The Head of the Church

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The Head of the Church – 2021-9-26

“And He is the head of the body, the church: . . .”
Colossians 1:18a

True Children of the True God,

The leading element for believers — the body of Christ — is Christ.

Paul uses the human body to frame Jesus’ operation within the church.

The body consists of the true believers in Jesus — those who have given their lives to Jesus, and CONTINUE to hear and follow His voice live a life that is “in keeping with repentance” (John the Baptist, Luke 3:8).  Simply sitting in a church pew does not pass as a Christian.

Members of this body have a place and function determined by Christ since He made us, and the entire body is linked to Christ, our Head.

Ponder: “Christ is above all powers and Earthly authority . . .” and, “In Him we live, and move, and have our being”.  (Ephesians 1:18-23 & Acts 17:28)
His Love,
Jeff

Knowing God @ 1Pursuit

My fellow blogger at “1Pursuit” gives insights to the walk we should have with God. I invite you to let this post deepen your Faith. Chew the cud over this quote:

“Jesus stated that He is the way, the truth, and the life.  He did not state that He knew the way or would tell us the way.  Neither did He state that He came to teach truth to us so we can teach others. He did not state that He came to show us how to live life.  

He is the way, the truth, and the life.” . . .

Duck Desire

the Desire to meet with God
in prayer
listening
allowing Him to speak
is natural
like a duck’s attraction to water 
it should be instinct 
Desire fulfilling itself 
whether or not to enter the water
is of no concern
but deciding how to get to the water
and jump in

Want to go for a swim?

Listen to God

Listen to God

Learn to listen for God.

Imbue this listening from your prayer life.

Hard the harvest from seeds never planted.

Plant.

Water.

Prune.

Fertilize.

With Patience.

Pull weeds.

And Wonder at the process.

The harvest will be realized and eaten.

Wisdom in the Fruit is nourishing and is cherished.

Remember How Much God Cares for You

Stay aware of God’s Love

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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

Keep with you the things you are thankful for.

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

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

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

Kindle Faith

Say something rational

Now, if I were to Even Kindle 
your Faith — 
how could I say anything rational? 

Except of Love . . .

Love 
rational 
profound 
beautiful 
deep 

Stays with you even if not returned 
God returns Love to you 

Grows 
shapes 
works things out 
gives another chance 

When your time comes to be understood 
Love shown 
brings insight 
and peace

In Him, Jeff