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  • RE: Guests & Hosting them

    @sjdm-7770 Great to hear that you are going well in your course. I sure will be praying for you and your church conference and this time of hosting meals.

    Sometimes we have to eat when not hungry but this does not have to be gluttony, just good Christian fellowship. And we always “work it off” by simply waiting until hungry to eat next time.

    For myself when I have a special event coming up it may not be always possible to wait for hunger pangs before eating. But we do not have to worry about this as God gives us opportunities to balance out those moments by delaying our next meal - our hunger pangs come later for the next meal.

    At some other times I have planned ahead a bit by eating less at the previous meal and perhaps experiencing hunger pangs and suffering in Christ for a bit longer before the big event. I then enjoy the special meal later on by serving others in fellowship and love, and eating till one is fully satisfied.

    And still at other times if I am not hungry I can choose to eat sparingly or just having a drink, not calling any attention to my eating habits, joining in with the rest of the gathering and simply letting the restraint of the cross dictate how one eats.

    There is freedom in this way of eating and special events can be managed as we look up and see our Jesus loving us through His finished work on the cross. Hope this helps!

    posted in Weight Loss
  • RE: A United Front: Lesson 26

    🥺😊🙌🏽 This is both convicting and deeply comforting. Thank you for posting.

    posted in A United Front Course
  • A United Front: Lesson 26

    AUF Lesson 26
    "Yes, the gospel definitely changes the view of my husband and marriage.
    The gospel makes everything new!
    Forgiveness brings healing and changes my point of view.
    With Jesus at my side it is easier to love!...
    Only with Jesus we can manage to rebuild our marriages!
    In the last days, I realized that I really love my husband with Jesus Christ.
    The devil has robbed me of all the joy of marriage since I learned of my husband's sin.
    Now I have it again! I am happy to be married to my husband.
    Despite his sin struggles.
    I owe that to Jesus only!"

    posted in A United Front Course
  • The Look

    The Look
    I saw one hanging on a tree
    In agony and blood
    Who fixed His loving eyes on me
    As near His cross I stood
    And never till my dying breath
    Will I forget that look
    It seemed to charge me with His death
    Though not a word He spoke

    My conscience felt and owned the guilt
    And plunged me in despair
    I saw my sins His blood had spilt
    And helped to nail Him there
    But with a second look He said
    “I freely all forgive
    This blood is for your ransom paid
    I died that you might live”

    Forever etched upon my mind
    Is the look of Him who died
    The Lamb I crucified
    And now my life will sing the praise
    Of pure atoning grace
    That looked on me and gladly took my place

    Thus while His death my sin displays
    For all the world to view
    Such is the mystery of grace
    It seals my pardon too
    With pleasing grief and mournful joy
    My spirit now is filled
    That I should such a life destroy
    Yet live by Him I killed

    posted in Cross Focused Music
  • RE: The Depths of Christ's Love

    Amen! Joce thank you so much for sharing this.

    posted in Gospel Quotes
  • The Depths of Christ's Love

    ".. four ways that the depth of Christ's love is revealed... (John Piper)

    First, we know the depth of someone's love for us by what it costs him: if he sacrifices his life for us, it assures us of deeper love than if he only sacrifices a few bruises. So we will see the depth of Christ's love by the greatness of what it cost him.

    Second, we know the depth of someone's love for us by how little we deserve it. If we have treated him well all our life, and have done all that he expects of us, then when he loves us, it will not prove as much love as it would if he loved us when we had offended him, and shunned him, and disdained him. The more undeserving we are, the more amazing and deep is his love for us. So we will see the depth of Christ's love in relation to how undeserving are the objects of his love (Romans 5:5–8).

    Third, we know the depth of someone's love for us by the greatness of the benefits we receive in being loved. If we are helped to pass an exam, we will feel loved in one way. If we are helped to get a job, we will feel loved another way. If we are helped to escape from an oppressive captivity and given freedom for the rest of our life, we will feel loved another way. And if we are rescued from eternal torment and given a place in the presence of God with fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore, we will know a depth of love that surpasses all others (1 John 3:1–3). So we will see the depth of Christ's love by the greatness of the benefits we receive in being loved by him.

