Faith Expressed in Love 24/7

I’ve become so sensitized to the realization life is to be lived out 24/7 as the Church.  We can look forward to attending and participating in this thing we call church on Sundays.  I appreciate that attending a church event can be worshipful and refreshing, but life is lived out in love as a natural response to God’s love for us 24/7.

This week a colleaque friend shared with me his friend had been shot to death.  His friends view on life was to be the kindest person around so when tough situations came to be, others would be kind to him.  It occurs to me the only guarantee in life is God’s love and we are to live what few days are given us with an insatiable desire to faithfully share God’s love.

“I suspect you would never intend this, but this is what happens. When you attempt to live by your own religious plans and projects, you are cut off from Christ, you fall out of grace.

Meanwhile we expectantly wait for a satisfying relationship with the Spirit. For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love. “~Paul (Message)

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Bill Miller Feeds the Homeless

This post is a bit "tongue in cheek". Coincidentally, I have an acquaintance whose name is Bill Miller and the most popular BBQ in Texas is a company named Bill Miller.

While stopped at a red light, I spotted a gentleman with a sign reading "Please help." or something like that. You really don’t need to read the sign to know the person standing on the corner wearing soiled rags with a cardboard sign, needs help.

I beeped my horn and waived money at him out the passenger window. I recognized the guy, gave him money and told him to go get something to eat. He smiled. He said he was headed to Bill Millers BBQ to get something straight away.

It made my day. It made his day. I wonder if it made Bill Miller’s day?

What’s the point?

Some will say Gods wrath was poured out on Jesus at the cross.  I’m inclined to believe that.  Today, i believe God is all about His love.

Then, this morning I read the story of Ananias and Saphira.   They lied about their gifts to the Church.  God struck them dead.  Could it be as Jesus had already suffered beyond imagination, God takes a second look at those who diss Jesus or His bride?

Be assured when I speak of the Church… I speak of the bride of Christ.  As did Peter and believers in The Way.

Enjoy the day.  May God continue to perform His will and purpose in your life and those you love. amen.

Living Life Alone

There are those who think they live life alone on their own terms. They do this and they do that, all with expectations of an outcome favorable to them.

Life for them is an illusion. They are sadly mistaken. There is nothing in life the Father is not aware of. It may seem to some He mostly takes a back seat in regards to His involvement, but His plans are not our plans. His plans include us in the most intimate of details.

Believing God is involved in our lives makes sense in the most bizarre situations that can only be explained by the interference of the evil one. Supposing you are praying and the phone rings. Why is that? Then, you take an opportunity to talk about heavenly things and someone interrupts with the ugliest of stories. How can that be? You speak to another about the love of God and he runs from the building. You think you are living life alone? Think again.

All of life is either lived with God or lived with the evil one. It is that simple. By rejecting the Father, you are accepting the evil one. It really is that simple. You don’t even have to choose the evil one. Simply, reject the Father and the evil one will choose you.

There is no life lived alone. Either accept or reject. Either way, you will never be alone. Christ’s love is available to all who do not reject Jesus.

The Message Stops Bullets, Saves Life

busmessageA Bible saved the life of a Ohio bus driver after the man was shot twice in the chest early Monday, police said.

Rickey Waggoner, a Dayton RTA bus driver, was making a mechanical fix outside his bus when three assailants approached him and shot him in what appears to have been a gang initiation, the Dayton Daily News reported.

Waggoner was shot twice in the chest at close range, but a contemporary version of the Bible, titled “The Message,” absorbed the bullets that would otherwise have killed the 49-year-old bus driver, according to police documents obtained by the newspaper.

“I’ve heard stories about that happening during the second World War. I’m glad to be in the club.”

– Eugene Peterson, author of “The Message”

“There was obviously some kind of intervention involved in this incident because (Waggoner) should probably not be here,” Dayton Police Sgt. Michael Pauley told the paper at the scene.

Sgt. Richard Blommel of the Dayton Police homicide squad declined to comment on the shooting when contacted by FoxNews.com.

Reached at his home in Lakeside, Mont., Eugene H. Peterson, author of “The Message,” told FoxNews.com that he was thrilled to know his book stopped bullets.

That’s wonderful,” said Peterson, who is 81. “I’ve heard stories about that happening during the second World War. I’m glad to be in the club.”

Waggoner reportedly told police that one of the assailants was heard telling another to kill the man “if you want to be all the way in the club.”

Waggoner was shot in the leg after he tried to wrestle the weapon away from one of the suspects, according to the newspaper. While another assailant stabbed him in the arm, Waggoner was able to grab both the gun and knife, prompting the suspects — described as being 15 to 18 years old — to flee. Waggoner then sought refuge inside his bus, where he managed to call police.

It was cold last night…

homeless william

There are those that look on a homeless man with bloodshot eyes as a lost cause.  Certainly not a cause worth giving money to.  People will say, “Don’t give the person money.  He will just go buy alcohol.”  I suppose that may be true…

I prefer a bit different perspective.  I prefer to count my blessings and share them with another and attach no strings.  I prefer to give with little expectation other than to possibly create an opportunity to tell another about the love of Jesus.

I woke William and gave him some cash.  He looked at it.  Stuck it in his pocket and replied, “It was cold last night.”  I agreed and asked God’s blessing on William.  I felt good about my investment in William’s life.  I’m hoping my cash authenticates God’s love for William in a way he can understand.

Live life with an open hand…