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Part 1

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Who Am I?
Who Am I?
Greatest Commandments
Greatest Commandments
You've Never Seen Anything Like It!
You've Never Seen Anything Like It!
God Will Give You What You Desire
God Will Give You What You Desire
The Other Reason Jesus Died
The Other Reason Jesus Died
Where Shall I Start?
Where Shall I Start?
Have Fervent Charity
Have Fervent Charity
Call Upon God
Call Upon God
It's All About Love
It's All About Love
It Boils Down to Love
It Boils Down to Love
Doing the Impossible
Doing the Impossible
A Heavenly Bride
A Heavenly Bride
Pure Love
Pure Love
Sing a New Song
Sing a New Song
God's Love
God's Love
Change of Heart
Change of Heart
Bearing Burdens Makes Them Lighter
Bearing Burdens Makes Them Lighter
Held to a Higher Standard
Held to a Higher Standard
Love creates compassion
Love Creates Compassion
Loving and Being Loved
Loving and Being Loved
God's Glory in Us
God's Glory in Us
Massive Love
Massive Love
Just Do It!
Just Do It!
Part 2
Part 2:  It's All About Love


2/9/98 Who am I?
"When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man that thou visitest him?"
Psalm 8:3-4
COMMENTS: I started to reread all the Psalms because I wanted to see what David wrote about his relationship with God. David wrote all about God's love so I knew God and David had communicated the same way God and I communicated. I knew there would be things there that I never understood before.

This is one of the scriptures. God created everything, but yet He takes the time to love me. He is overseeing everything, but yet He takes the time to speak to me. He is greater than anything that has ever existed, but yet He takes the time to help me. Who am I? I am just one of zillions of humans ever born. I am like a speck of sand on the beach. Am I more important than any other speck of sand? Nope! Guess what! He loves you as much as anybody else! Guess what else! He has wonderful things waiting for you! Get to know Him. If you have no idea where to start I have a page on how to pray. It might help. Once you feel His love you will never be the same! I guarantee it!

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3/23/98 Greatest Commandments
"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these."
Mark 12:30-31
Adam and Eve had one rule to follow and couldn't do it. We have two to follow and can't do them. Are they impossible to do? No. With God's help we can do them, but only with God's help.

The first step would be wanting to do them. That might be the hardest part. Why should we love someone else as much as we love ourselves? They can take care of themselves, just like we do! The reason we should is because it is God's heart. He loves us more than anything. He loves them as much as He loves us. He wants us all to work together as a unit. If we don't love Him first and foremost then we won't be capable of loving others. If we love Him and seek His will in our lives then we will be able to feel the love He has for us. Once that love pours over and through us then we are able to see others through His eyes. We are able to love them with His heart.

As it is with everything, the flesh gets in the way and we sometimes have difficulty with loving others, but the closer we get to God the easier it becomes to love others, even unlovable people.

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4/13/98 You've Never Seen Anything Like It!
"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God."
1Corinthians 2:9-10
COMMENTS: In your human mind you cannot imagine the things that God has for you. You cannot imagine how much He loves you. You cannot imagine the blessings He wants to pour out on you. People can only imagine things based on their own experiences in life. You have never experienced anything in this world that compares to what God has for you. Just as you cannot hear a radio station unless you tune in to the radio frequency of that station, you cannot get the things God has for you unless you tune in to Him.

You have the manual. It is called the Bible. You have the access to God because Jesus opened that door for you. All the hard work has been done. The easy part is all that is left. That is your part. Read the manual and walk through the door that Jesus has opened. Tune your mind into God's channel. Learn more about Him. Give Him the praise and love he deserves. Wait and listen for what He has for you. Don't give up. If you don't feel or hear anything then it is not because He isn't wanting to pour out love and blessings on you. You just aren't tuned in yet. Keep trying.

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10/26/98 God Will Give You What You Desire
"Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass."
Psalm 37:4-5
COMMENTS: God wants to bless us. God wants us to be full of joy. God wants us to have all the things we need.

As a parent, when one of my sons wants something, I have the desire to want to provide it. It gives me great pleasure to see the joy and excitement on their faces when they receive something they have greatly desired. I feel great joy when I see happiness in the lives of my sons. As our Father, God feels the same way about us.

Consider what it says in Romans 8:31-32, "What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?"

God loved us so much He gave us the greatest gift there ever was, His own Son! What else could there be that He wouldn't give us?

"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?"
 Matthew 7:7-11

To receive the good things mentioned in Matthew, one thing we need to do is to commit our lives to God. That doesn't just mean go to church and read your Bible now and then. Commit means to put God in charge of every portion of your life. Your decisions, your fears, your joy, your job, your children, your body, and everything else need to be given to God. Our hearts and minds need to be tuned in to God. John 15:7 says, "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you."

