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Pentecost

Today, 08/27/2012, we celebrate the feast of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended on the hearts and souls of Jesus' disciples and renewed their hearts and minds. Please read Acts chapter 2 for the incredible account of transformation by the power of the Holy Spirit.
 
We must remember that as Christians, the Holy Spirit dwells within us. I like to consider the indwelling Spirit as the engine in a very powerful car. We have the Spirit of God living in us, just as the vehicle has the engine idling in it.

PEACE IN THE STORM

We are often assaulted with tribulations and trials that may seem overwhelming. The key to remember is the lesson learned from the Book of Job. God allowed Satan to plague poor Job, yet not beyond the point of breaking.
Two lessons for this blog...
1) God is always, ALWAYS, in control of what Satan can and can't get away with. If we hold on to the Holy Trinity, we have a strong and steady anchor.
2) God never has to sit down and explain things to us. We just need to trust Him and love Him, and know He is our ever-loving Father.

Philippians 4:11

"...For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am in, therewith to be content."
 
The lottery tomorrow is up to 350 million dollars, and my son and I have big plans for that money! We will be very content.
 
What if the Apostle Paul, writing from a prison, knew a little bit more about what is true contentment than I could learn with 350 million dollars (before taxes)?
 
In verses 12 & 13, Paul tells us, "I know indeed how to live in humble circumstances; I know how to live with abundance.

For God so loved you and me!

I listened to a preacher yesterday explain how much God the Father loves us. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him might not perish but have everlasting life" Jn 3:16.
Note that God loved us before giving Jesus as a sacrifice for our sin. Jesus loved us so much that He willingly gave His life, and the Holy Spirit loves us so much that He gives us the grace to believe in the Holy Trinity.
We are extraordinarily loved!

Simple Prayers

God listens most to the prayers of our hearts. Let us approach our Father with childlike confidence - He will provide what is best for us. I don't believe He is overly impressed with well-constructed prayers that lack emotional content..

Seek intimacy.

When I allow my days to be filled with projects, I tend to lose the appreciation that the God of all the universe is holding my hand. Seek intimacy over intellect. We will always have questions. We will always have an opportunity to love, to be kind. If we can balance the intellect with the intimate, we are blessed. If we need to choose one over the other, let love win.

A great day to be alive!

After a wonderful sleep, I have an opportunity to touch others with the love of Jesus - what a blessing!

Walking with God

The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection is a simple collection of letters by a simple monk who lived in the seventeenth century. He simply wanted to live every moment in conversation with God. He wanted to out-love God, but found it impossible. The little book has survived for three centuries for a good reason. Please do yourself (and those around you) a favor by reading and living this book.
In Christ,
Br. Joe

Love at all Times.

Love always, at all times, especially when it is difficult.
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