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Ghost of the Church

Where is the Church? I mean really. Where are you people of God?!? Are you sitting on your back sides while others of the world are taking everything over? Where are those who will stand up for their faith? Where are those who will stand up for God? I’ll tell you they’re not here in America. No, they are in ….. Getting their heads cut off because they will not bow down to those who are against God. http://www.military.com/video/operations-and-strategy/battles/syrian-rebels-behead-christians/2525038454001/ Young and old, men and women. They have taken the stand against evil. Those are the ones who are winning souls. American Christians are boo- hooing about the things going on around them instead of standing on the Word. We have churches allowing gays to be married http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/11/politics/btn-same-sex-marriage/ let alone “teaching the word” now says it’s ok to be gay. We have so called men of God sexually abusing those in their church. We have people being harassed for not complying to gays. http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/city-threatens-to-arrest-ministers-who-refuse-to-perform-same-sex-weddings.html Which (the gays) is supposed to be a minority? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/15/health-survey-americans-gay_n_5587696.html We have people pushing for abortions. http://www.numberofabortions.com/ And the list could go on and on. It probably will.
When will the true Christians of this country stand and say enough. I’m not trying to promote hate. I’m not trying to promote anger. I’m trying to promote love back to God. Throughout all of this turmoil He still loves us. We Christians are not supposed to get along with this world. We are supposed to show Christ’s love to our neighbors and to God. We are instead hiding our eyes and ears like ostriches. Sticking our heads in the sand while the world takes over. There will soon be nothing too outrageous for anyone. The standards of people have gone so far down that it will take many generations to climb back to the straight and narrow path. But it only took a couple of generations to get here.

The crime rate has gone up across the country with the introduction of extreme islam, and isis. Whether people like to admit it or not, we in a spiritual war and have been for some time. But the world will tell you it is more important to concentrate on the color of a persons skin http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/us/ferguson-shooting-protests or what we call our children http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/10/09/gender-inclusive-school-district-says-drop-boys-and-girls-call-kids-purple/ The government isn’t really concerned with your health unless you’re giving them thousands upon thousands of dollars. They’re not concerned with making more jobs. Because since they have taken over the academics of our country the education of our children has gone to pot. http://www.broadeducation.org/about/crisis_stats.html Oh yeah, there another subject. Let’s look at the drugs that are now legal which would have gotten you thrown in jail just a few years ago. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-great-marijuana-experiment-a-tale-of-two-drug-wars-20140103 If, we as a Church, don’t start right now and make up our minds, hearts and souls, to stay with God rather than away from him, all will be lost to evil. I hear people say that this country was founded on Christian beliefs. Where are those beliefs now?

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Just What Is Love?

  1. Love: A profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.
  2. A feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend.
  3. Sexual passion or desire.
  4. A person toward whom love is felt; beloved person; sweetheart.
  5. Used in direct address as a term of endearment, affection, or the like: Would you like to see a movie, love?

Although there were several more these are the first 5 definitions on Dictionary.com.  But love truly can‘t be define.  By the world standards love is a feeling that has so many different levels to it that no one can place one and only one sentence to define what love means to them.  There have been several songs written about love from just about every different aspect there is.  There have been movies made to show a vast variety of love.  There have been numerous books discussing the very highs and lows on the matter.  1 Corinthians 13:4 Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth no; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.  1John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us.  God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God and God in him.  The Bible, which is God inspired, shows me that Jesus Himself is the love that is spoken about in the verses above.  If you do a study of how Jesus lived while He was here on the earth, you can see that He fits both verses.  God glorifies Himself within Himself and shows that through Jesus as His son.  John 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The word that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.  Jesus is love!  Is it no wonder that we have such a hard time describing love?  For all that, Jesus is, there aren’t enough words in our tiny knowledge to speak a well definition of Him.  Jesus has been with us from the beginning.  Well truly, even before that.  For He was with us before the world even began.  Genesis 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.  Here we read that the Word and Jesus are also one and the same.  The Word of God is Jesus.