We also need to trust in God. We need to have faith in God. We need to have an understanding of who He really is. You can't figure it out on your own. You need to dive into your Bible and read about God. Read about what He has done and what He is capable of doing. Read about His love for mankind. Pray for understanding. Pray for more faith.

Delight yourself in the Lord. Take pleasure in Him. Seek your happiness and joy from Him. He is the only One who can give true joy and happiness. Any that you receive from other sources is only temporary. Listen to Him. Find out how very very much He loves you.

1 Corinthians 2:9 tells us, "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." You can't even imagine the wonderful things that God has for you. Are you ready to start receiving things from the Father who loves you more than anyone? The ball is in your court. What are you going to do with it?
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12/14/98 The Other Reason Jesus Died
"[Jesus] gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works."
Titus 2:14
COMMENTS: You've heard it said that Jesus died to redeem us from our sins. This scripture says that was not the only reason.

Jesus also died in order to purify us unto himself. We are to be a peculiar people and zealous of good works. We belong to Him. He paid for us with His blood. We are no longer our own. We are His property.

Even though we belong to him He does not force us to do one thing. He is our boss/master/owner but does not treat us as his employee/slave/property. He loves us so much He gives us the choice to obey Him, seek Him, and love Him.

Once we are saved, the Holy Spirit resides in us. It is through the Holy Spirit that God communicates things to us. Some people speak of their conscience bothering them when it is actually God speaking to them. God is in constant communication with those who are His. The sad thing is most people do not know how to listen and most of those probably don't even want to listen.

Many people are afraid that God will make them do things they don't want to do. Many people feel they don't need God's help. Many people don't understand who God really is and what He has for them.

God will never force us to do something. God allows us to choose. Once you start seeking what God wants you to do you will be very pleasantly surprised how wonderful it feels to do His will. It is a wonderful feeling knowing you are making the right decisions in your life. It is a wonderful feeling knowing you are bringing joy into the lives of others. It is a wonderful feeling knowing you are paving the way for blessings for yourself and for your family.

When you start seeing things through God's eyes and loving people with God's heart you will find that your stress level is lowered by 95%. You will find that you feel a peace and joy 95% of the time (even when bad things are happening). I guarantee your life will be changed and I guarantee you will like it. Since you probably don't know me and don't know whether or not I am telling the truth I guess there is only one thing for you to do. . .try it for yourself!

Besides, it isn't such a terrible thing to be peculiar!
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3/9/99 Where Shall I Start?
"For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body."
James 3:2
COMMENTS: When I think about the sins I commit (Notice I say "commit" and not "committed." I'm saved, I'm a Christian, but I still haven't been able to stop sinning!) I notice they pretty much all gravitate around one small thing. Heck, it's so small it is almost insignificant. It's my tongue.

Darn that tongue anyway! I should just cut it out! The hurtful words it says are inexcusable! Who's tongue is it, anyway? Obviously God placed the wrong tongue in my mouth when He made me!

Seriously, it is not my tongue, it is my mind and heart that generates words that come out of my mouth. Many times I think back over something I had said and realize it was not something that had to be said, or else it was something I could have worded differently. Unless the words that come out of my mouth do some good then they shouldn't even be said. It is that simple!

It takes a decision on my part and continuous maintenance to stop my mouth from speaking hurtful and destructive words. I have to continuously be alert and desiring to speak edification or else bad things will slip out. It is not an easy thing to stop my mouth. That is why the scripture above says if someone is able to not offend in word then they are able to keep their entire body from sin. Once you master that most difficult part then the rest is a piece of cake!

There is one thing that will help me. If I loved everyone the way God loves them, then I will always desire to build up rather than to tear down with my words. The key to taming the mouth is love. Is it humanly possible for me to love everyone with that unconditional love the God has? Of course not! I can only do it with God's help! He can pour love into a heart. He can give me love for the unlovable. He's done it before and He's ready, willing, and able to do it again and again! The trick is - - I have to be willing.

Maybe you'd like to pray with me:

Lord, I am guilty guilty guilty of hurting people. I've hurt friends and family! It is such an awful feeling to look into the eyes of someone I have wounded! Lord, help me to stop cutting people with my tongue! Please help me to have love for all of Your creation! Please help me to have the strength I need to hold in the hurtful, destructive words.

Help me to always speak in love. Help me to always speak words that build, encourage, edify, and strengthen. Help me to be what You want me to be - - a lighthouse, a fountain, a window to Heaven. I thank you for answering my prayer. You are so very wonderful!

