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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

LOVING ONE ANOTHER WITH GIVING AND RECEIVING GIFTS



VIDEO LINKS TO THIS SERMON

LOVING WITH GIFTS - PART ONE
LOVING WITH GIFTS - PART TWO
LOVIN WITH GIFTS - PART THREE

Love One Another With Giving and Receiving Gifts
by Pastor Mark Taylor

“My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue only, but in deed and in truth”
(1 John 3:18)

Some of the information today in quotations will come from Gary Chapman’s book The 5 Love Languages.  The rest of it will come from scriptural principles I have learned from the Bible and other sources and sermons.  In this message, I would like to take his ideas and expand on them.  I am praying the Lord will teach us how to love each other, our children, our friends, our husbands and wives, and most of all the Lord Jesus Christ with giving and receiving gifts.

Giving is a part of the nature of God the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.  “For God so loved the world, He gave His only Son” (John 3:16).    "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”  (John 14:26-27).  These are gifts from above that we cannot see, but are necessary to live the Christian life. They are perfect gifts.  “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” (James 1:17).  This is a “love language” from above, that of giving to us. “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”  (Romans 8:32).

Almost everything ever written on the subject of love indicates that at the heart of love is the spirit of giving.   A gift is usually something you can hold in your hand and say, “Look, someone was thinking of me.” The gift itself is a symbol of that thought whether it costs money or not.   All five ways to love challenge us to give to our spouse, but for some, receiving gifts, visible symbols of love, speaks the loudest. Gifts are visual symbols of love  Visual symbols of love are more important to some people than to others.  Gifts come in all sizes, colors, and shapes.  Some are expensive, and others are free.  Gifts may be purchased, found, or made.”

“But not all gifts are visible.  There is an intangible gift that sometimes speaks more loudly that a gift that can be held in one’s hand.  The gift of self or the gift of presence.  Physical presence in the time of crisis is the most powerful gift you can give if your spouse’s primary love language is receiving gifts.  Your body becomes the symbol of your love.”  Our Lord has left us with a promise: “ I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:20),  “For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5).  Anytime you need Him, He has given you the gift of His presence and His time through the Holy Spirit.

We may not feel we have much to give.  But we have much more than we may realize.  Someone needs your smile today.  Someone needs your love today.  Someone needs a hug and to feel your touch of love. There is healing in your hands and voice.  God wants to use you to bring hope, healing, love and victory into the lives of others.  You can help someone by being a friend and giving them encouragement.  You can give someone a compliment or praise for something they did.  You can visit someone in the hospital or a senior citizen in a nursing home.  You can write somebody an encouraging letter.  The list goes on.  Ask the Lord how He can use you today to give of yourself to others.

“If your spouse’s primary love language is receiving gifts, you can become a proficient gift giver.  In fact, it is one of the easiest love languages to learn.  If receiving gifts is someone’s primary love language, almost anything you give will be received as an expression of love.”  This is also true about your children, your friends, and especially our Lord and Savior.  He has given us this promise: “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you." (Luke 6:38).

“Gifts need not be expensive, nor must they be given weekly.  But for some individuals, their work has nothing to do with monetary value and everything to do with love.”  Use your “gifts” to give to others.  If you have the gift of music - give it.  If you have the gift to work with your hands and create things - give it.  If you have the gift to teach or encourage others - give it.

Give gifts to your friends, to your loved ones, to your husband or wife, to your children, and to strangers and you will be blessed.  It may not be your “love language”, but to make others feel loved, gifts are important expression of love for them.   God continues to give you gifts of health, happiness, safety, forgiveness, and many more.  But the greatest gift He has given us is His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.  “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15)..

If you are not sure what to give someone, listen to them and make a mental note when they mention something they like.  It could be somewhere they would like to go, something as simple as a card, or something they need done around the house.  There are many ways to use the “love language” of giving if you will ask the Lord to help you.  

Begin this week finding ways to give gifts to others.  It is a simple way to show your love and follow the Lord’s command.  "This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12).  Also remember to love one another with “words of encouragement” and “Quality Time”.


God has given you some valuable information on how to love each other, but He reminds us to use it. "If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.”    (John 13:17).

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

LOVING ONE ANOTHER WITH QUALITY TIME



Video Links To This Sermon

How To Love One Another With Quality Time
by Pastor Mark Taylor
"By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."    (John 13:35)

In this message with the help of the Holy Spirit, we will learn how to love one anotherwith the love languageof quality time.  It is important that we learn how to invest time in the lives of our family, friends, and with God.

