some thoughts shared by Charles Spurgeon about God’s Love

(below this are some thoughts shared also by me)

This is taken from pages 38 – 41 in a paperback edition of the book Charles Spurgeon wrote, entitled _The Limitless Love of Christ_.
The edition I have was published by Whitaker House, Springdale, PA, in 1996.

(if you see words, below, within what I am quoting from the book, that are “inside parentheses,” those were added by me, and are not in the book)

“Would we have loved God if He had not first give His Son to die for us?  Had there been no redeeming sacrifice, would we have had any love for God?  Unredeemed men, left to go on like fallen angels in their sin, would have had no more love for God than fallen angels have.  How could they? Yet, The Son, given to redeem, is the great foundation of Love.  God gives His son, reveals His own Love, and creates ours.  When we remember Calvary (or Golgotha; or Mt. Moriah, to some; that’s where He died in our place), do we not see His Love as the cause of ours?”

“But imagine that you have never heard of Calvary.  God might have given His Son to die for men; yet because you were not aware of it, you did not love Him.  It is no small grace on God’s part that ‘to you is the Word of this salvation sent’ {Acts 13:26}.  The heathen have never heard the message of salvation, but by His gracious providence you have been favored with The Good News.  You have it in your home in the form of The Holy Scriptures, and you hear it every Sunday from the pulpit.  How would you ever have come to love Him if He had not sent His Gospel to you?”

“The gift of His Son Jesus (Yeshua), and the providence that brings the message of Mercy to the saved (believers), are evident causes of man’s love for God.  However, even more than this, Christ (Messiah) died and The Gospel is preached, and yet some men do not love Him.  Why not?  They do not love Him because of ‘the hardness of their hearts’ {Mark 3:5}.”

“But, are the hearts of those who do love Him naturally better than those who do not?  I dare not say so.  There is no believer who would ask me to trace his own love to any inherent human quality.  Rather, I must trace it to the influence of The Holy Spirit.  The revelation of The Love of God in Christ Jesus (Messiah Yeshua) affects the heart, creating Faith and Love and every Grace in the soul.”

“If you love God, it is with no love of your own, but with The Love that He has planted in your heart.  Unrenewed human nature is a soil in which Love for God will not grow naturally.  There must be a taking away of the rock and a supernatural change of the barren ground into good soil.  Then, as a rare plant from another found there, Love must be planted in your heart and sustained by Divine Power, or else it never will be found there.  No love for God in this world is of the right kind except that which is created and formed in the soul by The Love of God.”

“The Combined Doctrines of Grace”

“Put the two truths together — that The Love of God is first, and that The Love of God is the cause of our love — and I think you will understand what are commonly called the doctrines of Grace.  These doctrines are so consistent with the Christian’s (believer’s) experience that the older a believer becomes and the more deeply he searches into Divine Truth, the more he praises The Grace of God for his salvation.  he is also more inclined to believe in those precious truths that magnify, not the free will of man, but the free Grace of The Ever Blessed (The Lord our God).”

“I want no better statement of my own doctrinal belief than ‘We love Him, because He first loved us.’  I know it has been said that He loved us on the foresight of our faith and love and holiness.  Of course, The Lord had a clear foresight of all these, but He also foresaw our lack of love, our lack of faith, our wanderings and our sins.  Surely His foresight must operate just as well as His foresight in the other direction.”

“God did not foresee any love for Him arising out of ourselves.  He only foresaw that we would believe because He gave us Faith;  He foresaw that we would repent because His Spirit would work repentance in us;  He foresaw that we would love because He created that Love within us.  Is there anything in His foresight that can account for His giving us such things?”

