Faithful Love

January 24, 2015


SCRIPTURE

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.
~Psalm 118:1, NLT

QUOTE

Jesus loves you and there is nothing you can do about it.

~Junior Hill

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Just as the Patriarch Joseph made a commitment to love his sorry brothers so God in eternity past made a decision to love us. It is His decision, His choice, His initiative and His character that makes a love relationship possible. There is absolutely nothing you and I can do to earn, merit or deserve His love. His love is totally unconditional. You can’t do anything to cause Him to love you more or less. You have no influence over His attributes. Understanding this one simple yet profound truth can set your free of a lot of worry and fear. 

Eddie Arnold had a hit many years ago called “Make The World Go Away.” The refrain went like this…

Make the world go away
And get it off my shoulders,
Say the things you used to say
And make the world go away.

Eddie was singing about man’s fickle and conditional love. Eros is a selfish love: it loves to be loved but it cannot love when it is not reciprocated. Eros can handle only so much rejection, disappointment and loneliness and then it will cease to be. Jesus can take the world off your shoulders. You can count on His love: it is faithful, enduring, steadfast, divine and unconditional.

extra 2

  • Today we pray for STUDENTS. We can make Cain Hogan our primary target. They found out yesterday that Cain has Acute B Lymphoma which is the bad news; the good news is that it is treatable. Cain will be transferred this morning [January 24] to St. Jude’s in Memphis, Tn. He will be there from 4-6 weeks. Cain had a lot of company last night [January 23] and was in good spirits. Pray for Cain and family.
  • Had another good visit with Kenny and the boys. Kenny’s boys are knowledgeable but neither will concede on which knows the most or least. I learn something every time I talk to them. We had Kenny smiling some last evening. He is too weak to laugh or chuckle but he listens and smiles. He is a good man as men go. Let’s all lift Kenny up and his mom. Joe David visited her yesterday: pray for Mrs. Ona. She has her bags packed if you know what I mean.
  • Regular Schedule Sunday beginning at 8:15 with Deacon’s meeting.
  • REVIVAL with Phil Glisson Sunday February 1.

LCBS LESSON PREVIEW

Ready To Help The Poor

Ice Breaker: What one thing would you have a hard time living without? [Do not consider the essentials: food, shelter and clothing]

Scripture: Deuteronomy 15:7-11 [NIV]

7 If anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them. 8 Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them whatever they need. 9 Be careful not to harbor this wicked thought: “The seventh year, the year for canceling debts, is near,” so that you do not show ill will toward the needy among your fellow Israelites and give them nothing. They may then appeal to the Lord against you, and you will be found guilty of sin. 10 Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. 11 There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.

Key Question: Is giving your tithe through the church enough? Are there situations where you need to give personally to an individual?

In verse 10, we are exhorted to “Give generously without a grudging heart.” Do you know any generous people? How does a person become generous? If it were your personal goal to become generous, where would you start?

NOTE OF INTEREST: The Israelites did not believe in 15 year mortgages. They had a sabbatical year every 7 years just like we have a leap year every four years. If 2017 was the sabbatical year and a neighbor came to borrow money, you had to understand that what was not collected by 2017 would be automatically canceled by the sabbatical year. Toward the end of the cycle, Jews became very tight fisted.

Deuteronomy 15:4-5….However, there need be no poor people among you, for in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly bless you,  if only you fully obey the Lord your God and are careful to follow all these commands I am giving you today.

QUESTIONS TO PONDER

  • Why do we have poor people?
  • Are the poor in our area any different from the poor in Africa, India, China, Eastern Kentucky?
  • What can be done about the poor in our area?
  • How do you rate DBC? Too generous, generous, not generous enough, or not generous at all.
  • How does Deuteronomy 15 substantiate the BLOCK PARTY? 
  • God promised Israel that He would bless their generosity: do you think that promise holds true for us?
  • There is a Lazarus at every gate. The problem is, we are not looking for our Lazarus. Someone is going to need your help this week; practice being sensitive to the Holy Spirit leading you to your Lazarus. Lazarus needed food, mercy and medical care. He was not asking for part of the estate. Your Lazarus may need encouragement; he or she may just need a friend or a sympathetic ear.
  • Do you want to be remembered at “Tight-fisted” or “Generous”?
  • Look for opportunities to give.
  • Plan to give: sit down and pray about giving more. Ask God to help you give more.

 

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