We all know love when we feel it.  As a child grows, they learn how to be loved and how to give love.  Love is such an important part of each of our lives that everyone fights for it. We all want to be loved.   And once one has love they fight to keep it.  We get angry and sad when someone has taken something or someone that we love.  Our perspective of love changes as people change.  As children, I doubt that you loved your parents the same way that you do now.  As a Christian, when you were new, your love for Jesus may have seemed overwhelming.  But the longer you follow Him, the deeper that love is to grow.  It isn’t that Jesus has changed.  It’s that He, Jesus, Love, has changed you.  The longer you follow Him the easier it should become to love others.  John 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. There was a man in the flesh that loved everyone he met.  He loved us all so much that He was willing to die for us.  To show us just how much he truly did love us.  Jesus is God and God is in Him. For God so loved the world, that He gave up His love, Jesus, so that we would not parish.  John 4:1 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.  The words Spirit and Truth are also hard to describe.  You don’t just look around and see a spirit, and the truth is whatever you believe it is, even if you maybe wrong.  And yet, we know and have a good understanding as to what they are.  I have heard that to hear God and His word you must use your spiritual ears. When Jesus spoke, the Pharisees were not using their spiritual ears at all because they enjoyed how their system of worship was benefitting themselves.  There is a key to love.  And it is quite simple.  I bet you just dying to know.  Right?….Right? Ok, so here it goes.  The key to understanding love and what it is about, is to understand Jesus.  To understand Jesus you must understand the will of God.  To understand the will of God you must love.

John 15: 12 This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.  The coming of the Lord is on our doorstep.  When Love rings the doorbell, are you going to answer with love or with your own system? 

Listening

I have been losing my hearing in my left ear.  I found out a little over 14 years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter.   For months during my pregnancy I was getting the worse pain.  I started in the ear and slowly crept down the side of my neck.   I was still fairly young, and after having such a hard pregnancy with my son, I told my OBGYN every little and not so little ache and pain I had.  I’m sure that he dreaded when I would come in for a visit.  He recommended that I see an ENT (Ears, Nose, Throat) doctor.  I had thought that maybe I had a build-up of wax that was putting pressure on the ear drum since I had that problem when I was younger and was told that it could happen again.

The doctor was nice enough.  He made sure that he looked in my ear at every angle.  I thought by the end of it my ear would have been 3 sizes bigger than when I first came in, due to all the pulling and tugging he was doing.  He did see a small amount of build-up and agreed that it needed to be flushed out.  But he had said that it was not any reason for the pain I was experiencing.  He then decided to do a hearing test.  I was so shocked at the results.  I had lost 10 percent of my hearing.  The straining that my ear was having to do, was the cause of the pain.  I was a little freaked out.  I was only 26 years old.  I couldn’t understand why it was that I was losing my hearing.  Especially since it was in one ear and not both.  After I had my daughter the pain started to go away.  Quite honestly, I think I just got use to the pain so much that I didn’t notice it.

Over the years I have had to be careful of cold air touching my ear.  The slightest little chilled breeze would send  knife gripping pain throughout the whole side of my head.  I also have to watch that I don’t get water in my ear.  Other than that it hasn’t really been a bother……until recently.

You see, I have 3 teens and 1 pre-teen.  So for anyone to be able to understand what it is that they are saying is a feat in itself.  But when they are standing right in front of me and I still can’t hear them after I have repeatedly asked “What?”, then you know that there is a problem.  For the longest time no one really believed that I had a problem.  I could hear the kids in another room being up to no good and someone would ask, “How could you hear that?”  All moms know how and when to use their radar.  Plus my right ear was trying it’s best to compensate for the left.

I think if I had a choice of losing any of my senses my hearing would be the one I would pick.  However, I think that I would want a different sense if it meant losing my spiritual hearing.  To hear God speaking to me is such a wonderful gift that I would easily give something up in its place.  I do not need to see God to know He is with me.  I do not need to touch God to feel His presence.  I do not need to smell God to know that His glory is around me.  I do not need to taste God to have my stomach filled of Him.  Although to have those senses are also great gifts, the thought of not being able to hear Him would break me.  I can hear Him in the lives of my family.  I can hear Him in wind.  I can hear Him in the laughter of children.  I can hear Him in the cries of His people.  I can hear Him in the stories I read.  I can hear Him when I pray.  We must all make sure that we listen with our spirits so that we aren’t yelling WHAT!?! , when God speaks.  For the meaning of His words are still being understood.  And they are meant to be spoken.  If we were to close our spiritual ears, we would fail to get closer to God, to understand His love for us and others, to keep Him with us always.  For the greatest gift I have is in hearing Him say, “I love you child.”  Are you listening to Him when He speaks to you?

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