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Do You Love Me? PDF Print

“Do not love the world or anything in the world.”  That’s a bold statement by John, isn’t it?  Seems pretty cut and dried to me.  It’s interesting that he uses the word love.  Don’t love the world – so maybe it’s OK to like it?  I love ice cream but only like yogurt – so no ice cream?  This of course is not exactly what John had mind.  The word he uses here for love means: a direction of the will, something you find your joy within.

 

Many aspects of the world are necessary, even enjoyable but that’s not where we pin our hopes nor find our true joy.  True joy can only be fully experienced in a divine filling of the Holy Spirit as we walk in relationship with our Lord Jesus.   Everything we experience in this world has the potential to disrupt that holy unity.  When we allow our cravings to overwhelm us to the point where we put them before our Lord, we’ve just usurped God’s'’ rightful place in our life.  Longing for the things of this world more than we crave God, places us on dangerous ground and links us to a hopeless partner.  It’s hopeless because as John states, “The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”

 

The important point to ponder here is: how many things in your life are you right now putting before God?  The answer is probably different at different times in your life, but it’s never right or appropriate.  In fact it puts you and those who trust you in grave danger.  Are you in any way or in any form in love with this present world?  John’s assessment of that situation would be that the love of the Father is therefore not within you – harsh.  Maybe, just maybe, it’s time you reexamined who or what controls your heart!

 

–Dale

 
Do You Love Me? PDF Print

“Do not love the world or anything in the world.”  That’s a bold statement by John, isn’t it?  Seems pretty cut and dried to me.  It’s interesting that he uses the word love.  Don’t love the world – so maybe it’s OK to like it?  I love ice cream but only like yogurt – so no ice cream?  This of course is not exactly what John had mind.  The word he uses here for love means: a direction of the will, something you find your joy within.

 

Many aspects of the world are necessary, even enjoyable but that’s not where we pin our hopes nor find our true joy.  True joy can only be fully experienced in a divine filling of the Holy Spirit as we walk in relationship with our Lord Jesus.   Everything we experience in this world has the potential to disrupt that holy unity.  When we allow our cravings to overwhelm us to the point where we put them before our Lord, we’ve just usurped God’s'’ rightful place in our life.  Longing for the things of this world more than we crave God, places us on dangerous ground and links us to a hopeless partner.  It’s hopeless because as John states, “The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”

 

The important point to ponder here is: how many things in your life are you right now putting before God?  The answer is probably different at different times in your life, but it’s never right or appropriate.  In fact it puts you and those who trust you in grave danger.  Are you in any way or in any form in love with this present world?  John’s assessment of that situation would be that the love of the Father is therefore not within you – harsh.  Maybe, just maybe, it’s time you reexamined who or what controls your heart!

 

–Dale

 
Jesus Lite PDF Print

Abandon, literally means to forsake or desert.  Put in today's terms, it means to turn tail and run.  As a boy I tried to "sick a hive of bees" on my sister and her friends who were being ugly to me (they were brutal).  The bees, for some reason, came after me instead!  I turned tail and ran for home!

 

This is the mental picture I have of  the disciples when Jesus was arrested in the garden. Soldiers, temple guards, a huge force . . .  run for the hills!  This behavior is described in the Gospels of Matthew and Mark at the time of Jesus arrest by a single sentence. "Then everyone deserted Him and fled."

 

How often do we desert Jesus?  Life intrudes, no time for any thing except what's necessary.  So, no time for Christ our Lord.  That's ok.  We've gone on a "Jesus diet" before and He didn't seem to mind.  In fact "Jesus Lite" fits better into our culture than being a fanatical-follower.  This way of following leads us to another type of abandonment: loosening restraints.  We abandon ourselves to what feels right rather than what is right.  Picking and choosing which teachings of our Lord to follow and which to abandon may keep us culturally popular, but it doesn't lead to fellowship with the Savior.  It does, however, lead to a weakened Church and a milk-toast faith causing the world to wonder at its relevancy for existing at all.

 

Let's abandon our schizophrenic behavior – the results of "Jesus-lite," – untangle ourselves from the grip of this world, and feast upon the "Bread of Life."

 

–Dale

 
Jesus Lite PDF Print

Abandon, literally means to forsake or desert.  Put in today's terms, it means to turn tail and run.  As a boy I tried to "sick a hive of bees" on my sister and her friends who were being ugly to me (they were brutal).  The bees, for some reason, came after me instead!  I turned tail and ran for home!

 

This is the mental picture I have of  the disciples when Jesus was arrested in the garden. Soldiers, temple guards, a huge force . . .  run for the hills!  This behavior is described in the Gospels of Matthew and Mark at the time of Jesus arrest by a single sentence. "Then everyone deserted Him and fled."

 

How often do we desert Jesus?  Life intrudes, no time for any thing except what's necessary.  So, no time for Christ our Lord.  That's ok.  We've gone on a "Jesus diet" before and He didn't seem to mind.  In fact "Jesus Lite" fits better into our culture than being a fanatical-follower.  This way of following leads us to another type of abandonment: loosening restraints.  We abandon ourselves to what feels right rather than what is right.  Picking and choosing which teachings of our Lord to follow and which to abandon may keep us culturally popular, but it doesn't lead to fellowship with the Savior.  It does, however, lead to a weakened Church and a milk-toast faith causing the world to wonder at its relevancy for existing at all.

 

Let's abandon our schizophrenic behavior – the results of "Jesus-lite," – untangle ourselves from the grip of this world, and feast upon the "Bread of Life."

 

–Dale

 
He is the Completion of All Things! PDF Print

He will be rejected by His own people.  Isaiah  53:3

 

He will be betrayed by a friend.  Psalm 41:9

 

He will be sold for thirty pieces of silver.  Zechariah 11:12

 

He will be accused by false witnesses.  Psalm 35:11

 

He will be silent when accused.  Isaiah 53:7

 

He will be scorned and mocked.  Psalm 22:7

 

He will be spat upon.  Isaiah 50:6

 

He will be crucified with criminals.  Isaiah 53:12

 

Soldiers will gamble for his clothes.  Psalm 22:18

 

He will be given vinegar mixed with gall to drink.  Psalm 69:21

 

He will pray for His enemies.  Psalm 109:4

 

None of His bones will be broken.  Psalm 34:20

 

He will be buried in a rich man's tomb.  Isaiah 53:9

 

 

What was prophesied in the Old Testament was fulfilled in the New. That which was obscure became clear in the person of Jesus, our Savior.  He is the completion of all things!

 

–Dale

 
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