I John 2:9-11

1 John 2:9, “He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now.”

As the Apostle is apt to do, he is reiterating what he has put down in the previous verses and in this instance is comparing darkness to hate as it is in reality. Remember previously he stated as found in 1 John 1:6, “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.” He is showing the truth that when you hate your brother, it is exactly the same and is in essence “walking” in darkness. In darkness, we as people are blind. Simple yet full of truth.

Just as our relationship to sin and/or obedience is a measure of our fellowship with God, so is our love for God’s people; if we say we are in the light, yet hate our brother, our claim to fellowship with God Who IS light (1 John 1:5) is hollow – but the one who does have love for his brother does demonstrate that he abides in the light and is NOT stumbling about blind.

Any of you who have followed my teachings on love, have seen me write or heard me speak time and time again that love is the opposite or lack of (in demonstration and action) selfishness or as a dear brother once pointed out, selflessness. True, Godly, Agape love, is putting aside one’s own self aside for that of another. That is the example that our Heavenly Father showed us by sending His Son and the example Christ Jesus demonstrated by laying down on the Cross for OUR sinfulness and unrighteousness. I have stated it many times before and I’m sure you think I’m a broken record, but the love the Bible, the Living Word of God talks about is not a/the feeling, but rather the actions, the demonstrations we show one to another!

But now, keeping that in mind, I want to exhort a bit on hate. Again, the world and those devoid of spiritual discernment consider hate to be a feeling, an intense dislike for another. In the spiritual realm, the feelings always FOLLOW one’s actions, but in the world or in the natural realm, people try and rely or trust in their “feelings” first and apply their actions based on those feelings! This is one of the many reasons why the world we live in is so messed up. A spiritually enlightened person can still love someone despite how they feel and they can hate the same sin that God abhors, without denying love to the person who sins; just as God, Himself did for each of us who have accepted His gracious Gift!

Now if love is the absence of selfishness or selflessness, than it stands to reason that hate is the preferring one’s own self above the concerns of another. Hate is not always an action of doing, but can also be considered an action of abstaining from doing. I don’t want to jump the gun so to speak but 1 John 3:17 speaks on this. So does, James 2:14-16, when speaking of us having faith: “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?” James states that faith without works is dead, of no value, but we can say it the same way without losing any impact or changing the Scriptures if we state, “faith without love is dead!” Again, love IS works, it is action! Hate is lack of action when the need is clear. This is NOT a contradiction, but rather emphasizing and confirming what others have taught in their writings.

With these perspectives in mind, you can understand why John likens and compares hate with darkness. When you only care about yourself, your own condition, you become oblivious, blinded to the circumstances and needs of others around you. This simple, single short verse is powerful in all of its connotations!

I guess you can also add the question, “who exactly is your brother?” But I am here to tell you that if you see someone, anyone in your circle of influence in need AND you have the means to help them, NOT doing so is the same as NOT doing so for Jesus Himself! Jesus spoke this as found in Matthew 25:40, “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'”

The enemy has done an amazing job in this day and age to blinding people to the true meaning of both love AND hate. We have become so involved with our “feelings” so much so that the very nature of what love and hate truly are escapes many of us and sadly this goes to many who claim to be Christians. The REAL disciples of Christ Jesus, those that truly follow His Words and His examples do not lack in this understanding! As John spoke in previous verses, this is not a NEW commandment in that it is still as it was from the beginning, but our understanding, since Christ Jesus has come and shone His LIGHT upon the truth has revealed to us who follow Him the “newness” and the true depth of what love and thereby, what hate truly is!

1 John 2:10, “He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.”

In this verse the Apostle is using the inverse of the previous verse. Now understand something here; you will find this grammar technique found throughout the Bible and I believe with my whole heart, the Holy Spirit inspired it to be written that way so the reader will have to give it some thought and take it to heart. Many times you will find this written out literally and other times it is to be assumed, but it is a style that can’t be glossed over when read, it is meant to cause one to think. An example I am always using in my teaching of this grammatical style can be found in Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” In the inverse, it can than be correctly assumed that “to walk in faith it IS POSSIBLE to please, our Father in Heaven!” If without it is impossible, than with, it is possible!

