By Rev. Howard Lewis
Often times as we seek love in so many places that we tend to find it everywhere accept where it really lies. We look for love in pets, strangers passing, books, and food. We change partners like we change our underwear with hopes of finding the love that our hearts requires so passionately for. Exchanging those three words of I love you like trading at the market.
How is it we love so many so quickly and just as quickly we find another in so little time? Moving on to our next victim only to overthrow their hearts in this war we call love.
What is love?
In the Greek it is called agape’. This word means to show love to strangers, giving hospitality, to sacrifice, and being charitable. The word love is not only an emote word, but a word of action.
The bible teaches that God is love, and if we love him than we should keep His commandments. (John 14:15/15 If ye love me, keep my commandments)( 1 John 5:3/3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.)
To really love someone, one must sacrifice self for the care of someone else as Christ did so many years ago for us. (1 John 4:20/20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?)
Jesus sacrificed His life for you and for me because He loves us so much that He did not want us to perish. Christ gave His life but God gave His son in the evidence of one who loves another. (John 3:16/ 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.)
To care for anyone in this way, one must have something on the inside that will not give up on that person who stands on the outside. There must be something greater than one’s self to love another so unconditionally. There should be willingness, a higher power, and a relationship with a heart of Christ instead of man. (John 15:13/13 Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.)
Love is not sex or lying with different partners. Love is not puffed up and full of malice. It does not lie nor is it deceitful or a manipulator. But love is peace, kindness, and all the things one needs in order to please God. It builds up, it encourages, it gives, it speaks life, and it lives.
To truly love someone, one must be born of the spirit. Then and only then will they retain the power to truly love another. (Galatians 5:22-23/22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.)
When you serve a God who is love, you will attain His characteristics and will become able to love just as He loves us.
Evangelist Francie Hemphill
God’s love is like a warm overcoat on a winter day; it wraps around you and gives you great comfort on a windy day. Thank you heavenly father for all of your goodness I will forever Praise your Holy name!! Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
We as Christians should be productive, increasing and filling up the earth with the things of God, we should be bringing things under control by using the word of God and taking authority over the animals and every living thing that move. The question is, are we walking in our authority or we letting our authority be silent. Unity Church in Louisville held an Appreciation service for the MUSICIAN at Unity Church. The Blair Family and Sis. Elain Yarbrough have been faithful musician who are skilled musicians that are faithful to use their gift, to uplift the Lord, we must honor those who labor among us when we can appreciate those who give service for the Lord and not take them for granted. Oh what a blessing it will be. Give people their flowers while they can see them while they are living.
Don’t wait until someone dies until you can say kind words to them call them up and show that you appreciate them while they are living. The Sixth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Prayer Visual were held at the courthouse in Ackerman on Jan. 20 by the NAACP Branch #5631. President Sam W. Jenkins, thank God for all you do to keep Branch #5631 and the people that are working with you to keep Dr. King’s dream alive. Bro. Burl Head III was the Master of Ceremony opening song “Leaning on the Everlasting Arm.”
Bro. Burl Head gave a heartfelt prayer and Bro. Fred Little read the scripture. Sis. Khadijah Clay spoke on I HAVE A DREAM we should never forget the DREAM that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. stood for and we must always KEEP THE DREAM ALIVE and tell the younger generation about the faithfulness, that Dr. King believed in peace, love, and justice for all men. It was not about your colors, race, or creeds. Pastor James Boyd gave us great words of encouragement and his words that he spoken can from the heart of love.
The thing that God let me see was that people came out of their comfort zone in the cold weather some on walking stick, walker not letting their condition stop them from REMEMBERING and CELEBRATING and HONORING Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy. THE DREAM WILL STAY ALIVE by the next generation moving in the example of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s passion for justice for all, walking in peace with all mankind.
The past is the past, we must let go of all the hatred, bitterness, anger, and walk in forgiveness and in the LOVE of Christ Jesus. I thank God for where He has brought us and where He is taking us, when we can truly love all of our sisters and brothers and not look at the color of their skin, the position that they hold, how much money they may have in their bank account, or where they live and drive, then that will make our Heavenly Father happy.
