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A friend to you, loves #coffee , #SocialMedia , #Outdoors , and Appointed by WorldVenture.com

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Brothers and sisters, we ask you to respect those who are working with you, leading you, and instructing you. Think of them highly with love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are disorderly. Comfort the discouraged. Help the weak. Be patient with everyone. Make sure no one repays a wrong with a wrong, but always pursue the good for each other and everyone else. Rejoice always. Pray continually.
1 Thessalonians 5:12‭-‬17 CEB
https://bible.com/bible/37/1th.5.12-17.CEB
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We like to add things to the Bible. If the cure doesn't hurt, it must not be working, right? Understanding who Jesus is and isn't is important. Reading and learning from 1 John 4 and using the the Blue Letter Bible commentary this morning (https://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/archives/guzik_david/studyguide_1jo/1jo_4.cfm):

1. "Test the Spirits" - What holy book is the authority of a religion? In the Christian world, it is the Bible. Things seem good until compared to what the Bible says. "Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God: Some think that this is the only test of false doctrine. This is not the only test, but it was the significant issue challenging the church in John's immediate time. Today a person might confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh yet deny that He is God as the Bible teaches He is God. They also are giving false doctrine because they are not presenting a true Jesus."

2. What is love? We settle for substitutions. Jesus is the embodiment of love. We live and love because He first loved us. We love and commit to that kind of love. It is an other-centered love, not our selfish desires or lust for power. It is not a love that runs at the first sign of trouble or danger. It stands. Jesus' love is perfect.

"When Jesus washed the feet of the disciples, and showed such great love and servanthood to them, we might have expected Him to conclude by gesturing to His own feet and asking who among them was going to do to Him what He had just done for them. Instead, Jesus said: If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. (John 13:14) The proper way to love God in response to His love for us is to go out and love one another."

We have every reason to find joy in this. Read this commentary today. https://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/archives/guzik_david/studyguide_1jo/1jo_4.cfm
1 John 4:1‭-‬7 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/1jn.4.1-7.NIV
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You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh ; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
Galatians 5:13‭-‬15 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/gal.5.13-15.NIV
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Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/jos.1.9.NIV
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This is always my prayer. This journey is harder than I thought, but way more fulfilling. Yet, this set of Scriptures sum it all up neatly: Show me the way, bring me your Word, and I entrust my life to you, Lord. Lead me on level ground.
Psalm 143:8‭-‬10 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/psa.143.8-10.NIV
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You can be buried in a pajama suit that will sprout mushrooms, but this suit requires some care, like feeding it your hair and dead nails and wearing it to important events like a TED talk. Death is celebrated in parts of culture with upbeat parties and ceremonialy burying your secrets in a grave. We celebrate and mourn at memorials knowing our parting with a loved one who believes in Christ (John 3:16) is temporary. Jesus suffered in our place. After death, we won't be cleansed by fire a second time. The forgiveness of sins happened the moment they accepted Jesus and repented. "My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?" (John 14:2). http://biblehub.com/john/14-2.htm

But the hardest thing for some is forgiving themselves. What other verses in the Bible talk about forgiveness of sins and Heaven?

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/jan/12/how-death-got-cool-swedish-death-cleaning
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“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord , whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
Jeremiah 17:7‭-‬8 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/jer.17.7-8.NIV
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Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
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The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.
Proverbs 20:5 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/pro.20.5.NIV
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Gaye Austin shares about learning new technology while teaching God's Word online.
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