Sermon Notes

Fear can create hate, fear may lead to violence, fear can induce paralysis, fear is the lack of the Truth.  God says, "fear not for I am with you"  Isaiah 41:10.  Jesus was never afraid, for not only did He know the Truth, He was the Truth.  He was never without faith in the Father, and He did not worry about anything.  Just my opinion but it's because he was True Love.  He knew this world would bring trouble, "I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you face persecution.  But take courage, I have conquered the world!"  John 16:33.  Again I read this and find True Love, not the placation type of promises that our government gives us, but True Real Godly Love and Protection.  I write today with emotions, Hope for tomorrow and sadness for today, but what can I do . . .  Love.
     That is the only way out of this mess, love the downtrodden and fearful, provide hope for the hopeless, food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, help for the sick and this all must be done not out of duty, but out of love, for love will win, That is my cry, Love will win, because in the Book it tells me, IT already DID.  LOVE will Stop the hate, violence and paralysis.  Don't be a fan of the LOVE team, BE A PLAYER.  So today, while out playing, win one for the LOVER, and all the while know that you are loved from here and above.

MLP

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     "He will sit as a refiner & purifier of silver" Malachi 3:3.   "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Phillipians 4:13.  "The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you." Romans 8:11.  
        The lesson today is 1) you are never alone, 2) you are victorious, and 3) you are full of power,---Why these three; because we all need reminders of what we become when we give our lives to CHRIST.  Instead of asking God "Why?" when we find ourselves in times of loss or disappointment, we should search the Word for What we should do.  This is available because GOD is with US (Emanuel).  He is sitting with us, waiting for us to be bright enough to reflect HIS image.  Cuz that is what a refiner does.  Skipping to the power, the power that raised Christ from the dead (Holy Spirit) is living within you.  That happened when you first believed.  That is more power than this world can happen.  And finally, CHRIST is undefeated, He beat sin and death.  And so being on CHRIST's team, you are and will be unbeatable.
     All this is to let you know the presence, the confidence, and the power that you have as a believer.  Now for the reality, if you feel alone, and nothing is working out, and you have no energy to fight, you have to rely on the WORD, not on yourself, because those first 3 are feelings and the scripture is TRUTH and the TRUTH is undefeated . . . Plus herein lies the end of the lesson, YOU ARE LOVED from here and above.

mlp



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          You believe in God.  You go to church.  You even pray when you don't need something.  It's all good.  But where is your faith?  Is it in mankind and the machine or in the maker of mankind and the God who is in control?  
          You see, over the years the lines have been crossed.  Since the "garden", man has tried to usurp God's authority and work around the laws of life.  Today, we have skewed them even further.  We have replaced decency and Christian values with political correctness, and we have substituted hospitality and kindness with "inclusiveness."  We as a people of God must do as God has commanded.  "Love one another," not just speak correctly, as to not offend or "include" everyone in a certain program, but speak love and have open arms so that everyone will want to be included.  It is then that God will smile, and spread out His love for all.  
           Christ died for the sins of all mankind, but mankind must admit that he/she needs to be forgiven, i.e. admit that we are sinners.  It is when we place our faith in Christ that we are made righteous and worthy to be with God.  Faith in Christ, Love of God, and the Hope that we get to share it with others.  So today is HOPE DAY, and while you are out hoping around, KNOW that you are Loved from here and above.

MLP



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     Bob Marley, sings about 'ONE LOVE.'  Seems an obvious starting point.  Bob sang it, but God commands it, and Jesus reiterated it.

     So, what is that we can't get a handle on?  We as people are called to love God, and love each other the way we love ourselves.  Oh, that last bit could be the kink in the sequence.  We don't really love ourselves.  You see, we like us, we placate us, but we don't want what is really best for us, we settle.  So if we are settling, why should others not settle.   

     Well, that right there is wrong. . . God wants the best for you and me.  

     How do I know?  First of all, it is in the book in Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." 
      Does that should like settling?  I am also speaking from experience.  I settle.  Instead of doing my best in school, I settled for what I could get with little effort.  Other things were priority, so the future was not a concern, until the future was the present and it took major effort to be present.  

     That was my lesson.  Sadly, it took many times to learn it. But now I give my best in all occasions, especially, Love because God demands it.  You see, God is our parent.  His ways are the best, and we would do ourselves a favor to follow them, but we have a choice.  Choose Love, choose God's way.  When you love yourself truly, you realize how much God loves you and loving others comes naturally.  Oh, and as far as falling short (sin). You don't want to, but you will even though you don't want to  . . . so ask for forgiveness and receive it, along with a BIG dose of LOVE.
So that's it.    SING IT - LEARNT - LIVE IT!!!  
And while you're learning, singing, and living, KNOW that you are loved from here and above.

mlp
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Choices.  
     We all have them.  Even in a situation where you are told what to do, you have a choice.  "The power of life and death are in the tongue, those who use it will see it's fruit" (Proverbs 18:21).
       Be careful what you say. In Luke 6:45 "Out of the abundance of the heart a person speaks."  The point I am trying to make is; choose life, choose to speak love, no matter what you want to say or what is in your heart, speak love.  In James, chapter 3, we read, "with it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.  From the same mouth come blessing and cursing."  The tongue is the choice we must make now.  It's urgent.  Not just niceties or fake accolades, but real, truthful love and peaceful words.  The words of Jesus are full of love and can produce a peace that passes all understanding.  "How?"  you ask.  Because Jesus IS the Truth and the Truth will set you free.  
     OK, but free from what?  The very thing that makes you think you have no choices, the cold and empty heart that makes you speak and spew hurtful words. Choose life and let your mouth speak the change you want in your heart. . . Love and Peace . . . Jesus.  And that my friends is discipleship.  
      So today, let your words be love and make your actions match your words, then watch the world change one word at a time.  And while you are out choosing, changing and making; remember, you are loved from here and above.

mlp
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God loves people where they are at.  We love people where we are at and that is a BIG difference.  Mankind is incapable of pure, unconditional, and all encompassing love.  That is why God is in you so that He can love through you.  Take no credit for this love, just give it as the Spirit commands, and don't stop the flow.  The biggest blockage to the flow is selfishness.  Love given with strings and motives is not love, it is manipulation, it is a power play.  Why do I say a power play; because Love is power.  Love saved the world, and Love saved you.  Pure Love, God's Love.  
     Don't confuse rules & strings.  You see, rules are for protection, strings are for getting what you want.  God loves all, but He can not be around sin. He does not love sin.  He does loves satan, but He can't tolerate the sin and because of this in the end, satan will be cast into the lake of fire, because satan will not stop the sin.  
     When you bring your child to the amusement park and he/she wants to ride the coaster but isn't tall enough, what do you do?  The height requirement is not to limit the fun, it is for his/her safety.  Understand the rules and live within them, and when you slip, ask for forgiveness.  Don't be like satan and act like there are no rules over you.  So today, if you are tall enough, ride the coaster; if not, finds another ride and have fun.  
     And while you are out having fun, know that you are Loved from Here and Above.

mlp


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