, our beliefs, our morals are right, and those of our enemies are wrong.  There was a day when I looked at those with tattoos and those with piercings as morally wrong. I considered those with lifestyles different than mine morally wrong.  I thought of some sins worse than others and considered my sin not as bad as theirs.  Now I look upon everyone with love and understanding.  Knowing that my life should not be the moral compass that is used to judge others.  My oneness with Christ allows me to look at others, thru his eyes.  Knowing that because we are different doesn’t mean they are wrong.  Those that crucified our Savior, most of us would consider to be an enemy. Christ however loved and forgave them and looked upon them as Gods’ children worthy of his salvation.  I have put aside the desire to point fingers.  Instead I try to open arms.  Who did Christ dislike the most?  The pharisees who spent their days with fingers pointed. Put down your finger and open your arms. Then watch your heart change.   

I Love You! Perry

Hebrews 12:14;

Work at getting along with each other and with God. Otherwise you’ll never get so much as a glimpse of God. Make sure no one gets left out of God’s generosity. Keep a sharp eye out for weeds of bitter discontent. A thistle or two gone to seed can ruin a whole garden in no time. 

Romans 16:1-4;

Be sure to welcome our friend Phoebe in the way of the Master, with all the generous hospitality we Christians are famous for. I heartily endorse both her and her work. She’s a key representative of the church at Cenchrea. Help her out in whatever she asks. She deserves anything you can do for her. She’s helped many a person, including me.

Say hello to Priscilla and Aquila, who have worked hand in hand with me in serving Jesus. They once put their lives on the line for me. And I’m not the only one grateful to them. All the non-Jewish gatherings of believers also owe them plenty, to say nothing of the church that meets in their house.

Galatians 1:10-12;

Do you think I speak this strongly in order to manipulate crowds? Or court favor with God? Or get popular applause? If my goal was popularity, I wouldn’t bother being Christ’s slave. Know this—I am most emphatic here, friends—this great Message I delivered to you is not mere human optimism. I didn’t receive it through the traditions, and I wasn’t taught it in some school. I got it straight from God, received the Message directly from Jesus Christ.

Matthew 5:43-47;

“You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the supple moves of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.

Luke 6:35;

“I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never—I promise—regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst. Our Father is kind; you be kind.

Proverbs 18:2; 

Fools care nothing for thoughtful discourse; all they do is run off at the mouth.

Romans 15:7

So reach out and welcome one another to God’s glory. Jesus did it; now you do it! Jesus, staying true to God’s purposes, reached out in a special way to the Jewish insiders so that the old ancestral promises would come true for them.


January 7th, 2024

Happy Jesus Day!

Look! See The Love!

Come with me… and you’ll be… in a world of pure love.  If you want to see paradise simply look around and view it. If you want to change the world, there’s nothing to it.  There is no life I know to compare with pure love. Living there you’ll be free, if you truly wish to be.   It’s all around us.  Surrounding us.  Moving thru us.  It speaks to everyone, but only a few can hear it.  Only a few can feel it.  Only a few can understand it. Our world is filled with wonder… with awe… with unimaginable love… you can simply choose to see it.  A friend paid me one the greatest compliments I could have ever received.  Her comment was: “with you everything is an adventure”.  In a world of so much negativity…  So much hatred… So much narcissism… I choose to see love.   I choose to see the glass as half full, not half empty.  When you ask me how I am I will tell you “terrific”.  On other days I am “wonderful”. When you choose to live in a world, filled with the pure love of Christ, the possibilities are endless.  I long to teach it to others.  To show it to those that see the glass as half empty.  It’s not about wealth, health or status.  Its about a way of life that allows you to see and feel Christ in everything. To see him in each person no matter who they are. Anything you want to do you can.  You simply have to want it bad enough.  LISTEN! LOOK! SEE THE LOVE?

I Love YOU!

Perry


John 1:9;

The Life-Light was the real thing: Every person entering Life he brings into Light.

Matthew 5:8; 

“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.

Romans 1:19-20;

But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being. So nobody has a good excuse. What happened was this: People knew God perfectly well, but when they didn’t treat him like God, refusing to worship him, they trivialized themselves into silliness and confusion so that there was neither sense nor direction left in their lives.

Matthew 6:25-26;

“If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.”

Acts 2:17;

When the time comes, I’ll pour out my Spirit On those who serve me, men and women both, and they’ll prophesy. I’ll set wonders in the sky above and signs on the earth below,

2 Peter 1:3; 

Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received! We were also given absolutely terrific promises to pass on to you—your tickets to participation in the life of God after you turned your back on a world corrupted by lust.

1 Timothy 1:5

The whole point of what we’re urging is simply love—love uncontaminated by self-interest and counterfeit faith, a life open to God. Those who fail to keep to this point soon wander off into dead ends of gossip. They set themselves up as experts on religious issues, but haven’t the remotest idea of what they’re holding forth with such imposing eloquence.