In other words, “if you love your brother you abide and walk in the light,” but – “if you do not love your brother you are blind and walking in darkness.” This has the effect in the person who is studying the Word of God, to reaffirm the truth and allows us to consciously apply it to our practical lives. Remember, the Word of God isn’t just something to use to memorize for the sake of memorization but rather we take it in to apply it to our lives. This is the very thing that makes it alive and growing within our renewed spirits.

Christians in other words, can NOT sit on the proverbial fence, so to speak. It is very important in our everyday lives that we evaluate through prayer and meditation our standing in relation to those around us and especially our brothers and sisters in the Lord. I heard someone many years ago preach on this and a statement they made has never been far from my heart and this relates to God, our Heavenly Father as well as those around us; “No relationship, is STILL a relationship!” When we see those around us and make no move in one direction or another towards their circumstances or situations as discussed in the previous verse, it is called by another word, apathy. Apathy can be summed up as a negative, selfish or self-centered relationship; one that is concerned only with yourself as an individual and no one or anything around you. This again is what John refers to as walking in darkness, or hating.

Another point in this verse; when we truly walk in the light that shines before us motivated by real love, there is no way to stumble or to cause stumbling. If one stumbles, whether yourself or another, then they are not focusing on the Light that shines forth from Christ within us! The ONLY way someone can stumble is if they are focused on the darkness and trip over the obstacles that are littered in the dark! Remember this from the Psalmist, “Thy word is a lamp to my feet, And a light to my path.” – Psalm 119:105 (*NASB).

I’ve not only seen this illustration before but have experienced it; when you light a little stick match in a darkened cave, the walls around you light up with that little flicker! It is amazing how God Almighty, our Heavenly Father can give us just a little light (though His light in us shines like a beacon) and it chases what once blinded us, the darkness, completely away!! Darkness NEVER quashes the light, but light will ALWAYS chase away the darkness!

1 John 2:11, “But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.”

Some would tell you that John is consistently using circular reasoning, but he is not! To deny this point that he continues to reiterate is what from the very beginning has caused division and discontent within the church-world. This concept of walking in love, in the Light of Christ, the Living Word is so important that it needs to be constantly and consistently reinforced within each of us who claim to be disciples of Christ Jesus!

My father-in-law, who was much more a father, when he got to the point in his hard-lived life where he started to surrender more and more to the working of the Holy Spirit made a comment that I cannot even to this day contradict and it goes right to the heart of what the Beloved Apostle John is trying to make a strong argument for. My father-in-law was a Navy man through and through and had seen not just combat, but horrific situations stemming out of that military conflict. He didn’t like to talk about it much as the memories truly did haunt him. But this is what he used to say from observations of those who liked to parade their “Christianity” without the deep-seated love that identifies a true Christian: “Christians are the only soldiers or warriors he has ever witnessed that will when in battle and see another injured will go and deliberately kill or try to kill the injured one.” He used to compare it to that old adage of “kicking a man when he’s down!”

You know, thinking of that even all these years after he went on to be with the Lord, STILL brings tears to my eyes, for though he witnessed horrific battle in the natural, he also witnessed it in the spiritual. Sadly, this is a scene that even today is easy to pick up on. But I submit this to you, my reader, in the light of John’s lesson; those that actually do “kick a brother (or sister) when they are down” are NOT walking in the light as John has written, but rather walking in the darkness and are BLIND to those things around them.

Have your ever considered this? In the spiritual realm, unlike in the natural world, there is NO gray area. There is NO middle road. You are either walking in the light or living in the darkness. You are either demonstrating love or expressing by actions or inactions, hate!

Consider this that the Apostle Paul wrote, Philippians 3:13, “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” If you are stumbling around in the darkness, allowing apathy and hate to blind you, how CAN you be pressing forward towards the ultimate prize?

