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The love of God

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“If love is not evident in our lives then our relationship with God can be called into question because love is not only a ‘fruit of the Spirit,’ but a command also. Now let me read you another verse (1 Cor 13:13), “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” In the old King James Bible, they translated the word love as ‘charity,’ in this verse. If we think of ‘charity’ today, we think of goodwill; an act of benevolence toward someone else or a love for humanity as a whole. But in the Greek language, the word for charity in this specific verse; is ‘agape’ and it’s the same Greek word for ‘love’ in 1 John 4:8 also. Now this Greek word, ‘agape’ is a far richer word than we can conceive from the English language, because it’s talking about ‘the love of God the Father.’ It’s especially characterized by a willing forfeiture of rights or privileges on another person’s behalf. This love is self sacrificial and to be honest, it’s difficult to properly describe the vast love that God the Father has for humanity because it’s beyond our full comprehension. In order for me to effectively transmit the love of the Father to you, I’d like to start out by telling you a story about the ‘bridge master’ and his son.” – Pastor Carl

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Persistence in Prayer (Luke 18)

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“Today I’d like to talk about prayer but particularly, ‘persistence’ in prayer. You know the ‘old timers’ would often declare, “We need to storm the gates of heaven, bind Satan and pray until God hears you.” Well I believe there’s some truth in that statement; however, much has been said down the years regarding persistence in prayer and sometimes for the wrong reasons. Having studied the scriptures for a little bit; I firmly believe that God’s ability to intervene in our lives is greatly impacted by our personal prayer life or lack thereof. This may seem an obvious statement but let me put it to you another way; I truly believe Gods ability to move in our lives can be ‘restricted’ by our prayer life. Therefore, if we’re not diligent in some areas, we can miss out on seeing God’s best come to pass in our lives. Firstly, we have to realize that God’s not deaf. He hears us the first time when we ask Him for something. When Jesus said in Matt 7:7 and Luke 11:19, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you,” he wasn’t urging us to repeat the same petition over and over again. He was stressing that we need to be persistent in our intentions when it comes to prayer and don’t quit until we get an answer.” – Pastor Carl

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