This may seem an elementary question, but the views people carry about the cares in their life, in no particular order — faith, family, jobs, friends, hobbies — matter. We invest in the things we care about with our time, efforts, and money. We bring energy and ideas to projects.
Obviously, there is more than one answer to this question, “What is a Church . . .?.” Feel free to elaborate if you desire. I thoroughly believe Christians should share their ideas and beliefs with one another. Through my eyes this is what fellowship is mainly about: Spiritual enlightenment. Sharing with the faithful creates an environment for exchanging the concepts of our faith that help us to learn new views about our faith and, in so doing, sharpen our ability to share the faith to those who need to know more of God. What better way to expand your own knowledge of God than to share with those made in God’s own image. In Genesis, God makes humans in, “Our own image,” — which means you and each of those you worship with are somehow an “image of (the plurality of) God.”
“…this is what fellowship is mainly about: Spiritual enlightenment.”
We receive back in measure to how much we give, or in New Testament terms, “Reap what we sow.” And as our knowledge increases about a subject we understand it better and tend to be more supportive towards it. In this instance we are talking about ‘church’ and any of its aspects. If the question seems awkward, rethink it a little. Maybe “At church we…” or “What I like is …” So write us something…
Remember How Much Jesus Loves You Stay aware of God’s Love for you. God’s Love is unconditional. You can mess up and God is still there. Jesus continues to love. The Spirit speaks. You can live at a Spiritual Level of 10% — God loves and supports you. 30 or 40% — God cares for you. 60%, 80%, 90% — God is there. God cares for you.
Thankful in the Moment Friends, be present in your things you a thankful for. During this pandemic we have lost a lot, and I am not saying to give thanks for the loss and hurt, but as the pang is upon you, mindfully carry what you are thankful for. Have it at the ready. For whether you hurt (or not) you will find comfort and strength. For God gives good things, encouraging and strengthening us in many ways. My prayers are with you. -Jeff
Money: 1 Timothy 6:10 “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” 1 Timothy 6:10 NIV A verse often altered 3-ways: first, money is framed as the cause of all evil. Certainly evil and money are often yolked together for reasons of power, greed, and control. But money, a system of exchange for goods, knowledge, or services, is a tool to manage trade — and is not the foundation of all evil. Secondly, the covetous nature of loving money is simply overlooked, omitted, passed over. Loving money, or rather “craving” money becomes a means without God’s eternal plan in mind, placing money above allegiance to and fondness for God. Also, the trailing sentence is left out, imperceptibly, negating its ability to change people who need to grasp its warning. God wants us to be conscious of, in communication with, and dependent upon Him at all times. Beloved, I combine 1 Timothy 6:10 with Chapter 6 of Matthew, especially verses 31-33. You are cared for! -Jeff
Judging . . . Anyone Mark 4:24 Dear Ones – I note no end to the amount of judging happening in today’s world. Mark 4:24 declares to us the danger of how we, or ‘I’ process information. How we receive news, then act upon it will, in turn, give us our, — or give me -my’ — reward. What if I listen to one side of a story, then another tells their side and the two sides round out the issues quite a bit. If I act on one opinion only, my reward may not be what I am expecting since I am ignoring qualified opinions pertaining to the issues. Never forget there is a God who is a God of Justice and Truth. A God who gives right decisions and teaches us how to do the same. James, in verse 20 of chapter 1, says righteousness does not show in the works of human origins — we need to learn God’s thoughts. This follows verse 19 — be eager to listen, then measure your words and your anger. God knows we will judge issues — but we want to act in His manner. In Him, Jeff Consider Matt. 7:1-5, John 7:24 and Luke 6:36-37
Christmas Prayer 2020 Greetings, Dearly Beloved. May you be not overly burdened by life’s cares and worries. After all, we have a Great Hope and Friend in Heaven — Jesus — sticking beside us on our journey in this world. A Help for all people who are in need, especially with this illness conveying hardships on so many. With God, life is key; not only the hereafter but today: protect yourself. The deceiver will try to knock you down, only persist in your Faith and devotion to God. Life matters more than money, so protect youself and those around you against the throws of this world. Attend to study, prayer, and meditating which will admit light into your mind and peace to your soul, guiding your decisions. I hope you experience the Joy and Wonder the shepherds felt in the core-of-their-being when finding the Christ Child. Even the angels marveled! Jeff
"Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear." NASB
To the people near you . . . “give grace”.
Although this writing was for a church assembling together, I encourage you to apply this attitude wherever you go. Better yet — wherever you are; as God calls you to face an emptiness, longing, or sought-after confirmation within our living of this world.
I was extremely tempted to write about giving thanks but since a lot of people will be emphasizing thanksgiving I chose this. (But do be thankful for what you have. It always helps).
Be a giver of Grace. Not to horn-in on a conversation or control it; which is a great temptation.
Not to make sure you give the last word, having the last gotcha.
Only to bring a right-placed word, if needed.
In these “Covid times” a well-placed word might be wanted and needed. And you might be the right person to speak that word.