Archive for October 2017

Love is Action

1 John 3:17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? 18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. 19 And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.

As a child, I remember learning in school that a verb is an “action word.” We also learned that a noun is “a person, place, or thing,”  Love is the ultimate noun and verb! 

John defined the “Love of God,” as an action. The true measure of love is not only words, but deeds. Our deeds transform love from a “thing” into “action.” Love is the master motivator and an empowering force!

In Verse 19, The Apostle John shared this powerful truth: True love, when lived through our actions, draws us closer to God, strengthens our character, and provides the firm foundation of assurance! 


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Great Grace  = Practitioners & Partners With God

Acts 4:33 And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.

The grace of God is the single greatest source and resource in the life of a believer. Grace is God’s favor, ability, operational power, and everything He makes available to you and me. Grace came through Jesus Christ. John 1:16 And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Looking at our text: Is “Great grace” a different kind or higher level of grace? No. The word “great” here does not describe a different of Grace, anymore than there is different kind of Jesus.

Great grace describes the engagement and practice that the Apostles had with the grace of God. They were fully submitted to Christ and fully immersed in living in grace. That’s what grace “great.” Not greater grace, but great engagement with grace by believers in the early church. Grace is not something we summon like a new idea, Grace is our lifestyle. Grace is our regular practice of life.

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Your Defining Moment: “Be Still and Know that I am God”

Lessons from Blind Bartimaeus  |  By Pastor Bryan Hudson

Luke 18:35-43 

35 Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging. 36 And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant. 37 So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. 38 And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39 Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40 So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him, 41 saying, “What do you want Me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.” 42 Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” 43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

Considering all the natural, social, and political disasters, you might think, “The devil is busy and sin is abounding!” 

God’s people maintain a Kingdom perspective: The Word of God says in Romans 5:20 “…But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.

We need to disconnect from the madness all around us, be still, and rediscover God. The dictionary defines “re-discovery” as “recovering something good that you had forgotten or lost is the fact or process of becoming aware of it again or finding it again.”

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