  Some of the information today in quotations will come from Gary Chapmans book The 5 Love Languages.  The rest of it will come from scriptural principles I have learned from the Bible and other sources and sermons.  It is not just learning new material but putting what we have learned into practice that will make the difference in our lives. "If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.(John 13:17).

There are 168 hours in each week.  The average person will spend about 56 of those sleeping, 24 eating and with personal hygiene, 50 working or traveling to work.  That means there are only about 35 hours a week of discretionary timeleft over or about 5 hours per day.  It is important that we use this time in the best possible way when we are with our family, our friends, and especially with our Lord in prayer and Bible study.
The challenge is not to manage time, but to manage ourselves.  
The Bible says: See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.(Ephesians 5:15-16). Circumspectly means to be constantly looking around to make the most of every opportunity.

If you dont manage your time, someone else will manage it for you.  Benjamin Franklin said: Do not squander time, for it is the stuff life is made of.  Say NOto time robbers.  There will always be somewhere else you can be, but if you are going to spend quality time with your family, friends, and the Lord, you are going to have to learn the power of that little two letter word, NO.

Below are some ways to show your spouse, your children, your friends, and the Lord Jesus Christ that you love them by speaking the love language of quality time.

1.  Quality attention to the other person is being "present".  When someone is sharing something important with you, they value you and are including you into a small circle of people they trust.  This is not the time to to tell them your opinions until they feel that you have listened  to them.  In fact they may not want your opinion.  Often they just need someone to listen so they can formulate their feelings.  Slow down and enjoy those special moments God gives you with those you love.

2.  Give those you love, your "undivided attention "

It isnt enough to just be in the same room with someone.  A key ingredient in giving your spouse quality time is giving them focused attention, especially in this era of many distractions When a father is sitting on the floor, rolling a ball to his child, his attention is focused on the child.”  This is also true for our children, our friends, and the Lord.  So we need the Lord to teach us how to use our time more wisely. So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.(Psalms 90:12).

3. Quality Conversationis an important part of spending time with each other. Quality conversation is quite different from the first love language.  Words of affirmation (encouragement) focus on what we are saying, whereas quality conversation focuses on what we are hearing.  

If I am sharing my love for you by means of quality time, and we are going to spend that time in conversation, it means I will focus on listening sympathetically to what you have to say.  I will ask questions with a genuine desire to understand your thoughts, feelings, and hopes.

Here are some practical suggestions for having a Quality Conversation.

  1. Maintain eye contact when you talk to others.
  2. Dont try to listen and do something else at the same time.
  3. Listen for feelings. (if people are sad, angry, joyful, etc.)
  4. Observe body language. (If people are tired, uncomfortable, nervous, etc.)
  5. Dont interrupt the other person when they are telling you something that is important to them. Dont start telling them about your problems at this point.


If you will give the Lord your undivided attention, He will listen to you and speak to you through His Word and through the Holy Spirit.

This can also be used in your prayer time and time of Bible reading.  I will lift up my eyes to the hills-From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.(Psalms 121:1-2).  I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God; Incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech.(Psalms 17:6). 

One way to learn new patterns of Quality Conversation is to establish a daily sharing time in which each of you will talk about at least three things that happened to you that day and how you feel about them.  It should include at least 2 good things.

4.  Quality Activities may include anything is which one or both of you have an interest.  The emphasis is not on what you are doing, but on why you are doing it.  The purpose is to experience something together, to walk away from it feeling, someone really cares about me because they were willing to do something with me that I enjoy and did it with a positive attitude.  That is love, and for some people it is loves loudest voice.

How do you find the time, you dont you make the time.
At times to show your love, you may have to be involved in an activity with the person you love that you are not really that interested in.  Guys you may need to go to a play or shopping with your wife or help them with housework or cooking.  Ladies, you may need to go fishing or walk through a sporting store with your husband or help them on an outside project.  Parents you may have to give up some of your time to attend your child's awards ceremony or game.  The truth is that You don't really give up or spend  your time, you are investing it in other people's lives.

The Lord Jesus found time to spend with His Father every day. Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.(Mark 1:35).  We also need to spend quality time with the Lord every Sunday by being in church. My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.(Psalms 5:3). 

Coming to God's house on a Sunday is giving Him Quality time.  It should not be just a duty, but a genuine desire to hear from Him in music and God's Word. Prayer is Quality time with God.  Reading God's word is quality time.

