This song which went around and around in my head this morning, reminds me of why I continue to blog- It is because of MY SAVIOR’S LOVE for ME, for YOU, even as Jesus prayed in John chapter 17:18-26 before He was taken away to be crucified.
“As thou has sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. . .
Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou has given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” John 3:16-21
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GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU, AND A WARM ‘WELCOME’ TO NEW VIEWERS ACROSS THE WORLD FROM ME!
A SOBERING POST!
Every Christian should read this and know the seriousness of the hour we’re living in! But this is written ESPECIALLY for those of you who have not yet committed your life to God! Where will you spend eternity?! JESUS IS COMING and time is running out to prepare for His Return!!!
Commentary By: Gordon King
WAKE UP WORLD! How long shall you slumber? How long will you continue to hide in the darkness? This letter is for the unbelievers in Jesus Christ, the only true Lord and Savior of the world. God is leading me to write this letter to all who do not believe in him.
JESUS is the only way to heaven regardless of what others tell you, including Oprah Winfrey. There are not many paths to heaven, only one, Jesus Christ. The God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob. The God of the Jews. Yes even Jesus is Jewish, born of a Jewish mother.
I am writing this to warn all of you of what is coming. What is about to come upon you all. Without accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior you are doomed to spend eternity (that means forever and ever) in Hell! Yes I said…
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BEAUTIFUL POST ABOUT GOD’S GREAT AND AWESOME LOVE FOR US!!! “How wonderful, how marvelous is my Savior’s love for me. . .”
Sing along with Chris Tomlin
Father, I find this amazing, but yet very funny that you spend your precious time counting the number of my hairs, ‘But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.’ (Luke 12:7).
That we spend all our time playing hide and seek, ‘Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou…
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FEEDING PROGRAMS- BRINGING JESUS TO THE PEOPLE
Many families come to know about the love of God and His gift of salvation that He offers ALL who will come to Him. Jesus said,
“Let the children come to me, and don’t stop them: for the kingdom of God is made up of those with childlike faith.” (Mark 10:14, paraphrased)
We do a lot of singing and action songs and simple craft activities with the children like this paper folding of a cross. One sheet of paper folded like a paper plane and one tear done very carefully, will result in a cross with the scraps that make the word ‘LIFE’. These beautiful Filipino children are so well behaved. In these pictures we worked with 45 or so kids in a tight, confined space and the miracle is that no one lost their tiny paper scraps to complete their activity!
It is truly amazing that with outreach programs like this, hundreds of children and adults are able to be taught about eternal life, the gift of God to all who believe:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him (Jesus) should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
Parents and grandparents who accompany the children to a feeding program event will also be taught the gospel by church workers and missionaries like myself and my husband. Then afterwards, everyone will be served delicious hot ‘sopa’ which is like a light milky macaroni soup with bits of chicken or thin slices of sausage. That is my favorite Filipino comfort food.
At another feeding program in a ‘poorer’ area the folks lined up with their bowls and spoons for plain hot noodles dished out from a huge pot, and they were invited to attend the barangay/community church.
Sometimes special services are held at night and because there will always be a meal served, it seems like a whole barangay will be walking on a road (no lights) toward a church at dusk. Before the service is over, many more people will have arrived and the small country church would be bursting at its seams! Later, meals would be handed to those lined up in several lines for a late dinner and bottled drink. Again, respect and order always prevails. I love the Filipino people! And God loves them even more!
You know, writing this post makes me miss being on the mission field!
http://www.fcmuk.org/freebies/talks/crosfold.htm Paper folding cross. We did a simpler version.
This is a good post for those who may feel ‘unsaved’ or have lost the joy of their salvation and what we must do to ‘cultivate and grow’ our faith lest we find ourselves ‘falling away’ , rather than drawing closer to God.
WHAT MUST HAPPEN WILL HAPPEN! God had a plan when He created earth and put man on it. This plan is revealed only in the Holy Bible! From the books of Genesis to Revelation, God’s plan for dealing with mankind is only 7000-years long. From the first man, Adam, to today, is only about 6000 years. The book of Revelation reveals how this 6000 years will terminate soon, and the millennial kingdom of Jesus will be established on earth for another 1000 years. Then comes the endless eternity, where God already has another plan for man! Because of man’s inability to govern himself and live peaceably with his neighbor, God is wresting man’s rule on earth from him, and giving it to the Lord Jesus Christ! However, the final part of God’s 1st 6000-year plan will be a most difficult and troublesome period for all of mankind. Many would describe this final part as ‘the end of the world‘! Foreword by Drgold.