It is hard for me to imagine that You love me the same even when I am messing up big time! I thank You that You are dependable and loving. I thank You that I can come to You knowing that what I am asking is in Your will for my life and that You are faithful to answer this prayer! PRAISE YOUR HOLY HOLY NAME! This I pray in Jesus' name. Amen!
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3/29/99 Have Fervent Charity
"And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins."
1Peter 4:8
COMMENTS: Charity is an interesting word. The way we use it the most is as helping those who are needy. Have you ever heard someone turn down an offer of help saying, "I don't need any charity?" They feel that charity is something reserved for someone who is "beneath" them. The dictionary also says charity is benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity.

Charity is actually a word that cannot be described in human terms. Charity is the unconditional, benevolent, unselfish, complete love that God has for us. The charity of the Bible is often translated as love. Well, love doesn't do the word justice. Love is a word that is earthly and corrupt. People "love" their cars, or chocolate, or a song. Murderers "love" their family.

If people loved with the love of charity they would be willing to give their life for the object of that love. They would do anything that would be needed the most by the object of that love. A criminal would not do any criminal acts because it would hurt the criminal's loved ones. A person would always place themselves behind the needs of the one they loved. Are you seeing the difference?

Before I go any farther I want to clarify the word "fervent." My dictionary says it is exhibiting or marked by great intensity of feeling. My concordance says stretched out, continual, and/or intense. So, now are we set on the meanings of the key words in our scripture?

OK, back to the scripture. "Above all things" it begins. So, in other words, this is the thing that is most important in how we are to live. (In verses one through seven Peter is saying how our behaviour needs to be changed from how it was before we learned about Christ.) We are to have charity for other people. Now, charity, as our definitions of the word show, is a mighty powerful love. This scripture not only tells us to have charity, but to have FERVENT charity!!

How can you make charity fervent? To keep your feelings about something fervent you have to work at it. You have to keep the flame, which is your desire, kindled. If you do not keep it in the forefront of your mind, if you do not fuel your desire, then it will no longer be fervent. The flame will have gone out and your desire will have switched to something else. Something else will have become your high priority.

If you are able to maintain a fervent charity for others then it will cover a multitude of sins. You will be able to overlook the sins in another and will be able to see the "man behind the sins." You will love that person in spite of their sins. Not only that, the person you love will be able to overlook your sins and faults if they see how much you love them.

Now that I've got you focused on loving people, I need to bring you down a bit before I allow you to rise back up. It is not humanly possible to love people with that kind of fervent charity. Sorry, I needed to tell you the truth.

Now for the good news. God will help you. Remember, God IS love. 1John 4:16 tells us, "And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him." God loves us with fervent charity and He doesn't even have to work at the fervent part! He can help us to love others with His love.

If you still are unsure that God can help you remember that NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD! You are not a lost cause, you are not a hopeless case, you are not stuck in any ruts. Matthew 19:26 says, "But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible."

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4/5/99 Call Upon God
"And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me."
Psalm 50:15
COMMENTS: Have you noticed how many people say, "Oh my God!" when they are surprised by something? How about when people say, "God!" when they are shocked or scared. When many people feel their life is in danger or someone else's life is in danger they pray for God to help them. I've not ever noticed, but what about atheists? I imagine there are also some of them that do the same.

It is a choice people make to ignore God until they decide they need Him. Have you ever heard when someone makes a deal with God? "Lord, I will never swear again, or I will go to church every Sunday, or whatever if you would only spare so-and-so's life, cure me of cancer, or whatever."

As a human, if someone treated me like that I would be offended. I would have to force myself to be nice to that person and to grant their request. It would bother me that that person ignored me until they needed something from me. I think most people probably feel that way.

The good news is that God is not human! He's not going to hold anything like that against us. He is waiting for every person with open arms. He wants us to call upon Him in the day of trouble. He would prefer we come to him at other times as well, but He doesn't turn us away. He loves all of us, you see. He doesn't just love us, He loves us with an unconditional love. There are no limits on His love. He doesn't love us any less on a day when we are misbehaving than on a day when we are making Him our priority.

It sure is hard to understand, isn't it? Our poor human minds have difficulty comprehending that kind of love. Actually, when you think about it, it is totally awesome! I am very grateful for that love. When I think about it I feel very important. I feel very worthwhile. I feel special.


What does He want in return? Our love, that's all.
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5/17/99 It's All About Love
"He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him."
1John 2:9-10
COMMENTS: Are you interested in your spiritual growth? Are you wanting to get closer to the Lord? Are you praying for understanding of what His plans are for your life? Are you seeking to be used by Him? There is a key that unlocks those doors. You already know what that key is, but you may not know how to use it.


Love is the basis for all things. Love is why God created this earth for man. Love is why Jesus came. Love is why you exist. It is ALL about love! Love is the center of all things! Love, love, love. (There, did I say it enough??)

God cannot use you if you do not have love. You cannot effectively minister to anyone unless you love them. Take a look at what Jesus said in Mark 12:30-31:

"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these."

