Breast cancer, mastectomy,, Faith, hope, love, God, Prayer

A holy faith

As you build yourselves up in your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting expectantly for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life (Jude 1:20-21; CSB).

 

We cannot build
A holy faith
By judging those
Who don’t behave like us.

We cannot build
A holy faith
By hating those
Who don’t agree with us.

We cannot build
A holy faith
By killing those
Who don’t share our beliefs.

We only build
A holy faith
By loving all our enemies,
And friends.

 

References

The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else’ (Luke 18:11; NLT).

How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! (Matthew 7:4-5; NLT).

Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God shows no favouritism. In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right” (Acts 10:34-5; NLT).

Love your enemies! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

You, too, must show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:31; NLT).

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Breast cancer, mastectomy,, Forgive, blame, anger, turn cheek, hurt, prayer,

A holy faith



As you build yourselves up in your most holy faith,
praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the
love of God, waiting expectantly for the mercy of
our Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life
(Jude 1:20-21; CSB).


We cannot build a holy faith  
By judging those who don't behave like us.

We cannot build a holy faith
By hating those who don't agree with us.

We cannot build a holy faith    
By killing those who don't share our beliefs.

We only build a holy faith
By loving all our enemies, and friends.


References

The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer:
‘I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like
everyone else’ (Luke 18:11; NLT).

How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me
help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you
can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite!
(Matthew 7:4-5; NLT).

Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God
shows no favouritism. In every nation he accepts
those who fear him and do what is right”
(Acts 10:34-5; NLT).

Love your enemies! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

You, too, must show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy
10:19; NLT).

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:31; NLT).



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Breast cancer, mastectomy,, Forgive, blame, anger, turn cheek, hurt, prayer,

Will there be knives in heaven?

 

Will there be knives in heaven?
I’m sure, Lord, that there won’t,
For none there can ignore
The Father’s will; 

And you, Lord, taught us clearly,
Throughout your time on earth:
Don’t lie, deceive, or steal –
And do not kill. 

Will there be guns in heaven?  
I’m confident there won’t,
For none there can dismiss
The Father’s will; 

And you, Lord, taught us clearly,
Throughout your time on earth:
Don’t mock, condemn, or judge –
And do not kill.

Will there be bombs in heaven?
I’m certain that there won’t,
For none there can refuse
The Father’s will; 

And you, Lord, taught us clearly,
Throughout your time on earth:
Don’t hate, despise, or harm –
And do not kill.

So how, Lord, could we ever want 
To end another’s life, 
When such deeds mean rejecting 
All that’s good?

For you, Lord, taught us clearly, 
Throughout your time on earth,
That we must build your kingdom here, 
With love. 

 

References

He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more (Isaiah 2:4; KJV).

May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10; NLT).

Do not kill (Mark 10:19; KJV).

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged (Luke 6:37; NLT). 

The Kingdom of God is already among you (Luke 17:21; NLT).

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; KJV).

Go and spread the good news of the kingdom of God (Luke 9:60; CSB).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).

Love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you (Luke 6:27-8; NLT).

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Religions

I hate all your show and pretence – the hypocrisy of your religious festivals and solemn assemblies (Amos 5:21; NLT).

If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless (James 1:26; NLT).

The time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God. This is because they have never known the Father or me (John 16:2-3; NLT).

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you (James 1:27; NLT).

 

Lord,
I wish there were no
Religions”
In this world –

For all we need
Is kindness,
Wisdom,

Love,
And joy,
And peace.

 

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Freedom

“God, have mercy on me, a sinner” (Luke 18:13; NIV).

He has sent me … to proclaim freedom for the captives (Isaiah 61:1; NIV).

I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly (John 10:10; NRSV).

The time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God. This is because they have never known the Father or me (John 16:2-3; NLT).

 

Lord,
I pray for those who value spoken worship,
And for those who love silence;

For those who prostrate themselves before you,
And for those who simply bow their heads;

For those who say long, formal prayers,
And for those who only whisper, ‘Lord, have mercy’;

For those who want freedom for themselves alone,
And for those who want abundant life for all;

For those who slaughter others in your name,
And for the families and friends of those they kill.

I ask all this through Jesus’ holy name,
Amen.

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Desecration

He created the earth and everything in it (Isaiah 42:5; NLT).

So God created human beings in his own image (Genesis 1:27; NLT).

…those who do evil prove that they do not know God (3 John 1:11; NLT).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).


Father,
You create the earth,
And all that’s in it,
Including humankind.

Everything we make
Relies entirely
On the natural resources
You provide.

Yet we desecrate your precious gifts,
Using them to fashion
Instruments of war
That maim and kill.

Lord,
When we do evil,
We prove we don’t know you
At all –
For you are love.

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