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By Wally Fry

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Prayer…Part 4 – Be Careful…You Might Just Get What You Pray For!

Finally! Another installment in this great series on prayer.
Blessings and enjoy!

SGM

By Patrick Hawthorne

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I was writing on the will of God and just could not move forward.  The words were not flowing smoothly.  As I stopped to ask the Lord what the problem might be, I felt the prompting of the Holy Spirt to head in this current direction.  Actually, this is exactly what walking in the will of God is about.  It is about being sensitive to the Holy Spirit and to go in the direction the Father desires.  That is how Jesus operated when He walked the earth and how we too should operate.

Back to the point, I felt that the Holy Spirit wanted me to caution you to be honest with your praying and to think about the consequences of what could happen if He grants the petition you are seeking.  I know this is an odd thing to write, but we must prepare ourselves to…

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Just a Thought

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Are you too busy for what God wants you to be doing?

Um…then you’re too busy!

Speaking Well

Well, pretty sure I need to read this one through several more times…then some more after that! Great lessons on controlling our mouths here.
Blessings and enjoy!

Learning To Be Full Of Grace And Truth.

The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing (Proverbs 12:18, NIV).

God wants us to be careful of what we say. He wants us speaking well of others. Easier said than done sometimes right? Let me share some thoughts about what that means.

Speaking well of others does not mean…

  1. Not holding each other accountable. Matthew 18:15-17, If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan…

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Zacchaeus -Jesus Meets a Rich Young Ruler.

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Before we really dig much more into our actual story here of Zacchaeus, we are going to briefly discuss some of the background of the story. We are also going to go backwards to another story.

Jesus, at some point  before his encounter with Zacchaeus, had begun his final journey to Jerusalem. He, of course, knew why he was going there. It was on this final journey that Jesus began to attempt to teach his disciples about what was to happen to Him while He was there for the final time.

If readers are interested in the actual geography of this final journey, a really good map is included below.

Some of the events which occurred previously in the journey are key to later events, so let’s recap them really quickly if we may. Our actual story has it’s roots in the events recounted in the ending section of Luke Chapter 9, when the Samaritans refused to receive Jesus, and he and His entourage then turned East, left Galilee, and began the southward trip to Jerusalem. Here we see in

Matthew 19:1

And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan;

It was while Jesus was in that area beyond the Jordan, that he had the encounter that provides such critical background to our actual story of Zacchaeus, and that is His encounter with the rich young ruler.

For today’s post, I am simply going to include both accounts from Scripture, for reading and study. Just read…think. I hope some things about these two stories will jump right out as quite evident. If not, don’t worry, because we will go there next.

Luke 18:18-26

And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up. Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved? And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

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And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of little stature.And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Here we have two stories, clearly linked by time and geography. We have two very different men. We have to very different results. Just a casual look at the ending of each of these stories might seem ….odd.

The rich young ruler, the “good” man, went away sad

Zacchaeus, the “bad” man, rejoiced.

Isn’t that interesting?

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God’s Love is the Greatest Love

Everybody knows, I love a good series. So, for the next few nights we will be following this great series on Love by Elihu.

Blessings and enjoy!

Elihu's Corner

God's love is everlasting

We long to be loved, don’t we?

Unfortunately, we tend to spend most of our time “looking for love in all the wrong places.”

We expect our best friends to manifest their unwavering loyalty, only to be wounded when they seem to have forgotten us. We seek approval on social media, and inevitably come up short. We long for our spouse to love us with fervent devotion, but illness, stress, and apathy so often weaken the intensity of their love.

Human love is capricious, but the love of God endures forever.

The words in the above verse, “I have loved you with an everlasting love,” are spoken by the only One who can speak them with absolute truth and confidence.

In your daily bible study, take note of the countless times God demonstrates His love. Commit such verses to your heart. Write them down and memorize them. When dark times…

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Just a Thought

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A blessed person will learn to rejoice in The Lord rather than be disappointed by the world.

Is love always good?

God loves every ONE, but does He love every THING?
Blessings and enjoy!

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The Bible says a lot about love.  We are told that God is love.  He has demonstrated his love by sending his son, Jesus Christ, to die as a sacrifice for our sins so we can be forgiven.

God requires that we love others as well.  Jesus said that the two greatest commands are to love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind, and to love our neighbor as ourselves.  We are even commanded to love our enemies.

But this doesn’t necessarily mean that all love is good.  Jesus has told us that loving him should have priority over all other loves.

Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 

Matthew 10:37

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