Verses on Love

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For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

 

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. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

Matthew 22:37-40

 

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. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

John 13:34-35

 

Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.

John 14:21-24

 

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

Romans 12:9-10

 

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13

 

We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death.

1 John 3:14

 

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.

1 John 4:11-21

 

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.

1 John 5:2

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10 Inspirational Quotes of the Day

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1) The joy of the Lord is my strength. -Nehemiah 8:10

2) Singleness isn’t a season to “endure” until marriage, but a season to serve God to the best of our ability. -Unknown

3) A warrior is that women who gets up despite the enemy trying to destroy her. A women who declares victory before seeing it. A women who believe she receives her miracles, because she knows the Lord she serves is alive and powerful -Unknown

4) Being a Christian isn’t for sissies. It takes a real man to live for God- a lot more man than to live for the devil. -Johnny Cash

5) Paul wrote, “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content…” -Philippians 4:11

6) “When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.” -C.S. Lewis

7) “Lord, call us to battle, that we may proclaim you King of Kings and Lord of Lords!” -Miss Clara; War Room

8) She’s a strong cup of black coffee in a world that is drunk on the cheap wine of shallow love. -JmStorm

9) “I believe in Christ, like I believe in the sun- not because I can see it, but because I can see everything else.” -C.S. Lewis

10) May we be a canvas for displaying God’s powerful works of Grace- Unknown

The Roman Road : The Plan of Salvation

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The Bible is a book with sixty six divisions in all. The book of Romans is a series of verses that outlines God’s plan for salvation. Write these verse on a page in your Bible or highlight the verses. You can memorize them and be prepared to tell anyone about God’s plan for salvation when the time arises!

Romans 3:23 // Romans 6:23 // Romans 5:8 // Romans 10:9-10 // Romans 10:13

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 3:23

For the payoff of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:23

But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8

Because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and thus has righteousness and with the mouth one confesses and thus has salvation.

Romans 10: 9-10

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Romans 10:13

The Roman Road: This is one of the most effective presentations for people who’ve heard the message but need to see it in black and white, right out of the pages of the Bible. It’s based on…verses in the book of Romans I’d suggest highlighting these in your Bible so that they’re easy to find and show to others. -Bill Hybels

 

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Communion with God

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What is the definition of communion? It is the sharing or exchanging of intimate thoughts and feelings, especially when the exchange is on a mental or spiritual level. There are many ways we experience communion and closeness to God. I want to share with you the best way I know how to meet with God and join in communion with Him.

Give God your first and find a meeting place.

What do i mean by that?

In the old testament their was a tent of meeting that was always set up in the center of camp. The rest of the camp was built around this main tent. What does that revel? You need to build a tent of meeting to be with God. Every child of God must dwell with God in worship, prayer, and communion. In order to dwell with God you need to build or create a tent of meeting.

How can you do this?

It’s more then just finding a quiet place. You need to build and set up your meeting place with God in the center of you life. It must be the center of your day, the center of your schedule, the center of everything you do, the center of your life. That’s the key. If it’s not the center, then every other thing will crowd it out of existence. You don’t fit your time with God around your day or around your activities. Your relationship with God and the sacred meetings of that relationship can only occupy one place in your life. The center.

Center your life and everything of your life around God and your time with God. When you continue to meet with God in this one sacred place it becomes essentially a hot spot. A place of meeting that God arrives at with you to join in intimate communion. When you do that, everything else will fall into place.

“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Matthew 6:6

“But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Matthew 6:33

Of course God is with you always but wouldn’t it be better if you start your day in your tent of meeting and let God’s presence leave with you and go wherever you go throughout your day?

Every life is to be made temple filled with God’s presence. But without God’s presence we become a temple desecrated, defiled, darkened, filled with idols. Don’t let material things or even other people in your life become more important. We are created to live holy lives and treat our temples preciously. A temple created to be holy but fallen from its purpose is what God wants to prevent.

What do you do if that’s you?

You open the doors of your life and you let God come in. Let the Holy Spirit cleanse you and restore you.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Psalm 51:10

You let Him take away your sins, cleanse your impurities, restore your purpose, light up your heart, and fill your life with His presence. It’s never too late to rededicate your temple back to God. When you honor God with your body and ask Him to take away the fleshly desires He will fill it with His glory. In other words, let God dwell within you, walk beside you, restore your heart and soul.

Give God your first.

Let the Holy Spirit dwell within you.

Walk in the way Jesus walked.

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.”