In closing this lesson let me remind you of something I have taught in many lessons in the past; God has blessed you and created within you the ability and the freedom, the liberty as it were, to choose! He has not, nor ever will take away your free will or your ability to make decisions based wholly upon your own choosing. We KNOW what the Light consists of and the benefits associated with it, we KNOW the clarity with which it gives our vision, both spiritual AND in the natural. We know the outcomes of willingly being blinded and trying to walk around in the dark. As the Apostle John has so aptly put forth, the choice and the direction is totally up to each of us as individuals. I CHOOSE to be a disciple of Christ Jesus and though not perfect, I am striving and willing to strive toward that end, it is the ONLY wise thing to do.

Next post we will begin with 1 John chapter 2 verse 12.

*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
*NASB Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
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Return To Me

“I have blotted out, like a thick cloud, your transgressions, And like a cloud, your sins. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.”

— Isaiah 44:22 —

*Here is another from my Brother in Christ, Randy Summers, whose Facebook post was an inspiration! His page is open to the public, please stop by, visit and be inspired.

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More Kid’s Logic

First, to those of you on-the-ball, yes, I just got this from a Facebook post, but I couldn’t pass it up, to pass it along! I love humor about kids and the innocence they come across with; wish we could ALL be this innocent! (Of course, the older we get, the more we are supposed to MATURE!) ‘Nuff said!!

Teacher: How old is your father?
Kid: He is 6 years old.
Teacher: What? How is this possible?
Kid: He became a father only when I was born.
(Logic!! Children are quick and always speak their minds.)

Teacher: Maria, go to the map and find North America.
Maria: Here it is. (She points to North America.)
Teacher: Correct. Now, Class, who discovered America?
Class: Maria just did!

Teacher: Glenn, how do you spell ‘crocodile?’
Glenn: ‘K-R-O-K-O-D-I-A-L’
Teacher: No, Glenn, that’s wrong.
Glenn: Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it.
(Ha! Child logic again!)

Teacher: Donald, what is the chemical formula for water?
Donald: H-I-J-K-L-M-N-O
Teacher: Where and how did you come up with that?
Donald: From you, yesterday you told us it’s H to O.

Teacher: Clyde, your composition on ‘My Dog’ is exactly the
same as your brother’s. Did you copy his?
Clyde: No sir; it’s the same dog!

Teacher: Harold, can you tell us what you call a person who
keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?
Harold: A teacher??!!

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The Heavens Declare!

“The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge.”

— Psalm 19:1-2 —

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He Will Find You

This is from one of those emails that circulated through the church body a few years back. I took and still do take inspiration from this! Enjoy AND be blessed!


Revelation 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”

John Powell, A Professor at Loyola University in Chicago writes about a student in his Theology of Faith class named Tommy…

Some twelve years ago, I stood watching my university students file into the classroom for our first session in the Theology of Faith. That was the first day I first saw Tommy. My eyes and my mind both blinked. He was combing his long flaxen hair, which hung six inches below his shoulders. It was the first time I had ever seen a boy with hair that long. I guess it was just coming into fashion then.

I know in my mind that it isn’t what’s on your head, but what’s in it that counts; but on that day I was unprepared and my emotions flipped. I immediately filed Tommy under “S” for strange . . . very strange.

Tommy turned out to be the “atheist in residence” in my Theology of Faith course. He constantly objected to, smirked at, or whined about the possibility of an unconditionally loving Father-God. We lived with each other in relative peace for one semester, although I admit, he was for me at times a serious pain in the back pew.

When he came up at the end of the course to turn in his final exam, he asked in a slightly cynical tone: “Do you think I’ll ever find God?”

I decided instantly on a little shock therapy. “No!” I said very emphatically.

“Oh,” he responded, “I thought that was the product you were pushing.”

I let him get five steps from the classroom door and then called out, “Tommy! I don’t think you’ll ever find him, but I am absolutely certain that he will find you!” He shrugged a little and left my class and my life.

I felt slightly disappointed at the thought that he had missed my clever line: “He will find you!” At least I thought it was clever. Later I heard that Tommy had graduated and I was duly grateful.

Then a sad report, I heard that Tommy had terminal cancer. Before I could search him out, he came to see me. When he walked into my office, his body was very badly wasted, and the long hair had all fallen out as a result of chemotherapy. But his eyes were bright and his voice was firm, for the first time, I believe.