Paul said in Romans 13:8-9, "Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."

Paul again tells us about the same thing in Galatians 5:13-14, "For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."

If you have love then everything else falls into place. Once you fill your heart and mind with love then God begins to move in your life. God placed each of us here for a reason. He has a plan for our lives. The only thing He really wants from us it for us to love Him. That is what Jesus said when He told us about the two most important commandments in Mark (shown above).

He wants us to all love Him. Then, He wants us to love each other. If we all loved each other as God would have us love, then this world would be a wonderful place. We would each be using the gifts God gave us to benefit each other. We would the body that God wants us to be. Each part of that body would be doing the thing it was designed to do. You would be continuously lifted up, encouraged, blessed, healed, strengthened, and loved by other members of the body. Are you understanding what I am saying?

Like this week's scripture says, if we abide in the light there is no occasion of stumbling in us. If we abide in the light then we have God's love and His Word in our hearts and minds. That's the key that unlocks every door that you have trouble opening! Love, love, love!

The tricky part is how to love other people. There are an awful lot of unlovable people in this world! Well, God doesn't expect us to love someone just because they deserve to be loved. It is no different than Jesus sacrificing Himself for us. We didn't deserve that, but He did it anyway.

The first step would be to acknowledge that you are supposed to love everyone. The second step would be to make the decision to do it. The third step would be to fill yourself with God's love and with the Word. If you take those three steps you will be well on your way to fulfilling the second most important commandment. God's love will overflow out of you onto them. If it doesn't, then you have not followed the steps I outlined. Remember, you have to want to do it.

Here are a few more scriptures on love. There are many many more scriptures about love. As a matter of fact, the entire Bible is about love!

Ephesians 5:2, "And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour."

1John 4:11, "Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another."

Luke 6:32, "For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them."

Ephesians 4:1-2, "I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love."

Ephesians 4:16, "From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love."

Also go read the entire book of 1John. I have given it the title, "All About Love."
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8/30/99 It Boils Down to Love
"But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him."
1John 2:5
COMMENTS: If we keep God's word, or do what He tells us, His love is made perfect in us. Doing what God tells us means doing everything the Bible tells us to do! Oh, my! There's too much stuff to know!! Not really. Take a look at the following scripture from Matthew 22:36-40:

"Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."

If we love God with everything that is in us and we love other people as much as we love ourselves then all the other things God wants us to do are automatically taking place. Now, I could say, "It's that simple." However, more accurately, "It's that hard!" It isn't easy to love the unlovable.

That's where we need to get God's help. He wants us to do it and He will help us do it. You have to be willing, of course, but it is possible to do!

I have been thinking and praying about this for a long time and I am of the opinion that if we are walking in God's will we will be under God's protection. I'm not saying that satan won't try to stop us, but I'm saying that God will provide us with enough protection that we will be able to continue doing the job He has given us. After all, God has given us the job and, as our boss, it would be up to Him to give us the necessary protection to enable us to continue on in the job He has given us.

Now, I am not just stepping out on a limb and taking a guess. I am standing firmly in the faith that God will watch over me as long as I am seeking His will. As long as I am willing to give up the things He tells me to give up, change the things He tells me to change, and keep seeking Him I know He is capable and I believe He will, protect me from harm. I am so sure that I have cancelled my life insurance. I believe my life will not end in the near future because God has shown me some of the things He wants me to do.

God has been impressing upon me the need for the Body of Christ to be busy at the work He has given them. He has been impressing upon me the need to teach and train the Body how to find out where their particular jobs are and how to train for them. God has a job for you. He has an assignment for you. Your job is specifically designed for you. Find out what it is. Do it. Your rewards in heaven will be great.

It is not just the rewards that are the end result. The end result is the other people that you will touch. You may cause others to stumble and fall in their walk with the Lord if you don't do your job. You might be the cause of others never coming to salvation because you don't do your job. God puts the desire in your heart to serve Him. Don't push that desire aside to fulfill worldly concerns! You will be in the world only a fraction of the time you will be with the Lord! Think about it!

If you want to find out what your job is and you want to serve the Lord, remember where we started in this Bible study.....you have to love others. Every job that the Lord has for us centers around loving other people. That's what it's all about...love.
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10/25/99 Doing the Impossible
"My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth."
1John 3:18
COMMENTS: Love, love, love- - -it's all about love! Jesus said that all the laws will be fulfilled if you obey the two greatest commandments which are loving the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind and loving your neighbour as yourself. (Matthew 22:37-40)

Our scripture for this week says not to just love people on the surface. Don't just use words to show love. You need to prove and show your love. That means it can't be fake and it can't be half-hearted. It has to be real!

