VIDEO Greatest Love of All

Feb 14, 2012

PhotoStory Slideshow with “The Greatest Love of All” sung by Whitney Houston. Lyrics of the song is seen on each slide so you can sing-along.

The Greatest Love of All…

I have written several postings about love. But this one is about the “Greatest Love”. It is not human love. Human love can not compare. You see, the greatest love of all is actually the love of God. It’s a Pure Love. It’s a Love that is non-condemning, non-threatening, non-confrontational, non-demanding, non-abusive… pure Agape Love. God accepts us like we are with a non-conditional love. His grace and mercy are sufficient to cover all of our faults/sins and like the father of the prodigal son, God has His arms open wide awaiting our return to Him…

So, when I think about “the greatest love of all”, I then think about the song of that name.

But, I will talk about 2 different aspects of this song.

First…You see, the lyrics tell you something very important…

“I found the greatest Love of all
Inside of me
The greatest Love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest Love of all”

and then:

“Find your strength in Love”

You see, I feel that the love that she is singing about is that Agape Love. God’s Love is the Greatest of All. Unlike man, He never leaves us or forsakes us. He never abuses or misuses. He is gentle, kind, loving, compassionate, patient, faithful and peaceful. There is no strife or confusion with the Love of God…

1 John 4:8 tells us,
“God is Love.” It’s this Love of God that allows you to love yourself. It’s the love inside of us as we invite Christ into our hearts. It is that Love that gives us strength. Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” The last verse says, “Find your strength in love”… Well, to rephrase that, Find you strength in God… because God is Love!

Lord, help Your children to find their way to You. Open their hearts to receive Your Love. Let them feel Your all consuming Presence so that they will know the difference in human love and Your Love. Let Your Fire burn within them and let them feel Your Peace that surpasses all human understanding. I pray for a mighty move of Your Spirit across this land that millions will feel Your Love and come to know You with a new-found intimacy with You in Jesus’ name. Amen.

http://thechristiangazette.wordpress.com/2014/08/02/the-greatest-love-of-all-1-john-48/

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Questions About The Book

A recent Gallup Poll indicates that three out of four people in the United States still think of the Bible as divinely inspired.

According to 2014 research, 28% think of it as the Word of God— that should be taken literally. 47% think of the Scriptures as the word of God but don’t think that everything in them needs to be taken at face value. 21% regard the Bible as a humanly authored blend of fable and history.

On the other hand—on a different but related issue, earlier research has shown that, between the ages of 22-29, three out of four young adults are leaving the church.

So, while the latest Gallup findings about our views of the Bible may be encouraging, it probably wouldn’t be much of a stretch to expect that coming generations will be asking a lot of questions about the faith and spiritual practices of their parents and grandparents.

Since some of those questions are certain to be about the Bible, it seems like it might be important for us to think about some of the factors that help to explain our confidence in the Scriptures.

For example, (The following is to make a point about the “pull” and attraction of the Bible, so am not asking individual questions that need an answer).

What if the moral laws and principles of the Bible were written as lists of dos and don’ts without any accompanying storyline or history? Would the Bible have the same impact on us if we didn’t see how choices of past individuals, families, and social groups played out over time?

What if the Bible was not held together by themes of accountability, grace, forgiveness, faith, hope, and love? (Would the Bible have the same influence and distribution that it has had?)

What if, from Genesis to Malachi, the Old Testament didn’t look for a coming Savior, Messiah, Deliverer, and King? (Would the Bible have the same influence and distribution that it has had?)

What if the stated purpose for a chosen people was not to be for the benefit of all of the families of the world?) (Would the Bible have the same influence and distribution that it has had?

What if the New Testament didn’t show how all of the hopes of the past came together in Christ, in a way that human authors could not have anticipated or orchestrated? (Would the Bible have the same influence and distribution that it has had?)

What if Christ didn’t give us reason to believe that to see and know him was to see and know our Father in heaven? (Would the Bible have the same influence and distribution that it has had?)

What if the Bible didn’t give each of us hope for discovering and experiencing for ourselves that God can confirm his presence and love for us in ways that we could not do on our own? (Would the Bible have the same influence and distribution that it has had?)

What if the Bible didn’t present a credible case for Christ as our Creator, Provider, Sacrifice, Savior, Teacher, Mediator, Intercessor, Advocate, Example, Judge, and everlasting Life? (Would the Bible have the same influence and distribution that it has had?)

What if the Bible didn’t give us a hope that is grounded not just in the continuance of life as we know it, but in a God whose power, truth, and love can be seen and reasonably affirmed— but barely understood? (Would the Bible have the same influence and distribution that it has had?)

What if the Bible didn’t give us reason to believe that God loves us enough to hate everything that is not in our best interests——everything that that blinds our eyes to how good he is for us? (Would the Bible have the same influence and distribution that it has had?)

