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UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

LOVE and CARE for you , my Dearest!!!

   I was reading in Matthew 7  7-12 where JESUS is describing what many refer to as the “Golden Rule” . Verse 12 states ” So in everything , do to others what you would have them do to you. This sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Amen!!!

  Here we find the character of GOD on display!!!  HIS character prescribes how we should react to one another. Treat them as we would be treated. GOD is Good!!!

    Sometimes it is difficult ,at best , to accept the manner in which others treat us and still behave in such a way as to not mistreat them. I know for myself that walking in such a manner requires that I am almost always Forgiving someone unconditionally in order to continue loving them. I am not always happy with the relationship , however , I am always Hopeful that HIS example will eventually be my fulfillment!!!  In overcoming what I perceive to be wronged against me I am assuring myself  a positive outcome . Thank you JESUS!!!

     How Good our GOD is!!! In HIS constant forgiveness of us we are given an example to live by, a pattern if you will. A way in which we can expect Freedom from our oppressor. Glory to GOD!!!   

    I feel Springtime coming early!!!  ” So in Everything………….”

 I Love you!!!!!!! Mark

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   I was reading in Ephesians 1 3-14 about how we as Christian believers are given Spiritual gifts , as well as being “sin free ” according to GOD’S grace. We are not examined  by the priest for blemishes ; we are cleansed by the Blood of JESUS!!! We are Holy and Blameless in HIS sight!!! Thank GOD!!!

     I honestly believe that most of the people whom I come into contact with , and that’s quite a few theses days , are under the impression that although they have confessed and repented of their sins that they remain dirty , full of sin, and therefore cannot walk as GOD chose them to do before creation. This could not be any further from the Truth. Holy and Blameless; in Love  means just that!!! We are to be GOD’S agents here on Earth and act accordingly. Laying hands and raising the dead!!! Rebuking sickness and wiping out pain. Glory to GOD!!!

   Friends , you having believed have been marked in HIM with a seal. You are , although sinners , set free by the Blood of JESUS!!! JESUS took your sin on the Cross. DONE!!! In reality exactly what sin would one think was not covered by HIS Blood??? JESUS did indeed die for All of our sins and to think otherwise minimizes the work  which  HE did on the Cross!!! HIS shedding of Water and Blood was sufficient !!! Thank you JESUS!!! 

      Headed to the well!!!

   I Love you!!!!!!! Mark

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   I was reading in Zechariah 10 where we should ask GOD for rain in the springtime. HE gives us provision in our time of need!!! GOD is certainly Good!!! GOD wants to make our soil fertile in the proper time!!! Amen!!!

   What a simple way in which to be Blessed ; ask GOD.  GOD knows our every need and when our will lines up with HIS Will we can expect blessings. HE will send us rain in the springtime. Glory.

    I honestly believe that there comes a time in everyone’s Life in which we need to prepare our Souls for seed. We need rain. GOD indeed brings the storms and with them all of their woes , however , with every storm comes the much-needed rain which allows us , as Christians , to grow spiritually. Thank You JESUS!!!

     Verse 8 states  ” I will signal for them and gather them in. Surely I will redeem them ; they will be as numerous as before.” The prophet was bringing  “Good News ”  to the children of GOD for all generations to come. We only need to “receive” the Word of GOD and then live in it!!!  Hallelujah!!!

    Building an alter today. Sacrifice is coming!!!

   I Love you!!!!!!! Mark

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Let Jesus Bring You Light!

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   I was reading in Romans 8 28 -39 that we ,as Christians , are called to be more than conquerors in Christ JESUS!!! We were predestined to be conformed to the likeness of HIS SON!!! Thank you JESUS!!!   

     As I make my way through each and every day soaking in as much GOD LOVE as I can I am constantly reminded of how , ever since I fell in-love with GOD , that my life has been changed for the better!!!  It seems as though every day brings forth a new revelation of what a Good choice GOD is!!! Glory

     Boldly I can now   walk through these valleys which , prior to walking with GOD , used to bring me down. Now I move freely and without fear. GOD is Good!!! All of the time!!!

    Verses 38 and 39 state ” For I am convinced that neither Death nor Life , neither Angels or Demons ,  neither the Present or the Future , nor any Powers , neither Height nor Depth , nor anything else in all Creation, will be able to separate us from the love of GOD that is in Christ JESUS our Lord “. Now there’s a promise worth holding on to!!! Amen!!!

