Several years ago, I wrote down a question I was asked about the blessings of God. God had moved in a generous way preparing us for what we were going to face in the coming years. It was then I dug deep to find sustaining truths and promises to hold on to what God had done in among the member of our fellowship. I then realized the blessings would last for those who had received an abundant provision of grace. I was able to memo many things which I felt were pertinent to this question. I simply asked what is grace?
This phraseology ‘Dearly Beloved’ was in my spirit this morning when I woke up. Paul uses this expression several times in his epistles and Peter only uses it one time. In Romans he speaks and says, dearly beloved, discover the beauty in everyone, get along with everybody, don’t be obsessed with getting even, but leave that to God’s righteous judgment.
There is an interesting verse in Ecclesiastes 6 and verse 7. The Message translation readslike this, “We work to feed our appetites; Meanwhile our souls go hungry”. I realize that not only do men do all they can to satisfy their appetites, so does Hell. Solomon had this to say about this, “Hell has a voracious appetite, and lust just never quits”. You will find this in Proverbs 27:20 Adam and Eve bumped into this problem in the very beginning, Flesh lusted for what the Eye saw and Pride just could not say no, to the voracious appetite that was in man as far back as Eden.
The following was shared by our friend Ernest Anderson in one of his blogs and I thought you would appreciate it as I have. It is about:
THE EVIDENCE OF PERSONAL EXPERIENCE.
I am going to lift the sweet mantle of charity this morning, where love covers a multitude of sins only to take a look back into the stories of Old Testament families.
I have been in a pastoral role, for almost 60 years and my observation after preaching in churches large and small in many nations of the world is that the church is at its best, when it functions like family.
To all those who have accepted the challenge to walk together in the God Called Passion of Heritage Fellowship,
I love Bible stories. I loved them when I did not even know how they would impact my Life in the future, and I cherish the lessons they have taught me. You may not realize how important it is to teach them to your children, because they can become a moral compass for them in the future. The training of a child should include your involvement with your little ones; because if they see your love for the stories, they will love them also. Even when your children are grown, you will have made your own precious memories. In those moments you spent reading to them, you were building character. Bible stories are the fiber God uses to impart integrity into our little ones.