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Showing posts from February 22, 2012

Prayer, Thought for Today

Heavenly Father, You have taught us to love our neighbors, love them that hate us, pray for them that spitefully use us, and to worship You with all of our hearts, minds and spirit. Unless we come to love as You love, we can not inherit the kingdom of heaven with You and Jesus Your begotten Son. In Jesus' precious name I pray. Amen. - Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy

Fresh Start Devotionals

“Forever Friends” For months, I’ve been trying to find just the right gift for our 20th anniversary this May. For some reason, anniversaries in multiples of five have greater significance, and I wanted to do something really nice for Susan, but didn’t know what to do. Over Thanksgiving, I drove Susan’s folks up to Hayward, to show them the spot in the Japanese Gardens where I’d proposed to their daughter. Susan and I hadn’t been back there since that fateful day two decades ago, so it was a real treat for us to return. In the garden, we discovered monuments placed in memory of loved ones that were situated among the manicured shrubbery, flowers and water displays. The next week, I called the Hayward recreation department to find out if I could purchase a monument for them to place near the bridge where I proposed to Susan in honor of our anniversary. They agreed, and told me the price and the amount of words that could fit on the granite stone. After several drafts I settled on: …

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

February 22 THEY’LL KNOW WE ARE CHRISTIANS BY OUR LOVE Words and Music by Peter Scholtes, 1938– A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. All men will know that you are My disciples if you love one another. (John 13:34, 35) It’s easy to talk sentimentally about love. It’s much more difficult to apply it to needy people and situations. The Scriptures clearly teach, however, that the proof of God’s presence within our lives is our willingness to share His love with humanity. The earthly badge of our heavenly citizenship is our love relationship with others. A life of love is a deliberate choice on our part. We must choose this lifestyle against our natural bent for self-centeredness. Soon, with the Holy Spirit’s enablement, our new life of love becomes a natural behavior. Then the emotional feelings of inner fulfillment follow. Responding to the needs of others will never be a duty; rather it should be a privilege of normal Chr…