“Tommy, I’ve thought about you so often. I hear you are sick!” I blurted out.

“Oh, yes, very sick. I have cancer in both lungs. It’s a matter of weeks.”

“Can you talk about it, Tom?”

“Sure, what would you like to know?”

“What’s it like to be only twenty-four and dying?”

“Well, it could be worse.”

“Like what?”

“Well, like being fifty and having no values or ideals, like being fifty and thinking that booze, seducing women, and making money are the real ‘biggies’ in life.”

I began to look through my mental file cabinet under “S” where I had filed Tommy as strange. (It seems as though everybody I try to reject by classification God sends back into my life to educate me.)

But what I really came to see you about,” Tom said, “is something you said to me on the last day of class.”

(He remembered!)

He continued, “I asked you if you thought I would ever find God and you said, ‘No!’ which surprised me. Then you said,
‘But he will find you.’ I thought about that a lot, even though my search for God was hardly intense at that time.

(My “clever” line. He thought about that a lot!)

But when the doctors removed a lump from my groin and told me that it was malignant, then I got serious about locating God. And when the malignancy spread into my vital organs, I really began banging bloody fists against the bronze doors of heaven. But God did not come out. In fact, nothing happened.

Did you ever try anything for a long time with great effort and with no success? You get psychologically glutted, fed up with trying. And then you quit. Well, one day I woke up, and instead of throwing a few more futile appeals over that high brick wall to a God who may be or may not be there, I just quit. I decided that I didn’t really care …about God, about an afterlife, or anything like that. I decided to spend what time I had left doing something more profitable. I thought about you and your class and I remembered something else you had said: ‘The essential sadness is to go through life without loving. But it would be almost equally sad to go through life and leave this world without ever telling those you loved that you had loved them.’ “So I began with the hardest one: my Dad. He was reading the newspaper when I approached him.”

“Dad”. . . “Yes, what?” he asked without lowering the newspaper. “Dad, I would like to talk with you.” “Well, talk.”
“I mean. .. . It’s really important.” The newspaper came down three slow inches. “What is it?” “Dad, I love you. I just wanted you to know that.”

Tom smiled at me and said with obvious satisfaction, as though he felt a warm and secret joy flowing inside of him.

The newspaper fluttered to the floor. “Then my father did two things I could never remember him ever doing before. He cried and he hugged me. And we talked all night, even though he had to go to work the next morning. It felt so good to be close to my father, to see his tears, to feel his hug, to hear him say that he loved me. It was easier with my mother and little brother. They cried with me, too, and we hugged each other, and started saying real nice things to each other. We shared the things we had been keeping secret for so many years. I was only sorry about one thing, that I had waited so long. Here I was just beginning to open up to all the people I had actually been close to.

Then, one day I turned around and God was there.

He didn’t come to me when I pleaded with him. I guess I was like an animal trainer holding out a hoop, ‘C’mon, jump through.’ ‘C’mon, I’ll give you three days .. . three weeks.’ Apparently God does things in his own way and at his own hour. But the important thing is that he was there. He found me. You were right. He found me even after I stopped looking for him.”

“Tommy,” I practically gasped, “I think you are saying something very important and much more universal than you realize. To me, at least, you are saying that the surest way to find God is not to make him a private possession, a problem solver, or an instant consolation in time of need, but rather by opening to love. You know, the Apostle John said that. He said God is love, and anyone who lives in love is living with God and God is living in him.

‘Tom, could I ask you a favor? You know, when I had you in class you were a real pain. But (laughingly) you can make it all up to me now. Would you come into my present Theology of Faith course and tell them what you have just told me? If I told them the same thing it wouldn’t be half as effective as if you were to tell them.”

“Oooh . . . I was ready for you, but I don’t know if I’m ready for your class.”

“Tom, think about it. If and when you are ready, give me a call.”

In a few days Tommy called, said he was ready for the class, that he wanted to do that for God and for me. So we scheduled a date.

However, he never made it. He had another appointment, far more important than the one with me and my class. Of course, his life was not really ended by his death, only changed. He made the great step from faith into vision. He found a life far more beautiful than the eye of man has ever seen or the ear of man has ever heard or the mind of man has ever imagined.