2 Corinthians 13:14

Verses on Abiding in Christ

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Remain in me, and I will remain in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me—and I in him—bears much fruit, because apart from me you can accomplish nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is thrown out like a branch, and dries up; and such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and are burned up. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you want, and it will be done for you. My Father is honored by this, that you bear much fruit and show that you are my disciples. “Just as the Father has loved me, I have also loved you; remain in my love. If you obey my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.

John 15:4-10

As for you, what you have heard from the beginning must remain in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father.

1 John 2:24

By this we know that we reside in God and he in us: in that he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God resides in him and he in God. And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has in us. God is love, and the one who resides in love resides in God, and God resides in him.

1 John 4:13-16

So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:17-19

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

2 Corinthians 5:17

Verses on Obedience

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For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.

Matthew 12:50

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

John 10:27

If you love me, keep my commands.

John 14:15

Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.

John 14:23

If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love

John 15:10

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

Romans 13:1

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Ephesians 6:1-4

As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.

1 Peter 1:14

If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.

1 John 1:6

Be the Change: MLK Day

Martin Luther King Jr Day

Love this the only force capable of transforming an enemy to a friend. -Martin Luther King Jr

This day is about a man who stood up for what was right and did so with the strength God enabled him to have. It’s hard to look back and see what times were like in his day. We’ve come so far, and also much work still needs to be done. We need to pray for our fellow man and ask for healing in our nation. We need to pray against the spirit of hatred and racism. We need to love each other, not because our enemies deserve it, but because Jesus did so for us ALL.

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“I give you a new commandment—to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples—if you have love for one another.” -John 13:34-35

Only Jesus alone can transform a heart of hatred. The change of a heart can change a person’s entire life and everyone around them. Your prayers can be the change someone makes to let God transform them.

Be a prayer warrior.

Be the change.

Pray and love!

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. -Martin Luther King Jr.

A Mind Set Free

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“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.”

2 Corinthians 10:3-6

God sees and hears everything. Including the embarrassing, lustful, and twisted thoughts that sometimes wander in our minds. Everything is laid bare for Him to see yet we rarely attempt to take our thoughts captive and deny the wrong things we think. The most private thoughts we are most ashamed of are in His full view. We need to take this part of our lives more seriously. Ask for forgiveness and His help in training your mind to focus on things above. Evil thoughts will always come but it’s our decision to cast it down and replace it. What that means is taking scripture and mediating on it to the point where no evil thought can penetrate. Let His Word, lead your thoughts and emotions. If your mind is continually dwelling and mediating on the Word, then your thoughts will eventually become one with God’s. That’s what He wants for you; to have a mind of Christ. Your mind is what rules your life and out of the heart comes your true intentions. Our minds are continually being bombarded by television channels, images on the internet, and other media outlets that compete for our attention. At times we let them win our attention and our thoughts become captive and consumed. When we eat junk food we are affecting our physical health and it’s the same with our mental health. When we consume mental junk food it is devastating the imagination. It pleases God when we take care of our bodies but it also pleases Him when we take care of what we allow in our minds. The mind must be retrained because our thought life shapes who we become and how we receive what God has to say to us. Cleanse your mind and don’t allow the entertainment of this world to bombard and drown you with its deceptive philosophies. Let God’s Word and voice nourish your mind. If you let God change your thoughts, He can change your life!

 

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Verses for a Fresh Start

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As a new year begins it’s important to reflect on what God has done and what He will do for us. Disappointments may have happened and unexpected things sometimes tests our faith. Don’t let your current circumstances shake you. Time passes and things change, but His Word will never pass away nor change! Hold on to His promises & let’s go into this new year with God at our side!

And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’

Revelation 21:5 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

2 Corinthians 5:17 

Though your beginning was insignificant, yet your end will increase greatly.

Job 8:7 

For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.

Hebrews 3:4 

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.

Isaiah 40:28 

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 5:16 

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Hebrews 10:24-25 

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Isaiah 43:18-19 

Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy.

Romans 13:11-13 

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.

2 Peter 1:3-10 

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

Psalm 34:8

What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages

Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

Romans 12:1 

For it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”

Romans 14:11 

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

Romans 6:4

Verses on Trust

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“But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.”

Psalm 13:5

 

“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will act.”

Psalm 37:5

 

“In God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me?”

Psalm 56:11

 

“Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”

Psalm 62:8

 

“Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.”

Psalm 125:1

 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs 3:5-6

 

“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.”

Isaiah 12:2

 

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

Jeremiah 17:7-8