It is rarely humanly possible to love the unlovable. You could try and try and try and get absolutely nowhere. There is a much easier way. We need to love with God's love. 1John 4:12 says that God dwells in us and His love is perfected in us. In 1John 2:5 it says whoever keeps His Word has the love of God perfected in himself. In John 15:4 Jesus tells us that if we abide in Him we can bear fruit through Him. One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is love. The love is there and will manifest itself through the Holy Spirit in us.

Not loving other people is a worldly invention. God created us in love and to love both Him and others. Satan is the author of hatred, jealousy, and other things that destroy love. We already have the power to defeat anything that hinders love. 1John 5:4-5 tells us, "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?"

Do you believe in Jesus? If the answer is yes, then you ARE an overcomer. Let me rephrase that. . .you do not have the ability or power to become an overcomer; you ALREADY ARE AN OVERCOMER! You have it already. You just have to use it.

You can be walking in God's will. You have what it takes. When we got saved we got power through the Holy Spirit. Oh, if only we could comprehend in our little human minds all that God has provided us!! Seek Him, seek the truth, seek knowledge, seek, seek, and seek some more! "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you," is what Matthew 7:7 tells us. Seek and ye SHALL find! What do you have to lose?
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1/31/00 A Heavenly Bride
"Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints."
Revelation 19:7-8
COMMENTS: The Lamb is Jesus. In John 1:36 John the Baptist saw Jesus coming and said, "Behold the Lamb of God!"

I was enjoying the Lord's love for me the other day and was trying to analyze it in human terms. I know that God is my Heavenly Father, but the love He has for me seems to be more than the love of a father for his child. I know that He created me, but it seems that I can't settle for looking at it as the love someone would feel for something they created. That's when the Lord cut into my silly thoughts and told me, "I love you like you are my bride."

(I'm speaking of the ideal situation here, so let's put on our rose-colored glasses.) A bride is a chosen one. A bride is the one chosen as the perfect partner. A man's love for his wife-to-be is never greater than at the moment of marriage. At that point the groom would give everything he owned, everything he was, for his bride because of his great love for her.

Ephesians 5:25-27 explains Jesus' love for His bride, "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." He gave His life out of the love He has for His bride. He didn't just give His life, He also allowed Himself to be burdened with the sins of the world. He sweat drops of blood in His anguish. He cried out, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Matt 27:46) for us.

The love of the Lord is beyond description. It defies human understanding. There is nothing like it. A human man could never love his bride as much as Jesus loves His.

We are His chosen ones. We are loved beyond measure. We should never feel worthless or useless. He has singled us out. Each one of us is special in His eyes. We are His beloved! HALLELUJAH!
Link to 1/31/00 welcome message


2/14/00 Pure Love
"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not."
1John 3:1
COMMENTS: God does not look at us as something He created, as things created for His pleasure. Revelation 4:11 tells us that everything was created for His pleasure. He created us, along with the animals, plants, mountains, etc. solely for His pleasure. So, He has the option of just enjoying us without loving us.

God, in His infinite wisdom, has decided to allow us to be His children! He doesn't only enjoy us, HE LOVES US! He loves us like a father loves his child. He loves us MORE than a father loves his child! Romans 5:8 tells us, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." He allowed Jesus to suffer and die, to take the sins of the world upon Himself, out of His tremendous love for us. We are special to Him.

There is no person on this planet that is so bad or so evil that God doesn't love that person equally as much as He loves the people that are walking in His will. Really! It's the truth! (Don't get me wrong. God doesn't love the sin or the evil, but He certainly does love the person!)

The sad part of our scripture is that the world (meaning worldly people, people who don't believe in or don't acknowledge God) does not understand the ones who are trying to walk in God's will. As a matter of fact, they might think we are crazy. They think we are wasting our time. Many times they will say awful things about us and try to ruin our reputation or career because they are afraid of us because we are not "normal."

As a matter of fact, the closer we get to the Lord the worse time we have in friendships and relationships with people who are not drawing closer to Him. It hurts horribly to have friends and relatives turn against you, but even worse is knowing how much they are missing by not getting closer to the Lord. Some day they will find out, but it may be too late. That is the most hurtful part.

However, no matter how we are treated in the world, no matter how many friends we lose, no matter how little love we feel coming from people, we can rest in the knowledge that God loves us more than mere words can describe. God loves us with the purest form of unconditional love because HE IS LOVE! GLORY HALLELUJAH! Thank You, Lord!
Link to 2/14/00 welcome message.


6/26/01 Sing a New Song
"O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth."
Psalm 96:1
COMMENTS: Try something different. Sing a new song to the Lord. I don't mean literally sing a new song. Don't treat Him the same way you always have. Treat Him differently.

How did you treat your first boyfriend or girlfriend? How did you treat someone that you were head-over-heels in love with? Did you constantly want to touch them? Did you want to see them as much as humanly possible? Did you want to spend all your waking hours with them?

