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  1. With what sort of love? Omegaman 3.0 6/5/2019 I recently posted in a thread at Worthy Christian Forums, where there seemed to be some disagreement about the nature of the kind of love that Christians are supposed to have. There also seemed to be some disagreement and even questions about whether or not some to the Bible’s statements contradict each other on this topic. I felt compelled to chime in. Not to toot my own horn, but as I developed my reply, I thought some of my comments were worth making a note of here, since they represent my thoughts (which is what a blog is, after all) and some of them arose out of my analysis of what people were disputing, so here it goes: I do not have two cents, but I have a nickel: I certainly see no contradiction between what Jesus said, and what John said, but I will offer my thoughts or opinions, as a sort of unsolicited, under-qualified commentary: First observation: 34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” My comment on that passage is that Jesus said that loving others is a commandment, and He is referring to the Law, so THAT is not new! What was the standard? Love others as you love yourself. Second observation: 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13 My comment on this one is that Jesus said it is new. If He said it is new, then it IS new. What is new about it? Jesus upped the standard. The standard here is not love each other as you love yourself, but love each other has Jesus Himself loved them. How was that? Self-sacrificially, Jesus DIED for them, that is real love. John tells us that when he reports that Jesus also said: Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 So, the NEW commandment you will note, is not to the general public, it was to His disciples. John also noted that Jesus gave his disciples a purpose, the positive side effect: "By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:25 So, the new command so far is that disciples are to love other disciples, with the same sort of love, the greatest love, self-sacrificial love, as Jesus demonstrated on the cross, not that we must die, but that is the supreme example of that kind of love. Tradition has it, that all the apostles except Judas and John, died as martyrs, and John was willing. They tried to boil him in oil, it just did not work, so he was banished to Patmos, where he penned the book of Revelation. As a side note, when Peter was told he was to be crucified, Peter asked Jesus about John - well, what about him (John)? Jesus basic answer was, that is none of your business Peter! From what we think we know, John died of "natural" causes, in his old age. So, for the most part, the disciples lived out their mission the obey the commandment, the loved us, all disciples enough to die in their efforts to see that we got Jesus message. At this juncture, I would like to point out something else, from Matthew 28: 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. So, Jesus disciples were told to make other disciples. If you are a believer, you are one of the disciples of disciples of disciples, etc. The disciples were to teach others to obey Jesus. If you are a TRUE disciple, you will seek to, want to, obey Jesus. After all, that is what a disciple is, one who follows their teacher. Our ultimate Teacher then, is Jesus. What is it then, that we are taught to obey then? Among other things: Make more disciples and teach them to obey Jesus, and that includes loving other believers with the unique love that Jesus lavished upon them. So, for the most part, the disciples lived out their mission they obeyed the commandment, the loved us, all disciples enough to die in their efforts to see that we got Jesus message. They practices what they preached, and the preached what Jesus told them to. So many of the quotes I supplied ARE from John, how then is that a contradiction? John knew that there was an Old Testament command, to love others as ourselves. He also was quick to point out that those in the Jesus' church, were to go beyond that sort of love, the easy love that even pagans so. Toward each other, they were to with a supernatural love that is not given to everyone, but believers are given that ability, and are told to exercise it. Love is an aspect of the fruit of the Spirit, the Paul describes in Gal 5:22 and Eph 5:19. (Those are links, by the way) Paul also describes love in 1 Cor 13: 4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends. With all of this great information in the Bible (not in my post), the real question is: HOW WELL DO WE ALL MEASURE UP? I also ask, that you consider praying about this in your own lives, that you pray for others also, and not the least, for me also, as we all need it at times. Go forth and love, to the Glory of God!
