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Christian Mercy & Kindness

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What did Jesus teach us about mercy and kindness?

In the Beatitudes He said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy, God’s favor, and a life filled with joy and satisfaction.” – Matthew 5:7

He taught us to be merciful and kind towards others, no matter their station in life, their racial difference, or religious beliefs. The word merciful in the original Greek text means actively compassionate. Examine your motives: If you’re helping someone and expecting something in return, you’re doing business, not kindness.

As Christians, we must always remember that since we have obtained God’s mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ, shouldn’t we also extend the same grace to all we encounter in our lives everyday?

God wishes that none should perish, but that all should reach repentance and saving faith in Jesus. We are His ambassadors. One of the best ways we can best draw people to the true and living God is to show mercy and compassion in practical ways – like feeding and clothing the poor, encouraging the hurting, lending a hand to the needy, or offering some other act of kindness – expecting nothing in return from them.

Those Christians who are the most effective witnesses for Christ are those who not only witness in word, but also in action and good deeds.

Pray and ask Jesus to give you opportunities today to be merciful and kind to everyone you meet. In turn, you will receive God’s favor, and a life filled with joy and satisfaction.

– Luis Josephus

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Dishonoring Christ

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6 Things that Christians commonly do that dishonor Christ

  1. Being Weird and Obnoxious
  2. Being Judgmental of Others
  3. Being Hypocritical
  4. Being Dishonest
  5. Being Immoral
  6. Being Unloving


“…Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:16

Are you a good Christian example? Does your life  repel people from Christ, or draw people to Christ?

Examine yourself. Pray and ask the Lord to help you improve your Christian witness. Commit yourself to doing your part in becoming more like Jesus everyday, and in every way. Amen.

– Luis Josephus

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How far have you come with Jesus?

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The day you received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord you began a journey of inner transformation and spiritual evolution. Since that time, how far have you come in your journey?

Are you a better person today than you were 6 months ago? One year ago? Five years ago? You should be able to look back and see some positive changes in your character and manner of living. Has the Spirit of the indwelling Christ made a difference in your life?

Jesus didn’t die just for your sins and save you, but also to transform you into His image.

And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another…“ – 2 Corinthians 3:18

Each new day of your life, pray that you will reflect the glory of the Lord more and more. Listen to His voice as He guides you and corrects anything that needs improving. Don’t ever stop moving forward, no matter what obstacles you may face.

Pray, “I will not quit. I will never give up. I will continue to press-on to victory in Jesus.”

– Luis Josephus

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What is your relationship with God?

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Your relationship with God is like a flower. When you see
a beautiful flower do you say, “I LIKE YOU”, or “I LOVE
YOU.”

When you like a flower, you just pluck it. But when you
love a flower, you water it daily.

Do you LIKE God? Or do you LOVE God? If you really love
God, spend quality time with Him daily.

– Luis Josephus

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Keeping the Old Testament Law

Survey_What do you thinkWe would like to hear from our readers regarding their views on keeping the Old Testament laws and observances as New Testament Christians.

Please answer the following questions and participate in our poll. Afterwards, view current results and see how your answers compare to what others think.

 

 

 


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My Take on Same-Sex Marriage

love of god love of others”Love is the evidence of our faith, the measure of our obedience to Christ, and the true attitude of our Christian religion.” – Luis Josephus

I normally shy away from getting involved in politics or other divisive and controversial issues. I always try to practice love, non-judgmentalism, and tolerance towards all races and peoples.

So what’s my take on the Supreme Court’s recent ruling legalizing same-sex marriage?

First of all, I believe in obedience to civil authority. If the Supreme Court says it is now legal, then we must honor this decision by our nation’s leaders. As a Christian, I’m embarrassed when religious leaders involve themselves in Gay-bashing or promise to set themselves on fire if same-sex laws are approved. I think they are portraying the wrong image of what Christ taught us by His example. Jesus was a friend of sinners, prostitutes and tax collectors. That doesn’t mean He approved of their actions or lifestyles, but He showed them the true love of God and treated them with the same dignity we should show all people, regardless of their sexual orientation.

Secondly, I have gay family members and friends that I dearly love and value as human beings. Yet, I don’t personally approve of their sexual orientation. You may not see me putting out a rainbow flag in order to promote the gay lifestyle, but you won’t see me expressing hateful, condemning messages towards the gay community either. I believe this is the true Christian way to live.

