the mind is a beautiful thing

The gateway to knowledge, the keeper of truth, the segway to emotions, and the bearer of memories – the mind certainly is a beautiful thing.

God in His infinite wisdom created us to be thinkers, learners, truth bearers, memory keepers, Christ followers, and law abiders.

We do all these things with our minds and when we do we will…

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The Word tells us what we should do with our minds:

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3.2

Seek to get wise!

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.” James 3.13

Reading and memorizing The Word will help you use your mind wisely. Then, go lead a good life and do good to your fellow man.

We are commanded to love. When we do, we will draw others to the Lord.

Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.‘” Matthew 22.37

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love should not be silent

Growing up the I love you’s just were not heard in our house.

Years later when asked about it, my mother said: “How can you say you didn’t know you were loved?” And I thought: you can’t know for sure if the words are never spoken.

So, what’s the point today?

Love should not be silent.

In The Word of God, He tells us over and over of His love. In fact, more than 300 times and in the New Testament Christ tells us to love one another just as He loves us. (The command ‘love one another’ appears in the Bible, all in the New Testament. Jesus said it three times. Twice in John 13:34 and once in John 13:35. ‘Love each other‘ appears four times in the Bible, again and all in the New Testament. Jesus said it twice. Once in John 15:12 and once in John 15:17.

Five times altogether, according to the New King James version:

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” John 13.34

By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13.35

This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” John 15.12

These things I command you, that you love one another.” John 15:17*)

The point is if anything is repeated in the Bible, we should take heed and follow its instruction.

If we are commanded to love than that love should not be silent!

How can we…

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if it is?

Something to think about for sure!

Don’t let your love be silent or those in your life may wonder if you love them.

Love in word and deed.

The best way to love is to just be together, but do that after you have said: ‘I love you.’

Do it daily and life will be a little sweeter.

*https://www.funtrivia.com/askft/Question112529.html

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rejection

I know someone who went to a local church for about a year often using taxis to get there or back. Their child loved children’s church and they were faithful attenders.

Fast forward less than a year later and they are now living in a different location so they tried attending a different church. Sadly, the congregation was not as welcoming and many turned their noses up at them accompanied with whispers behind their backs but loud enough for them to hear. Things like “Wow! They come here now?” and “Did you know that child was born addicted?” or “I am surprised to see them here – guess jail time is over.” and other hurtful things.

Shame on them!

Shame on that church for not being the church.

Shame on the rejection they gave instead of loving welcome they desired and deserved.

Maybe it was done without even realizing what they did and the damage they caused, but no excuse.

Shame on them!

That family no longer attends church as the original one they loved and attended is too far away to get to now. But, they tried others and because they were not welcomed, they stopped going.

So…

Mom has now gotten into rituals and castings not fully understanding engaging in the dark side for protection is rejecting the true protection from The One True God.

I am so sad that tarot card reading has replaced meditating and reading scripture and church going has been replaced by a home altar.

But, I believe it all began with rejection from a body of believers that should have known better.

Sure the scripture is clear that some seed does not take root and perhaps this is partly true with this family. But, again, shame on that church for not welcoming this seeking family. What a different story this may have been if they didn’t feel such rejection by others who call themselves the church.

Would you join with me in praying for this precious family. I know they are seeking, but it seems they have gotten off track from the right direction and importance of staying on the straight and narrow path because of that rejection.

May they one day re – “enter through the narrow gate” and stay connected to the truth.

For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7.13+14)

And please, if you call yourself a Christian and consider yourself apart of God’s kingdom and church here on earth, take to heart how your words can cause another to fall away from the truth.

Don’t let that be you.

Don’t be responsible for someone else to delve into ungodly things because of how you treated them. This is so very sad to me and should be to you as well.

Remember: “Life and death are in the power of the tongue.“ (Proverbs 18.21)

Let us be life-giving encouragers with our word choice.

It is a field day for the evil one for he comes to steal, kill, deceive, and destroy. (John 10.10)

Don’t let him with those in your circle of influence.