What if the Bible didn’t give us reason to believe that our natural inclinations are so flawed and damaged that we have every reason to put more trust in Christ than in ourselves? (Would the Bible have the same influence and distribution that it has had?)

What if the Bible didn’t give us reason for believing that God is far better than we think, far more loving, more merciful, more compassionate, and more faithful than we ever dared imagine? (Would the Bible have the same influence and distribution that it has had?)

Without such factors, would the Bible have found its way into our hearts and minds? Would such a Book be worthy of our recommendation for all who follow?

by Mart De Haan

The Power of Persistence

Philippians 3:10-14

To be someone who perseveres, it is necessary to . . .

• Learn the difference between being a failure and experiencing failure in life. Once we trust in Christ as our Savior, we are new creations, and our past failings are just that—in the past. Any future mistakes are to be regarded as temporary defeats; they do not define who we are. The apostle Paul learned this lesson well. No matter how many times he was reviled, chased out of town, or stoned, he did not consider himself a failure. Rather, he looked to His Lord to determine the truth about who he was: a forgiven sinner commissioned to take the gospel to the Gentiles (Acts 22:10, 21).

• Learn that encountering difficulties and tests does not automatically mean we’re to change direction. They may delay us in reaching our goals, but they aren’t necessarily a dead end. Look at trials not as reasons to quit, but as opportunities that can assist us in reaching goals. During our moments of defeat, God wants to teach us something that will help us succeed later on. Paul didn’t interpret the tragic events of his life as signals to stop. He knew what God was calling him to do and was committed to accomplishing it. He also experienced the power of persistence to transform his character and give him hope (Rom. 5:3-4). We are sustained by such hope, even in our greatest crises.

Through the work of His Holy Spirit, our heavenly Father will give us the ability to stay on course. Do not give up. Draw near to the Lord, and allow His power to sustain you.

Knowledge of the Truth

“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:3-4)

The phrase “the truth,” referring to a certain vital body of doctrine, is found often in the New Testament, and the text quoted above is one of the most important, indicating as it does that fully understanding “the truth” is equivalent to being saved.

The theme of “the truth” is especially emphasized in Paul’s two letters to Timothy, the first reference being in our text. He next points out that, in his capacity as an apostle, he must “speak the truth in Christ,” teaching “in faith and verity” (same word as “truth”—1 Timothy 2:7).

The church is called “the pillar and ground of the truth” (3:15). An attitude of thanksgiving is proper for those who “believe and know the truth” (4:3). On the other hand, those false teachers who teach with selfish motives are “destitute of the truth” (6:5).

In the second epistle, Paul urges believers to be diligent in studying the Scriptures, because they constitute “the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). Then he warns of teachers “who concerning the truth have erred,” teaching false doctrine and destroying the faith of some (v. 18). Those who are faithful teachers, however, are exhorted to help the unsaved come to “repentance to the acknowledging of the truth” (v. 25).

Then, in his prophetic description of the humanist teachers of the last days, Paul says they will be “ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (3:7). This is because they “resist the truth” and “turn away their ears from the truth” (3:8; 4:4). Thus, “the truth” always emphasizes its vital importance in salvation and the Christian life. Most of all, the Lord Jesus said: “I am . . . the truth” (John 14:6). HMM

In His love and in His pity He redeemed them

In His love and in His pity He redeemed them.—Isaiah 63:9.
Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him.—Psalm 103:13.

GOD only knows the love of God:
Oh, that it now were shed abroad
In this poor stony heart;
For love I sigh, for love I pine,
This only portion, Lord, be mine,
Be mine this better part.
CHARLES WESLEY.

DONT measure God’s mind by your own, It would be a poor love that depended not on itself, but on the feelings of the person loved. A crying baby turns away from its mother’s breast, but she does not put it away till it stops crying. She holds it closer. For my part, in the worst mood I am ever in, when I don’t feel I love God at all, I just look up to His love. I say to Him, “Look at me. See what state I am in. Help me!” Ah! you would wonder how that makes peace. And the love comes of itself; sometimes so strong, it nearly breaks my heart. GEORGE MACDONALD.

He does not love us because we are so lovely, but because He always loves what He pities. ELIZABETH PRENTISS.

He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters

He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters. Psalm 18:16

He brought me up … out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. — You hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world. We all had our conversation in times past in the lusts our flesh.

Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed. — Out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me. — We went through fire and through water: thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee.

Psalm 40:2. Ephesians 2:1,3. Psalm 61:1,2. Jon. 2:2,3. Psalm 66:12. Isaiah 43:2.

It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost

It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. John 19:30

Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. — I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. — We are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering an offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: but this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. — Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.

I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. — Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Hebrews 12:2. John 17:4. Hebrews 10:10-14. Colossians 2:14. John 10:17,18. John.