Love.

Love, is just Love. It can never be explained. But, we have the perfect example of love.

God.

 

Who is love?  John 3:16 For God so LOVED the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.                  Psalm 86:15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
1 John 3:1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,
Psalm 136:26 Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.

 

What is love?   1 Corinthians 13:4-8  Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

 

What is the greatest?  1 Corinthians 13:13  And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Who should I love?  Ephesians 4:2  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with ONE ANOTHER in love.
1 Peter 4:8 a.  Above all, love each other deeply…
John 15:12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends
Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
Ephesians 5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord
James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Deuteronomy 10:12 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all thy strength.
Psalm 18:1 I love you, LORD, my strength.

John 13:34-35  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

 

 

Where does Love come from?  1 John 4:7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
What does love do?  1 Peter 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.
There is no ___ in love?  1 John 4:18  There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
Why do we love?  1 John 4:19  We love because he (Jesus) first loved us.
What binds together love?  Colossians 3:14  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
When does a friend love? Proverbs 17:17  A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.

Where does love come from?  1 John 4:7 a. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God,

 

 

How do we know what love is?  1 John 3:16-17 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be that person?
How should we love? 1 John 3:18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
Do we chase after love? Song of Solomon 8:4 Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you plans to give you hope and a future.
What should we not love? Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will e? hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
Romans 12:9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Exodus 20:5 a.  Don’t bow down and worship idols.
How should we love the Lord? Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
How much does God love us? Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn thee.
John 3:16 For God so LOVED the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.
Romans 8:37-39 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God. who loved me and gave himself for me.
Ephesians 2:4-6 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God.
1 John 4:9-11 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
       John 15:12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
                         Psalm 18:1 I love you, LORD, my strength.

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The Challenger

 

 

 

Thirty years ago yesterday, January 28, the Challenger explosion happened. The NASA family lost seven of its own on the morning of Jan. 28, 1986, when a booster engine failed, causing the Shuttle Challenger to break apart just 73 seconds after launch over Cape Canaveral, Florida. America watched in horror as the Challenger exploded.

7 people lost their lives, only one was known to be saved, he was Ronald McNair.

Here are the names of the people who died during this tragic accident: Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair; (back row) Ellison Onizuka,  Christa McAuliffe (a high school teacher from Concord, New Hampshire. She was chosen to go into space in the 1985 teacher in space project. ) , Gregory Jarvis,  and Judith Resnik.

NASA has many theories on why the Challenger exploded. But, one known reason is unsure. Some say that it was because it had been coldest day in the history of shuttle launches. But, main reason they are leaning towards is booster failure.

I pray each one of these people had a chance to come to know the Lord Jesus Christ before they died.

This is an example that you can’t wait to be saved! You never know when you may die.  You may die right now! Do you know where you would wake up? Heaven or Hell? Never say “I’ll get saved later, or when I’m older.” How do you know that you will live that long? You don’t, only God knows. Believe in Jesus today, don’t wait.

Don’t wait to accept Jesus. You never know when God will call you home.

Psalm 118:8  It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man

     

      

         

My testimony

Here’s my testimony:

It was the summer of 2009 and I was a 6 or 7 year old and I was going into the first grade. I had taken gymnastics since I was 5 years old. Gymnastics was far away from my school and where I lived. I would go out there one night a week and practice for 2 hours 5:30-7:30; after school. It was a good 45 minutes drive from my school, and since we had to travel far we went to gymnastics straight from school. It was an evening practice and I was preteam (that’s the level before you started competing) so we worked hard. Even the U.S.A Olympic team had been there before! Not to practice but to watch. It’s hard for a kid to get up at 7:00 work 8 hours in school and then work hard at a evening practice for two hours. I remember that my sister, my mom, and I would always eat an Oatmeal Cream Pie on the drive home for a snack. We always had water in our cup holders in the car, and we would drink up the whole bottle! But, that’s not how this night ended.

We ate in the car on the way there. What I mean by we is my mom and myself. I have a brother and a sister too. But my brother was little at the time, and my sister had just completed her gymnastics class so, momma dropped her off at my aunt’s house. Since my dad had to work. Once we got there we rushed in and changed in the locker room/bathroom since we were a little late.

They called my class name and I rushed to get out on the floor since we had to do something like a role call to make sure everyone was there. Momma had forgotten to pray protection over me before I went out like she always did. I remember I was really, super tired that day and I was struggling with some moves. But I kept pushing myself. Sometime later my right wrist started hurting. They had wrist braces there but I was little and too afraid to ask. Then my coach whose name was Mrs.Moe said “let’s start working on back handsprings”. I had seen older girls perform the trick before so I was looking forward to doing it. My coach got out what we called a “cheese mat” it looked like a slice of cheese. It was a slanted mat so to speak.