Before he died, we talked one last time. “I’m not going to make it to your class,” he said.

“I know, Tom.”

“Will you tell them for me? Will you. . . tell the whole world for me?”

“I will, Tom. I’ll tell them. I’ll do my best.”

So, to all of you who have been kind enough to hear this simple statement about love, thank you for listening. And to you, Tommy, somewhere in the sunlit, verdant hills of heaven: “I told them, Tommy . … as best I could.” If this story means anything to you, please pass it on to a friend or two.

With thanks,

Rev. John Powell, Professor Loyola University in Chicago

A true story and is not enhanced for publicity purposes. Verified by Truth or Fiction.com

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Some Spiritual Practicalities

I was looking through my notes on messages I have wanted to teach on and ran across this one that I actually meant to post some time ago. As with all things though, when you “try” to serve the Lord and follow His Holy Spirit, His timing is always best. What made this stand out is that as I was reading various Blogs today, a theme of spiritual battle seemed to be threading its way in many of the articles I read. So, when I seen this one, still unused, I had to address it for very practical reasons. Remember, the Scriptures are a guide to us and it isn’t just a matter of reading them, or memorizing them, but actually applying them into our lives. Well, here is one of those very real practical reasons!

I want to share something with all of you that you may be experiencing or may have experienced from time to time and especially as you continue to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in your service to the Lord and to His creation.

Now, understand that this is from my experience and the experiences from some of my peers over the years as we have discussed this among ourselves. I can’t say I have any Scriptures to back this up although I have many in mind that COULD be used, I just shy away from trying to make the Scriptures fit my “theories” rather than my experiences lining up with Scripture.

From comments and emails I have receive, many of you may have noticed that after an extremely worshipful day, or a time when you wrote something that seemed to come from your very core, your inner spirit, that you felt you needed to take a couple days to yourself, or a day or so from writing. Especially those who blog, you may have brought out something that you have done in the past to keep your posts going, or you just feel you need to take a short break from the Blog itself.

Now I would imagine that several of you who are still teaching/preaching from the pulpit can attest to this fact and you may already know what I am going to bring up. The truth of the matter is that when we surrender ourselves to the will of the Lord through the leading of the Holy Spirit, it is an “unnatural” thing to do in the sense that our flesh, the human nature is always fighting with our spiritual side to gain ascendance. It is a battle we will fight until the Lord calls us home to be with Him! Indeed, it is a real battle that goes on.

The flesh IS weak, there is no question for those of you who have been serving the Lord for some time. We can be strong in the spirit because of the Holy Spirit equipping us as vessels to complete what His will is. We see this in a real-life situations where there appears to be a oneness with the messages being taught from day to day. It is obvious if you read various blogs that there is at times a definite thread or theme that the Lord is putting forth for all those He has led to those posts! Remember, these lessons are still there and working in those whom the Lord brings to read each of those posts; HIS job is not finished, whereas ours is laid out in print already.

I learned this years ago when I started teaching from behind the pulpit and especially as I spent time in prayer and meditation in preparation for the lesson/message. The day after, I was always wiped out (it seemed both mental and physical) and the thing is, I noticed it especially as I also had a full-time secular job as well. It was all I could do at times to get through the next couple of days after delivering an anointed message. Mind you, I didn’t hit the “anointed” mark every time, but that was my goal and the more prayer and meditation went into a message, the more it seemed to mentally and physically take a lot out of me.

I had and have since those early times, talked with Pastors and teachers about it and the response, I guess not so surprising, was varied. Some definitely knew what I was referring too and others thought it might be all in my head!! (And that’s to put it ever so nicely!).

The truth is our flesh is in a constant state of warfare against our spirit (according to many of the Apostles writings) and when our spirit wins, the flesh feels it. Now as time and experience go by, it doesn’t affect you quite as much, because like a soldier or an athlete, you become more conditioned with time, but it DOES affect you none-the-less. I guess that is why when I did talk with so many of my peers, brothers and sisters, that some were aware of the situation and some had never given it any thought. This is why in the past when the Lord would bring someone my way to disciple, I always made it a part of my teaching so they would be prepared if it did happen to them, and I have only met one other Pastor/Minister who ever mentioned it to those he was shepherding.

