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You Make Me Feel Like I Am Whole Again – Lovesong (The Cure)

1 John 3:1-3

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.  Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.  All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.”

Have  you  ever  considered  what  it  was  like  for  Adam  to  wake  up  one  morning and see Eve? At this point in his life he has seen everything there is to see, named all the things that God had created. Still, he didn’t know what it was like to see a person. When God makes a woman, Adam, for the first time  in  his  life,  sees  not  a  something,  but  a  someone!  At last, flesh of his flesh and bone of his bone.  But there is something different about her as well. She is like him, but at the same time, not like him. For the first time in his life, Adam realizes he isn’t just a human, he is also a man. Adam really didn’t understand who he was until he met Eve. Seeing who she is helps him understand who he is.

We know that Jesus Christ died so that we could be the children of God, but there is still something we just can’t understand about our relationship with Him.  There is something missing that we just can’t see.  In 1 John chapter 3, God makes a promise.  He says that one day, we will see something that no one has seen since Adam and Eve left the garden; Him!  We will get to see our God!  And  when  we  do,  we  will  finally  get  to  understand  our  place  in  His  creation.  Seeing our Creator will help us understand that we are like Him, and finally understand who we are. Being with God will make us whole again.

Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. (1 John 3:2)

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Bold Faith Prayer 2017

BOLD FAITH PRAYER 2017

O LORD,

In honor of your Holy name,

help me to truly love my neighbor as myself;

Touch through my hands, speak through my words,

love through my actions;

Soften and turn hearts toward You;

Let Your Spirit work immeasurably more than imagined;

I boldly ask these things in your name, Lord Jesus.  Amen.

 

As we prepare to launch the Bold Faith Initiative for this year, let’s wholeheartedly pray this prayer.  Everyday.

Our theme for May 2017 is: Love Your Neighbor

Our Lord Jesus Christ has called us to love our neighbors based on our love for God.  Matthew 22:37-39, “Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

We will apply this by loving our ‘neighbor’ in a general sense, but we also will explore what it means to love our ‘literal’ neighbor.  Who are the people who live closest to you and how can you be a blessing to them, showing them practical expressions of the love of God.

As always, we need God’s help.  So let’s abide in the vine, Jesus Christ, for without Him we can do nothing.

 

 

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