You’re opinions are welcomed in the comment box below…

– Luis Josephus


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God’s Blessing of Long Life

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“With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” – Psalm 91:16

Have you ever wondered what’s the secret to a long life?

It’s more than eating healthy foods and exercising your body. It’s the same factor that helped Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and many of the Old Testament patriarch’s live long and fruitful lives. It’s the same factor that will help you too.

I recently did some research on the men that encouraged and mentored me in my career as an artist. I came across the online biography of one of these men. He was an older Jewish man who took the time to freely invite me over to his house once a month, to teach me how to develop my artistic skills. He and his wife were always very kind to me and I learned quite a lot from his professional advice.

Mr. Weiss was a busy and successful syndicated cartoonist who also had a mentally challenged autistic son to cope with. Yet despite his busy schedule and demanding family life, he always made time to help me when he could.

Many years have passed now and I feel such gratitude for this man for his generosity. I found out in his biography that he lived to the ripe old age of 98 years old! It was no coincidence that he lived a long life. I’m sure it was God’s blessing, among other reasons, for having such a compassionate and giving heart.

You see, when we love and honor God by our actions, that is, by reflecting His heart of love and compassion for others, our LORD takes into account our righteous deeds. He smiles down upon us from heaven and rewards us in many ways.

One such reward is the blessing of long life.

In Jewish tradition, length of days has always been considered to be the blessing for living a righteous life and honoring God. Living a long and fruitful life is what God desires for us all. Sadly, many people choose to ignore this fact and do not alter their self-destructive ways. They ignore God’s guidance and bring upon themselves trouble, unhappiness, sickness, pain, and premature death. It was never God’s intention that they experience such calamities, but it was their own wrong choices in life that brought about these consequences.

Be fruitful and multiply.

When God created our first parents, Adam and Eve, He created mankind to live forever in paradise. He planted them in the garden of Eden, where there was peace, happiness, bountiful food, health, and every need was taken care of. God Himself met with them in the cool of the afternoon* (Genesis 3:8).

Unfortunately, instead of trusting in God’s direction, they heeded the lies of Satan and ate of the forbidden fruit. As a result, sin and death entered into the world. They not only brought judgment upon themselves, but on the rest of mankind ever since.

Only Jesus can rescue us from this curse.

Despite their disobedience, God had mercy upon them and provided a way to redeem them and their descendents from the consequences of sin and death. Through faith in the vicarious sacrifice of Jesus the Messiah on the cross, we were freed from this curse. Jesus took the curse upon Himself for us and freed us to be happy and blessed once again.

But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.’ “ – Galatians 3:13

The day we invited Jesus to be our Savior and Lord, the curse of unhappiness, sickness, pain, and death was broken over our lives and now we can expect to live long and fruitful lives upon the earth.

Let us never forget.

But let us never forget where we came from. We must use this second chance of new life in Christ to avoid making the mistakes and poor choices of the past. By the grace of God we have been forgiven and set free of the old self and have put on the new self in Messiah Jesus. We have a new opportunity to fulfill the good plans God originally purposed for our lives.

As we endeavor to live according to God’s ways and pursue righteousness, God will satisfy us, among other things, with long and fruitful lives. We may not live to be 175 years old like Abraham, but we can expect to live to a ripe old age, full of peace, joy, and good health. We will enjoy the fruits of our labor to the fullest.

We are blessed with faithful Abraham.

Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: ‘All nations will be blessed through you.’ So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. “ – Galatians 3:7-9

As with Abraham – the father of our faith, we can expect God to bless our lives in every way and to finally die one day of “a good old age, an old man (or woman), and full of years” (Genesis 25:8).

The Scriptures also tell us that Abraham was “gathered to his people.” This Old Testament expression signifies more than his burial. It refers to a life well lived and the expectation of being reunited with our loved ones after death. Jesus, along with our departed family and friends in Messiah will be there to meet us upon our resurrection. He will welcome us and say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant; enter into the joy of the Lord” (Matthew 25:21).

– Luis Josephus

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* The natural connotation of Genesis 3:8 is that God was in the habit of meeting with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden each afternoon. Before they sinned, this passage suggests closeness and intimacy and fellowship with God. Although this was not the first time Adam and Eve heard God’s voice in the garden, this was the first time they hid themselves for fear of the sin they had committed.

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