GREATEST COMMANDMENT.

THE SECOND GRADE CLASS LISTENED INTENTLY AS MS. ROBBINS EXPLAINED THE 10 COMMANDMENTS. AS SHE WAS EXPLAINING EXODUS 20:12, THE COMMANDMENT OF HONORING AND OBEYING THEIR PARENTS, ONE LITTLE GIRL ASKED IF THERE WAS A COMMANDMENT OF HOW SHE WAS TO TREAT HER LITTLE BROTHER WHOM SHE FELT TORMENTED HER DAILY. BEFORE MS. ROBBINS COULD REPLY, ONE OF THE LITTLE GIRL’S ALERT CLASSMATES YELLED OUT “THOU SHALL NOT KILL.”. OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES…… GOD GAVE US 10 COMMANDMENTS OF HOW TO LIVE OUR LIVES. HOW WELL DO YOU KEEP ALL 10? IT IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO KEEP 8 OUT OF 10 OR EVEN 9 OUT OF 10. GOD GAVE US 10 COMMANDMENTS. GOD EXPECTS US TO KEEP ALL TEN. TAKE THE TIME TODAY TO OPEN YOUR BIBLE AND READ EXODUS 20:3-17. KEEP GOD’S COMMANDMENTS…ALL OF THEM. “YOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME.” EXODUS 20:3...

DO YOU PRAY?

DO YOU FEEL THE COMFORT OF A CONVERSATION WITH GOD? PRAYERS ARE OUR LIFEBLOOD. IN THE OLD TESTAMENT WE READ OF THOSE FAITHFUL TO GOD AND THEIR DEVOTED PRAYERS. ABRAHAM PRAYED FOR A SON. MOSES PRAYED FOR HIS PEOPLE AS A ‘FRIEND OF GOD’. DAVID, THROUGH ALL HIS TRIALS AND JOYS PRAYED. THE PROPHETS PRAYED TO THE LORD. IT IS EASY FOR US TO SEE THE PURPOSE AND THE RESULTS OF ALL THEIR PRAYERS SINCE WE HAVE THOUSANDS OF YEARS OF CLARITY TO UNDERSTAND. GOD WILL HEAR YOUR PRAYER JUST AS HE HEARD THEIR PRAYERS. IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, JESUS PRAYED TO HIS FATHER. JESUS PRAYED ALONE AND WITH OTHERS. JESUS TAUGHT US TO PRAY IN MATTHEW 6:9-13 WITH THE LORD’S PRAYER: “OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE THY NAME, YOUR KINGDOM COME,YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. GIVE US TODAY OUR DAILY BREAD. FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US. AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION , BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL.” IT IS EASY TO PRAY. IT IS YOUR CONVERSATION WITH GOD. A CONVERSATION REQUIRES AT LEAST TWO…YOU AND GOD. PRAYER IS TO BE CONTINUAL…THROUGH OUT YOUR DAY. PRAY SPECIFICALLY. GOD KNOWS YOUR HEART. THEN LISTEN. DON’T GET GOD ON THE LINE, THEN HANG UP BEFORE YOU HEAR HIS ANSWER. LISTEN FOR GOD’S ANSWER. ‘YES’, ‘NO’ OR ‘WAIT’; ALL WILL BE ANSWERED IN GOD’S PERFECT TIMING. “DO NOT BE ANXIOUS ABOUT ANYTHING, BUT IN EVERYTHING, BY PRAYER AND PETITION, WITH THANKSGIVING, PRESENT YOUR REQUESTS TO GOD.” PHILIPPIANS 4:6...

HOW MUCH DOES LOVE COST?

STORES HAVE BEEN PROMOTING VALENTINE’S DAY SINCE THE FIRST OF JANUARY AS CHRISTMAS DISPLAYS WERE REPLACED WITH VALENTINE PROMOTIONS. THERE IS A LOT OF HYPE AND PROMOTION OF THIS ‘DAY OF LOVE’. THE MESSAGE IS CLEAR, IF YOU WANT TO BE LOVED YOU HAVE TO BUY LOVE…WITH CARDS, CANDY AND LAVISH GIFTS. GOD HAS A DIFFERENT IDEA. GOD LOVES YOU FOR WHO YOU ARE NOT FOR LAVISH GIFTS. OF COURSE, HE HAS HIS DESIRES FOR YOU AND LAID OUT THE BIBLE, HIS HOLY WORD, AS AN INSTRUCTION BOOK FOR YOU. CHRIST DELIVERED THE MESSAGE OF LOVE. UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. IF YOU HAVE NOT EXPERIENCED TRUE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE, IS IT NOT TIME? GO TO A QUIET PLACE AND BOW TO GOD, THANK HIM FOR HIS SON JESUS TAKING ON YOUR SINS AND ASK HIM TO COME INTO YOUR HEART. EXPERIENCE THE HOLY SPIRIT COMING INTO YOU….HIS ETERNAL UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. THE TRIUNE GOD LOVES YOU…GOD THE FATHER, CHRIST THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT. HIS LOVE IS YOUR BEST VALENTINE’S GIFT. “WE LOVE BECAUSE HE FIRST LOVED US.” 1JOHN...

THE WHOLE ENCHILADA!

DON’T YOU ENJOY AMERICAN SLANG? IN SPANISH IT MEANS A TORTILLA FILLED WITH A MEAT AND MAYBE A CHOICE OF VEGETABLES. AMERICANS PROBABLY TOOK THE PHRASE FROM COSTA RICA, WHERE IT ALSO MEANS “ALL WRAPPED UP”. SO, WHEN YOU HEAR THE PHRASE ‘THE WHOLE ENCHILADA’, IT SIMPLY MEANS ‘ALL THERE IS’. IS YOUR FAITH YOUR WHOLE ENCHILADA? IS GOD MORE IMPORTANT IN YOUR LIFE THAN ANYTHING ELSE? DO YOU READ YOUR BIBLE EVERY DAY? DO YOU START AND END EVERY DAY IN PRAYERS? HOW ABOUT UNSCHEDULED PRAYERS DURING THE DAY? WHAT ABOUT THANKING GOD BEFORE EVERY MEAL? DO YOU PRAY FOR OTHERS WHO ARE IN THE MIDST OF HEARTACHE, FINANCIAL PROBLEMS, HEALTH ISSUES, DEALING WITH FAMILY SITUATIONS OR WITH PERSONAL EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS? ARE YOU JOINING WITH OTHERS IN WORSHIP? ARE YOU CONTRIBUTING TO THE FINANCIAL NEEDS OF YOUR CHURCH? DO YOU VOLUNTEER THRU AN OUTREACH MINISTRY? DO YOU TEACH OTHERS OF THE FAITH GOD HAS GIVEN YOU? DO YOU SIMPLY LIVE YOUR LIFE AS GOD (NOT YOU) DESIRES? IS YOUR FAITH IN GOD YOUR ‘WHOLE ENCHILADA’…OR IS YOUR FAITH JUST AN INGREDIENT? “GUIDE ME IN YOUR TRUTH AND TEACH ME, FOR YOU ARE GOD MY SAVIOR, AND MY HOPE IS IN YOU ALL DAY LONG.” PSALM 25:5...