Sunday, February 19, 2012

Notes from Todays Service

“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” 1 John 4:11-12 NIV

This is the verse of the day from The Bible Gateway. It goes right along with the service that I just listened to. 

The Truth

3 John 1:4
"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth."

God wants us to walk in the truth, His Truth.

Is God's Word your source of truth? 

Have you heard of humanism?

"A system of thought that rejects religious beliefs and centers on humans and their values, capacities, and worth." (taken from the free dictionary. com)

"The philosophy is the denial of any power or moral value superior to that of humanity; the rejection of religion in favor of a belief in the advancement of humanity by its own efforts."

I can say that I am or not doing this because the Bible says...But what people are saying is that I don't believe that so I am going to do...

"The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness," 
Romans 1:18

These are not my words. These are God's. If I base my thoughts and actions on Truth then I can't say "Well, I think..." When things are left up to opinion, that's when chaos happens.

What is the source of our Truth?

Without God's Word being the authority in our lives, we end up at a cross road of:

  • confusion
  • disoriented
  • perplexed
What do we trust? Our hearts?

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? 
Jeremiah 17:9


We need to be saying "What does the Bible say about...?"

Are we going to be students of the Word?

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 
2 Timothy 2:15

(The Awana Verse).

What is guiding how you live your life?

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8

Don't let people tell you that it's just a book made by man. It's not just a book. It's God's Book. 

What does it cost to walk in the truth? Have you counted the cost?

It cost you nothing to believe on the Lord for eternal life. It cost something to be a follower of Jesus Christ. EVERYTHING!


Does your confession match your walk? Let's just learn to love each other. That's a start. 

It's easy to say the words. It's difficult to hold each other accountable.

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17

The theologian Karl Rahner put it this way: "The number one cause of atheism is Christians. Those who proclaim God with their mouths and deny Him with their lifestyles is what an unbelieving world finds simply unbelievable.

He is absolutely right!

What are we do do now?

Take time to...
  • study the Word of God
  • Sit back and count the cost
  • Live out your confession
I want to spend more time with God then:
  • on the computer
  • doing laundry
  • cleaning my house
  • grocery shopping
  • complaining
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

Any thoughts? Amanda is back from her first retreat. She had an awesome time. The boys are at soccer. We are going to hang with the ladies at a Thirty-One party. Enjoy this Spectacular Sunday!


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