      Headed to the Well!!!

     I love you!!!!!!! Mark

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           I was reading in Philippians 1 1-2 where Saints are living beings , not dead , and doing the work of Christ JESUS within the church. Why else would Paul address them as such? I know that as they “move on ‘ in Life for eternity that the Saints will be with GOD in Heaven , however , we have Saints with us now. Glory to GOD!!!

    I was reading this morning on how the Catholic Church was rushing to give  Pope John Paul the 2nd. Sainthood . Really??? In his 27 years in office as Pope the Catholic Church was rocked with allegations of sexual abuse by priest worldwide. This abuse had been ongoing for years ,however , to allow it to continue and to just relocate the offenders seems to me a very unfavorable answer to a crippling problem in organized religion. I am not a Catholic , however , I am a true believer in JESUS and , although it seems that I might be criticizing John Paul personally , I am not!!! I just fail to see the urgency behind Beatification and Canonisation in his case.  If I read the Life of John Paul correctly if he were alive today he would be right out front saying ” slow down”.  Thank you JESUS!!!

      In his response to the allegations and cover-up John Paul seemed more concerned with the welfare of the Church than he did the children. In my humble opinion this does not put a person anywhere near the level of Sainthood. JESUS HIMSELF warned against the abuse of HIS children!!! To allow such practice is just plain UNGODLY!!! Glory to GOD!!!

    In all fairness John Paul did some remarkable works as Pope. I loved reading The Gospel of Life [” Evangelium Vitae”] ,and ,  his opposition to same-sex marriage was very vocal. He traveled the world teaching about Christ with the Love of GOD in him,and ,the fall of communism in Russia came under his watch. At one point he was the most recognized person on earth living. A great man , however , sainthood??? That is for GOD and GOD alone to decide!!! Amen!!!

    I have many Catholic friends that I consider Saints for the work in which they have done in my Life. I thank GOD for HIS Saints!!!

   Headed to the well!!!

   I love you!!!!!!! Mark

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THE BRIDE

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  I was reading the Book of Ruth and I was overwhelmed with the Love of Boaz for this Moabite woman. I could not help but think of how a woman born in Moab could find favor with a man of privilege. A man of GOD. She had been redeemed and was now a bride!!! Glory to GOD!!!

    Here is a Love story of a woman born in Moab [doubt ,sin ] who ,once given a choice , chose to leave her position and improve it. She had come face to face with GOD , [Naomi’s example] and wanted a new way of Life. In her mother-in- law she saw something which she attained for. A  new beginning!!! Thank you JESUS!!!

     In my humble opinion Ruth represents the Church!!! We ,as a body of Christ , have a Redeemer and are a bride in-waiting!!! We were all born into sin and ,because of a choice which we made , we can be assured of a new beginning!!! We are to be married to Christ JESUS!!! We have crossed the Jordan and have come into our promise . We have seen a new way in life and have stated ” Your people will be my people and your GOD will be my GOD.” We know which field to glean in. Not by our birth ,but , by our choice we conform to the Will of GOD by the obedience which comes from Faith and the manifestation of HIS Love in our Lives!!!Praise GOD!!!

    There is Provision across the river!!! Headed to the Well!!!

 I love you!!!!!!! Mark

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                   I was   reading in Jeremiah 1 4-5 where GOD was setting apart those which HE Knew in the womb. HE said that “I have appointed you as a Prophet to the nations” .GOD was telling the young man who , before he was born , that he was set apart from all others to guide HIS people!!!  Glory to GOD!!!

     Sometimes God leads us to a place where in which we must lead others.  I know that is a large order , however , it is an order from GOD!!!

   Oftentimes I look upon my Life as just the average man doing the average thing ,yet, I know that is just not so!!! I have been “Called and Chosen”!!! Thank you JESUS!!! 

   ” Father GOD I pray to You this day that all of Your servants will heed to Your Word this day and understand that You have a direction in which they should follow and that their lives depend upon them making the right decisions!!!” ” Father GOD I pray that You will open the eyes of those who cannot see that You have sent a prophet among them.” AMEN!!!