Be seed planters and life givers so you can truly…

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Consider, then, the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the message of the kingdom but does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sownd along the path. The seed sown on rocky ground is the one who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he remains for only a season. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. The seed sown among the thorns is the one who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. But the seed sown on good soil is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and produces a crop – a hundredfold, sixtyfold, or thirtyfold.” Matthew 13.18-23. (see also Mark 4.1-9 or Luke 8.11-13)

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it is the end of be kind to humankind

Well, of course, we still need to be kind but today marks the end of be kind to humankind week.*

Did you even know?

I didn’t!

But, regardless, it is no excuse for us not to be kind. After all it is one of the fruit of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5.22+23: love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.

I love the enriched meaning in the amplified version: “But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.” ‭‭Galatians ‬ ‭5:22-23‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Bottom line: let’s exhibit all the fruit and start by just being kind.

“But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard – things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good – crucified.” ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:22-23‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Yes, let’s kill the stuff that needs to go and cover everything else with kindness. Being kind will allow us to…

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So, go 🐝 kind each and every day.

Just…

as you…

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*thanks Lorraine for beginning this ‘kind’ journey 30 plus years ago – check out the Be Kind to Human Kind website http://bk2hk.org/week/ for ideas to implement each and every day of the week and I would suggest not just this week but each and every day the whole year through.

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love, honour, respect

Been thinking a lot lately about respect. It is a natural byproduct of loving and honouring. If we start with the one who loves us most and give honour to Him, respect will follow. Respect of ourselves, respect for and to others, and of course it all starts with having a reverence and respect for the Lord.

Love the Lord.

“Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’” Matthew 22.37

Bring honour to Him.

“…Fear God, and give Him glory…” Revelation 14.7

And by respecting Him above all others, you not only will exude respect, but receive it as well.

Love, honour, respect – the winning combination this side of heaven. Use it, be it, do it and you will…

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what is faith

Faith is believing in something beyond yourself. Something you can’t see or smell or touch. It is like having hope but mixed with love.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11.1

Maybe you have let your faith go. Know it is never to late to realize what is important in your life and to fight for it. Everyday we are alive can be considered a miracle. Have faith that today God hears you, cares for you, and is in control.

If you have never trusted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior why not do that right now.

Simple say: “God forgive me, thank You for sending Your Son to die on the cross in my place, I accept You as Lord and Savior and will do my best in faith to follow You all the rest of my earthly days. Amen

The Bible says the angels rejoice when one sinner comes to Christ. If that is you, do let us know in the comments so we can congratulate you and welcome you to the family of believers.

I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15.10

If you are already saved, perhaps there is an area in your life you need to put your full faith in to. Trust God with all the details.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3.5

Here’s some more verses to boost your faith:

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13.8

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15.8

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26.3

“…all things are possible to him who believes.” Mark 9.23b

Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” Mark 9.24b

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Romans 10.17

Read The Word, build your faith, and

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*inspired from the words of the minister in the movie Premonition

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love – it can be so life giving

I believe the ultimate love is found in new life.

Whether that be our offspring, a pet, birds in a nest outside the home, baby animals in the zoo, or even new offshoots of plants.

The ultimate gift of love is that we are giving new life knowing Jesus died on the cross for our sins and offers us the free gift of salvation.

That is ultimate love.

That is what love is.

That is what love does.

Love Does is also the title of a book by Bob Goff which I highly recommend. You can look back at this previous post to learn more about it and apply its truth to your everyday day life:

https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/04/05/love-does/

But, the bottom line is what does love do?

It forgives.

It overlooks an offense.

It helps.

It encourages.

It offers peace.

What can you add to the list? And how are you doing with the above?

Remember, love is also patient and kind. It puts others before self and never gives up. It speaks truth, always trusts God, and never dies. (Ref.: I Corinthians 13)

Love – it can be so life giving so, … give it! Speak life by saying encouraging and loving words. Learn to love extravagantly.

Then, you and I both will…

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miles may separate but…

Prayer unites!

Have family or friends far away? No matter, as miles may separate but

Prayer unites!

Know someone in need but can’t visit? No matter, as miles may separate but

Prayer unites!

