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Sunday’s Memory Verse, 6/19/22

“Those who know your name trust in you,
    for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10 NIV

With Love, Cindy

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An “Annoying Distraction”?

Did you know even that if you’re the most eloquent preacher on the planet and thousands attend your conferences and buy your books, if you don’t show God’s love to people, God says you are only an “annoying distraction”?

And if you have such a strong faith that you can perform miracles, but you don’t love your fellow man, you’re just a nobody.

Not only that, if you sell everything you own and give it all to feed the poor, but you don’t spread God’s love, it does you no good at all.

Read 1 Corinthians 13: 1-3 from the Amplified Bible, (AMP).

 “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love [for others growing out of God’s love for me], then I have become only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal [just an annoying distraction]. And if I have the gift of prophecy [and speak a new message from God to the people], and understand all mysteries, and [possess] all knowledge; and if I have all [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but do not have love [reaching out to others], I am nothing. If I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it does me no good at all.”

Many years ago, the Lord showed me the tremendous importance of showing His love to others. I was questioning something I was being taught in my church and decided to re-read the New Testament. I read it three times in a row as I searched for the truth.

I was looking for the answer to this: What’s the main idea of the New Testament? What is most important to God? Is it prosperity? Is it faith to heal the sick? Is it abundance in this life? Is it praying for revival?

I kept track of the number of times each topic was presented in the Word of God. Every time faith was taught, I tallied it. I did the same for every topic that came up including healing, prayer, prosperity, hope joy, mercy, love, and many others.

Do you know what I discovered? Overwhelmingly, the main message of the New Testament, and the most mentioned topic, was love! If love was the most talked about subject, it must be really important! I knew that if I understood nothing else, I must understand what matters most to God – love.

Back then we didn’t have Google, but now I know that the Bible mentions love 686 times in the New International Version. Thanks, Google!

“And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.” 2 John 6 NIV

With the discovery of this truth and knowing that walking in love was of utmost importance to God, I began on a journey to learn how to walk in love. The Old Testament and New are full of insights that teach us to love as Christ loves.

 “Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:37-39 NIV

How can you show God’s love to someone today?

With Love, Cindy

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Verses for Meditation, 6/16/22

“When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.
 For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;” Isaiah 43:2-3 NIV

With Love, Cindy

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Quote of the Week, 6/15/22

I know that the experiences of our lives, when we let God use them, become the mysterious and perfect preparation for the work He will give us to do.”

Corrie Ten Boom

With Love, Cindy

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Tuesday’s Verse, 6/14/22

“Teach me your way, Lord,
    that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
    that I may fear your name.
 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;
    I will glorify your name forever.” Psalm 86:11-12 NIV

With Love, Cindy

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Monday’s Verse, 6/13/22

“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” 1 Corinthians 3:6-9 NIV

With Love, Cindy

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Sunday’s Memory Verse, 6/12/22

“If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.” Psalm 139:9-10 NIV

With Love, Cindy

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Christian Best-Sellers: A New Phenomenon

The surge of Christian “Best-Sellers” is a relatively new thing. Don’t be naive. Christian books are big business and lots of Christian authors are getting very rich writing them. Some Christian authors are making millions of dollars from book sales.

“The Christian market is a $1.2 billion market, around 10% of the broader US publishing market. Christians buy more books and spend more money on books than the average reader.” Jeremy Bouma, author

But have you noticed that small Christian bookstores have almost completely disappeared? That’s because secular publishers have bought out many of the independent presses. There is a lot of money to be had within the Christian book market. And secular publishers want in on it.

Brett Venable, who runs Mustard Seed bookstore in Milford, Del., defends Christian bookstores, pointing to the price advantages of the big chains and how many stores have been forced to depend on selling gifts to stay in business. But he notes a deeper problem throughout the Christian bookselling industry. “I am nowhere near as concerned about the effect of fewer Christian books being sold in Christian bookstores as I am about the poor theology being taught in the bestselling Christian books … It appears to me that the worst thing to happen is not the closing of Christian stores as a result of unfair business practices by publishers, but rather the propagation of loose theology making Christians more ‘spiritual’ but less godly.”

Although there are many excellent Christian books out there, we need to be thoughtful when selecting the books we read. Just because it’s a Best-Seller doesn’t mean it is good or that it’s reliable or that it’s consistent with Scripture. The Bible warns us about this and we should take heed.

“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.  They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” 2 Timothy 4: 3-4 NIV (Emphasis mine)

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 NIV (Emphasis mine)

Christian, we need to know the Bible. We need to so know the truth of the Bible. We need to carefully evaluate every book we read, in light of its perfect and unchanging truths. A book is good only to the degree that it aligns with the perfect, infallible, inerrant, sufficient Word of God, the Bible.”

Tim Challies

Father, Give us discernment and lead us by your Holy Spirit. Give us a love for your precious Word so that we may know you better. Guide us into all truth. Thy Word is truth. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

With Love, Cindy

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Sources:

https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2014/11/13/christian-publishing/

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Friday’s Verse, 6/10/22

“Who, then, are those who fear the Lord?
    He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.” Psalm 25:12 NIV

Psalm 25:12 in all English translations

With Love, Cindy

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