“The case is self-evident:  His foresight of what He means to do cannot be His reason for doing it.  His own eternal purpose has made the gracious difference between the saved and those who willfully perish in (their) sin.  Let us give all the Glory to His Holy Name, for to Him all the Glory belongs.  His preventing Grace must have all the honor.”
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This is inspiring!  Am hoping it might encourage you.  God uses men to explain some concepts to us.  But even if our words are lacking, in being as fully able as God’s Words are, to explain a concept, He is still able to use His Holy Spirit, our Teacher He gave us, … to teach us what He wants us to know.
Just thought this might be encouraging.
I believe God’s Love came first.  I believe He gave me the faith I needed to believe in His Son, as my Lord & Savior / Redeemer, in 1970.
I believe He has given me His Grace, so I would believe.  Hard to explain, but I believe it’s a type of “power” He still uses in my life as a believer, and He did use before I surrendered my life to Him, trusting Him to redeem me, and deliver me from the power, the punishment and the penalty for my sins and iniquities.  Grace still helps us, as the apostle Paul shares, because it is “sufficient” for us, as we go through trials, suffering, temptation or testing.  We do not have to reject His Grace any more, because we are true believers in The Lord Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ).  He gives us the Grace we need to give us the desire and the “power” to do His Will.  We need only surrender, again, daily, in every circumstance, to receive the Grace He is already ready to give to us.
I believe He even gave me the ability to understand how it was that Christ Jesus (Messiah Yeshua) died in my place, to deliver me from eternal damnation / punishment.  By Him taking upon Himself all the sins of all the people who have ever lived, He was paying the debt each of us owed, personally, to our God & Father in Heaven.  By enabling us to understand what He did “for us” (in our place), He was helping us to understand what He had done to make the way for us to live for ever in Heaven with Him, one day.  That’s a concept we may be familiar with, ladies, but if we try to explain “how that could be” to an unregenerated person, … they may look at us with a puzzled look, not really understanding.  See?
… He (Yeshua / Jesus) bore our sins, and our iniquities on “the tree.” (as you know)  And He put our sins as far from us as the east is from the west (another concept that is hard for a non-believer to figure out), … so that, with our lives, our souls, our very selves, under The Blood of The Lamb of God,  you and I would be, then, acceptable and “clean enough” to be allowed to dwell in the very presence of YHVH God, The Almighty, El Elyon (The Most High God).  His Name is Holy.
The Lord did it all!  And Yeshua (Jesus) paid it all — He paid the entire debt we owed to God our Father, because of our sins and iniquities, which cut us off from Him, before.  But He has wooed us to Himself, to His Loving Heart.  And He has been The One Who initiated it, and worked it all out, and though He knew the waywardness, the rebellion, the disobedience, and the lack of real love in our hearts, He still chose to love us, with His everlasting, unconditional Love, until we responded, as a result of Him compelling us, by His Holy Spirit.
It’s all an awesome and amazing bunch of truths to consider.
But it is true, from my understanding.
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At this time of year, and all year long, let’s praise His Holy Name for all that He has done for us!  He has loved us, first!  Let’s praise His Name for ever, as (king) David urges us to do in the Psalms!

meant with agape Love, to you all, … from The Lord, …
and me (Kathy)

… as we travel this road …

Life continues to surprise me!

Does it surprise you, thrilling your heart, when YHVH God does something you can only describe as amazing, or awesome, or wonderful, on your behalf?

Well, I must share with those of you who read this blog that The Lord Adonai YHVH God has chosen, in His mercy, and in working through those who are true believers, to do some amazing things on behalf of our family, as we continue to support other ministries, … day by day, from week to week.

He has chosen to use an anonymous donor to donate a good-quality automobile to our family ministry (!). We praise God for His merciful, loving, kind-hearted, and patient Spirit! We thank The Good Lord for showing Himself strong on our behalf as we have kept trusting He would remedy a situation that has been one version of spiritual warfare, involving more than one believer in the community. But God is faithful! He is able to overcome any obstacle! Hallelujah! Let’s praise His Name together, and rejoice that He will provide, as He has promised, … when we continue to show Him we are willing to serve, as He opens the doors.

Our ministry includes the teaching / apologetics ministry done by our Life in the Bible Institute … to enable us to “get around” to places where we already go –

two nursing homes (each week),

soul winning,

choir,

youth projects,

Bible classes (someone in our family can be found teaching one, or the other, of two classes, each Sunday),

puppet ministry (done mostly by our children who are under age 18),

one, in our family, having a willing heart to bless, encourage and uplift the lives of others by playing piano in church, for God’s glory (at our church, or at another church, in an area where this member of our family now lives and works at an international ministry, full time) and, when possible, at nursing homes we visit,

and one, or more, of us singing, in church, or … “on the mission field” (as one did as part of a missions trip to the Philippines, as happened earlier this year — 2009); … or 2 or 3 in our family, singing as part of a group of 5 to 6 young people, harmonizing together for God’s glory, to encourage believers in The Lord,

singing as a family of 8 … wherever someone asks us to come sing,

opportunities to help others by writing quotes or names in calligraphy, for specific individuals,

and more — one of our adult family members ministers to a lady in a nursing home.

