ChristmasOrderFormsNovember 2017

Greetings in the name of our risen savior, Jesus Christ;

While sitting here contemplating what great words of wisdom I might dispense, lol, I was thinking about the words of Jesus from Matthew 22:37-39.  37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” What does it mean to love God in this way?

First, in order to love someone, you must know them intimately. How well do you know God? How do you get to know Him better? We come to know God better and more intimately by reading scripture and through prayer. Also we can know God better by hanging around other people who know and love God. After all, we do tend to resemble our friends.

I’ve noticed that the Bible consists of three phases. Genesis 1 & 2, God creates the world and everything in it, including men and women. Genesis 3, man and woman disobey God and break the rules; they sinned. Genesis 4 through Revelation 22, God is calling people back to a relationship with him. Ninety eight percent of the Bible is about God loving us back to Him. God loved us first, so we must respond.

Second, we are to put God before everything else. The first of the Ten Commandments says that we are to have no other gods before the Lord. Why? Because he is a jealous God. He will not tolerate any other god in our lives. Sure, we love our families and friends and we have jobs and other obligations, but God wants to be first, at the top of the list. If Sunday is your family day, that’s great. Why not start out worshipping and praising God together. After all, God loves them too.

When we turn our lives over to God and love Him as much as He loves us remarkable things happen. Our lives will be changed when we love God.

Remember John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. Friends, Jesus came into this world and died on a cross because God loves you. Love Him back and watch your life be changed.

God Bless you,

Pastor Bill

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