Do you remember how you felt? Do you remember how your heart pounded? Do you remember how you longingly looked into their eyes? THAT, my friend, is the new song I told you to sing to God. Review the things He has done for you. Think about how He lovingly and purposely made you. Think about how He sacrificed His Son for you. Think of how much He loves you.

Now, look at Him differently than you ever have before. Tell Him of your feelings for Him. Imagine Him in the same room and reach out to touch Him. Treat Him like you would a person that you were hopelessly in love with.

Sing Him a new song. See what develops.
Link to 6/26/01 welcome message


1/8/02 God's Love
"...neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Romans 8:38-39
COMMENTS: Nothing, nothing, nothing can separate us from the love of God. He loves us no matter what the circumstances are around us and no matter what we do.

I know I've said this before, but none of us is an accident. None of us was born by chance. None of us is a product of evolution. We are each individually and lovingly made by God. He made us with care and with love.

He is loving you every second of every day. How do you feel about Him? Have you told Him that you love Him? Have you allowed Him to love you?
Link to 1/8/02 welcome message


12/11/02 Change of Heart

"Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers."
Ephesians 4:29

COMMENTS: The New Testament makes a number of references about the things that we say. There are two ways that people find out what kind of a person we are. One is how we act and what we do (including facial expressions, body language, etc.) and the other is what we say.

Perhaps what we say is more telling about who we really are than is what we do. "...for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." Matt 12:34

"But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man." Matt 15:18

"But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth." Col 3:8

'If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain." James 1:26

"Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!" James 3:5

"Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be." James 3:10

"Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile" 1Pet 3:9-10

It isn't easy to hold our tongue from speaking things we know we shouldn't. Like Matthew 15:18 says, what comes out of our mouth is from our heart. We feel the world has a right to know what we think or what we feel. We often feel that others should feel pain when we feel pain. There is only one way to make sure we don't speak things that are hurtful and that are wrong. It is to have a change of heart.

No, don't put yourself on the transplant list. You have to let God change your heart. You have to let Him show you how to look at other people through His eyes. You have to allow Him to show you how to love people that don't deserve your love. If you maintain the worldly attitude of, "I am the most important person in the world," then you will not have a change of heart.

God's way is perfect. Once you allow Him to take over then you will find out it wasn't as bad as you thought. When He tells you to bless someone who doesn't deserve it and you do, then you find the blessing coming back around to you. When you begin to love others with the love that is only from God you will find out it doesn't hurt at all.

In order to have a change of heart you have to give your heart away. You have to give it to God and He will give it back in a more excellent condition.
Link to 12/11/02 welcome message


1/6/03 Bearing Burdens Makes Them Lighter

"Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ."
Galatians 6:2

COMMENTS: Everyone has burdens of one kind or another. Most of the time we bear them alone.

Have you ever noticed how much nicer it is to have company when you have a job to do? I would love to have one of my family members join me when I am cooking. It would be wonderful if they would help with the work, but just providing me with company is pleasurable in itself.

When I am working in the yard it seems like it goes twice as fast if I have company. LOL! Yes, it would go twice as fast if they were doing half the work! I meant that time just seems to go by faster and more pleasantly when I have company.

God intended people to help each other. That's why He made us all different. We are all better able to do some jobs than others. God then puts us together with others who are stronger where we have weaker spots.

When we do as God planned and bear someone else's burden out of love for that person, then we will find that the burden is nowhere near as great for us as it was for the person we helped. Then, if others are doing as God planned, we will find that our burdens are made lighter by others.

I guess it is just selfishness that prevents people from helping other people. The world tells us to look out for ourselves because nobody else will. Not true in God's world.
Link to 1/6/03 welcome message


3/10/03 Held to a Higher Standard

"By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."
John 13:35

COMMENTS: Notice what it is that causes us to stand out in a crowd of non-believers. It isn't our knowledge of the Word. It isn't our ability to quote scriptures or to teach about Jesus. It isn't going to church every week. It isn't a bumper sticker on our car that proclaims Jesus. It is only one thing... our love for other people.

Love can't be faked. Either we love or we don't. We could fake being nice to someone for a while but our body language, facial features, tone of voice, etc. would give us away.

Everything we do as Christians is subject to scrutiny by the world. We are held to a higher standard than everyone else. Most of the time we don't even know who is watching us.

It is important that we never say or do things that cause people to shy away from God. Most Christians think that how many people come to the Lord because of what they do or say is what is important. Perhaps it is even more important how many people we push farther away from Him.

Like I said in the welcome message, the love of God must shine out of us like a beacon. Let's be beacons of God's love and not dim bulbs!
Link to 3/10/03 welcome message


8/3/03  Love Creates Compassion

"Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep."
Romans 12:15

COMMENTS:    God desires that we love our neighbors as we love ourselves.  Jesus said, next to loving God, loving other people was the next greatest commandment (Matt 22:37-39).  If we love other people then we actually will rejoice with those who rejoice.  We will be as happy as they are for something good that has happened to them! When we see someone crying we will cry with them because what is hurting them will hurt us as much, if we love them the way God desires.

