Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Life Through The Spirit

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.  Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.
You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.
Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. - Romans 8:1-17(NIV)

Monday, August 30, 2010

We Are Beautifully and Wonderfully Made

For you created my inmost being; 
  you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
  your works are wonderful,
  I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
  when I was made in the secret place.
  When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
  your eyes saw my unformed body. 
All the days ordained for me
  were written in your book
  before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! 
  How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
  they would outnumber the grains of sand.
  When I awake,
  I am still with you. - Psalm 139:13-18(NIV)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

"I and the Father are One"

Jesus answered, "I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father's name speak for me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and the Father are one." John 10:25-30(NIV)

Friday, June 18, 2010

Proclaim the Kingdom of God and Heal the Sick

He told them: "Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. If people do not welcome you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave their town, as a testimony against them." - Luke 9:3-5(NIV)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

In the Kingdom of Heaven

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
“And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. - Matthew 18:1-5(NIV).

Monday, May 10, 2010

God Is Truthful

“The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. The man who has accepted it has certified that God is truthful.For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands.Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” - John 3:31-36(NIV).

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Compassion VS Indifference

Compassion in the home includes:
·    Realizing each other’s needs for love and attention, and planning outings and activities to meet those needs.
·    Sensing each other’s need for respect and listening to ideas with an open mind.
·    Seeking to understand another’s struggles from his or her viewpoint and experiences.
·    Being willing to give up activities that could disappoint and hurt one another.
Rewards of Compassion:
·    Favour: A person who diligently seeks the good of another will receive approval and favor of those who observe their unselfish actions.
·    Friendship: Becoming involved in the life of another brings a deeper level of intimacy and friendship.
I will:
·         Stop to help.
·         Listen when other want to talk.
·         Give of my resources to help those in need.
·         Look for lasting solutions.
·         Comfort others without regard to race, gender, faith, age, or nationality.