  2. Hello Friends! Friday's article has just gone up for some good reading on bible verses calling us to be disciples of Jesus. My husband and I write these articles because we are pursuing our calling to discipleship! We hope to bring you articles that are not only useful but can easily be shared with others. So come check out our newest article and website, we have added some more things to it that I think you will enjoy! Be Blessed, Nick & Leah Co-founders of Abide and Seek 7 Verses That Call Us To Be Disciples Of Jesus Throughout the New Testament, you will find ordinary and unlikely people who have been called to be Jesus’s Disciples. Andrew and Peter were fishermen who were uneducated and consider low in status, Matthew was a tax collector, which in those days was like you admitting you were a crook. Jesus took these men and created some of his first disciples. So what does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus and how can scripture give us a better understanding of this? Scripture has allowed us to read about Jesus, God’s only son who was sent to us so we could be forgiven for our sins. To lay down His life so we would someday be able to walk alongside God once again. While Jesus was alive, he stood as a living example of what God has always intended us to be, loving, caring, abiding, devoted and faithful children of God. Once we understand and give our life over to Jesus, we are not only considered followers of Jesus Christ but are expected to spread the gospel and disciple to others. We can do this by sharing our testimonies, inspiring scripture, past experiences, helping others, and most importantly loving others unconditionally as Jesus did. I have selected 7 bible verses that I feel call us to be disciples of Jesus. 7 Bible Verses That Call Us To Be Disciples Of Jesus 1. John 15:18-19 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.” These two verses cannot be truer and something Christians experience every day. Jesus was the most wonderful man that could have walk this earth, yet he was greatly hated and persecuted. Yet he knew many would not accept what he had to say or what he had to offer to God’s people. We too as Christians should not expect anything less than the same reactions from some individuals we share the gospel with, but that is okay. We still push on and persevere with what we know is true in our hearts and continue to share the Word with others. 2. Matthew 28:19-20 “ Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” The Bible contains some scripture that has layers that need to be deciphered and then there are verses like Matthew 28:19-20. These two verses make it clear what we should do as disciples. That we should go out and spread the Gospel, baptize, and teach. And the most important part of these verses is that Jesus tells his disciples that he is always with them. We as Christians need to remember this when we are teaching or sharing our relationship with Jesus. This can be one of the hardest expectations Jesus has for us but the most impactful way to share the word. 3. John 21:17 “The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.” John 21:17 is such a great verse! Jesus refers to himself as our shepherd and we are his sheep. He is the one that is guiding us as a shepherd does with his flock. In this verse, Jesus asked Peter, one of his disciples to “feed ” his sheep after repeatedly asking Peter if he loves him. Jesus asks this because he knows if Peter truly loves him, even once Jesus is no longer physically here with his disciples, that he will continue to feed the knowledge of God through the spreading of the gospel. If we truly love Jesus and abide by his teachings then we too should feed his sheep. 4. Matthew 4:19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” This is where Jesus first meets Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew who were both fishermen. At this point, they didn’t know Jesus but He tells them if they follow him they will fish for people. I am sure at first they were confused as to what this meant, but they followed him. We may have a feeling overcome us to look into what following Jesus means and that feeling maybe confusing as well. But that curiosity should be pursued, just as Peter and Andrew did. Jesus said,”Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” You may never know what lies beyond the door if you are not willing to at least knock. 5. John 8:12 “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” I love analogies and so did Jesus! When Jesus was sent down to us, the world was corrupt, dark and wicked once again. He was sent here to be that light he is referring to, to break the pattern of darkness that God’s people became accustomed to. If we understand and follow Jesus’s teachings as God wanted us to do, we won’t be overcome by the darkness in this world. That light will also attract those who are lost in the dark and seek freedom from their sin. So by becoming disciples of Jesus, we can shine the light to all those who are in the dark! 6. 2 Timothy 2:2-3 “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” When we become disciples of Jesus we are expected to not only grow in our faith but to extend that knowledge to others. Here we read 2 Timothy 2:2-3 where Paul writes to Timothy to continue his exact teachings to others so they too can spread the Gospel.Paul knows the suffering that has come along with his following in Jesus Christ and he compares himself to a good soldier, one who obeys all Jesus has taught him. Paul also knows that this journey for Timothy will be pleasing but suffering also lied up ahead of him. 7. John 12:26 “ Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” This is such a powerful verse and a great verse to end with on the topic of discipleship! Those of us who will follow Jesus and minister to him by following his teachings will then be considered worthy in the eyes of God. In turn, He will honor us. Discipleship is something we are called to do when we decide to follow Jesus. It will be a challenging journey but the fact that we have the opportunity to share the most important and hope-filled news with those all around us is exhilarating! We truly have the ability to change someone’s life! So if you believe with all your heart that Jesus Christ was sent and died for us, you too have the ability to spread the word and disciple to others!!
  3. Daily Reading 58 If you prefer, you can look up the following verses in your own Bible, of by whatever means and in whichever version you choose. Matthew 7 Exodus 37:1-38:31 Proverbs 17 Audio 3:31 Audio 3:14 Audio 2:58 The above addresses are linked to Bible Gateway. That is an easy way to read (or listen to) the Bible verses, and choose your version. Personally, I prefer written, that way I can go at my own pace, on think about it, before moving on. Nothing wrong with doing either or both. The Bible says faith comes by hearing. See the picture below to get an idea of what to expect if you follow the above links. Note: The audio will not play the exact verses, it will play the whole chapters, in which the verses exist. Thank you Lord for making the your word so accessible for us in these times. Amen
  4. Hey everyone, Recently on my church adventure, I came across something that was rather out in the open that led me into deep thought but I need feedback. Are we, Christians, considered to be saints or disciples of Christ? I was at a local church I visit ever so often on my church journey and a pastor during his bible study sermon mentioned that we are all saints due to our belief in Jesus Christ. I wonder what your opinions are? Please give feedback. Thanks & God Bless!
  5. As ministry is spreading to villages,, our need with Bible teachers and preachers is growing,, Out reach work is making path to open few new churches where is new work started we need a teacher or preacher In Indian villages we can't prepare immediate bible teachers because people with traditions and customs Time takes to prepare the local believes as Bible teacher or preacher So we need to send a trained person to that villages in this process right now we need few more Bible teachers and preachers We are giving training to 25 + 40 people in two Bible teaching centers like Bible college and Bible school one is in local ministry office and another is in other city recently we are also praying to open another center in other city to train more workers I request you to join in this work through your prayers,.,. pl pray,. God bless you all
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