We started doing back handsprings one by one. But, she noticed that I was catching on the quickest. So she decided to let me try a few by myself. I did them perfectly and my coach then called over another coach who coached the older girls, to watch me. I did it and then they wanted to see it again. They gave me some pointers and I tried again. By then my wrist had started hurting worse than before. So I decided in my mind “I’m going to put more weight on my left wrist so my right one won’t hurt as much”. Wrong decision.

I flipped back to do the move then “Crack” something broke. I myself didn’t hear the crack but everyone else did. Even my mom who was sitting on the other side of the room on the bleachers behind a small wall heard it. Then thinking all was well I looked around. Everyone was staring at me waiting to see what I would do. But I never cried, never yelled, never screamed, I would have never known I had broke something until I looked down at my arm.

I looked at it in tears. I wasn’t crying of pain but of shock of how it looked. It was bent. You know how your wrist bends up and down. Move your wrist into the down position and look at it. That’s how my arm looked. Now grab the top of your arm close to the wrist but down some. Now imagine that looked like your wrist (still in the down position). That’s how it looked. I called it the “puppet master” don’t ask me why I guess it looked like a puppet.

Then the coaches started hurrying over to me and yelling at momma go get ice. There was a balcony with concrete stairs leading up to it where the teachers/workers ate. Momma got ice while all the coaches lay me down on the mat. They started looking at my arm. While they were helping lay me down I saw momma quick as a flash jump over the small wall that separated the bleachers/ watching area and the mat where we worked. She quickly came over with the ice and sat down next to me saying “It’s okay baby”.

Then someone asked one of my teachers to distract me so they could look at my arm. The coach whose name was Coach Jen was asking me questions like “Have you ever been to Disney World” or “Do you like Disney World think of Mickey Mouse and the rides”. But before she could finish I started saying “am I going to have to get a cast? I don’t want a cast” and I started crying. I guess I was still in shock from what happened and I wasn’t able to conceive what was happening until then. Then I heard my mom say something on my left side; since my head was turned to the right to look away from my arm and at the coach trying to distract me.

I heard her question “will she have to go to the hospital?” The answer was yes. They got a jacket and put the ice in it and wrapped it around my arm. I don’t know how we got out of the building and into the car but I know as we were walking out of the building the lady who owned the place and who worked at the registration desk offered to drive us there. So momma gave her the keys to the car. I don’t remember how we got into the hatch-back of the mini van, but we did. Momma was holding the ice wrapped in one of my coaches jacket, her name was Coach Jen. Mrs. Marilyn, was the lady’s name who owned the gym. Drove us to the hospital.

I remember feeling really, really, really tired then. Like I just couldn’t keep my eyes open. But momma kept saying “Don’t go to sleep keep your eyes open.”  My body was trying to shut down since I had gotten hurt. But God helped me not fall asleep by making me say “The ice is too cold on me”. Then momma replied “Honey, you have to keep it on and don’t fall asleep.” Thankfully we got to the hospital and Mrs. Marilyn told the hospital about me and my accident and they sent out a guy with a wheel chair to roll me into the hospital.

Again, I don’t remember how they got me into the wheel chair or the hospital, but I do remember that there were some children playing in the waiting room/play room with toys. I wanted to stick my tongue out at them. Since they were staring at me and I was so upset. But, the Lord helped me not to and he helped me not think things like that any more while I was there. Somehow they got me into an examination room.

A nurse walked in and put my arm on a piece of wood and looked at it. She kept turning my arm in different directions and I said “Ow” some times. Shortly after they moved me to the x-ray room. It was cold and dark and it was just the doctor and myself.

When I came out they wheeled me back to my room. Then my main coach, Mrs. Moe came in the room with momma and said to me “I brought you something”and she gave me a stuffed brown teddy bear and a princess blanket from the store. Then she gave momma a Mountain Dew. We both thanked her and then she said she had to get back to the gym since she had one more class to coach.

After she left the doctor talked to my momma about what was going to happen and then came to me. He showed her the x-ray and said that I had broken; not fractured, but literally snapped in two, two bones called the Ulna and the Radius. But, God protected me from having to have surgery. Because with a break like that, I could of had to have surgery to fix a torn muscle. But I didn’t have to have surgery!

The doctor told me that I was going to go to sleep and when I woke up my bone would be fixed and that I might see two of him. But, before I fell asleep my momma said she heard me say “Jesus help me, Jesus help me!” I didn’t even know I was saying it!

Momma had contacted my aunt and she told her what had happened and  that we were going to be home late. Then I fell asleep tucked under the blanket I had gotten from Mrs. Moe. I remember falling asleep on my stomach and dreaming about a long yellow road with a pink background. With cars filled with animals such as hippos, elephants, and giraffes. Once I woke up I didn’t see two of the doctor! I was fine! There was no pain either.