"I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.  (Psalms 122:1)

This week work on spending (investing) quality time with your family, your friends, and using words of encouragement to each other and loving one another with acts of service.  Next week we will learn about the love language of giving and receiving gifts.



Sunday, February 15, 2015

LOVING ONE ANOTHER WITH ACTS OF SERVICE

                          


VIDEO LNKS TO THIS SERMON
LOVING WITH ACTS OF SERVICE -PART ONE
LOVING WITH ACTS OF SERVICE - PART TWO
Love One Another With Acts of Service

By Pastor Mark Taylor

God has given us variety in His creation. He has also given us unique and different personalities.  He has given us different ways to express our "love one to another".   We have learned how to love one another with words of encouragement and affirmation.      Today we are going to learn how to “love one another” with “Acts of Service”.  In the weeks to come we will learn how to love one another with gifts and quality time.

Acts of service, is doing things for others that you would want them to do for you. Our Lord and Savior said this: "Therefore, whatever you want people to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12).  You can show your love to others by doing things for them.  Love is not just a feeling, it is action.  “My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue only, but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18).

The “Love Language” of “acts of service” is something the Lord Jesus Christ both demonstrated and taught us to do. “So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you? "You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. "If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.” (John 13:12-14).  Today, in our society, we do not demonstrate or love for each other with this custom,  but there are many ways we can “wash each other’s feet” through loving each other with tangible acts of love and service.

Here are some ways to "wash each other's feet:  

A person who has an interest in teaching the Bible could start a Sunday School class for children or lead a  small group for adults who are not involved in Sunday School.  

Young adults could volunteer to help do some repairs or yard work for an elderly person or couple.  

Senior citizens could volunteer to read or help at a local school.  

A group in the church could volunteer to fix a meal and take and serve it at a homeless shelter.  We need to take our faith outside the walls of the church and use it more inside the walls.

This message is not designed to make you feel guilty or to make a decision to do something out of guilt.   I have asked the Holy Spirit to talk to you, motivate you, and inspire you to be like Jesus.

You may not feel like you're the most qualified. But in most cases the most qualified will not volunteer or use their gifts and abilities. God will give you the ability and the skill to accomplish the mission He is asking you to do.

Many people are locked into “gender” gaps and “generational” gaps which identify and limit them in the types of service that they are willing to give to those they love.  For instance, some men will not wash the dishes, because their dads never washed the dishes.  They view that service as something the wife should always do.  Some women feel that it is the husband’s job to take out the trash and wash the car.  When we allow ourselves to think and live the way our parents did, we limit our capacity to show our love to others with acts of service.  “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” (Philippians 2:3).  “Remember there are no rewards for maintaining stereotypes, but there are tremendous benefits to meeting the emotional needs of those you love.”  

You may do a lot of things right, but if you don’t do it with love, you will not meet the needs of those who need your love. “And though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3).

Loving each other with acts of service is not limited to the husband and wife relationships.  This command of “loving one another” applies to our friends, fellow Christian brothers and sisters, children, and grandchildren. It is a love language that should be spoken by each of us to each other.  Love is a choice and cannot be demanded or manipulated.  “Each of us must decide daily to love or not to love each other.  This is true in all our relationships.

One of the best ways to express our love to the Lord is in “acts of service”.  “Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.” (Psalms 100:2).  This includes attending worship services, giving, praying, and giving testimonies of His goodness.  “Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!” (Psalms 107:8).

Below are some simple “acts of service” we can do for each other and the Lord:

  1. Be at church to show your love and support for each other and the Lord.
  2. Visit the sick and home bound, and those in nursing homes.
  3.   Prepare some food for someone who has lost a loved one or who has just had surgery and is at home sick.
  4.   Use your gifts and abilities to serve the Lord and others within the church.  (teaching a class, watching the nursery, sing in the choir, repairing, cleaning etc.).
  1.   Find a mission work outside of the church you can devote time to or donate money to help in their work for the Lord.
  1.   Ask others and the Lord the question: “Is there something I can do for you?”
  2.   Write a note or make a phone call to let them know you are “there for them”.
  3.   Invite someone to your home for a meal or take them out and pay for it.

 Demonstrating your love for others is not a matter of them deserving it or not, it is a matter of God’s grace in you.  “We love Him because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19). 

Example:  "The Good Samaritan". A story of Grace.  God has shown you His grace by saving you when you couldn't save yourself.

Some of you have been waiting on the Pastor to ask you to serve. It is time for you to volunteer your gifts and abilities as acts of service for others.  It is one thing to complain about the needs that are around you, and yet he is another thing to be part of the solution to the problems.  

It is typical for 20% of the people in the church to do 80% of all the activities. If you are part of the 80% it is time for you to join the 20% in acts of service and love.  There is no limit in the amount of good that this church can do for the work of Christ in this community. But it is going to take everyone doing something before God's will can be done.  Sometimes it only takes a few people to inspire other people to use their gifts and abilities. You may be that person that is a spark that starts a fire in someone else's life to become the person God designed you to be. You may be the example that your children and grandchildren will follow to accomplish many great things in the kingdom of God


Express to your loved ones that it is a way you feel loved when they do things for you.  One practical way to do this is for two people or a family to write down two to three things they can do for each other to make each one feel more loved.  You can show your love for God by showing your love one another in “acts of services”. "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."    (John 13:35).  It is a testimony to your family, your friends, your church family, and most of all to your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”          (1 John 4:7).

Sunday, February 8, 2015

LOVING ONE ANOTHER WITH WORDS


 Loving One Another With Words
By Pastor Mark Taylor

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue"
Proverbs 18:21

It doesnt matter what age group you are in, the impact of words can tear down or build up the person who uses them and the person who hears them    A study by the University of Maryland found that women speak about 20,000 words per day and men average 7,000 per day. Today, my sermon will have about 1500 words in it.  The point is not how much we say, but how many are words of love or encouragement.
I am not going to spend much time on negative and offensive language.  The Bible along with most research shows that being under it's influence  causes physical, mental, social, and spiritual problems.  This includes complaining, moaning, whining, and hurtful language.  Most of have been hurt by negative words by parents, teachers or friends.
1.  The words we use are stored in the heart and mind, and when we speak our mind, it is the overflow of what is stored in our hearts.  We need to be careful what we put in our minds and hearts.  Our Lord said: "A good person out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil person out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.(Luke 6:45).

While our Lord walked this Earth He used His words to heal people and encourage His friends and followers.  How will You use your words?  Our Lord's Words were used to help and encourage those who loved Him.
John 15:11 These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.
Some people feel loved when they hear words of encouragement.  You can tell if this is a person's "Love Language" by listening how they speak to others.  If they are generous with their words of praise and encouragement to others, then they usually feel loved when others speak to them in this language.  But even if it is not their primary "Love Language", everyone feels loved when others praise or recognize their worth and value through words. 

2.  If you want to demonstrate your love to others, this is one of the most effective ways to do it.  Many people will go through a whole day at work, school, or home without anyone giving them one compliment or word of encouragement.  One way to show love through encouraging words is to 
Practice this love language of encouraging words to the waitress that serves you your meal, to the cashier who rings up your groceries and puts them in a bag for you, and to your husband, wife and children when they do an act of kindness to you.  At least you can say "Thank You".  But you can go beyond that and compliment them on the good job they have done in serving you.  
One of the most powerful human relations skills is learning how to encourage other people.  Look for, and find the good in people, and then tell them what you found.  Find reasons for praise and applause.  Support others by reinforcing what they do well.  Sincere praise brings out the best in us.  God the Father uses encouraging words: Then a voice came from heaven, "You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." (Mark 1:11).

3.  Words like many other things we do are choices.  We can look for the good in others and in every situation.  We can choose to use good words to.  If you take the time to think before you speak you can be an encourager instead of a complainer or a carrier of bad words.  Look for the good instead of the bad, the right instead of the wrong,
  We are just as free to choose positive and encouraging things to say as we are to complain.  People need to feel loved.  They need to be made to feel that their lives matter and that they are important.  
4.  Below are some ways to love one another and love God with words:
Give encouragement; Express thanks; Acknowledge others; Give a compliment;
Congratulate those you love; Offer words of comfort; make others laugh; communicate your love in words; let others know you are praying for them.

Catch your children or grandchildren doing something good and compliment them on how good they did instead of being critical about the things they didn't do, or didn't do up to your expectations.  A positive verbal environment is one in which children feel valued . It fosters in them positive feelings and beliefs about themselves and others.    

Write a note or send a text to your Pastor. (Don't wait until Pastor's appreciation month), Sunday School teacher, or spiritual mentor and thank them for sharing God's precious Word with you. Tell your wife or husband how much you appreciate something they have done for you. The more you use this "Love Language", the easier it will be to speak it.

4.  Lets not forget the first commandment: And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.  We are created in Gods image, and He desires that we show our love for Him.  One of those ways is words of praise.  Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!(Psalms 107:8).  
 He does desire our words of thanks, praise, and acknowledgement.  Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.(Psalms 136:1).

The most important thing you can do this week is to tell your Heavenly Father how much you love Him and appreciate the things He is doing for you.  Tell Him you appreciate Him sending His Son, the Lord Jesus to die for your sins and bringing you into a relationship with Him.

This love languageis not just a suggestion for being a better person, it is a command from God.  Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.(1 John 4:7-8). 

5.  This week's homework is to practice using Words of Affirmation (encouragement), to show your love to your husband, wife, parents, children, grandchildren, friends, co-workers, and especially to your Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Send a text, e-mail, or written note each day of this week  of encouragement  to someone.  At the end of the year you will have encouraged people at least 365 times.

Tell someone how much you appreciate them when they do something good for you - not just thank you, but thank you for .......

Practice giving compliments to others.

Ask the Lord Jesus today to give you more love for people.  Now you know one way to show love.  In the next message you will learn another way to show your love to God and to each other.  You will learn about showing your love with the love languageof quality time.  

Remember, our Lord said:  "Give, and it will be given to you.."  Luke 6:38

Give forgiveness, and you will receive forgiveness.
Give love, and others will give you love.

Give words of encouragement, and others will give them to you.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

THE IMPORTANCE OF GOD'S LOVE IN OUR LIVES

THE IMPORTANCE OF GOD'S LOVE IN OUR LIVES

By Pastor Mark Taylor

"This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”   (John 15:12)

Hopefully the Holy Spirit will reveal to you how important love is to your  church, to your  friends, to your family, and to your relationship with the person who loves you the most. and that is God.  The reason it is commanded is because it is necessary to operate in the kingdom of God.  If you worked in a factory with heavy machinery the command would be "Safety First".  If you were in the military the command would be "Following Orders".  In God's Kingdom It is to "Love". 

God's Word tells us that being able to love and love others is more important than having a good education.  It is more important than having a successful career.  It is more important than developing great skills and abilities.  It is more important than giving your life to a cause.  It is more important than feeding the poor or healing the sick.  Love is more important than generosity.  This is shown to us in 1 Corinthians 13 and throughout the Bible. 

Paul is saying to us, that even if you go to church every time the church doors are open, if you give large offerings, if you read your Bible faithfully, if you pray, & do all the things that a Christian person ought to do, but do not have love, you have missed the most important thing in life and that is love.  You are not fulfilling he purpose God has for your life.

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotton Son.  That whosoever that believes in Him would not perish, but have every lasting life". (John 3:16)

How do you communicate love so the other person feels loved?  There are different ways to communicate love and they are what I will discuss during the next four weeks.

Words of affirmation   Gifts   Acts of service
Quality Time. Physical Touch

Each of has a way that makes us feel loved. And some have more than one way.  Couples very seldom communicate love in the same way.    You can identify how others feel loved by observing how they love you. What do they ask of you that they is meaningful to them..

But the key to demonstrating is to find an intentional way to use it.  I will give you several examples of ways to intentionally and purposefully do this in the next four weeks.  This series of messages is not just to set future goals but to be able to live in the present moment to demonstrate your love.

When I was born into God's family I inherited some of His characteristics and values.    I begin to have a love for Him and others that I did not have within myself.  I really did not know how to intentionally demonstrate that love.We need to start thinking like God thinks. Let us start asking the question WWJD? (What Would Jesus Do?).  He is constantly thinking about love and how to show you His love to you.  But you cannot love others like God does until you know and love God - "For God is love." (I John 4:8)


So what does God want to do with His love since His nature is love?  He wants a relationship with the people He created. He wants a father son -  father daughter relationship.  That is the ultimate love relationship. He has sent the Holy Spirit to draw you into His love.    He wants you to be born into His family so He can share His love with you.  He is interested in you and loves you. 

To become a person who is totally connected to your Heavenly Father, you must find a way to do something with that Love He has put in you.

We all know the physical law of gravity and how it works.  There are also spiritual laws that apply to those who love God and have chosen to follow Him.

God knows and is trying to reveal to you, your greatest need and that is to be loved and feel loved.   He has given us a spiritual principle of giving and receiving love.  "Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your life. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.  ( Luke 6:38). Give to others and to God and He  will give to you. Indeed, you will receive a full measure, a generous helping, poured into your handsall that you can hold. The measure you use for others is the one that God will use for you.” Our Lord Jesus was talking about acts of love, not money in this verse.

This giving of love is like making a deposit in a bank.  Every time you give of your love you are not only helping others but you are making it possible for God to bless you in your time of need.  Loving God and loving others is not just about the benefit they receive, but the love you will receive from God and others.  As you love others, God will show His love towards you

 God's love is not predicated on works, but God has given us the spiritual principle of sowing and reaping.  But the  benefit of loving others as He has loved us is for us to receive His blessings proportionally and in His timing at our greatest point of need.  

Many times God shows His love toward us when we don't deserve it - when He offers us salvation and eternal life, it is a free gift.  Romans 5:8- "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."  His Grace is also a gift.  But after we receive both, we are commanded to: "love one another as I (Jesus) have loved you.”  (John 15:12).    

Love is the most important word in any language.  It was also the most important commandment given to us from God and the Lord Jesus Christ. And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment. "And the second, like it, is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:30-31).

An assignment for you this week is to find your primary love language by observing the things that make you feel loved and the the things you do for others to make them feel loved.  Then see which one of these categories it fits into: 

Words of affirmation (encouragement),  
Gifts - (Giving and receiving gifts),     
Acts of service
Quality Time,  
Physical Touch

And then we will learn how to communicate our love better during the next four weeks.




Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WHERE THERE IS NO VISION



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“WHERE THERE IS NO VISION, THE PEOPLE PERISH”
By Pastor Mark Taylor
(PROVERBS 29:18)

Today, I want to bring to you a message from the Lord about your future and the future of our Church.  What you think and plan for today will determine where you will be a year from now.  This applies to every aspect of our lives including, retirement, health, relationships with others, and most important our relationship with the Lord.  This message could apply to an individual, a church, a family, or a business.  The message is simply: “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18).

God has always given His people a vision.  “After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram, I am your shield and your exceeding great reward.” (Genesis 15:1).  “His goodness is written in the vision of Isaiah the prophet” (2 Chronicles 32:32).  “And I, Daniel, alone saw the vision.” (Daniel 10:7).  You and I may not see a vision as dramatic as these, but God still shows His people what they can accomplish with His power and guidance. The Lord may not speak to you in an audible voice, and you may not see your vision, but God wants to motivate us through His Word and His Holy Spirit.  “I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh. And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy; your old men shall dream dreams; your young men shall see visions.” (Joel 2:28).

The Lord Jesus is interested in you as an individual and wants to give you a vision to reach your full potential.  “The thief (Satan) does not come except to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).  The Lord is interested in your happiness and contentment. “I have spoken these things to you so that My joy might remain in you and your joy might be full.” (John 15:11).  His words to you are not to restrict your joy or put you under some man-made set of rules, but they are to give you joy and true freedom.  “Therefore if the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).  The Lord Jesus has a great plan for your life if you will allow Him to fulfill it in you.  You can accomplish a lot with the Lord as your partner.  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
The Lord Jesus is interested in you as a Church – a community of believers.
“I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18).  He can use you and I as His mouth, His feet, and His Hands to build “His” church.  I am not just talking about buildings and programs.  If we are going to bring more people to this place, you will need more of both, but you need more.  You need a vision.  God has given you a group of people who love Him and love people.  You need to take that to your community and invite them to become a part of God’s family.  Every organization will either grow or die.  “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18).  This is a reality that every church has to face.

The vision we need to pray for involves these questions.  “What can I do better in my life and for the Lord?”.  “How can I make this vision happen?”
“Will I sacrifice my time, energy, and money to make it happen?”.  “Will I stick with it until my vision becomes reality?”.  I hope that you and I will begin to ask ourselves these questions and move forward with our lives.
There is a saying that says: “If you always do what you have always done, then you will always get what you have always gotten”.

If you will take a step of faith, the Lord will give you the strength and provide the resources you need to see your vision fulfilled.  There is a time of waiting, praying, and planning.  But there is also a time of moving forward.

“He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:29-31).

Get a vision for your personal life, your family, and your church.  Don’t let the negative comments of others keep you from accomplishing things.  There will always be those who say “you can’t do that”, but with the Lord’s help, you can say  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).


Doing nothing is not an option.  “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18).