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Posted 8/12/17 at 11:55 AM | Greg Gordon

Forsaking the Love of God

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. - Revelation 2:4


Over the years we hear many explanations of the reasons why our Lord spoke so strongly to the Ephesian Church about their loss of their "first love." Our Lord summed up the entire Old Testament in one sentence, paraphrased: "Love God and Love Others." This love has action and proof to it. Intense and sincere devotion to Jesus Christ will produce a life of godliness and good works. Jesus was calling his Church back to practical worship, godliness and a denying of worldliness. They had hatred of evil, endured persecution in their society (Revelation 2:3), were able to spot false teachers and doctrines (Revelation 2:2) and even hated the major evil doctrine of the day taught by the deacon Nicolas (Revelation 2:6). Yet slowly love of pleasures were mingling into their affections for Jesus Christ alone. They passion they had for Him and Him alone was beginning to wane. Their looking to the cross and seeing the "lover of their souls" was something that lost its luster at least for a moment.
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Posted 8/5/17 at 10:08 PM | Greg Gordon

Praising Jesus Everyday

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. - 1 Peter 1:3

Sometimes our life seems to spiritually become foggy and we lose sight of what really matters. Pressures, trials, circumstances come in like weeds crowding out the very purpose and reason why we exist. When we lose sight of the cross, when we begin to lose our desire to praise and thank the Lord, we can know that we are failing to really focus on the matter of first importance. Christ was the one that became flesh, who shared our humanity. He suffered and died, and God resurrected him. He is our hope, our sure foundation, our mighty fortress, our promise of eternal life. Our response must be praise, thanksgiving, a singing of hallelujah. As St. Peter opened his epistle with "praise" we should also begin each day with praise to our God.

There is a wonderful chorus that goes: "Thank you Jesus, Thank you Jesus, Thank you Jesus, Thank you Jesus, Thank you Jesus, Ha-Hallelujah, Ha-Hallelujah, Ha-Hallelujah, Ha-Hallelujah, Ha-Hallelujah." Take time even now while reading this short mediation to praise Jesus, He is longing for your adoration. Look again to the cross, see its beauty and glory. Glorify the risen saviour who paid so much for you. Thank Him who died for you. Heaven will be filled with praise and thanksgiving. God is looking for worshippers in the work of the Lord. It has been noted by godly men that we sing songs about God but our need is to sing worship to Him. Jesus deserves and desires this attention and focus. God alone our goal and sight. Look to Him today, take time to praise Him. This will be our heavenly occupation, enjoy it now.

Posted 7/31/17 at 2:31 PM | Diane Castro

The Heart of the Law

According to rabbinical Judaism, there are 613 mitzvoh, or commandments, in the Torah, the five books of Moses. The commandments are divided into two categories: 365 negative and 248 positive. With so many dos and don’ts, it’s virtually impossible to know them all, and completely impossible to obey them all.

Thankfully, the New Testament gives us the key that enables us to understand God’s law in a manageable way and to obey it in a realistic way. When asked “which is the great commandment in the Law,” Jesus replied,

 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets” (Matt. 22:37-40).

Our first responsibility, then, is to love God. If you’re not sure exactly what that looks like, then consider that our love for God is expressed and demonstrated by loving others. And that, my friends, is spelled out very clearly throughout the New Testament. FULL POST

Posted 7/21/17 at 6:08 AM | June Samuel

How Long

And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true …….”?

Revelation 6:10: “…..until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth”?

       These words came from the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. Revelation 6: 9.

It is okay to ask God a question and to ask it with passion. In Revelation 6 verse 10 these saints are in heaven and they are asking a question. These saints are not asking the Lord to judge and avenge their blood . They know the Lord will judge. They know the Lord will avenge their blood. They are asking “how long” before it happens.

God answered their prayer / question immediately. Revelation 6:11: …….and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.

God did not give them the number of days, months or years when their blood would be avenged. Instead, He told them when all of their fellow servants and brethren who are to be killed are killed. Then God will avenge their blood. God knows who of His servants will be killed, and when they will be killed. God also knows when He will bring an end to the killing of His servants. Jesus said, "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons which the Father has put in His own authority". Acts 1: 7 FULL POST

Posted 7/2/17 at 5:40 AM | Greg Gordon

Unforgiving at the End of the Age - Greg Gordon

St. Paul writes to Timothy giving us a picture of how it will look just before the second coming of the Lord. He shares that people will be “unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good” (2 Timothy 3:3).

In the end times there will be a great shift in how people live and act worldwide. Jesus spoke of children who will betray parents and how people will even want to put Christians to death (Matthew 24:9-10).

But we see the root of the issue in the attitudes of human hearts, and committed believers in Jesus Christ are not excluded. Not having love, not forgiving, and speaking evil of other good believers will be just part of the coming spirit of anti-Christ in the world.

