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Tue, Aug 23rd - 3:16AM

Are You Loving Others Enough?
by Robert Baines

Loving others means that you are showing longsuffering kindness to others (see I Cor. 13:4-18). It is obvious that we are duty bound to love those who we are committed to such as family members and to a lesser degree, friends, and even lesser degree co-workers and neighbors.

However, I remind us that we are duty bound to love even our enemies, according to Matthew 5:44. Here are several suggestions in this area of Christian growth:

1. Love others enough to show courtesy. It is sad to see how difficult it is to get people to simply say, "good morning," to one another. Some act as if smiling is painful or calls for too much energy. Lending a hand shake or opening a door seems so far stretched for too many.

Loving others should include a certain amount of courtesy. In fact, among believers, Paul talks about greeting one another with a holy kiss (see Rom. 16:16). This calls for more discussion, but we can surely say that a holy kiss would include some basic courtesy.

It is true that sometimes your friendly courteous spirit will be misunderstood and even taken advantage of. However, tweak your approach and keep obeying God's word.

We don't love because people are so lovable. Some are very hard to love (smile). We love because of God's commandment to love even those who are difficult to love (see Jn. 13:34-35; Mt. 5:44).

2. Love others enough to evangelize. Although I am listing this early, it may not be the first thing that can be worked on directly. Understand that no matter what else we do, if a person doesn't have Jesus in his or her life, they are still on their way to Hell (see Mk. 8:36).

You all can be very friendly and affectionate. You may help him or her to get a good job or out of a bad situation. But without Christ, Hell is still waiting. Visit Christian-Living-Site.com/Personal-Evangelism.html to see an article on personal evangelism. Evangelism is often at its best, in warm relationships.

3. Love others enough to respond to their perceived needs. If a person is hungry, they may need prayer, but their perceived need is food.

It is too easy for middle class people to forget how close some people live to the edge of their finances. We can forget how, while we are talking, the person we are talking to may be anxious about how they are going to satisfy basic needs.

Notice that Jesus made blind people see, lamb people walk, and gave hungry people food all in addition to teaching, preaching, praying, and forgiving. Let's strive to be more like Christ. That is, let's strive to respond to perceived needs, in addition to whatever else we are working on.

4. Love others enough to reform systems. This last idea can get ugly. It can surely get confrontational. If systems are causing harm, it is a loving thing to do to work towards fixing the systems.

For example, where there is no welfare, not child care, but unemployable young women with children, there is a system problem. Somehow the community must provide a way for the weakest to recover and move forward. In this case, it may be advocating for the provision of child care, while the mother goes to job training and get a job.

Another example may be to advocate for quality public education. If our young people don't get a quality public education, they are almost certain to go to jail or an early grave.

Thus, in the name of loving others, you may need to get involved with not simply tutoring but with making sure schools have proper funds, are using funds properly, and are dealing with student behavior issues properly.

This can be a messy love. But Jesus turned over money tables, because the system needed to be reformed (see Mt. 21:12-13). In fact, He died, as a means of sealing the new contract between humanity and God. Let's love others enough to reform systems.

In summary, loving others can be difficult. It often includes loving others enough to be courteous, to evangelize, to respond to perceived needs, and to reform systems. Please complete the feedback form below.

Author Resource:- Dr. Robert E. Baines, Jr. uses his doctorate of ministry degree and twenty years of pastoral experience to provide quality and helpful Christian living information to 1,000's of visitors a month.

Make sure you secure your free copy of his ebooklet, "How to Encourage Yourself: 21 Practical Tips," and sign up for his newsletter that features great articles, helpful devotionals, and Bible based teaching notes at www.RobertBaines.com.


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Wed, Aug 17th - 3:13AM

Homosexuality: A New Christian Approach
by Dean Crosby

Despite the numerous biblical warnings that God will send practicing homosexuals to hell

    1 Corinthians 6:9-10
    9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,
    10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

the acceptance and even popularity of homosexuality is rapidly spreading throughout the nation. In fact it's very difficult for any political candidate to get elected to any position above the level of City Council Representative if he or she openly opposes homosexual practices. Of course no one should be surprised in the least by the rapidly spreading homosexualization of the nation having been given ample warning in the Bible of the evil that will abound in the last days.

Fortunately, the Bible as usual does offer excellent counsel to deal with this problem:

    2 Timothy 3:12-14 (Contemporary English Version)
    12 Anyone who belongs to Christ Jesus and wants to live right will have trouble from others.
    13 But evil people who pretend to be what they are not (CHRISTIANS) will become worse than ever, as they fool others and are fooled themselves.
    14 Keep on being faithful to what you were taught and to what you believed. After all, you know who taught you these things.