WE WORK BETTER TOGETHER and WHEN ALL OF GOD’S CHILDREN GET TOGETHER OH WHAT A TIME WE WILL HAVE IN THE LORD. Mr. Melvin, Mr. Sergio, Mrs. Nikkie, AJaye, Kenya Leigh and I pray that the blessings of God overtake you today. Francie loves you but I got to tell you the truth. Jesus is coming back and we must be ready when he comes, we must be doing the work of our Heavenly Father. Jesus came to seek and save those who are lost, and we as Christians must let our light shine that men see our good works that God may be glorified. Christians are to be a light to the world, we must ask ourself what watts are we giving off when people see us do they see the glow of God shining from us or do they see a light so dim that it only has a flicker of light only you can answer the question? JESUS IS LORD!!!
A Thought For Today
Missionary Ernestine Kennedy
Watch therefore for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come, so we must be or watch at all time. But one thing we do know He is coming. If the man of the house had known what time the thief was breaking in he would have been ready. But he did not know, so what I am saying to every one be ready and stay ready.
In Matt. 24:44 says, Therefore be ye also ready for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man (Jesus) cometh. We do not want him to find us living in sin, which is adultery, fornication, uncleanliness lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, envy, murder, drunkenness, and money other things.
But we want to be found in love, joy, peace in the Lord. Read Gal. 5:19 Lord I thank you for another day.
Let’s be Neighbors
Carolyn Mills, provides a weekly view from the community.
The first month of the year 2014 is almost gone and this reporter has had very little input to the WCJ simply because I no longer am out and about in the community much due in part to the extreme cold weather we have had this year.
The senior citizens of the following churches, Center Ridge, Pleasant Hill, Rural Hill and Whitehall UMC, gathered at Whitehall on the third Wednesday with only fifteen showing up for the fellowship and good pot-luck lunch. They included: pastors, Lyle Ivy and Mike Dowd, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Woodward, Judy Webb, Linda McCool, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Higgason, Louise Dempsey, Joe Vowell, Bobby Yarbrough, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Tabor, Pat Horton and Carolyn Mills.
The above named churches meet once a month on the third Wednesday with a different church serving as host. Any senior citizen is welcome to attend. Just bring a covered dish to add to the day’s menu. The February meeting will be held at Center Ridge at 11:00 AM.
Winston Garden enjoyed having Teresa Ward as guest speaker at their January meeting held in the Quilt Room at Lake Tiak O’Khata. Mrs Ward, co-owner of Yarbrough’ Garden Center, presented a program on growing bulbs. She brought an amaryllis planted in a lovely container and several packages of tulip bulbs and at the conclusion of her presentation gave them to lucky ladies whose numbers were called.
The Green Thumb Garden Club composed of residents of Winston Nursing Home were treated to songs by Rev. Billy Bowie for the entertainment part of their program. The selections Rev. Bowie chose to sing were a sermon in songs, very inspirational and very well done. The garden club members were blessed to have the Minister of Music of First Baptist Church come and sing for them.
EMEPA employees are due much praise and appreciation for the job they do in restoring electricity when power is out during storms and etc. Recently, we had a power outage on our road due to a tree falling on the line during some high wind. The local crew came and restored power in the middle of the night. Thanks Stuart Ingram and the rest of your team! Stuart is a 20 year employee of EMEPA.
First Methodist Church of Louisville lost another long time faithful member of their congregation last week when Royce McBrayer passed away. Sympathy goes out to Opal, his wife and to Maria Hartness, his daughter, and her girls, Bailey and Nan.
First Baptist Church of Louisville lost a faithful member when Betty Walker Clay was laid to rest recently. Sympathy is extended to Mantel Clay, her husband of many years. The couple had no children, but Mantel who was a teacher and then principal of Louisville High School touched many lives.