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There are several words in the New Testament which are translated as love. There’s Agape, that unconditional, self-sacrificing love which God has for us and which He desires for us to have toward one another. There’s also Phileo, “brotherly-love.” And then there’s Eros, or sexual love.

 

Eros love is the physical intimacy between a husband and his wife. It is the expression of romantic love between spouses. Sex, within the bounds of marriage is special, it brings the spouses together in a one-flesh relationship unlike any other in the world.

 

Solomon wrote, “Life is short, and you love your wife, so enjoy being with her. This is what you are supposed to do as you struggle through life on this earth” Ecclesiastes 9:9 (CEV)

 

Eros love is part of God’s design, a gift of His goodness not just for procreation but also for mutual enjoyment. Sex as God intended it is a source of delight and a beautiful blessing to be shared within the sanctity of marriage.

 

Enjoy God’s gift of Eros love with one your spouse.

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The prophet Malachi wrote, “Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us?” Mal. 2:10 (NKJV)

 

Jesus introduced a new word never used before for God, the word ABBA, Father.  God is our Father, everybody’s Father.

 

Ellen White wrote, “No distinction on account of nationality, race, or caste, is recognized by God. He is the Maker of all mankind. All men are of one family by creation, and all are one through redemption. Christ came to demolish every wall of partition, to throw open every compartment of the temple courts, that every soul may have free access to God. His love is so broad, so deep, so full, that it penetrates everywhere.”[1]

 

We can begin each day by reaching out for our Father, who eagerly waits for us with His arms wide open.  And we can also reach out to our earthly siblings, children of the same Father, until all barriers between us are torn down.

[1] White, E. G. (1917). The Story of Prophets and Kings as Illustrated in the Capitvity and Restoration of Israel (Vol. 2, pp. 369–370). Pacific Press Publishing Association.

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From the beginning of creation God set the twenty-four-hour pattern which exists to this day. There were no clocks, sun dials, or any other means of diving the days than those which God Himself set in the skies. We know that when the sun goes down, it marks the end of one day and the beginning of the next.

 

When the sun dials were invented, they could mark the hours during the time of sunlight, but they were worthless during the dark period of the night hours. When the mechanical, and later electronic clocks and watches were invented, it became the norm to mark the day from midnight to midnight.

 

Whichever way we chose to divide it, we still have the same amount of time – 24 hours – every single day. The question is, how will we use those 24 hours?

 

Nehemiah gathered all the heads of the families, on the second day, to study God’s word. Nehemiah 8:13 (NKJV).

 

Whether you do it during the light or dark hours of the day, spend time every day in the study of God’s word.

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From the time Adam and Eve were created, humans have proved untrustworthy, unfaithful, and unreliable. David committed adultery and murder. Abraham lied about his wife…twice. Paul stood by as Stephen was being murdered. Peter denied Jesus three times before the rooster would crow twice.

 

But before we are too quick to point the finger at others, perhaps we need to look in the mirror and there we would recognize a long history of mistakes, sins, defeats, and even unfaithfulness. We have not always been faithful to God, and often not even to each other in the family.

 

It’s encouraging to know that God doesn’t act toward us the way we act toward Him. Moses told the Israelites, “Know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments” Deuteronomy 7:9 (NKJV).

 

God is faithful, and not just to us, but to our children and to the generations to come. I’m grateful that God is always faithful, even when we are not.

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Moses reminded the Israelites that, “Man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD” Deuteronomy 8:3 (NASB).

 

When the Israelites left Egypt, they didn’t have a bible. They were guided by Moses, who was listening to God. He then taught the people and wrote down God’s instructions. He was the first bible writer. The reason God felt it was important to put down His words in writing is because as much as we need physical food to nourish our bodies, we also need spiritual food to nourish our mind and our spirit.

 

Eating is vital for each of us but eating together nourishes us in many other ways. Sitting down to dinner as a family at least five days a week results in fewer teenage pregnancies, lower levels of depression and lower rates of suicide among boys.

 

In the same way, we should each have personal bible study, but there’s also great benefit when we study it and pray together as a family. Make the Bible a part of every day!

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Taking a child into your life, one who was your flesh and blood but rather one God chose for you, is one of the most loving actions from a parent to that child.

 

My supervisor told me once that he sat with his young daughter and told her “If there were a hundred kids lined up by a wall for me to choose from, and you were one of them, I would still choose you.” Adopted children, like biological children, need to be assured daily of their parents’ love.

 

God set the pattern and taught about this loving relationship.  Paul wrote, “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure” Ephesians 1:5 (NLT2)

 

I like the fact that adoption was not a sudden decision or an afterthought in God’s part, like it isn’t for today’s adoptive parents.

 

What a blessing it is for adoptive parents to remember that God also adopted you and loved you with an everlasting love!

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Most every family begins when a couples declares their lifetime commitment to each other and to God on their wedding day. They have no idea what their life together will be like, if they will have children or not, or how long life will last. But they can trust that “God is the one who began this good work in you, and I am certain that he won’t stop before it is complete on the day that Christ Jesus returns” (Phil. 1:6, CEV).

 

God was there at the beginning and will be there at the end.  Nothing catches Him by surprise, and He knows how to carry us safely to the successful end.

 

Every good thing, every relationship, and every family has a beginning. And every one of these has an end too. Much of what determines the end is what happens at the beginning. It sets the stage for the rest of the relationship.

 

Commit yourself and your relationship to God, follow Him as you begin your life together, and trust Him as He carries you safely from the beginning all the way to the end.

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