    Fourth, we know the depth of someone's love for us by the freedom with which they love us. If a person does good things for us because someone is making him, when he doesn't really want to, then we don't think the love is very deep. Love is deep in proportion to its liberty. So if an insurance company pays you $40,000 because you lose your spouse, you don't usually marvel at how much this company loves you. There were legal constraints. But if your Sunday School class makes all your meals for a month after your spouse dies, and someone calls you every day, and visits you every week, then you call it love, because they don't have to do this. It is free and willing. So we will see the depth of Christ's love for us in his freedom: "No one takes my life from me; I lay it down of my own accord" (John 10:18)."

    posted in Gospel Quotes
  • RE: Purity Course Lesson 14 Question 5

    @Bill-M "And I try to picture the Cross being WIDE with Jesus’ arms stretched out, being LONG with Jesus’ body stretched vertically out on the Cross, being HIGH and lifted up for all to see and being DEEP as they bury Jesus’ body deep into that tomb."

    This was so beautiful to read Bill! Thank you! What an unfathomable depth there is of Christ's love for us!

    posted in Purity Course
  • Purity Course Lesson 14 Question 5

    Question 5. Please take some time to write out Ephesians 3:17-19 here, and share your own thoughts on it. What does it mean to you as you contemplate the passage?

    "that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, (18) may be able to comprehend with all the saints what [is] the width and length and depth and height-- (19) to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." (Ephesians 3:17-19 NKJV)

    Richie wrote: So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. I think it has to do with Christ filling the empty house with His love. This love includes grace and forgiveness. If I live with this fullness in my heart then it is not possible for the enemy to enter again because the enemy cannot dwell where Christ dwells. The devil wants to fill my house with shame, guilt, and condemnation. He cannot do so if Christ has already filled that space with grace, love, forgiveness, power, and hope. Does my interpretation of this concept make sense? Is this the fullness we’re talking about?

    I responded: Your interpretation is wonderful.

    It really is immense and huge when we think of God’s love. And notice the verses before and after this text: "(16) that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, ... (20) Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us," (Ephesians 3:16, 20 NASB)

    It is the power of the Holy Spirit working through the inner man that we are able to do the impossible - to comprehend God’s love.

    And I try to picture the Cross being WIDE with Jesus’ arms stretched out, being LONG with Jesus’ body stretched vertically out on the Cross, being HIGH and lifted up for all to see and being DEEP as they bury Jesus’ body deep into that tomb. That is God’s love. Yes, it is infinite, but I can comprehend that He truly loves me.

    I also try to personalize verses like this:

    “so that Christ may dwell in Bill’s heart through faith. And I pray that Bill, being rooted and established in love, (18) may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, (19) and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that Bill may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

    posted in Purity Course
  • Lesson 9 Savoring Christ in the Old Testament

    Question 1. Why did Jesus cry out “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?” And how does this apply to you?

    Lisa writes;

    Jesus took my place on the cross--I deserved to die, the penalty of sin, and to suffer eternal punishment. My sins separated me from God and I would have been forsaken by Him forever if Christ had not suffered and died for me. So, Jesus cries to God are not answered on the cross so that God would hear my cries for salvation on the floor of my bedroom. I can rise up and say "I know that my Redeemer lives and I will see Him on that day because Jesus made a way to the Father for me. He is the way, the truth, and the life.
    I'm forgiven because you were forsaken
    I'm accepted, You were condemned
    I'm alive and well
    Your spirit is within me
    Because you died and rose again

    posted in Weight Loss Course
  • RE: Bootcamp Lesson 24 Question 5

    @Mike-Cleveland So So true!. The eyes of our heart must be seeing Jesus hanging on the Cross, personally and individually for us! It's the only way to move from just talking "about" His love, to "experiencing" His heart breaking and transforming love for our self.

    Zechariah 12:10 They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.

    posted in Purity Course