… we’ll see if The Lord lets me help lead some monthly meetings / fellowship / learning times with some young ladies in this community.

… and perhaps He will allow me, with others helping, begin some monthly fellowship opportunities with moms who teach their own children at home, and older ladies (some who are widows; some are not).

… and a group of families in this area may soon get to meet regularly to share knowledge in quite a few *skill areas* with a group of young people.

Ladies’ teas are a delightful way to encourage women, especially widows, and those who would like their daughters to learn some of the Christian social graces, that build Godly character, and … uplift the soul. They serve as blessed times of fellowship, for ladies, also. I look forward to working with The Lord to encourage hearts!

Only He knows how to work out all the details, but “as we travel this road” (on earth), we can make ourselves available to The One Who knows best how to reach hearts, for Him, … and, so, am just wanting to “be available” to my Lord. As I submit, and as I allow Him to become more and more, and me to become less and less, He can use me to do the good He desires to do, “in the corner where I live.”

… we also see God opening a door to help us, and some others, pass on some “free food” that is becoming available to do this with, … for those who are very poor in our area. We’ve “been there,” and so we have a reason to pass on the help that is now being made available to those who have lost their jobs, own businesses but do not have sufficient income to pay bills *plus* all the other things their families do need, as basic needs, … or who have no real savings, or … who have not been able to get food stamps. We want to help others! And this will be, Lord willing, a good way to be of service to local folks among these Appalachian Mountains of TN.

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We stay quite busy, being asked to help with a ministry here or there, or else we’re teaching … or helping with someone else who is, ….

But, without a real car for over 2 months, now (a car that works / runs), it has been quite a challenge to find ways to get to places we’ve been asked to get to, around the community where we’ve been living for just over a year, now.

There will be many opportunities to use this car. We do pray it will be used to bring God glory to His Name, because it’s His car! All that we ‘own’ actually belongs to God! We give all our ‘things’ to God, so He is The One Who watches over them, and takes Good care of His things!! Amen!

He is The One from Whom all Good things come, … He made all the metals (from where they were mined, from the ground, and then refined) and plastic (from petroleum), and leather (thank you, dear cows!, designed by God in Heaven), plus the rest of the materials that go into the making of a car, as well as the man hours, the labor, and … the effort and energy they must do, to produce a car that runs well, and is made well, ….

The next time you drive your car, please praise The Lord our Maker, Creator, Who designs all things perfectly. Praise Him for Who He is (YHVH; El Shaddai; El Elyon; YHVH Yireh / Jehovah Jireh), and praise Him for His mighty Power to turn things that seem to go wrong, into things that produce Good!

He is perfect! He is Almighty! He is El Elyon — The Most High God! He is our Provider, our Protector, our Hope, our Strength, and our Joy! He does all things excellently, and uses all circumstances to produce / bring about Good, for those who are “the called” according to His purpose. — for the glory that is “due” to His Name!

While we awaited His Help, with regard to providing a car for our family, He was building in us a more humble, more meek, attitude. I pray He will continue to develop that attitude in my own heart, as He teaches me more about “abiding in Messiah Yeshua.” (abiding in Christ)

One day, all people of all nations will bow their knees, and admit / acknowledge the Truth that He is Lord of all! — YHVH God, and His Son, Yeshua the Messiah, The Anointed One of God, the Holy One of Israel. (see Romans 14: 11 and Philippians 2: 10)

And … please praise The Lord Adonai YHVH God, Who has seen fit to give us a car to be used in service that will bring praise and thanks to His precious Son’s Name — Yeshua haMashiach (Jesus Christ)!

And … please thank Him for what He has done in providing food and water for you, as well as clothing you need, each day! He promises no more, but He does provide much more … than just food and clothing!

We have waited, and … have hoped in Him alone Who is able to do all things well! And He has kept His promise to hear the prayers of His true children — you all, and us.

