Posts with the tag “love”

He Did it First
by Delman Coates on April 18th, 2023
“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” - Romans 5:8  As a believer, you should be slow to anger and quick to forgive – slow to judge and quick to love. Why? Because Jesus did it first! Jesus came here to earth and gave us the ultimate example of what our life as a Christ-follower should look like. Yesterday, we talked about how love and...  Read More
Perfect Unity
by Delman Coates on April 17th, 2023
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” - Colossians 3:13-14  When you choose to forgive others, regardless of what they have done to you, and you choose to put on love, you will find perfect unity with those around you. And ...  Read More
Move in Love
by Delman Coates on April 16th, 2023
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” - Colossians 3:13-14  One of the easiest ways to forgive someone who has done you wrong is simply to “move in love.” You might be thinking, “But you don’t know what they’ve done to me.....  Read More
Improvement is Essential
by Ministry Support on April 3rd, 2023
“To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” - Ephesians 4:22-24  Have you ever heard someone say, “God loves me just the way I am”? That is true. God does love us for who we are. The fa...  Read More
The Pain of Regret
by Delman Coates on March 17th, 2023
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” - 1 Timothy 4:7  There aren’t many things worse than regret – looking back at something you could have done, would have done, or should have done. If you were to talk to someone who was approaching the end of their life, you would most likely sense the pain of regret in their voice.  They wish they could have done mor...  Read More
Still True
by Delman Coates on March 13th, 2023
“The sum of Your Word is truth, and every one of Your righteous rules endures forever.” - Psalm 119:160  Yesterday, we looked at how the promises of God are still possible in your life. No matter what you are currently going through, no problem you have or ever will have can cancel the promises of God.  Whatever He has assured you is still possible. But it’s not just possible, it’s a guarantee. Be...  Read More
He Secures You
by Delman Coates on February 24th, 2023
“For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.” - Proverbs 3:26  Yesterday we discussed how God sees you. When you are frustrated, God listens and is fully capable of handling your problems. When your heart breaks, His heart breaks. When you cry, He cries with you.  But not only does he see you. He secures you. What does that mean? It means that God assumes full r...  Read More
See It Themselves
by Ministry Support on February 9th, 2023
“Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” - John 11:40  Have you ever met someone who does not believe what you say until they have seen it with their own eyes? These people might label themselves as “cautious,” but in reality, they are just naturally skeptical. They refuse to believe until their own eyes have seen. These are the type of people t...  Read More
Love Your Enemies
by Ministry Support on January 10th, 2023
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” - John 13:34  Love cannot be conditional. The same way you love a friend must be the same way you love a foe. Luke 6:32-34 says, “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, ...  Read More
by Ministry Support on January 9th, 2023
“Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.” - 1 John 4:11  According to some therapists, perfectionism is something that is learned early in life when a child was valued mainly for their achievements. That child wants to bond emotionally with their parents. They want love, affection, a hug, a kiss, and they want a conversation. The parents are good people, but...  Read More
The Ministry of Presence
by Ministry Support on December 20th, 2022
“Then some Jews arrived from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowds to their side. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of town, thinking he was dead. But as the believers gathered around him, he got up and went back into the town. The next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.” - Acts 14:19-20  The 14th chapter of the book of Acts gives us a picture of what is perhaps the greatest role the church ...  Read More
A Transactional Relationship
by Ministry Support on November 14th, 2022
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” - James 1:2-4  Is your relationship with God dependent on your circumstances? Does your faith r...  Read More
What Do You Stand For?
by Ministry Support on October 27th, 2022
“In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” - Matthew 5:16  What do you stand for? What are your values? What does your life communicate? What do others say about you? Character is having a high moral and ethical code, while integrity is the actions taken to stand behind that code. For example, as followers of Christ, we under...  Read More
A Picture of Perseverance
by Ministry Support on September 8th, 2022
“God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward, they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.” - James 1:12   Not long ago, I read this article about a man named Henry Dempsey who survived a seemingly improbable experience while flying his commuter plane from Maine to Boston in the summer of 1987. While in the air, the pilot heard an un...  Read More
A Need For Closure
by Ministry Support on September 1st, 2022
“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” - Jeremiah 29:11   If you want to live your life to the potential God has set for you and become all that He created you to be, you must be able to find closure from your past. Many believers, though they have given their life to Christ, have not come to terms with t...  Read More
Good Grief
by Ministry Support on August 15th, 2022
“To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory.” - Isaiah 61:3   As we continue to look at the subject of grief, I want you to know today that as tough as grief is, as difficult as it is to lose someone yo...  Read More
Only A Test
by Ministry Support on August 1st, 2022
“Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.” - Deuteronomy 8:2   In 1963, the United States government initiated a new system that was designed to give the President an expeditious way to communicate with the American public in the event of war, t...  Read More
The Multi-Colored Butterfly
by Ministry Support on February 18th, 2022
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” - Romans 8:28  Yesterday, we highlighted the story of the 5-year-old boy who made a gift in his classroom for his father, a college professor. When his dad came to visit him on the last day before Christmas, the boy, with so much joy, ran to his father to give him the gift ...  Read More
by Ministry Support on February 17th, 2022
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” - Romans 8:28  There is a story about a professor who arrived at his 5-year-old son’s class on the last day of school before Christmas to attend a school program. When his son saw him, the little boy grabbed the ceramic gift he had made for his father and ran towards his da...  Read More
A Test Of Love
by Ministry Support on February 11th, 2022
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” - Matthew 6:21  The third type of test God uses to spiritually develop us is a test of love. It’s easy to rely on earthly possessions to make us feel successful or important. However, those earthly possessions are not what give us worth. Our worth can only be found in Jesus. There are times that God needs to remove those earthly things s...  Read More
How To Treat A Stranger
by Ministry Support on January 16th, 2022
“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” – Hebrews 13:2  The reason God commands His children to love the stranger, welcome the stranger, and to include the stranger because at some point, we will all be a “stranger.” And we would want hospitality shown to us as we are called to show it to others.   Leviticus...  Read More
As I Have Loved You
by Ministry Support on January 14th, 2022
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” - John 13:34  Do you love others like you love Jesus? This is what God’s command for us as believers. There should be a noticeable difference in the way you walk and the way you talk. It’s easy to love those who love us, but how do you approach those who appear to be less than loveable?   We love those...  Read More
Headline News
by Ministry Support on January 13th, 2022
“There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?” - James 4:12  Have you ever read an entertainment news headline and assumed a fact about a person or group of people in the article based on the limited facts presented? Or have you judged a person based on someone’s else’s perception of that person? We have all been guilty of pre...  Read More
Faith Is God’s Love Language
by Ministry Support on November 20th, 2021
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” - Hebrews 11:6  Throughout the Bible, God illustrates that what happens for us, in us, and through us is a result of standing on our faith when times get tough. Faith, sincere faith, sparks the delight of God.   What communicates to God t...  Read More
Are You Walking Away?
