It Seems Hard To Love One Another

John 14:15

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

It seems hard to love one another. For example – I tried to cheer on the Washington Nationals as they were in the playoffs and eventually won Major League Baseball’s World Championship. Yet – pushback came from National’s fans calling me a pretend fan who was jumping on the bandwagon late. I also took pushback from others – calling me out for rooting for the Nationals – since I’m a diehard Orioles fan – as if I couldn’t root for another local team – simply because my team wasn’t in the playoffs. I could better understand if the Orioles and Nationals were in the same league or division and competing for the same league championship. But the Nationals are my National League team – since I was a young child – I’ve rooted for the local Washington team – back in the day it was the Senators (my dad was a big fan). When I was 12 – I began to root for the Orioles and have stayed with them ever since.


How Is Our Relationship With The Holy Spirit?

Love God With All Our Heart

~ Ray MacDonald

Matthew 22:37-38

37 Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.

I thought of this passage the other day. I heard a pastor once ask – the question isn’t the one we typically hear – how much of the Holy Spirit do we have? The question should be – how much of you have we allowed the Holy Spirit to have? He also reminded us that the Holy Spirit comes to transform us – to change us – to make us holy.

As I think about today’s passage I begin to think – how committed are we to God? We talk about being saved – but are we only after someone to save us from Hell? Isn’t Jesus also our Lord – our Master? If the Holy Spirit dwells in us through this salvation – what difference are we allowing Him to make in us – in our lives?

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The Heart of God – Kindness and Goodness

Clothe ourself

Colossians 3:12

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.


Heartache Crushes the Spirit

Proverbs 15:13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.

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Let’s Feast On Sound Doctrine

~ Ray MacDonald

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,

Junk food is not good for us – believe me! There – I said it! Junk food is simply that – junk. Yet it usually tastes so good – at least we think it does (I like salty things and peanut butter/chocolate things). What is your favorite? Like I’ve written before – I love most anything with chocolate and peanuts or peanut butter. At Easter I am a sucker for the peanut butter covered chocolate eggs (I didn’t have even one this past Easter – and it wasn’t easy). Junk food is usually sweet – or salty like barbecue potato chips. If you’re really lucky with your junk food you can get something that is sweet & salty!

But I digress. I’m also craving something sweet or salty right now!

Junk food usually satisfies for the moment but not for the long-term. It usually has lots of empty calories and is not ultimately good for you.

This sounds a lot like some theological concepts that have been espoused over the years – such as those who share that there is no devil or no hell or that we all go to heaven. They sound good for the moment – but are not based on the Bible or on sound Biblical teachings. I talk a lot to younger pastors and to young Christians. I’m often reminding them that their belief systems must be built soundly on the building blocks of the Bible. Their faith needs to be based on a logical progression from truth to truth and not something that sounds good and comes from their mind or the minds of others.

Mother’s milk is filled with the basic building blocks of life. Most studies show that babies raised on mother’s milk have less medical issues. Believers who crave the building blocks of the faith – the basics of the Bible – when new-born – will have less issues later in their Christian walk – like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.

We need to build our faith upon the sound doctrine of the Bible – which is the inspired – inerrant (in the original manuscripts) – and infallible word of God. Scripture is primary – it is the given in our Christian walk. Our mind (reason) – historic experiences (tradition) – and personal experiences are elements that help us understand the Bible. They CANNOT change the truth of the Bible – but merely illuminate the truths of the Bible.

Colossians 2:8 – See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

Let us ground our faith soundly on the Word of God as this old VBS song says – the B-I-B-L-E – yes that’s the book for me – I stand alone on the Word of God – the B-I-B-L-E.  It worked in VBS as a child – it works today as well!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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