We are not special (compared to other believers) or better than anyone else on this earth. We are merely “forgiven” by The Lord God Almighty, because of our belief in, and trust in, His only-begotten Son, Yeshua (Jesus), Who gave His Life in our place, to pay the penalty for sins we committed, thereby redeeming us. As The innocent Lamb of God, Yeshua took upon Himself the sins of all the people who have ever lived on this earth! He paid it all! — by willingly sacrificing His precious Body and Blood on the Roman execution stake, outside the gates of the city of Jerusalem. Why? Because He loved us … long before we knew or loved Him! That is how much He loves you and me! Hallelujah!

But in God’s eyes, we are His children, because He has engrafted us into His Vine, and has delivered us out of the power of darkness and into The Kingdom of His Dear Son (Yeshua)! (the Kingdom of Light, eternal Life and Love) (see Colossians 1: 13) Yeshua says He calls us His friends, if we do whatsoever He has commanded us (to do). (see John 15: 14)

(below is my version of Matthew 7: 7-8):

Ask, and keep asking, and it shall be given to you.

Seek, and keep seeking, and you shall find.

Knock, and keep knocking, and it shall be opened unto you.

For each one that asks receives, and the one that seeks finds; and to the one knocking, it will be opened.

We are not special people, you all! … just forgiven much by The One Who loves us more than we know!

We are just people who have been workin’ for The Lord, as you all are, who are true believers in The Lord, and in Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ), who sometimes work also for companies, or individuals, … to earn income, and then, we get to serve pastors or missionaries, … or encourage other believers, by singing, or teaching, or sharing, or helping with some project they’re working on. ;o)

Life can get challenging!

I believe God is opening the door for more ministry, by providing a car with which we can “do it.”

If you are reading this, and if you believe in The Lord Adonai YHVH God, as we do, and (especially) if you believe in and trust in His Son, Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), for deliverance from eternal damnation, and into His Kingdom of Light, Life and Love (of YHVH God; agape Love — His unconditional Love He showed us when His Son voluntarily chose to come to earth, be born here, live, suffer and die, to pay the penalty for sins we committed, though He was entirely innocent of those sins, … and God raised Him up on the third day, according to The Scriptures, as prophesied by the Old Covenant / Old Testament prophets, and now, He is alive, and sits at the Right Hand of God the Father Almighty, in His Throne!), please pray for us — all 8 of us.    ;o)

We do appreciate your prayers!

God is at work! In us, in you, for us, for you, through us, through you! That, by itself, is amazing! He accomplishes it by His Holy Spirit! Bless His Name!

God is so generous! And He is teaching us to show generosity to others! When He uses another believer to show us His generous Spirit and Love, we are so thrilled! (in our emotions) … and we are joyful! (in our spirits) … and we are built up in our Christian walk, in Him, Who is our All in all, to tell others and to share more about The Love of His Son, Yeshua, so others can ”gain” eternal Life!

Let’s praise The Name of The Lord together, for ever and ever! … beginning now ….

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Update: as of August 19, 2010

We have seen The Lord bring us through several changes in what He is allowing us to do, to serve others and Him, but we still do most of what is listed above.

However, you may wish to know that we have had to stop going to one nursing home, due to lack of money plus a change in work schedule, for our castle’s king (Dad, to the children; husband, to me).

So, now we go to one nursing home, twice a month, because the other nursing home where we sing, … “said” they only needed us to come twice a month.

The other two times a month, on that same “nursing home day,” two men in our household (and two other men from our church) go to a town about 45 minutes’ drive away, to pick up “food” for the food pantry our church maintains.  Our family delivers food boxes from the church’s food pantry, to folks in our area.  We know of no other food pantry that brings the food “to a family’s door,” but we are able to, thanks to The Good Lord’s provision.

Wednesdays, for us, are busy days!  (4 times a month!)

Now, the 5 – 6 young people, who sang together, in harmony, … are now no longer able to all sing together in the same place where they used to sing.  So, I pray The Lord will make a way for them to sing elsewhere, for God’s glory, according to His Will.
Will you join me in praying about this?
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One “big” youth project, for 2010, was one in which two, in our family, under age 18, were given the opportunity by The Lord to go out west, with 13 others from our local believers’ congregation, to pass out Bibles and to share in the soul-winning efforts of this missions team, to Native American Indians on (at least) six (6) reservations in the states of South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah and Arizona.
We have seen The Lord’s amazing provision for this trip, and His wonderful blessing, in bringing 20 more souls into The Kingdom of His Dear Son, as mentioned in Colossians 1:12-14, especially v. 13!
The Lord protected this group of 15 believers from storms, from bear attacks (reports from within a week, after they returned home to east TN, told of one who was killed by a bear in the national park where “our team” had been camping in tents!), and from other dangers.
We thank and praise The Lord for His awesome Love and amazing Grace!
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The older lady, to whom one in our family was ministering, in a nursing home, has now been promoted to Heaven, to our true Home!  However, that one is, again, serving, giving & loving others, as our Lord has used so many others to do.
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Soon, I will be teaching some calligraphy workshops to some young people and adults, so I ask for your prayers for what I do to give glory to God, my Father in Heaven.
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Soon, The Lord’s ladies in our local congregation of believers, will enjoy a ladies’ tea.  Several ladies will help us to hostess this tea for all the ladies in our congregation.  Please pray those who come will be encouraged by coming, and will give glory and thanks to God for a special time of fellowship!
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Soon, Lord willing, a local group of young ladies who stitch (by hand and by machine), and who are taught at home, will begin meeting.
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Soon, Lord willing, a local group of home-educated young ladies will be learning some healthy cooking skills (and lacto-fermentation food preparation skills) and drawing skills, and art history, and music appreciation, … as time allows for each of these areas of training and knowledge to be shared with those who want to learn.
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Solve Family Problems

http://www.drsmdavis.com/

This website is designed to provide much-needed help, and hope, for families and for relationships!

You will benefit from the many free, audio resources and notes Dr. S. M. Davis shares on this website!

God bless you as you pursue Peace in your relationships with others, especially other true believers, and those within your own family.

Creation Evidence Museum, Glen Rose, TX

We know Dr. Carl Baugh, a God-fearing paleontologist, who is good friends with both Dr. Kent Hovind, of Creation Science Evangelism, in Pensacola, FL, and Dr. Ken Ham, of Answers in Genesis. (plus a number of other intelligent-design and creationist scientists, worldwide)

He keeps abreast of all expeditions, by Christians, to try to locate the remains of Noah’s Ark on the Mountains of Ararat. (most call them Mt. Ararat)

He continues to network with other “intelligent design” scientists, as well as former evolutionists, of which he *was* one (before The Good Lord transformed his life; now he’s been re-born for quite a few years), to learn more about what they are doing, so all can benefit from their shared facts and verified information.

Please visit the CEM website, because you will learn more, and be glad you went there!

Creation Evidence Museum, Glen Rose, TX
http://www.creationevidence.org/

If you happen to live in Texas, anywhere within about 100 miles south of Ft. Worth or Dallas, please visit the museum in person! On the first weekend of each month of the year, Dr. Baugh, or a guest speaker he chooses, will be there, to share “free lectures” on site! We’ve been to some of these, and they are well worth your trip there!

If you’re not able to get there, purchase some of the videos, or video sets, or some of the great books Dr. Baugh offers through his website store. You and your children, those you fellowship with, and those you are related to, and even your neighbors, will all thank you!

We feel quite blessed to have been able to go to his creation fairs, he used to have there, plus the student science fairs he sponsored, and other events, at the Creation Evidence Museum, just outside of Glen Rose, TX. He has a wealth of information!

The “new museum building” has been “up” for a while, and though the large hyperbaric biosphere is not yet functional, as far as I know, the building is being used for speakers, and for special events there, on site, at CEM.

Even the shape of the ceiling, the new museum building imitates the curvature that God built into our universe!

If you get a chance to write a “regular, snail mail letter” to Dr. Carl Baugh, please use it to *Thank him!* He has literally dedicated years of his life, to spreading The Word about the Truth in God’s Word, about the verified evidence /facts, and archaeological data and specimens, he knows about, so that everyone will know there *is* evidence that we can count on, and share with those we meet, that God is real, what He said in His Word is True, and … we have hope that our Creator *is* our Redeemer, and His Son, Yeshua (Jesus) *is* The Mighty God, Who was there at the Creation of the universe!

