Thursday, December 22, 2011

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO: Loving Your Neighbor As Yourself

"The lost art of setting a table or simply saying grace...not necessarily to any deity if one doesn't chose but to simply give thanks.
The lost art of taking baked goods to a new neighbor, welcoming people into a neighborhood. The simple rituals and mannerisms of being polite. Whatever happened to those??"
I'm talking about what my grandmother talked about when she would mention growing up and what her parents, and there parents and so on and so forth. See we in America aren't about community anymore. You don't hear it in the new songs we sing, the movies we watch, and the books we read. A good example of this is George Bailey...It's A Wonderful Life....what happened to America? Where are our priorities gone with it comes to showing love with our neighbor, to want to build friendships with those that literally live right next door, at our jobs, and in our schools and colleges?
What about wanting to take time to bring someone new into our lives, and not just meet a quick need and go out the door, but actually allow these "people" to become dare I say....our friends.....so I'm wondering what does friendship mean in America today?


See this love thing and helping others should be so radical that it happens all year long...and to the point it become contagious.
Matthew 25:35

New International Version (NIV)

35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,
John 15:13

New International Version (NIV)

13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
   

Mark 12:30-31

New International Version (NIV)

30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[a] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] There is no commandment greater than these.”
Footnotes:
  1. Mark 12:30 Deut. 6:4,5
  2. Mark 12:31 Lev. 19:18

Monday, December 19, 2011

JMC Live Faith in America: The Nativity Rally in Athens,TX

I Can't Do This Anymore

  This is just a few of my thoughts in my mind these last few months.....so I will start in the middle of them for now...





I wish some of these "church" people had the gift of "encouragement" as we really need someone to go beyond a prayer and act as God has called us all to do....see my grandmother who is now deceased, taught me not to just pray, but listen to the Lord to see if who I am praying for, that God Himself is usually calling me to help directly with my physical and verbal actions towards them. Just like Miranda's dad says "every time you point your finger at somebody you have 3 more pointing back at you." So I learned that God was really calling me to take action beyond just some words to Him......and I know many have NO IDEA what to do or say....as this isn't a NORMAL action to reach out to people you don't know. Or reach out to someone who is sick....see I didn't always act....I thought that was just the pastors job.....it took me years of growing up to realize that we are all called to be the hands and feet God has called us to be. This isn't meant to harm or criticize, but to give a look inside of my own brain in how I personally choose to act. As I know no one but me has these experiences, every one has their own path to follow.

So many times as a child, I FAILED to speak up to those in school, church, at my job etc. I learned the hard way that I wasn't showing my "Christian" love. See my own mom used to go to church before she died...she loved that song "They will know we are Christians by our Love"

I've never had it easy I know, and as I said before I do think differently.....

But, I feel again to apologize to those who I have hurt in my past, but keeping silent, not praying, not acting....it's my fault for not listening to God and moving forward.....getting out of our comfort zone is never easy....and these posts are putting me on the spot I know....so I ask you too for my forgiveness if I ever hurt you guys as well. God Bless Jeremy

You see someone stepped up into my life when I was outcast, poor, didn't have many clothes, lacked food, was very ill as a child, and even homeless...it wasn't a denomination, it wasn't a "church" it was individuals who came into my life and gave me purpose and showed me verses like Jeremiah 29:11.....a plan and a hope...and a future..well right now our very own Miranda wishes she was better off dead....because of the pain...the sickness...the loss she has suffered...being stuck at home....unable to play her drums.....go to "church" much less even drive her truck...it is found in these things that God is calling us all to be the hands and feet He has called us to be....because if not..what is gonna happen to my wife if we all don't step up and give ourselves...not to me...not even to her....but give ourselves to Jesus Christ fully....as a living sacrifice..willing to go to places we can't go on our own....and that place right now is right here in our home....reaching out to my wife and others in this community....see this town has been dark for way too long...and I am sick and tired of the seeing and hearing about people getting hurt....misplaced, outcast by Christians in our very own community.....the body of Christ needs to ask forgiveness to these homeless I've met...that many have just ignored....the sex trafficked woman that was raped by many in our city limits.....to the poor man living on the river bank to the families who can't feed their kids....this town needs Jesus Christ again...for us to be the salt of the Earth...to go beyond our comfort zone.and give our lives back to Christ....and then serve Him the rest of our days.....in the cities, the allies, the shelters, the outcast poor, sick stricken, smelly people who live on the streets...as EVERYONE needs a chance to see the Love of Christ.

You know....we the body of Christ are the ONLY Bible someone reads.......

I am sitting here on the couch...crying out to the Lord for our town....our churches....our people....who are in need.....right now there are people SLEEPING on the STREETS....babies going hungry...young and old who are sick and need an encouraging word....so what are we doing about it? Where is the workers of the harvest?

Is your heart right with the Lord if "the least of these" in Chillicothe, OH DIED tonight?!

 Psalm 34:18
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit


Psalm 55:22
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you;he will never let the righteous fall.


 Do you realize that in a moment where you say, "I can't do this anymore...I don't know what to do or to say" it is in this moment that God can remove your pride, yourself...this old flesh out of the way for just a moment, and God can do AMAZING things through you. This is the act of worship Christ calls for us all. To be a living act of worship to Him in everything we do.....

Sunday, December 4, 2011

JMC Live 12/3/11 The Great Commission

 Jeremy continues with his quest to see more people reach out to those in need.