Rewards

  
WORTH THOUGHT: Are we sounding our own trumpet of ‘acts of righteousness’ in front of others so we can receive our own rewards or praise? 

Often times we want to receive recognition or praise in the things we do for the Lord. 

What Jesus describes in scriptures in the book of Matthew is what is our motive, is it ‘God’ centered or ‘I’ centered? 
Jesus teaches about giving to the needy;

Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of people, to be seen by them. Otherwise, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So whenever you give to the poor, don’t sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the •synagogues and on the streets, to be applauded by people. •I assure you: They’ve got their reward! (earthly reward not heavenly reward) But when you give to the poor, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

Matt. 6:1-4 HSCB 

When you want to help or give something to the poor and the next day you have lunch with your best friends and share with them the good deeds you did the day before for the poor, your best friends will praise you for having a good heart for helping the poor. But, Jesus is saying that is an “I” centered motive and giving yourself a pat on the back will be your earthly reward, not your heavenly reward. 

We should give only in secret to please God and receive His praise. If we give to win the praise of others or to be able to compliment ourselves then our immediate reward is earthly praise -we lose our eternal reward. 

We cannot get rewards twice. If you give in secret, only our Father will see it and He will reward you in heaven. 

                  

                   ~Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Love 101

  

I have been thinking lately about all the hate, violence, offense, and just plain ole craziness in the world.  

We see it reported everywhere. Just look at Social Media or the news. There is so much “junk” out there and it keeps getting reported and reshared so it just keeps circulating In the atmosphere. 

Even if you don’t do social media or watch the news you probably have heard about the stories or witnessed it first hand in your own communities. 

I was sitting quietly and thinking about some of the recent events around the world that I have heard about or witnessed and this is what I wrote down:

The solution for all the world’s problems comes down to one thing-

LOVE


So as I was preparing this blog on my thoughts on Love, the world woke up yesterday to the trending of #LoveWins and I couldn’t help but think….

Love is NOT the Gay Rights hashtag #LoveWins message that is circulating.  
That definition of love NEVER wins- only Real Love Wins & that is a person –God.

Real Love already won at the cross.

I don’t care if people want to fight for equal rights for a civil union with their same sex partners- I accept and love all people regardless the lifestyle they choose to participate in- but why the need of wanting to redefine marriage on all the rest of the world that choose to live by a Biblical world view -which defines marriage as between a man and a woman? 

I don’t approve of the ruling, but I accept those that do.  

I read something that said don’t confuse Marriage with Holy Matrimony. 

I started thinking on what we really should not be confused by….

Don’t confuse Acceptance with Approval or Tolerance with Endorsement. 

The world has confused disapproval or a difference of opinions as Intolerance or hate. 

We can disapprove or disagree and still love.

 Disagreement and disapproval don’t =hate.  

The solution to end all hate, intolerance and violence in the world could really be very simple if we all followed Jesus’ command to Love.

Love God above all and love your neighbor the same as you love yourself.  

We can’t love our self or others properly without first loving God.   
Without genuine self love our love for others will always be counterfeit.  

We must know what Real Love is. 

 Love is a person- Love is God! 

Once we know God; Real love, then we will know how to love ourselves and others well and fulfill this command and all do our part in making this world a better place. 

This recent ruling doesn’t change anything.  God is still in control and God always wins.  

Yes, Love Won; several thousand years ago and Love is still winning and Love will win every time on every situation when it is Christ’s Love shown through us.

I think everyone should have to take a mandatory course in Love 101.  A great place to start is looking to God’s Promises in His Word on the subject.   

              XXOO ~Michelle Bollom

                     #LiveRestored
The whole law is made complete in this one command: “Love your neighbor the same as you love yourself.” (‭Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭14‬ ERV)

The person who doesn’t love doesn’t know God, because God is love. (1 John 4:8 GW)


The Way of Love

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
Love never gives up.

Love cares more for others than for self.

Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.

Love doesn’t strut,

Doesn’t have a swelled head,

Doesn’t force itself on others,

Isn’t always “me first,”

Doesn’t fly off the handle,

Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,

Doesn’t revel when others grovel,

Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,

Puts up with anything,

Trusts God always,

Always looks for the best,

Never looks back,

But keeps going to the end.

Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled. (1 Corinthians 13:1-10 MSG)
  

Best quote on the recent ruling:

We’ve turned a historical corner today, one that is not only significant in terms of US history but also in light of God’s larger redemptive narrative. I see this new age as one of opportunity for the Christian believer, as we prepare to embrace any and all whose present joy might later turn to emptiness, confusion or despair. May the Church meet the new struggles of this age with all the soul-stirring love, faithfulness, and courage of Christ Himself.

—Karen Angela Ellis, Adjunct Professor of Ethics, Oxford Graduate School

The Glory Is Found 

  

The cloud of His presence

seen with our eyes

The Glory the Glory

The Glory is found

Show us Show Us Show Us

The place where the Glory

The Glory is found


This is an amazing song I stumbled across this week. The lyrics below are great and at the end of the video- you can hear someone shouting. 

“The Glory is in me.”

Absolutely! 

May we all find the Glory in us and in others around us too.   – XXOO Michelle Bollom 
Even More-Heather Clark  

The Glory Is Found

In the face of the children

the poor of the earth

the eyes of the homless

The Glory, The Glory

The Glory is found

In the place

where the priests

stand to minister
The cloud of His presence

seen with our eyes

The Glory the Glory

The Glory is found

Show us SHow Us Show Us

The place where the Glory

The Glory is found
At Night when the mother

is rocking Her Child

When the father is Cheering

His Son by His Side

The Glory the Glory

The Glory is found
In the moment when sickness is driven away

When the power of God

Causes Darkness to Flee

The Glory the Glory

The Glory is found

Show us SHow Us Show Us

The place where the Glory

The Glory is found
In the place where the addict

Finds freedom in Christ

Where the broken find hope

In the long lonely night

The Glory The Glory

The Glory is found
In the Place where the priests

Can stand to minister

The Cloud of the presence

is seen with our eyes

The Glory the Glory

The Glory is found

Show us SHow Us Show Us

The place where the Glory

The Glory is found

The Shores Of My Soul 

 

I have had this album for awhile.  I have heard the song countless times, but this week – I really heard it! 

On the shores of my soul
I give You permission
To wash my tears away
And take all my disappointment
[and] fill me with joy once again

On the shores of my soul 

Now that is a great use of wording here- so I looked up the definition of “Shore”.

Shore-the land between ordinary high- and low-water marks.  A country or other geographic area bounded by a coast. 
Shore-a prop or beam set obliquely against something weak or unstable as a support.
the land between ordinary high and lows…. WoW- 
A prop or beam set against something weak or unstable as a support….Double WoW!

So on the shore ( the place between my highs & lows) there is a prop and support set against my weak and unstable soul.
Have you ever felt like you have cried way too many tears ? Like the hurt and disappointments have been piling on top of each other and produced a huge surplus of tears.  I picture God operating a big conveyor belt full of bottles -sort of like God’s own bottling and manufacturing company.   Instead of Coca Cola or RC or Mr. Pibb, it is my tears -Michelle’s own special blend-God is busy bottling up. 

I give You Permission

What? You mean God doesn’t just come in and wash away the surplus of tears (halt production) or take away the disappointments? (Box them up and ship them off)

No.
We have to invite Him in and ask Him to wash the tears and remove the disappointments.
Like the song goes on to say, we are free and out of the cage but we like to stay perched up on it not flying off to better days, we prefer sometimes to sit stewing in our messes and rehearsing our hurts.  

But if we get up high enough, above the shame and loneliness, and we let God’s kindness lift our gaze so we look at things the way He sees them, we will see His way is much better.  We ask Him to remove and wash all the junk out of our souls.  
That leaves us freed up to keep singing His praise, Singing our songs of victory and deliverance.  We keep choosing to be filled with His Joy! 
And definitely we sing so loud it rings in all the Earth. 

XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Enjoy this weeks #SongSunday 

On The Shores
By Melissa Helser

On the shores of my soul
I give You permission
To wash my tears away
And take all my disappointment
[and] fill me with joy once again
[repeat]

I’m gonna sing out loud
And let my voice be heard
It’s a song of victory
And it’s ringing in the earth
[repeat]

On the top of my cage I am sitting
Above the shame so lonely
Your kindness it has lifted me
To see the way that You see

I’m gonna sing out loud
And let my voice be heard
It’s a song of victory
And it’s ringing in the earth
[repeat]

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah
[repeat]

Hallelujah, hallelujah
I’m gonna let my voice be heard
[hallelujah, hallelujah] It’s a song of victory
[hallelujah, hallelujah] and it’s ringing in the earth

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah