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Friday, November 01 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

How should we plan for the future or make decisions about our life?  How should we choose the right car to purchase,

the best job offer (assuming there is more than one!), which grocery store to shop? 

  

Wonderful church going people have said, “God gave me a mind to figure out what to do in a given situation, about

which car to purchase, where to move, so I just figure things out.”  So we plunge into decision making without so

much as a thought about what God would have us do. We often reserve asking His guidance for spiritual matters

only. Yet not one of us has the first idea of unintended future consequences that may result from the decisions that we

make today.  Only God has that kind of knowledge! Only God knows the full end result of any of our actions.

Why not ask God to guide us as we travel through life?

  

Making our ‘own’ decisions closes us to the excitement of walking with our Lord moment by moment, living fully

in His presence. We miss out on God’s leading us to opportunities to serve Him in ways we never dreamed.  We miss

being called, like Phillip, to Gaza to minister to a government official and thereby bring the gospel to a whole nation

hungry for God’s word.

  

The Board and Staff of Love INC

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Tuesday, October 01 2019

Brothers and Sisters,

  

Do we feel worthy of God’s love? 

  

Possibly we feel just the opposite, deeply UN-worthy. But remember that feelings that we are less than everything that

God would have us be is not the same as true conviction for sin. Feelings of guilt are not the same as repentance.

  

No, those are merely feelings without real change.  In fact, nothing changes until we get specific with God about our

disobedience. Feelings of worthlessness are useful only if they lead to genuine conviction of sin. Sentiments of being a

bad person are not helpful on their own.  Our vague sense of shame needs to be transformed into a solid awareness of

specific areas of wrongdoing. As we read His word, we must meditate and ask Him to shine His light on all aspects

of our life.

  

When we can pinpoint real sins, turn away from those sins, and ask God’s forgiveness, authentic repentance begins.

The Board and Staff of Love INC

A thank you to Oswald Chambers for the uncomfortable inspiration!

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Monday, September 02 2019

  

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

Most of the time, we don’t consciously and deliberately disobey God—

we just don’t listen to Him. God has given clear and plain commands to

us in His word, but we pay little attention to His commands, not because

of willful disobedience but because we never even try to find out what

His word says! “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (Jn. 14:15)

 

We may also prefer to listen avidly to His servants rather than listen

directly to Him. We like to listen to stirring sermons and testimonies,

but we don’t want God Himself to speak to us. Why are we so reluctant

to inquire of God’s word? Is it because we know that when God speaks

we must either do what He asks or tell Him we choose not to obey?

  

  

The Board and Staff of Love INC

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Wednesday, August 28 2019

Elijah hears the still small voice…

When the Spirit of God comes to us, He may not give us glorious visions to shake us out of our lethargy.  He may

simply tell us to do ordinary things, things we might not immediately associate with Him.  The prophet Elijah in

his fear and depression was led from a successful ministry to a cave at Mount Horeb where God spoke to him,

not in the mighty wind, nor in the earthquake, nor in a fire, but in a whisper. “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

(Translation: “Get up off your pity pot and get busy.”)

  

Discouragement turns our eyes from God and His wondrous creation, turns us inward to the dark recesses of our

minds where no good thing dwells. But when God moves, He directs us to take natural, simple steps into events

where we would never have imagined He would be.  Suddenly He is there. We step out of our depression. But

we must step.  Elijah had to leave Samaria and go through the wilderness to Mt. Horeb before he could hear that

whisper of God’s voice.  If he had remained and tried to overcome his own obstacles he would not have heard

God’s voice.  But in following the Spirit of God, Elijah was reminded that he was not alone, that there were

7,000 other believers standing with him. God was there.

  

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Monday, July 01 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The institutional church’s idea of a servant of God is not like Christ’s idea. His idea is

that we serve Him by being the servants of others. Jesus Christ actually “out-socialized”

the socialists. He said that in His kingdom the greatest one would be the servant of all

(see Matthew 23:11).

   

The real test of a saint is not one’s willingness to preach the gospel, but one’s willingness

to do something like washing the disciples’ feet— that is, being willing to do those things

that seem unimportant in human estimation but count as everything to God.

   

It was Paul’s delight to spend his life for God’s interests in other people, and he did not

care what it cost. But before we will serve, we stop to ponder our personal and financial

concerns— “What if God wants me to go over there? And what about my salary? What is

the climate like there? Who will take care of me? A person must consider all these

things.” All that is an indication that we have reservations about serving God.

    

But the apostle Paul had no conditions or reservations. Paul focused his life on Jesus

Christ’s idea of a New Testament saint; that is, not one who merely proclaims the gospel,

but one who becomes broken bread and poured-out wine in the hands of Jesus Christ

for the sake of others. if we are totally surrendered to Him, we have no goals of our own

to serve.

    

The Board, Staff and Volunteers of Love, INC

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Thursday, June 06 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

   

We try to understand how things work in the world, how to navigate our course through life.

We are often hesitant, confused, or frozen in our actions in the world, afraid of making a mistake,

looking for His light to lead us.  But NEVER let a past failure defeat your next step.

   

God does have a plan for us.  Going on to the next step involves finding that plan and accepting

the mission God gives us. Discerning God’s guidance in our life, making right decisions and

following the correct path may look unattainable, but Jesus left us a roadmap.  “I am the Way,

and the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

      

As we stumble along, as we seek to keep to His path, we can trust Him absolutely because

He is our perfect redemption.  We trust in His peace that comes with prayer and surrender of

self to His Divine Will.

   

Go with God, ever and forever, and let Christ lead you. 

   

Evelyn Gorman, volunteer

   

The Board, Staff and Volunteers of Love, INC

   

(Evelyn is an office volunteer here at Love INC)

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Wednesday, May 01 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

  

Before His death, Jesus asked His disciples to eat of that last supper in remembrance of

Him. As His disciples in modern times, we are asked the same:  challenged by what He has

done in the past and consoled by His love at the same time. We think of our Lord in the last

days before His crucifixion:

  

                               “Do this in remembrance of me.”

  

                               A last request.  A final charge.  A parting plea.

  

Throughout the Scriptures, God asks His people to remember His mighty works of the past,

His kindness and tenderness for His children. But God also remembers who we are, as we

will see this month. He remembers us and would have us remember Him as well.  

  

                               Volunteer, Evelyn Gorman

  

~ The Staff, Volunteers, and Board of Love INC

  

(Evelyn is a part time office volunteer.)

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Monday, April 01 2019

Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

   

“This is a day the Lord has made; Let us Rejoice and be Glad in it.” Ps 118:24

   

We smile, the world is lovelier, the sun shines brighter and warmer, and we feel… lighter.  

We look up and outward.  And the amazing thing, people smile back!

   

A dear friend, passed now, walked the Downtown Mall just smiling and greeting people, total

strangers that he met as though friends, and often made one or two in the walk.  He was gifted

to bring joy to others, and in their stressed hurry-about world, to remind them: “Be Happy!”

   

The Risen Christ beckons us to raise up our hearts in joy and fulfill his charge to us: “Love the

Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all

your strength. ... Love your neighbor as yourself.” Mark 12:29-31

   

Let us rejoice in the Light of Christ in these days of Spring, and give thanks to our Heavenly

Father for His Love and Care.  Hallelujah!  He is risen.  Be joyful in the promise of the

resurrection.

   

~ The Staff, Volunteers, and Board of Love INC

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Friday, March 01 2019

Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

   

Some days, we just feel lucky. Fortune smiles on us. Life is going our way.  We feel blessed

and are grateful to God for protecting us and gracing our lives.

  

But fortunes can reverse.  Bad things happen. Adversity strikes, and the balance of Life can

tilt us on a downward spiral.  And, if we are wise, we feel blessed and are grateful to God for

protecting us and gracing our lives.

  

Jesus reminds us that we are carried in God’s hand always, provided for, and watched over. 

If we move with Faith, all happens in the best way possible for the moment.  We work with

His will within the world in which we exist, right now.

  

When our luck runs out, we are enriched in Faith. Treasure God’s blessings, value His Mercy,

and prize the gift of His son, Jesus, the Christ and His Love.  God is with us, and God is for us.

  

Who or what can stand against the Spirit of God?

  

Move always in God’s Light, and feel God’s Love within you.  Christ’s Peace!

  

  

~ The Staff, Volunteers, and Board of Love INC

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Friday, February 01 2019

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

What is a good retirement?

  

He had saved every penny to put money aside only to have the bottom fall out of the economy

and much of what he had accumulated was cast to the wind.  He had lost nearly half of his

retirement account.  He declared with despair that he did not know what he was going to do in

his old age.  My friend looked at his loss and concluded that there was no hope. Life had dealt

him a cruel blow from which he could not recover. He saw only a dead-end.

   

He did not know our “Jehovah-Jireh,” our “Lord Who Provides” so often spoken of in

the scriptures. God revealed Himself to Abraham in the book of Genesis as the One who

would provide all things.  (Gen. 22:1-14) God sees in advance what we will need and provides

a way beforehand for our needs to be met. What He did in times past, He can do for us today. 

The scriptures contain stories of His provision to encourage us when life looks grim and we

need an extra boost of faith in Him.  We need only to let go of our own striving and trust God

who loves us dearly.

    

As we go through the verses in this short month, we see His desire to be our provider, our

“Jehovah-Jireh” even when we have little hope of a solution to our predicaments.

  

  

The Staff and Board of Love INC

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