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Deadliest Catch – without the death?

My wife and I are huge fans of Deadliest Catch.  In fact, it’s one of the only shows we watch.  This season is different than the other ones in the past, mainly due to the death of long-time Cornelia Marie captain, Phil Harris.  He was one of the main guys that my wife & I liked.  Of course, we did not know him personally, but the last episodes of this season are really difficult to watch as we’re reliving Captain Phil’s last days.

Contrary to what you may have heard, death is not a natural part of life. We were not created to experience it – that’s why it’s so hard for us to deal with.  God created mankind to be in an unending relationship with Him, filled with joy, peace, and purpose.  Of course, that was messed up when humanity decided that we’d rather “be” god than serve God.  (You can read more about this in Genesis 1-3).

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Love for Christ changes everything!

Here are some thoughts that I shared at our Bible Study last night at church.  I wanted to put them online in order to be a blessing to you.

Love for Christ changes everything!

  • God showed us love through the cross
    • 1 John 4:9 – 11 (NLT) 9God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.  10This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.  11Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.
  • The love of Christ must be reciprocated… – see v. 11 above
    • back to Christ
      • 1 John 4:19 (KJV) We love him, because he first loved us.
    • to the church
      • 1 John 4:11 (NLT) Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.
  • Our love for Christ is shown through… Read More…

The Return of the King

Today, I read a great passage during my devotional time that really jumped out to me.

2 Thessalonians 1:7b  – 12 (NLT)

… when the Lord Jesus appears from heaven. He will come with his mighty ChristOnWhiteHorseangels, in flaming fire, bringing judgment on those who don’t know God and on those who refuse to obey the Good News of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with eternal destruction, forever separated from the Lord and from his glorious power. When he comes on that day, he will receive glory from his holy people—praise from all who believe. And this includes you, for you believed what we told you about him.

So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.  Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Here’s a few thoughts that I had:

Jesus is coming back.  (v. 7b) Read More…