Posted in Love

FAITH WORKS BY LOVE

A Translation From the Message Bible

1 Corinthians 13

The Way of Love
1 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 2If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. 3-7If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

8-10Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

11When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.

12We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

13But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

Posted in Forgive men their transgessions, God is judge, Honor amongst the saints, Love one another, No Divisions or Schisms, Pray for those who persecute you, Resisting temptation

BLAMELESS IN THE SIGHT OF GOD by Elaine Davenport

God left us an instruction manual. It’s called: The Bible. Most of us don’t know it as well as we should. He wanted to make it easy for us because He loves us so much. It’s not a “recipe” book for us to delve into …it is a “complete” manual. Most misunderstandings in the body of Christ come from our overall inability to comprehend this. This treatise is an effort to take direction from the Word of God to examine certain areas.

I hear and read so much discussion about how things “ought” to be; but what does the Word say? What does God say? I respect opinions, but I respect God much more. No one can tell you God’s intentions better than He. Please don’t forget that.

SIDEBAR: AS THE BODY OF CHRIST; THE WORLD WATCHES US: WE MUST BE MINDFUL AND WE MUST BE CORRECT.

You can’t be in faith and not understand God’s Word.

He said He will not withhold from anyone whose walk is blameless. So let your walk be blameless.

WHO DOES GOD WANT US TO LOVE?

God is so wonderful. He looked down the road at our world in the Year 2007 and He left us a command; to the body of Christ and even to the churches. He said:

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (NIV, John 13:34-35)

THE DEVIL WOULD LIKE TO GET YOU OFF OF YOUR PATH OF LOVE…

The world watches the Body of Christ with great amusement. So does the devil. And sometimes I wonder if we’re accommodating them unwittingly. Close critiquing of ministries that are different is widespread within the body of Christ even though the Bible is clear about the “role” of the body.

“And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” (Ephesians 1:22-23 NIV)

GOD EXPECTS US TO UNDERSTAND THAT AS THE BODY OF CHRIST WE WON’T ALL BE THE SAME…

Romans 12:4-8
Just as each of us has one body with many members and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. (NIV)

1 Corinthians 12:18-22
But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, (NIV)

I give you the Word of God and I’ll tell you that if you see another ministry that fails or misses the mark in your eyesight, pray for them and ask God what you can do to help them and wait for His instruction. Don’t give ammunition to the world by openly criticizing another ministry.

Many times I observe people complaining about other ministries; but I never see a reply very often. It’s probably because of the following verse. Get in the Word, I encourage you to meditate upon these scriptures before you publicly or privately criticize your brothers or sisters in Christ.

THE WORD IS REAL….
1 Corinthians 12:26-27
If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (NIV)

WE HAVE A DIRECTIVE PRAY FOR THOSE THAT PERSECUTE US, NOT TO TALK ABOUT THEM, BUT TO PRAY FOR THEM!

“There is a saying, ‘Love your friends and hate your enemies.’ But I say: Love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way you will be acting as true sons of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust too. If you love only those who love you, what good is that? Even scoundrels do that much. If you are friendly only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even the heathen do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect. (TLB, Matthew 5:43-48)

AND FINALLY FORGIVE…

“For if you forgive men for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. “But if you do not forgive men, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions. (NAS, Matthew 6:14-15)

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Posted in faith is what we neeed, God is in control, love your neighbors, minister to you

Mission Statement

When I was in Graduate School, where God had sent me; we learned about mission statements. Here is my statement for this site:

We aim to help people build their faith based on the Word of God and not our opinions.
We will pray before we give you any words here so as not to waste your time. You are too valuable, too precious. We profess love for our neighbors, so our words will be love based. We are not a political voice, but a spiritual voice. We are quite sympathetic to the needs of the world, but we put our trust in God and not in man without exception. We believe that faith is what we all need and that it must be fueled daily. That is why we bring you a word in season each and every day. Our mission is to minister to you. God is in control.


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Posted in Jesus is the door, no deaf ears

The Great Exam (A short story) by Elaine Davenport

A certain young man wanted to attend the Number One school in the world. IN ORDER TO DO THIS, HE WOULD HAVE TO TAKE A MAJOR TEST. His success could only be assured, if he passed it. Failure was not an option. He had prepared himself all of his life according to the best of his ability; in every way that he knew how for this situation. There had been glitches and schisms in the past but TO HIS KNOWLEDGE, it had all been corrected! He was taught by great men and women, who taught him the way that they had been taught. As time progressed, more and more new truths were revealed to him and he perfected and redirected himself. He was a complete book worm, a true student of the law that had been presented to him. It was the way of his fathers.

He had great memorization skills; second to none. He possessed a photogenic memory if you will. He also had a network of friends who thought like him, had the same goals and objectives. They believed in their cause so greatly and they were so dedicated that it became a lifestyle for them. Right or wrong, they were often misunderstood and in some cases, they were understood even better than they knew themselves.

There came a time when they as individuals had to take a great test. As a group; they were very powerful and very focused. They even had great strategy to attack this major exam and be a success. They had to be perfect in every way when they took this exam and they knew it. There would be no room for error, there could be no margins for failure. They diagnosed everything around them from their group perspective of identifying situations. They felt no need to assess things from any other angle or vantage point. Theirs was the way and they were sure.

There was a very minor flaw and it would show itself strong at a very inopportune time. Whether that would be critical or not would be determined by the test results.

The day of the test came and they were pleased to announce that they had studied and rested. They knew in advance that a select group would pass the test. Though their numbers were off, they were correct in thinking that it would be just a percentage of all who took the test.

According to their calculations only those who were a part of their group could take the test and pass it. Their calculations also showed that even after that; only one in 41 of them would pass it. They had retained many many facts. The preparation for this exam for them had taken a lifetime. They knew Reading, Spelling, Writing, Mathematics, Logistics, Science, The Solar System. Statistics, enough about most subjects that they deemed necessary. More importantly theyt knew the letter of the law. That surely would count for much. They had a guide book and had even studied it well and picked the things they deemed most important based on what they were taught.

Let me say that what they knew was far more detailed than what the average person knew.
On the day of the test, they were surprised to see so many people there who were not of their discipline. In fact, as they looked around they saw that EVERYBODY was there to take the same test. It was crowded but surely there was electricity and excitement in the air!

In a distant room, they heard screaming and crying and they heard laughter and joy, all at different times.

They took the test and all seemed well in their hearts. They were truly sincere. The test was graded on the spot for each of them as they turned in their answers and went before the review board.

I’d love to make this story sound lovely at this point and tell you that they passed, but that would be a lie. They were never taught comprehension to mix with all of their facts that were taught to them. “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.” 2 Timothy 3: 15

They had never ventured to rightly divide the Word of Truth for themselves.

So, though they had the facts, they didn’t have them all and when asked to lay them out, they could not nor were they able to explain in a sensible way what the facts meant.

AS A RESULT, THEY WERE NOT ADMITTED TO THE TOP SCHOOL.

Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth and the light. No man comes to the Father but by me. “

I cannot stand by and say nothing …

I am trusting God that this letter will not fall on deaf ears for it is a letter of love, a seed to be watered and it will reap a harvest! All is well.

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Posted in Faith acts, Faith asks believing, faith celebrates, Faith decrees, Faith exclaims, Faith is established, faith praises, Faith speaks, faith thanks

Stay in the cycle of Faith by Elaine Davenport

Just walk up to someone and ask them what are the signs of faith. You will get a myriad of answers and only a few of them will be convincing. It’s not because people don’t know. It’s because no one really ever thought about it that way!

Faith is one of the simplest things; yet people make it complicated. There’s a whole lot of faith on the receiving end or the back end, but on the front end…there’s usually not as much.

You’ve got to grab hold of this.

THE CYCLE OF FAITH

1 FAITH ASKS BELIEVING
2.FAITH ACCEPTS
3.FAITH PRAISES & GIVES THANKS
4.FAITH CELEBRATES
5.FAITH SPEAKS BOLDLY BEFOREHAND!
6.FAITH DECREES!
7.FAITH EXCLAIMS
8.FAITH IS ESTABLISHED
9.FAITH ACTS
10.FAITH IS PATIENT
11.FAITH EXPECTS
12.FAITH STAYS ROOTED IN THE WORD OF GOD
13.FAITH STAYS IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD
14.FAITH LOVES
15.FAITH FORGIVES
16.FAITH IS HUMBLE
17.FAITH OVERCOMES
18.FAITH PERSEVERES
19.FAITH NEVER DRAWS BACK
20.FAITH WINS

You have to stay in the cycle of Faith!

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Posted in Bring your family to Christ, Examine yourself, Get your mind off of you, Pray for your family

"Who" would be better than you? by Elaine Davenport

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2: 15

Let a man examine himself, etc. To see whether he can eat in loving remembrance of the death of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11: 28

Your family is waiting for you to say something to them. They’re expecting it! God needs someone to stand in the gap for your family to be saved and it’s going to have to be you. You’re going to have to examine yourself. Trust me that this is a faith builder; especially after you begin to see results. It’s not going to be your neighbor across the street and in many cases it won’t be them, so it’s going to have to be you. You’re not only going to have to pray, but also minister to them and in some cases bring them to Christ. You may not be able to get them to church; but you can bring them to Christ and let God do the rest.

You’ve got to get your mind off of you and on to them. You’ll be Blessed if you will do this.

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Posted in Encountering Problems playing MP3's or music on the INt, Minimizing a window on site, Opening Two windows

Tip for the Music by Elaine Davenport

It seems that one can encounter a problem navigating from the site regarding music on the web. (Not just this site) What I do is I open a window with the music playing and shrink it on the desktop. Then I open a second window to navigate on the web. On this site; many of the references will take you away from this site and when you leave and come back the music has stopped. This remedy is probably more practical for high speed Internet users. I am humbly sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you. We are working to find a remedy. Thank you.

P.S. A lot of people may choose to come to this site, put on the music and then do their Internet related assignments.
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