Have you noticed that the attitudes of people toward other people is getting worse and worse?  Listen to and watch what goes on around you in restaurants, stores, and on the roads.  I am visiting my in-laws in Las Vegas this weekend.  I have observed a lot of rude and grouchy people taking out their frustrations on waiters, clerks, and other people who don't deserve to be treated badly.  The traffic here is pretty bad.  People are always running red lights and putting other people at risk.  The general attitude seems to be, "I am more important than anyone else in the whole world." This sort of attitude is contagious.  People who are treated badly often treat others badly.  The world is getting to be a pretty crummy place to live.

Do the people who treat others with disrespect ever think about what the world would be like if they were the only ones on it?  Yes, they would never have to put up with interference from others, but they would certainly find that other people are very very important. God put us here for a reason.  He wants us to help each other and to get along.  He wants husbands and wives to love each other and create a strong family group.  He wants families to love their neighbors and create strong, supportive neighborhoods.

Why can't we trust other people these days?  Why can't we get help and support from other people these days? It is up to us to make a difference.  That difference begins with us.  Yes, one person can make a difference.  One person can influence twelve.  Twelve can influence hundreds.  Hundreds can influence thousands.  Let it begin with us!

Link to 8/3/03 welcome message


2/25/04  Loving and Being Loved

"Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another"
1John 4:10-11

COMMENTS:  Have you ever allowed God to love you?  Do you accept the fact that God loves you in spite of what you do, in spite of what you say, and in spite of how you look?  Don't answer quickly.  Think about it. 

Have you ever actually felt how much He loves you?  Have you ever felt His love wash over you and through you?  Again, don't answer quickly.  You will know if you have felt His love.  It is HUGE and it is OVERWHELMING.

If you haven't allowed God to love you and/or you haven't actually felt His love then it is about time you did something about it.  Perhaps you feel unworthy of His love.  Perhaps you just never sat down with Him long enough to allow yourself to experience that love.  I don't know what the reasons are, but it is time to dive in that pool of God's love!

God sent Jesus out of love for us.  Just because you don't feel worthy doesn't change His love.  If you are holding Him at arm's length then you are robbing yourself of a life changing experience that is already yours.  You can't stop God from loving you.  You can't convince Him to love you less.  It's a done deal.  It's about time you faced up to it.  It's about time you allow Him to be God and stop trying to put human emotions on Him.  You are only ROBBING YOURSELF!

Get in His presence and ask Him to show you what He thinks about you.  Remember, it isn't what you think that counts, it's what He thinks.

Once we experience the love God has for us as an individual we know what it feels like to return that love to Him and the resulting urge we get to please Him.  We then begin to try to do those things that make Him happy.  One of the things He wants us to do is particularly hard.... love others.

Why is that so hard?  Well, they don't love us first.  They don't act lovable all the time.  They are selfish and don't do for us like they should.  You can come up with lots of reasons not to love people.

We are not supposed to use love as a weapon or as a reward.  Think about it... it isn't like we will run out of love if we waste it on people.

Like God told me (as mentioned in the welcome message), I shouldn't do things for someone just because they deserve it, I need to do things because I love God.  Until you really know how much God loves you then you won't be able to love people the way you should.  God is love.  All love comes from Him.

We need to change our attitudes about love.  Love is not a tool.  Love is not a feel-good thing.  Love is not reserved for family and close friends.  Love is a spiritual thing.  Love is endless.  Love is unconditional.

It isn't easy to love the unlovable yet, God wants us to love them.  God always will provide the tools we need to do the things He wants us to do.  He always helps us to accomplish His will.

Think of someone that you don't love.  Ask God to show you how to love them.  Don't do it out of a sense of obligation, do it out of love for God and because you want to please Him.  Examine your heart.  If you continue to want to not love that person then you will probably continue to not love them.  You have to choose to love.  God WILL show you how to love them.

Continue thinking of the people you need to love.  Take them one at a time to God and ask for His help.  Don't be praying for the person to change, either!  This is about you, not about them!

NOTE FROM KAY:  I was having a hard time with this Bible study.  On Monday, when I first started working on it, I knew it would have something to do with love.  It just wouldn't come together.  I didn't even know what scripture God wanted me to use.  Then,  yesterday, my Internet prayer partner/friend and I were praising God and He began speaking to us about love.  Then, this morning, the Bible study put itself together without any effort on my part.  Glory hallelujah!