And it is also True that He (Yeshua / YHVH God, The Father Almighty) still rules the universe, and in the hearts (souls) of men !

As we honor The Lord YHVH (God, our Father in Heaven, Who made all things), He will take care of all our needs. As we see Him for Who He truly is, and “acknowledge Him (thank Him for what’s He’s done),” He will direct our paths. As we choose to Love Him back for the limitless Love He has already shown to us, … and our forefathers, and our descendants, … He works in our lives to do good for all the people He allows our lives to touch, as we go through our days on earth.

And, when we’re in Heaven, He will show us the many souls He used us to bring with us, to be there for ever, in Heaven.

FACE — the Foundation for …

… American Christian Education.

F.A.C.E.

Below is a link to their webpage for home educators, sharing with you what their concept is, for helping parents educate their children with a Biblical worldview, using a tutoring approach.

http://www.face.net/204004.ihtml

You can read more about it at the link, above.

Phonograms to use while Teaching Reading

http://www.janbrett.com/phonograms/phonograms_main.htm

These are phonograms, drawn by Jan Brett, teaching sounds, by words that use those phonograms, … with her artwork.

They can be saved as “pdf files,” and then printed out, I believe.

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This I found while perusing the “Garden of Praise” website, at:

http://gardenofpraise.com/

I went to the section for teachers, and that took me to this link:

http://gardenofpraise.com/educat.htm

On this page, I clicked on the word “Reading.” That took me to another webpage

with “Phonogram cards, printable cards by noted illustrator, Jan Brett”

Doing that took me to the page I’ve shown a link for, above.

Enjoy!

two helpful websites for home educators

Below are two links for families who home educate.

These have online resources, offered for free!

http://www.oldfashionededucation.com/

http://gardenofpraise.com/

Soon, helpful-for-you website links will appear…

The Lord has been allowing me to connect with many very generous and helpful folks, among the true believers who have felt compelled by God to educate their children with the most-open-choice-available option, which is called home education.

It was used by the parents of many well-known, most would call famous inventors, scientists, medical discovery-makers, mathematicians, ministers of The Gospel of The Lord Yeshua the Messiah {Jesus Christ} (men who made a real difference in the world both “old and new),” and many of our U.S. presidents, as well, along with many positive, God-honoring, God-fearing thinkers (educators) and teachers who have made such a wonderful contribution to the knowledge we all now benefit from.

Of course, our Lord was also home educated. And He (His Holy Spirit), Who is called The Master Teacher (of all time) inspired the writing of The Holy Scriptures, some call the Bible, or God’s Word, since it was God-breathed.

There are many new, and helpful, websites that The Good Lord, Who has all knowledge, and inspiration within Himself, … has allowed me to find, through networking with others, and looking at what they’re sharing, online.

So, please come back to check on this listing, which will be added to, from time to time.

I will put the websites I list into categories, according to subject areas, though some “topics” would apply to more than one subject area in the world of education.

Thank you for your great patience!

This has been a long time in coming. But, soon, it will be here. Not amazing or wonderful, as our Lord is. But I pray it will be able to be used, by you (and those with whom you share this listing, … and with whom you share a link to our site, so they can check back, to find out what is added, later to it), for your benefit, for your good, for you to use to help you and your children, in school or those who are graduated, ….

God is ever ahead of us, doing things at a much higher level than we humans can. But He is ever sharing with us such rich truths, such encouraging news, such inspiring thoughts … to build us up in Him, to enable us to know Him as He desires us to, so we can become, day by day, moment by moment, conformed more to the Image of YHWH (Almighty) God’s Dear Son, Yeshua.

Philippians 3: 10 shares with us: “That I may know Him, and the power of His {Yeshua’s (Jesus’)} Resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death.”

Philippians 3: 7-9 “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ (Messiah). Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the Knowledge of Christ Jesus (Messiah Yeshua) my Lord: for Whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ (Messiah), and be found in Him, not having mine own Righteousness, which is of the Law (Torah), but that which is through the Faith of Messiah (Christ), the Righteousness which is of God by Faith:”