WHAT IF… The Mayans were right?!
If the world blew up and came to an end
Where would you be right now?
If a giant fiery comet hit the earth
And 10.0 earthquakes occurred all together
All around the Ring of Fire and fault lines
Broke up the continents into fragments
Creating deep crevasses in the earth
Swallowing everything up whole
Causing mega landslides and avalanches of mud
Giant 100-foot tsunamis bringing walls of water
Mighty crashing waves washing away
Everyone and everything in their paths
What would happen to you,
And your loved ones, friends and neighbors?
Or if the earth’s violent shaking
Stirred up extinct volcanoes
And other volcanoes that had been dormant
Or sleeping for ages
What if they all suddenly woke up
Spewed out towering clouds of smoke
And hot ash, rocks and giant boulders
Into the sky and down the mountain slopes?
There is no earthly preparation one can make?
Whatever is coming will come
And there’s no stopping or preventing it
No one knows what the future holds
We are not guaranteed of a tomorrow.
Yet there are matters of life and death
On our minds and in our hearts. . .
What is there to life,
Is this it- just one life to live, then to die?
Our mortality is pondered upon
We wonder about eternity.
The Bible says we are like a passing vapor,
A mere blade of grass in a meadow
Even like little grasshoppers on earth
From God’s view in heaven
So insignificant, but we are so SPECIAL to Him.
What If.. Jesus
God’s only begotten Son, did not come?
Jesus, who died on the cross for our sins
That we would not perish
But have everlasting life
So let what will happen, happen
However my world ends
I know where I’m headed
I’m just a pilgrim passing through,
For I’m heaven bound
Where Jesus awaits me, Mom and Dad, too
And many others who have gone before me-
♫What a day that will be
When my Jesus I shall see
When I look upon His face
The one who saved me by His grace
When He takes me by the hand
Leads me to that promised land
What a day, glorious day, that will be!♫
Listen to: ‘What A Day That Will Be’
Recently I’ve been thinking about John 3:16 and how it relates to the ‘Great Commission‘ as it is known and taught in most Christian circles. I believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God and that “All scripture is God-breathed, and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness: so that the servant of God may be perfect, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim 3:16 NIV).
The Great Commission refers to Jesus commissioning His followers to reach the world with His teachings about salvation and eternal life by believing in Him. It says in John 3:16-17,
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
The Great Commission can be found in each of the four Gospels and in many other places in the Bible. This means that it is an important Biblical teaching.
- Matthew 28:19,20 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
- Mark 16:15 “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. . .”
- Luke 24:27 “repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem”.
- John 20:21b “as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.”
“For God so loved the world”… These words are so profound. The Bible tells us that in the Lord’s prayer, in John 17:9, Jesus tells His Father that He prays for us, his disciples, who already believe in Him that we would be protected and be safe from evil. But Jesus also said, “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me” John 17:20-21. Jesus’ prayer was a prayer for unity among those who would believe in Him.
The main point I want to make is that the gospel of salvation is for all people in the world, not to be confined within the four walls of churches, or reserved for Christian believers only. I wonder how many Christian churches even make evangelism and mission and outreach work a priority in their church budgets. And I wonder how many folks are willing to be doers of God’s Word rather than hearers only. We who call ourselves Christians, who are to be the salt of the earth and light of the world have not done our jobs well when we consider the state our society, nation and world is in today. Jesus is the light of the world and we should be His light bearers.
“For God so loved the world”… How can the people in the world- in our community, state, nation and world know about God’s love if we don’t share the Gospel with them? The world needs JESUS, not man’s ideas and philosophies, outward forms of religiosity, denominationalism, traditions of man, programs and entertainment, etc. that divide us. Our prayer should be the same that Jesus prayed- that Love, Peace and Unity would prevail among ALL peoples. If we can learn to love one another as God loves, then there is hope for a better future for every man, woman, and child in this lost and suffering world.
I hope that I can do my small part to spread the message that “God so loved the world”. Since I started blogging a little over a month ago, I’ve reached viewers in the US, Canada, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Guatemala, New Zealand, UK, and India, with many more countries to go. Please reach out to others with the love of God and join me in the Great Commission by proclaiming, “God loves you. And I love you, too!”