Part of it goes hand in hand with the way the flesh is, but also the way the enemy tries to attack after what could be considered a spiritual victory. It is one of the reasons why we need as servants/ministers of the Lord to remember the danger of pride and/or arrogance. The enemy of our souls will latch on to that faster than anything and this is something that many who are leading a congregation, whether it be teaching, leading worship or doing the actual preaching, probably experience when so many want to congratulate you on a good service.

I shared something with a brother from another Blog that I follow, that I have kept on my desk for years, and it helps me to remember that I am JUST the vessel. I am the messenger and NOT the message!

It goes like this:

RELIGION says: I do the work, I get the credit and God accepts it!

CHRISTIANITY says: God does the work, God gets the credit and I accept it!

It is the difference between recognizing our place in the Lord and protecting ourselves against pride and remaining humble in our service to others. As true ministers/servants of the Word, we do what the Holy Spirit leads us to do (and this applies to any ministry/spiritual gift!) and the Holy Spirit does the work. He leads those whom He wants blessed/served and HE and HE alone works on their hearts! Man in general, the flesh does NOT want to accept that. That is where surrender has to be willingly given to the Lord. That is where true Godly Love comes into play in real demonstration and action. You love the Lord and you love those you are serving!

So, I just want you to know that it IS the natural order of things that when you have fought in the spirit, there is a time needed for refreshing. Jesus constantly took Himself aside from the disciples after spiritual warfare, whether He was speaking to the crowds or feeding the crowds and in see it in the examples listed in the Gospels so that He COULD be in communion with His Father, and we need at times to follow that same example. Don’t be upset or concerned if you have that “after-victory let-down” for a day or so. Your spirit is alive and rearing to go, but the flesh is saying, “hold on a minute!” Jesus touched on this in the Garden of Gethsemane when He stated to Simon Peter, “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” – Mark 14:38.

This also brings me to another point I want to make and it’s about temptation, though my main goal here is to encourage you if you feel weak after a victory; remember, the enemy will use victorious times to ALSO tempt you. In the flesh we ARE weak after a victory but also susceptible to pride; it is a perfect time to stay on your guard, for as Peter has written, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” – 1 Peter 5:8-9. I am sure he may have been thinking back to that Garden incident when he wrote these verses!

The more intimate you become with the Lord and the more surrendered you are, the more you DO, the more you may sense the battle but also the stronger you will become. Don’t let the enemy beat you over the head with false accusations about how weak you are, in the flesh, we KNOW just how weak we are. Our strength IS and ALWAYS will be in the Lord!! Remember this passage from one of my favorite Epistles of the Bible, the Apostle John writes in 1 John 4:4b, “because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” My prayer, my hope is that as you continue to serve you recognize the awesome blessings of total surrender.

In closing I want to leave you with some words of the Apostle Paul that are also fitting in these types of circumstances:

2 Corinthians 4:16-18, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

God bless greatly, all you who continue to persevere and continue to serve the Lord AND others despite how you may feel! LOVE is NEVER untimely!!

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My Cup Has Overflowed


My Cup Has Overflowed

I’ve never made a fortune, and it’s probably too late now.
But I don’t worry about that much, I’m happy anyhow
And as I go along life’s way,
I’m reaping better than I sowed.
I’m drinking from my saucer,
Cause my cup has overflowed.

Haven’t got a lot of riches,
and sometimes the going’s tough
But I’ve got loving ones all around me,
and that makes me rich enough.
I thank God for his blessings,
and the mercies He’s bestowed.
I’m drinking from my saucer,
Cause my cup has overflowed.

I remember times when things went wrong,
My faith wore somewhat thin.
But all at once the dark clouds broke,
and the sun peeped through again.
So Lord, help me not to gripe,
about the tough rows I have hoed.
I’m drinking from my saucer,
Cause my cup has overflowed.

If God gives me strength and courage,
When the way grows steep and rough.
I’ll not ask for other blessings,
I’m already blessed enough.
And may I never be too busy,
to help others bear their loads.
Then I’ll keep drinking from my saucer,
Cause my cup has overflowed.

