The Greatest Commandment

John 15 d.png     Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them an expert in the law; tested him with this question: Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law? Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment, and the second is like it, Love your neighbor as yourself. All the law and the Prophets hand on these two commandments.”         Matthew 22:34-40

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was one of the great Christian thinkers of the twentieth century. He gave up his safe job as a teacher in America at the outbreak of the second world war to return to Germany. He was deeply aware of the sacrifices it would mean for him because of his opposition to the Nazi rule. He found great comfort in the compassion of his friends whose reputations and lives were at stake because they visited him in prison. 

Love is made up of little things. Although romantic love is an important matter, for some the most important thing in the world, is that God’s love that worked in the thought and hearts of His disciples, also manifested in the little and in deeds. Words and deeds mean the world to those who receive them. Are you having doubts; are you in depths of despair because of finances, relationships, or confusion? Nevertheless look for even the slightest ways in which you can show God’s love to one another. It will benefit them and you, if you remain in Christ and His love.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

 

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July 4th

July 4th.jpgEarly Christians often met violent opposition and Peter’s letter comforted and encouraged Christians who were being persecuted for their faith. In the book of 1 Peter 2:16 Peter tells us to live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil, live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers. fear God.

Today we celebrate the birthday of American our nation, a nation where we are free to live, free to work anywhere we want, come and go as we want and more important worship God the way we choose as Christians. However many men and women died to keep us free, this day means more than a cookout with family or friends, more than people getting drunk and doing something they should not do, and more important than fireworks. If you never had a chance to talk with a vet I encourage you to do so to listen to the terrible stories of what wars can do to you in a personal way. How many people reading this post can say that the know the words to our country Anthem Star Spangled Banner- written by Frances Scott Key

The words were written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key, who had been inspired by the sight of the American flag still flying over Fort McHenry after a night of heavy British bombardment. The text was immediately set to a popular melody of the time, “To Anacreon in Heaven.”

The National Anthem consists of four verses. On almost every occasion only the first verse is sung.

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?

Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,

O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?

And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.

Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Many have sung or hear these words especially during a baseball game, do you truly understand the meaning to these words. We remain free because of so many who went off to war and never came home to their families, and if some did come home they were never the same either. So I encourage you to say thank you to any vet that you see or somehow come in contact with, because without their sacrifice for our nation we would not be celebrating this July 4. Please stay safe.

Grace and Peace to you my friends