Because of the astonishing evil nature of society, it will become increasingly impossible to fight homosexual activities by using moral or religious arguments. This is especially true for those trying to prevent the legalization of homosexual marriages which in time is bound to be approved on civil rights grounds. For this reason I now propose a new way for Christians to morally and reasonably effectively oppose homosexuality; re-define it has a growing public health menace. Instead of accusing homosexuals of sin, it is far more effective to show sincere concern for their physical and mental health which homosexual practices gravely endanger. Here are some of the latest statistics you can use,these having been compiled in Canada:

  • Life expectancy for gay/bisexual men is 20 years less than the average; specifically 55 years.
  • Homosexuals commit suicide at rates 13.9 times more often than average.
  • Homosexuals have smoking rates 3 times higher than average.
  • Homosexuals have rates of alcoholism 7 times higher than average.
  • Homosexuals have rates of illicit drug use 19 times higher than average.
  • Homosexuals show rates of depression 3 times higher than average.
  • Homosexual men comprise 76.1% of AIDS cases.
  • Homosexual men comprise 54% of new HIV infections each year.

NOW WE CAN ALL UNDERSTAND WHY GOD CONSIDERS HOMOSEXUALITY TO BE A SIN, IT IS A DEATH-PRODUCING ACTIVITY.

It really comes down to this; it will be much more effective to fight the growing acceptance of homosexuality with compassion using health statistics rather than moral condemnation.

Dr. Dean Crosby is a published author,instructor in New Testament studies, and Christian therapist. He holds a bachelors degree in communication, a masters degree in counseling, and a doctoral degree in psychology. He is the founder and director of the Christian Caring Center, a non-profit internet counseling agency.

Dr. Crosby can be personally contacted at drdeancrosby@yahoo.com but information about his counseling center should be requested at appointments@christiancaringcenter.every1.net


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Mon, Aug 8th - 2:07AM

Love is a Choice
by Esther Desrivieres

Love is wonderful, isn't it? Love is the center of every good thing. How wonderful it is to love and to be loved! But there's a serious problem with what people think love is about.

Many people think love is just, "How can I breathe without you? I can't live without you! I'm nothing without you!" Yea, right! The only One who should be worshipped this way is God because He is our everything, not man.

Emotions are vital in relationships. Without them, we'd be robots. But sometimes we have to put our feelings aside and really use our brains. To marry someone based on feelings alone is unwise.

Think about it, this person that you're committing to is not perfect. Sometimes it won't be easy to love this person. We all have our unlovable moments. So what will you do if your husband is not being as attentive as you'd like him to be? What if he neglects to tell you how beautiful you are? What if he is a bit rude and snappy today? What if your wife gained 100 lbs.? What if she lost her hair due to sickness? What if she can't cook like your mama?

For all of the singles looking to marry please put your emotions aside for a while. There will be times in marriage when you're honestly not feeling the love, and that's when you have to remember and honor your vows.

Men, make sure that this woman is willing to stand by your side at all times. Make sure she will support you and respect you. Make sure that she is willing to take care of your needs. Women, make sure this man shares a similar vision as yours. Don't deny yourself just to please him while you're dating, because once you marry, he will be the head of the household. Make sure he's stronger than you spiritually, because God expects him to lead the family.

1 Corinthians 11:3
But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.

Let's not make rash decisions to marry. Please take the time to pray and read the person's character before you commit. Love is a choice, not a feeling.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Author Resource:-> Esther Desrivieres
President of Holy Ghost Inspirations


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Thu, Aug 4th - 3:26AM

Your Differences Are a Good Thing
by Wanda Collins Co-Author: M J Collins

Many married couples see their mates' differences as character flaws. The truth is those differences are probably what attracted you to your spouse in the first place. For example, a wife may be very detailed oriented and the husband maybe more of a free spirit. Whatever your differences, it is important that you understand there's a purpose behind the madness.

What's the purpose? It's called completion. You are strong in areas your mate is not; and your mate is strong in areas you are not. The two of you complete each other. If you don't believe us, take a few minutes and just jot down your strengths and weaknesses on a piece of paper. Then draw a line down the middle of the paper and have your mate jot down theirs. When you're done, you'll see that the two of you are like a jig saw puzzle; your made differently but you fit perfectly.

So instead of seeing your mate's differences as a problem in the relationship, change your prospective and consider the fact that perhaps those differences help complete you, making you a better person.

They say "opposites attract" and they are absolutely right. You and your mate maybe as different as the sun and the moon, but just like the sun and the moon both have essential qualities that make life on earth enjoyable! So the next time you feel frustrated about you're your differences, we suggest you remember the following:

Stop trying to prove your way is right

Different doesn't mean wrong, it's just different

If you will learn how to work with your differences the two of you could get a lot more accomplished

You need each other for support in the areas in which you are weak

Different really is good! What if you were both procrastinators and both of you were impulsive?

What a mess that would be!

So are you convinced now? Different is good. We promise, if you change your prospective, you'll eliminate a lot of stress in this area of your marriage. Learn to appreciate your differences.

M J Collins and Wanda Collins,
Nehemiah Family Ministries
www.christian-marriage-today.com
Free Advice and Help for Your Christian Marriage


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