    As I move about this morning I Hope and Pray that you will Know what GOD has set apart for you !!! I Hope and Pray that you will start speaking those things that are not as though they were!!! AMEN!!!

 I love you!!!!!!! Mark

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Mark 12:30-31

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                            I was reading in Mark 12 30-31 where JESUS was answering a question by one of the scribes in the region and spoke of a new set of commandments.  JESUS said that we should Love the Lord our GOD with all of our heart , soul , mind ,and strength ,and , that we should Love our neighbor as we Love ourselves. Jesus goes on to say that there are no greater commandments than these. Glory to GOD!!!

    A commandment is just that ; a commandment!!! JESUS did not suggest that we walk in this type of Love .HE commanded that we do so . What an order!!! Amen???

     Oftentimes it can be easier to speak of Love than actually live in Love. This guiding principle in our Christian walk can be difficult at best given the attitudes of those which we come into contact with on a daily basis. Spanning the whole spectrum of our lives;    business, home , neighborhood , family , friends ect……, this principle can often be tested in how we react to situations which concern , not only involvement with ourselves , but others as well. Love is oftentimes the furthest thing from our minds. Thank GOD for JESUS!!!

    I can not help but think that if we prepare ourselves properly each and every morning by going to GOD in prayer and asking HIM to let us walk in Love throughout the waking moments of each day that HE will do so. We just need to be willing to accept that not everyone which we come into contact with will be walking the same way. We need an open and honest understanding ,not only of the unbeliever ,but the believer as well in respect to our position ;in Love. GOD is Good!!!

    GOD IS LOVE!!!!!!!!! Go show someone GOD!!!

   I Love you!!!!!!! Mark

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Once Upon the Cross

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         I was reading in Matthew 16 21-28 where JESUS was speaking to his disciples about how they should live when HE was no longer right there with them all of the time. HE wanted them to know that there was a proper way in which they would always be able to walk in HIS light!!! GOD is Good!!!

    What JESUS had done was give them a way to approach life without HIM right there by giving them the Doctrine of The Cross. Verse 24 spells it all out for them and us by stating ” If any man will come after ME , let him deny himself , take up his cross , and follow me”. Thank You JESUS!!!

   I attend church on a regular basis and I am always satisfied by everything which I am able to witness. GOD is at work in the lives of so many people around me and I know that I am Blessed and Highly Favored!!! The atmosphere is almost always electric in nature and JOY is in the faces of all the people I see. However , there are more days in the week than Sunday. Amen???

    In the Doctrine of The Cross what JESUS has done is give us a way where in which every day is Sunday!!! We can realize HIS Love and Peace everyday of the week. The formula is simple ; Seek HIM , deny me , pick up my cross daily ,and follow JESUS. What a simple way in which to Know GOD’S Love continuously throughout the week. Four easy steps to complete freedom on a daily basis. Glory to GOD!!!

   HE also later gave us a way where HE was always there!!! Thank GOD for HIS Holy Spirit!!!

   I cannot help but notice as the years go by that my cross is getting lighter!!! I Love my Savior!!!

   Headed to the well!!!

 I Love you!!!!!!! Mark

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    I was reading in  Exodus 15 1 – 21  where Moses and Miriam and all of the Israelites were so happy for the children of GOD who had been delivered out of Egypt that they began singing!!! Verse 13 states ” In your unfailing Love You will lead the people You have redeemed. In your strength you will guid them to your Holy dwelling.” GOD is Good!!!

   You must know that the Israelites were extremely happy at that moment!!! They had been brought out of bondage; they had found a freedom previously unkown.Glory to GOD!!!

     Real and true Love , such as GOD’S Love , Agape love, has  direction. There is a purpose in Life for Love , therefore a definite path by which that Love can travel!!! As we go through this life and find our own purpose in Life it is never without the Love of GOD which we can strive for that purpose. Love is not just an emotional response to a given situation. Love is a real and valuable tool in which we should use to help us deal with life itself on a daily basis. As GOD has Loved us we should reach out ,in Love , for all of those in our possible grasp.We should even go as far as loving those who do not feel as though they need our Love, and , even those who consider themselves enemies. We should live in Love!!! Amen!!!

    What a BEAUTIFUL day today!!!

 I Love you!!!!!!! Mark

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