Then I saw my arm elevated on a pillow with wrapping and bobby pin looking things to hold it together. You might ask, did you have pins in your arm? No, I didn’t thank the Lord! I had to use the bathroom really bad, but since I was hooked up to an IV bag I couldn’t move. Once the IV bag was done I was able to go.

It felt good to get out of that stuffy room and into the bathroom and out the hospital door! Momma then told me while I was asleep the doctor popped my bone back into place.She also said she was praying for me constantly. Because it looked scary to see what he had to do to fix my arm.

I don’t remember driving home but I do remember what happened once I got there. We drove to my aunt’s house, since my dad was working my aunt watched my brother and sister. When we got in the house I saw my siblings looking at me and my aunt/cousin looking too. It was late so we got in the car and drove home.

God helped me in more than one way.

#1 He helped me feel no pain when I broke my arm.

#2 He helped us get to the hospital safely.

#3 He helped me have no torn muscles. Which meant no surgery.

#4 He kept me safe while I slept.

#5 He helped me feel no pain when the doctor popped my bone back into place.

#6 He gave the doctors and nurses wisdom to know what to do to help me.

#7 I was in no pain the entire time! I needed no medication when I got home.

#8 He helped us drive home safely.

#9 He brought people (the coaches) into our lives to help us.

#10 He was with me the entire time.

Just because your situation might seem scary doesn’t mean that God isn’t there with you. He was right beside me the entire time! Proverbs 3:5 says Trust in the Lord with all thine heart! And lean not unto your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and HE shall direct thy paths! What you might think was a terrible experience, God turned out for good! When I cried out Jesus help me! Someone might have gotten right with God! Whatever you have gone through; God is with you. When everything seems hopeless; God can help you. Like Bethany Hamilton; living her life without an arm seems like a horrible experience, right? But God used it for good, for his glory. In one of her interviews, at age 13, the interviewer asked “Where do you get your hope from?” Bethany replied “I get my hope through Jesus Christ.” God used her situation for good, for his glory. She could have died, but God took care of her. If you ever question “why did this happen to me?” If you have asked Jesus to come into your heart and save you, God could have used your situation for good, for his glory! He was with you that whole time, like he was with me. Trust in the Lord with all your heart.

Jesus died on the cross for you. We were all born with a sin nature. When you were a baby and you wanted your own way, you sinned. We have all sinned and come short of the glory of God – Romans 3:23. The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. –Romans 6:23.  For the wages of sin is death! Our punishment for sinning should be death! But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

But God loved you so much he sent his son, Jesus to die on the cross for you – John 3:16 . To take your punishment that you and I deserve for sinning against a holy God. But, Jesus didn’t stay dead, like an ordinary person would have. He rose from the grave on the third day – 1 Corinthians 15:3. And he is in heaven now! He is offering you the free gift of eternal life with him in heaven! Instead of a place of punishment called hell where we all should be!

For that is how horrible sin is to a holy God! But, God loved you so much he sent his son to die for you! When Jesus rose from the grave he took the keys of hell with him so we won’t have to go there, but only if we believe! You can’t get saved by your own doing, or by the ten commandments! You are not your own God. God made you. Who is God you ask? He is the creator of all things plants, animals, and you!  Only by Jesus Christ the Son of God can you get saved! But, Jesus is coming again!  Acts 11:1 This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” We must be ready for Jesus’ coming! When he comes he will get all the christians all over the world! No one knows when Jesus is coming back,not even he knows when. Only God the father knows. Though, some people say” I can wait to be saved. I have time”.  But how do you know you have time?You don’t know when Jesus is coming again,and you don’t know when your heart is going to stop beating.Jesus says in Revelation 3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in.

If you would like to get saved today all you have to do is this.

A: Admit you are a sinner and that you can’t save yourself

B: Believe that Jesus is the son of God and that he died and rose again on the third day for you. And that he is in heaven now waiting for God to give the word “go”. So Jesus can come and get his bride, which is all the christians all over the world!

C: Confess that Jesus is Lord. And Choose him to be your savior and Lord. You don’t have to pray a fancy prayer to ask Jesus to come in!

If you want to be saved today pray this prayer…

Dear Jesus, 

Please forgive me of my sins. Thank you for dying on the cross for me, and rising again! It says in your word that if I open the door you will come in. And Lord I do that now. I want you to come into my heart and be my savior and my Lord. Jesus please come into my heart and save me. Thank you, Jesus. Thank you for loving me. 

 In your name I pray, Amen

If you have received Jesus today please tell me down below in the comments. I would like to pray for you and welcome you to the family of God!

(part 2 coming soon)