Don’t know what to do when someone is sick and laid up? No matter, as miles may separate but

Prayer unites!

I think you get the picture now.

No distance can separate us from those we are praying for.

Prayer is the answer to so many problems.

Presently, there are over 10,000 miles between me and my loved ones. Yet, every phone call or text brings us closer, and every prayer makes those miles dissipate.

Peace

Revealed

As (we)

Yield

When we pray, peace abounds.

When we pray, love prevails.

When we pray, healing begins.

So, when you don’t know what to do or say: just pray!

I have often taken another’s hands and prayed right then and there when they have said: pray for me.

Instead of asking: Can I pray for you now?, just do it.

Less resistance, less awkwardness, and more boldness for our Lord. Take up the challenge and when opportunity arises to pray don’t ask, just do!

He is the one that can truly heal and bring peace. Go to Him and help others see your trust in Him. It will make a difference as that is how we can sincerely…

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when we pray!

Remember…

Don’t short change yourself by not praying.

Remember, miles may separate but…

Prayer unites!

Look back at this post to learn more about putting God in every day: https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/06/22/a-summer-without-of-floaties/

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real Christians love their neighbours

So often in today’s society, neighbours, even living right next door or in the same complex, don’t know each other. I find that sad and perplexing. We were made for community and yet we don’t find it in the community that is closest to us. It is our duty and obligation to get to know those who are in close proximity in our lives whether that is at home, work, or establishments we frequent often as restaurants, stores, barber shoppes, etc. It is then that we can begin to build a relationship of trust. Once this takes place, when trials come in others’ lives, we can be there for them.

In meantime, you can help bring groceries in for someone elderly or who has a broken limb or better yet, go get the shopping done for them.

How about giving new parents the night off for a date while you care for their little ones?

Visit those recovering from surgery or who no longer can go out.

On warm days when others are outside, don’t just wave or walk by; stop and say hi! That might just be the start of something special.

Know your neighbours well enough to know their dislikes and likes and act on what you know.

What other ideas do you have ?

The bottom line is this: real Christians love their neighbours. We can’t love if we don’t know them intimately. I challenge you to make more of an effort to do so. Get creative and invite them for dinner or start your own NBC.

(See this blog post to know what that means: https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/06/12/nbc/ )

And here is some characteristics of a good neighbour straight from God’s instruction book to us. We should apply them daily:

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” Philippians 2.3

“…be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble” Mark 12.31b

encourage one another and build each other up” I Thessalonians 5.11

carry each other’s burdens” Galatians 6.2

Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers…” Hebrews 13.1

And the key is this:

Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5.14

Yes, real Christians love their neighbours. When we do, others will see us…

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For more tips on being a good neighbour, check out these previous posts:

https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/03/09/am-i-my-neighbours-keeper/

https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/03/10/am-i-my-neighbours-keeper-day-2/

https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/03/11/how-to-be-a-good-neighbour/

https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/03/12/a-good-neighbour-ministers/

https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/03/13/who-is-my-neighbour/

https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/03/14/be-a-samaritan/

https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/03/15/lend-a-helping-hand/

https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/03/16/hi-neighbour/

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read them the riot act

We are to be our brothers’ keepers. That means at times we might need to read them the riot act. We are to help others grow in their faith and protect them when going down the wrong path.

By the way, the Riot Act was a declaration from the 1700s where it was said it was unlawful for 12 or more to gather. It authorized the local authorities to disperse such a group, but first they had to read them the riot act before they could enforce it. Now the phrase has come to mean to reprimand severely.

We all could use some reprimanding from time to time. God even disciplines us if need be.

Here’s the thing though, He always extends love and grace so should we.

Yes, there is times we need to read someone the riot act, but we can do that in love. Even tough love is still love, but even then it can be done with gentleness and kindness.

None of us are perfect, “for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3.23) but from time to time we could all use some discipline. Be open to it. Be willing to change. And don’t close your ears if someone is reading you the riot act. It just

might help you…

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all the better so the world can truly become a better place by your actions or in some cases inaction as you become more self-disciplined. What in your life needs the riot act read about? Think about it then make a change for the better.

Go make our God proud!

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