Link to 2/25/04 welcome message


3/15/04  God's Glory in Us

"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."
John 17:22-23


Greek word for glory

  1. opinion, judgment, view
  2. opinion, estimate, whether good or bad concerning someone
    1. in the NT always a good opinion concerning one, resulting in praise, honour, and glory
  3. splendour, brightness
    1. of the moon, sun, stars
    2. magnificence, excellence, preeminence, dignity, grace
    3. majesty
      1. a thing belonging to God
      2. the kingly majesty which belongs to him as supreme ruler, majesty in the sense of the absolute perfection of the deity
      3. a thing belonging to Christ 3c
    4. the kingly majesty of the Messiah 3c
    5. the absolutely perfect inward or personal excellency of Christ; the majesty
      1. of the angels 3c
    6. as apparent in their exterior brightness
  4. a most glorious condition, most exalted state
    1. of that condition with God the Father in heaven to which Christ was raised after he had achieved his work on earth
    2. the glorious condition of blessedness into which is appointed and promised that true Christians shall enter after their Saviour's return from heaven
Jesus has given us His glory!  Verse 5 says, "And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was."  The glory of God was in Jesus and Jesus gave it to us.  Think about that for a while!  Wow!!!

It is so we can be one with each other to demonstrate Jesus' love to the world.   What an awesome thought.  Jesus' glory, the glory He had from the beginning of time, is in us.

Jesus ends His prayer with verse 26, "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."

Loving each other shouldn't be hard.  We have the love in us that is the same love with which God loved Jesus.  God IS love.  We have the love, why don't we use it?  We are supposed to love each other so much that we are perceived by the world to be one!

When we aren't loving each other then we are demonstrating the wrong message to the world.  Remember, as Christians, we are on display to the rest of the world.  Our actions and words are judged more harshly by people.  What kind of message are we sending about God?  If we have the glory of Jesus in us, shouldn't we be walking and talking in excellence and in love?

It just plain isn't easy.  The worldly system rotates around the theory that you earn everything.  You earn respect by acting respectable and you earn money by working hard for it; you earn all things by doing.  So, in our minds we figure you must also earn love.  That is not God's way.  He has already provided the love and He expects us to pour it out on everyone.  He doesn't want us to wait to be loved by someone before we love them back.  He doesn't want us to wait for someone to become lovable so we can love them.

How can we demonstrate how much God loved the world if we don't show that love?  How can we tell about God if we don't demonstrate the things of God?

I struggle with those concepts all the time.  God has to keep taking me back to the fact that, "It isn't about me."  I am not to love people just for self gratification.  I am not in charge of deciding who deserves to be loved.  It is all about God.  He says we need to love... love our neighbor (neighbor means EVERYONE) as ourselves.  There are no escape clauses in that command.  It doesn't allow us the option of picking and choosing how much and for whom.

Shall we act like we have the glory of God in us?  After all, we do!

Link to 3/16/04 welcome message


6/9/04  Massive Love

"For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:6-8

COMMENTS:  If anyone ever asks us why we spend our time doing things for God this is the best answer we could give.  He could have made us "shape up" and "behave ourselves" first before He did anything for us, but He didn't.

God doesn't do things like we do.  We often love people conditionally.  We don't show love for them unless they deserve it.  Aren't you glad that God isn't like us?  God loves us so much that:

"...He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
John 3:16

This is probably the shortest Bible study in years, but I just want to meditate on the massive quantity and quality of the love that God has for me.   I want to listen to the birds He sent to sing for me.  I want to look at the beautiful roses He gives me.  I want to enjoy the love of the pets He gave me.  I just want to enjoy being loved loved loved.

By the way, He loves you just as much!

Link to 6/9/04 welcome message


7/8/04  Just Do It!

"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment."
Mark 12:30

COMMENTS:  Do you love God?  Do you love Him with all your heart?  How about with all your soul?  All your mind?  Your strength?  If so, what have you done today to show Him that you love Him?  What did you do yesterday?  Did you even tell Him?

God loves to be loved!  He adores us, His children, and just waits to be loved in return.  There's a letter that always makes me stop and think.  The letter is here.  Go read it and come back.

God is right with us all the time.  Do you know what it feels like to be ignored?

It is important that we develop a "God-conscience" where we are continually aware that God is right by our side.  If we are thinking about Him all day long then we are better able to hear His voice, better able to know His will, and better able to do His will.  If we are thinking about Him then we will be more aware of all the wonderful things He does for us.

Talk to Him, ask Him questions, point things out to Him.  Sing to Him, do things for Him, and just plain love on Him.  Love Him with all your heart.  Love Him with all your soul.  Love Him with all your mind.  Love Him with all your strength.  Put some thought and effort into showing Him how much you love Him.

I know this is a short Bible study but, frankly, I don't know what else to say.  Let's just DO IT!

Link to 7/8/04 welcome message

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