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“Unselfish Love”

“Unselfish Love” John 15:13 KJV Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. I feel a sense of honor at being asked to pray at the Memorial Day Services at the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery. As I looked at the little flags placed carefully on each grave, I thought about what Jesus said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” God exemplified what it meant to love by giving His Only Son, Jesus as a sacrifice for our sins. Because of His love for mankind, Jesus laid His life down for all who would believe, both present and future. These men and women who gave their lives unselfishly must never be forgotten. We must never change God’s principals of love. Freedom can only come through sacrifice. The freedom we have now came because we had people who cared enough about religious freedom that they would fight to the end to defend it! Do we honor these individuals? Most important, do we honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who loved us enough to die for us and our freedom from sin? My heart was once again renewed as I silently prayed for the families who had lost loved ones in one of many of our wars against freedom. Please show respect for all our veterans and their families. Not just on one special day, but every day. Moreover, let us always show respect, honor and love to our precious Lord Jesus Christ, who has set us free from sin. Respectfully, Bro. Gene


Godly Hope and Joy

For we are saved by hope:  but hope that is seen is not hope:  for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Romans 8:2-25   We have the hope of a future with Jesus in Heaven.  Is it really hope?  If we believe god's Word, then Hope becomes reality.  The Trust we have in a God we have not seen is Faith. (Hebrews 11:1. "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.")  Faith is substance because the Holy Spirit of God resides in us and testifies to our spirit of God's Hope.   The reality of salvation is found in scripture written under God's inspiration. Genesis 1:1 is our start in Faith ("In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."). If we can believe Genesis 1:1 we can believe everything else.  The Gospel says Jesus was the virgin-born Son of God, conceived of the Holy Spirit.  It says Jesus lived a sinless life.  He took our sins to the cross and lay in a grave for three days.  But on the third day, He arose out of that tomb, conquering death,  hell, and the grave.  In doing that, He was able to bring all those who believe in Him Victory (Hope).  
If we ask Jesus to come into our hearts and be the Lord (Boss) of our lives, then we are saved  We now will spend eternity with Him. When we see Jesus, our Faith (Hope) will be complete in Him we disciple others we need to remember
Jesus must be first, others next, then yourself last. We will then have JOY
in our lives.
  Joyful in Faith, Bro. Gene