Unforgiveness is a prison, a torturer. It will rob us of our joy, peace and even physical health. Jesus knew mankind and he knew that a great problem that many deal with is forgiving others. It is one of our Lord’s primary teachings and the apostles were very keen to this. FULL POST

Posted 6/17/17 at 7:44 PM | Sunny Shell

#PsalmSunday: Psalm 46:1-3

#PsalmSunday: When the LORD God Almighty walled up the waves of the Red Sea to provide the Israelites safe passage, He never says that He also kept the Israelites from experiencing the sound of the rushing waters, and the power of the mighty winds that He used to restrain the sea (Ex 14:21-31). I imagine it might've been like the eye of a hurricane—the safest place to be in a hurricane, yet, not without the frightful sound, and hint of the great power of the winds and waters that swirl about.

If the Israelites feared the winds and the waves more than they feared God, they would've never crossed over to the other side to safety. Just as the Israelites' fear of the LORD prevailed, we too, must trust the LORD's steadfast love and faithfulness regardless of the torrential times we live in; within our homes, communities, or anywhere in this world. Our fear and love for the LORD must prevail because the Father has lovingly walled us up, that is, hid us in His Son, our Strong Tower, and therefore, we ARE safe (Prov 18:10). FULL POST

Posted 6/15/17 at 2:59 AM | Lara Sen

Switch To Christian Bedding To Infuse Positivity To Your Room

Do you have strong feelings towards your religious beliefs? Are you looking for what to give to your best friend to make him/her feel quite special? You have landed at the right place as we are going to unearth a gigantic collection of unparalleled Christian Bedding Themes available in home decor items such as pillow cases, bed sheets, comforters, window curtains and so on.

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Why This Stylish and Eye-catching Christian Bedding Is In High Demand –
We are living in an era where we indulge too much in technology and sometimes even forget to recall the name of God. When you switch to a Christian Bedding theme, it will help you to stay positive about your faith.

When you decorate your room with pillows, window curtains, duvet covers, or comforters that have breathtaking designs dipped in heart touching shades, you will find positivity around you.

  • By putting all these religious signs and decorations around you, fear and stress will go away from your life. You will feel energetic and stress free.
  • This kind of religious decoration fills your room with positive energy and you will find yourself away from the negativity.
  • All of these options of window curtains, blankets and bed sheets are designed by experts who are fully engaged in the design process to make you feel satisfied.

What Kind Of Designs
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Posted 5/16/17 at 6:04 AM | June Samuel

Beware of Lukewarmness

And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, these things say the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God. Revelation 3:14

Who is the Amen? The Lord Jesus Christ is the Amen. For all the promises of God in Him are yes, and in Him Amen to the glory of God through us. 2 Corinthians 1:20. All the promises of God are fulfilled in the Lord Jesus. He is in agreement with the Father. The Lord Jesus said in John 10:30, “I and my Father are One.” The Lord Jesus is the embodiment of Amen. He confirms God’s promises. He fulfils God’s promises. All that He did or said while He was here on earth was in agreement with the Father. The Lord Jesus is the First and the Last. He is from eternity past, present and into eternity future. He is the Amen.

He is the Faithful and True Witness. Revelation 1:5: “And from Jesus Christ, the faithful Witness, the firstborn from the dead, …..”. A faithful witness does not lie, …. Proverbs 14:5. The Lord Jesus is the Faithful Witness. We can depend upon His witness. Isaiah 55:4 reads: “Indeed I have given Him as a witness to the people, a leader and a commander for the people.” The Lord Jesus will speak the truth, for He is The Way, The Truth and The Life. He is the Faithful and True Witness. FULL POST

Posted 5/14/17 at 10:30 PM | Daniella Whyte

Give Up Your Burdens (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 58)

Psalm 55:22 (NLT)
Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.

From almost the day we were born, our lives are filled with trouble. We have burdens, and many of them are too big for us to bear. If you don’t have any problems in life, I assure you that you do not live in reality. The problem with our burdens is that we weren’t made to carry them, yet we attempt to live with these huge weights upon our souls and minds.

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Posted 5/2/17 at 9:37 AM |

Q&A with Annette Hubbell Author of “A Spoonful of Grace”

Q: What inspired you to write your new book?
A: At a casual lunch with some friends, our host led us in a grace prayer before the meal. That was it! Saying grace has always been part of my life, but this time something was different. It was an astonishing thought, too, because writing a book was the furthest thing from my mind, and I surely was not a faith scholar.

The grace I said growing up was different from the one my friend said. Well, I thought, there must be others I’d never heard before. What if I were to collect them—from all over the world—and create a book? I could even enhance each prayer with a Bible verse. In effect, I would simply become a compiler. I sent out inquiries, asking everyone to share, eagerly awaiting the replies. What a diversity of prayers there would be—from the world over! What I received back surprised me. It seems that there are, in fact, only a handful of “standard” graces; most are impromptu, made up according to how the day unfolds. Even more surprising were the responses of those who didn’t regularly say grace but wished they did—and would if they had some structure. FULL POST

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