Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.
Today is Good Friday. Spend the day remembering that Jesus loved you so much – that He came down from heaven and died on the cross for your/our sins. If you are in the Laurel area – join us this evening for a meaningful service of remembrance as we read through some of the Biblical story of Jesus’ sacrifice. The service begins at 7 pm at First United Methodist Church at 424 Main Street – in Laurel – MD. Here are some passages to get us thinking today.
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 15:13 – Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Continue reading
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
If you watch golf at all – you are well aware that at many golf tournaments – someone will probably have a sign behind the golfers (where the cameras catch it) that reads John 3:16. This passage hit home with me this week as I watched the national and international scene unfold around us. I understand nationalism and I think I understand our need to protect our boarders and our people from terrorists and other threats. I listen to the debates about building a wall – denying certain people entrance into the USA – and the need to keep track of certain people. It can be very confusing at times and very mind blowing.
As Christians who are from a certain nation – we are often caught dealing with our national interests and our Christian global interests. Christ died for the whole world (although all will not accept His free gift of salvation). Christ died for the people we are trying to keep out of our nation – even the criminal elements. It is a hard place at times. It is tough taking a stand because there are arguments on both sides of most discussions. Continue reading
1 John 4:21
And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
I love this simple truth. Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister – such a simple truth yet such a huge command. If we say we love God but do not show love toward others – we are lying. The verse just before today’s verse says it this way – 1 John 4:20 – Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.
So today – the simple truth and simple challenge is this – love one another.
Luke 6:31 – Do to others as you would have them do to you.
Romans 13:10 – Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. Continue reading
”For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
During the month of December I have asked some members and friends of our church to write a paragraph or so describing some of the things that bring them joy this Christmas season in their relationship with Jesus and First Church? They were asked where they see Jesus in their church family? They were asked what draws them to First Church. The reason for this is to stir up some joy and excitement this Christmas Season. I told them I would share their thoughts anonymously – but I am keeping their e-mails for sure. I will try to post a comment a day for December so obviously I need 31 comments. The posts will go up around noon each day.
I praise the Lord for the testimony. I hope that it brings those who read it great joy. Merry Christmas to one and all.