Author: John Paul Moore © Used with permission

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Solomon In All His Glory

“. . .yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!”

— Matthew 6:29-30, Luke 12:27-28 (NASB) —

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Hearing Funny?

For all of you who can laugh at what life throws at you!

Bowl of Ice Cream

A couple in their nineties are having problems remembering things, so they decide to the go the doctor for a checkup.
The doctor tells them that they are physically okay, but they might want to start writing things down to help them remember.
Later that night, while watching TV, the old man gets up from his chair.
His wife asks, “Where are you going?”
“To the kitchen,” he replies.
She asks, ” Will you get me a bowl of ice cream?”
The husband says, “Sure.”
She gently reminds him, “Don’t you think you should write it down so you can remember it?”
He says, “No, I can remember that!”
She then says, “Well, I’d like some strawberries on top. You’d better write it down ’cause I know you’ll forget it.”
He says, “I can remember that! You want a bowl of ice cream with strawberries.”
She adds, “I’d also like whipped cream. Now I’m certain you’ll forget that, so you’d better write it down.”
Irritated, he says, “I don’t need to write it down. I can remember that!
Ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream!” He then grumbles into the kitchen.
After about 20 minutes the old man returns from the kitchen and hands his wife a plate of bacon and eggs.
She stares at the plate for a moment and says, “Where’s my toast?”

Perfect Hearing

An elderly gentleman had serious hearing problems for a number of years. He finally went to a doctor, and was fitted with excellent new hearing aids. He returned a month later for a checkup, and the doctor said, “Your hearing is perfect! Your family must be really pleased that you can hear again.”
The gentleman replied, “Oh, I haven’t told my family just yet. I still sit around quietly, but, now I list to the conversations. I’ve changed my will three times already!”

Say What??

I was at the airport, checking in at the gate, when the airport employee asked, “Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?”
I said, “If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?”
He smiled and nodded knowingly, “That’s why we ask.”

Listen to the Rooster

A neighbor had invited some people, including our minister, over for dinner. On the menu were stuffing, peas and baked chicken.
As we prepared to eat, we were serenaded by a crowing rooster.
“Listen to that rooster,” said one of the guests.
Glancing at our pastor digging into his chicken, the host said, “You’d crow, too, if your child was going into the clergy.”

“This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” — Psalm 118:24 (NASB)

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Obstacles – Overcoming

1 Kings 20:26-27, At the turn of the year, Ben-hadad mustered the Arameans and went up to Aphek to fight against Israel. The sons of Israel were mustered and were provisioned and went to meet them; and the sons of Israel camped before them like two little flocks of goats, but the Arameans filled the country.

Acts 4:13, Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.

Overcoming Obstacles

Calvin Peete leaped a number of obstacles to become a pro golfer: he was black, he had only an eighth-grade education, he didn’t swing a club until he was twenty-three, and he had a crooked arm that limited distance when he swung. No matter. He won anyway, finishing ten times in the PGA’s top ten.

The late Wilma Rudolph had an obstacle so basic to a runner she shouldn’t have been able to run: as a child she had contracted chronic pneumonia, scarlet fever, and polio. She wore braces until she was ten years old. No matter. In the 1960 Olympiad she won gold medals in the one hundred- and two hundred-meter races and in the four hundred-meter relay.

Booker T. Washington stated it well: “I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position one has reached in life as by the obstacles overcome while trying to succeed.” Indeed, some people face life laden with as many chains as Marley’s ghost, but their achievements belie their difficulties. That is why we cannot judge a person’s achievements purely on evident progress or success. Some may be only at the starting position when others are five miles into the race. More is expected of a person who as the advantage of “starting ahead” in life or from those especially gifted. Those who continue in the race, despite shortcomings, may not place as highly, but the effort to compete compensates for their lesser showing.

Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Applicable Quotations

Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens. Circumstances and situations do color life, but you have been given the mind to choose what the color shall be. – Miller

Each one of us should do something every day that we do not want to do but know we should do, to strengthen our backbone and put iron in our soul. – Crane

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them. – Shaw

The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. – Chinese Proverb

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