33 And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34 But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest.
35 And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”
Grousing. Jesus knew about grousing.
There is a whole lot of grousing in the world.
And where did Jesus say, "Feel free, sit down, tell me your judgments?" Jesus believed in seeing the GOOD.
And today, I am not going to discuss the Presidential Debate. There is too much to sift through.
Let's look at something Good. Let's do that.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.
Jesus said be salt. Salt adds to flavor to what is good. Salt preserves freshness. Salt is sprinkled lightly for goodness.
Today's news is about the passing of Arnold Palmer. A man unfailingly encouraging and gentlemanly in his ways. Not your typical celebrity. This man put together a hospital where a child was born almost the time the ribbon was cut. 200,000 children have arrived at this hospital. Known for Arnold's Army as well.
Who is in charge of this earth? God Himself. The earth and the fullness thereof belong to God. When you turned to the sports news, you could always look forward to Arnold Palmer. People felt glad in Arnold. Because? He told Wake Forest's Graduating Class in 2005, "You can always make a difference."
This is a fruit of the Spirit. What if we look for the Fruit of the Spirit instead of looking to find a flaws as a national past time.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up
The man encouraged a sport of sunshine, nature, confidence and effort. We never shook our heads over Arnold Palmer. Instead many people decided, with diligence this was doable. I say - Arnold Palmers for everyone !!!
The Greatest Century???
The quote below is a disambiguation of St Francis of Assisi. Francis chose never to be ordained a priest. I'm sure Jesus would say, "Close enough to the gist of the 14th Century language." And something else was a very positive aspect of the 1400's. People believed God was in charge. All circumstances were looked to see what God was doing - a very usual manner of conversation. Julian of Norwich was alive and was known to say, "All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well."
Jesus would call this Luke 14 ~ The Parable of the Great Banquet
For whoever serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men.
1 Peter 2:12
Conduct yourselves with such honor among the Gentiles that, though they slander you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us.
Genuine care, refreshes a weary place - where God wants to save all in Jesus Christ. God who sees all of us as we truly are - His response? Desire to save us all.
I guarantee you, this photo is not going away anytime soon. What is so very earnest - this - this comes from the process of traveling the same road. A Prodigal experience. A Homecoming.
Rejoice in hope
A very young film enthusiast asked me why so many classic films have Christian structure. A very good reason. Jesus is our Pillar, our foundation. Wonderful Jesus.
5 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.
Grab all the Joy you can find and hold on.
John 15 A Jesus Quote:
10 If you keep My commandments, you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and remain in His love. 11 I have told you these things so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I loved you.
People who encourage each other. Have Joy. The same principal as smiling when you want to smile. Happier people bounce. Finding the Joy of the Lord is my strength. Jesus tells us the first two fruits of the Spirit are Love and Joy. Holding on to Jesus will uplift all who seek Him. Today.
Our Father God, of Love,
Gratitude does not come from having all sunshine in life. Gratitude comes from the diligence and earnestness of Jesus and His hope, faith and Love.
Ezekiel offered us some of the most profound blessings seeing the willingness of God to turn to the Lord. 34.
Our God. Our Father, Our Wonderful Jesus - He Will make His Children and the places surrounding His hill a blessing. He will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing.
Our Very Own God. Our Father will make a covenant of peace with us and eliminate harmful beasts from the land so that we, the Children of God by His Will, may live securely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods.
Our very joy and strength from Our Lord Jesus is to yield fruit and the earth will yield its increase, and we will be secure on our land.
We will know in our soul, to have this Love, Peace and Joy dwelling in the hearth of our soul for Jesus is the LORD.
Our cares sometimes bend us. And lifting them up to Jesus, we find He will sustain us past any transitory care. Jesus is our Home and destination. Each day finding care and then the mercy of His Love. We discover the Joy of lifting those we love to His Willing and Loving hold. Feeling secure in placing them with Jesus. With Abba. To pray in expectation for our communities, Churches, States and Nation. Knowing around the world the many, many faithful saying with Love - Jesus is Lord. Amen and Amen.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves! †