by Ministry Support on October 30th, 2021
“…There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. - Romans 3:22-24  Are you walking away from the church or removing yourself from a Christian friend group? Maybe you made a mistake (even a big one), and you cannot stand to hear the judgment and lectur...  Read More
Can You Throw The Stone?
by Ministry Support on October 28th, 2021
“…But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, ‘Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.’ Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still st...  Read More
God’s Promises Are Sure
by Ministry Support on September 25th, 2021
“For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding ‘Yes!’ And through Christ, our ‘Amen’ ascends to God for his glory.” - 2 Corinthians 1:20The Bible says that God is not a man that should lie. If He spoke it, He will bring it to pass. One reason so many people give up on God in the waiting process is because they do not live as if God is certainly going to do what He said ...  Read More
Loving From A Distance
by No Limits on September 11th, 2021
“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. – John 15:12 It is easy to love someone who is loving, but what about those who you consider to be hard to love? It’s often difficult to love others because our love is conditional, based on how we feel. However, God measures love by our obedience and not our transitory emotions.1 John 5:2-3 states, “This is how we know that w...  Read More
An Offer of Love
by Ministry Support on August 9th, 2021
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” - Revelation 3:20  Christ stands at the door and knocks not only to offer restoration, not only to provide courage, but also to offer the power of His love. When someone is trying to sell a product to you, you initially may be skeptical. You want proof...  Read More
A Date With The Divine
by Ministry Support on August 5th, 2021
“The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels.” - Revelation 3:5  Like the church at Sardis, many of us appear to the public as being alive and well. But privately, we are dead. We struggle with depression, anxiety, lack of positive self-image, and ...  Read More
Standing At The Door
by Ministry Support on August 1st, 2021
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.” - Revelation 3:20-21  There was a young salesman who made a living selling vacuum cleaners door-to-door...  Read More
Don’t Miss The Signs
by Ministry Support on June 16th, 2021
“Do not be unequal yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?” - 2 Corinthians 6:14 Before entering into a relationship, do you consider everything you have learned and observed about the person or do you simply jump in without any concerns? Or worse, do you ignore those concerns and believe those issues are not a bi...  Read More
Do You Accept Christ’s Forgiveness?
by Ministry Support on June 11th, 2021
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” - Romans 5:8 Over the past few days, we have talked about forgiveness and what it looks like for you to forgive someone who has wronged you. We have talked about the freedom it gives when you are finally able to forgive, and we have talked about how when you are willing to forgive, Christ forgives ...  Read More
Take A Time Out
by Ministry Support on May 25th, 2021
“Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. (Mark 6:31) Life is a lot like sports, and there are so many principles we can take away from watching and playing sports. For instance, in a game of basketball, when the game is getting away from you, when the opponent is running up the score, and it seems as if thi...  Read More
Helping Others
by Ministry Support on April 21st, 2021
And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. (Acts 2:44-45)Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)I read this story once about a young husband who knocked on the door of this retired doctor in a small town in an attempt to get help ...  Read More
The Blessing Of Reconciliation
by Ministry Support on April 10th, 2021
For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. (Romans 5:10)We recently talked about the blessing of redemption that came as a result of Jesus’ death and resurrection. But that’s not the only blessing we’ve received from Christ. Another blessing we can be thankful for is the blessing of r...  Read More
The Price Of Freedom
by Ministry Support on April 9th, 2021
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)I was recently reminded of a story told by preacher AJ Gordon, who one day met a young boy carrying a rusty cage with several birds fluttering nervously on the inside. Gordon asked the boy where he got the birds, and the boy replied that he trapped them in the field. "What are you going to do with th...  Read More
Love One Another
by Ministry Support on April 5th, 2021
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35)I read an article recently about a few retired and well-off Americans who spent their retirement traveling to needy parts of the world to work as volunteers. The woman writing the article had spent two weeks a...  Read More
It’s Not A Competition
by Ministry Support on December 26th, 2020
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. (Philippians 2:3)  I remember in our old neighborhood, I had neighbors who wore me out because they constantly competed with each other. Overall, these were really good people with loving homes, beautiful families, and amazing educational backgrounds. But one of the things that I quietly lamented abo...  Read More
Confidence Over Jealousy
by Ministry Support on December 20th, 2020
A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot. (Proverbs 14:30)  On one occasion, self-help author and cultural critic Shannon Alder wrote about the difference between people who are jealous and bitter versus those who are confident and secure. She described those who are jealous and bitter as those who are the first to race to the top of mountains, while those who are con...  Read More

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