One Another

Romans 15:7

Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.

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Sometimes when I hear a phrase over and over, I like to search out the Scriptures for clarity and purpose. This past week the phrase “One Another” jumped out at me during a weekly sermon. It had nothing to do with the main message. Just one short phrase in the middle of a story. Rather than personally write on the subject, I just copied the verses for you to read yourself. They are self-explanatory and together showcase how God’s children experience life in community.

 

1 John 3:11

For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another;

1 John 4:12

…no one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.

1 Peter 4:9

Be hospitable to one another without complaint.

1 Peter 4:10

As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

1 Peter 5:5

You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

James 5:16

Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed.

James 5:9

Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door.

Hebrews 3:13

But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

Hebrews 10:24

and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds,

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Therefore, encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

1 Thessalonians 5:13

Live in peace with one another.

1 Thessalonians 3:12

and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also do for you;

1 Thessalonians 4:9

Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Therefore, encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

1 Thessalonians 5:15

See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.

Colossians 3:9

Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices,

Colossians 3:13

…bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.

Colossians 3:16

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Philippians 2:3

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;

Ephesians 4:2

with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love,

Ephesians 4:32

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

Ephesians 5:21

and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.

Galatians 5:13

For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

Galatians 5:15

But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.

Galatians 6:2

Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.

Romans 12:10

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;

Romans 12:16

Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.

Romans 13:8

Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.

Romans 14:13

Therefore, let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this—not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way.

Romans 14:19

So, then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.

John 13:14

If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.

John 13:35

By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

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Wisdom 501

Proverbs 3:13

How blessed is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding.

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If you are an atheist, what benefit would you receive from reading the Bible? There are some who believe the Book is outdated and has no relevance in the 21st century. Others believe science has replaced the folklore of yesterday. Yet when one travels through the pages of this number one seller, one quickly realizes that nothing has really changed from 4,000 years ago and today except for technology and fashion. Otherwise, human nature has been the same since the beginning of history.

You discover this Book outlines gems of wisdom for all areas of life. Whether you want to learn ways to improve your marriage, your relationships at work and home, or how government works best, you can find the answers throughout this Book.

You will find wisdom to create wealth, build a business, and invest for the future.

You will find diet tips, money tips, and life tips.

You will find answers for life’s tough questions.

You will discover a God who cares, plans, and has a purpose for His creation.

You will discover the mind of God.

You don’t have to be a believer to benefit from the lessons and principles taught throughout its pages.

Sometimes the more one becomes “educated”, the more common sense seems to disappear. This Book restores common sense and heightens the importance of knowledge that leads to understanding and wisdom.

History, war, family squabbles, relationship challenges, job success, financial stewardship, non-penalized fun, humor, and a whole number of other knowledge building categories for you to sharpen your Life skill set is sewn between the pages.

So, if you want more wisdom in your life, than read the Book. And if you are open to the experience, you may even discover where real Wisdom is found.

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Dr. Mike

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Values. Needs. Dreams.

Amos 3:3 NKJV

Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?

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What brings people together? What makes two people from an entire universe become friends? Why are some people totally repulsive to each other?

These are very complex questions which social scientists have done studies and more studies. Yet when you make it simple and to the point, don’t two people come together when they have something in common? Most of the time it may be a task, or an interest, or simply a need that needs to be fulfilled.

I like to think that when two people have similar values, and/or needs, and/or dreams, you have the potential of real, deep friendship. Sometimes the friendship leads to a deep bond like marriage. Other times, towards a friendship closer than a brother or sister.

Jesus surrounded himself with twelve disciples. Some were self-employed as fishermen, one a tax collector, and another a terrorist. Typically, these people would have nothing in common and probably wouldn’t spend any time together for no other reason except for Jesus Christ. What brought them all together? They indirectly saw the values, needs, and dreams Jesus expressed as something they desired and believe Jesus would help them succeed at it.

So, if you are looking for friendship, a mate, or a business relationship, focus on the other person’s values, needs, and dreams. See how they relate with yours. If there is a common thread, you may have hit the jackpot. If not, pray about it, and let the Holy Spirit reveal what you may suspect or show you something deeper than is invisible to the naked eye. Either way, lean on the Triune God and He will show you the way.

At the end of the day, isn’t Jesus someone who we all see as a person whose values we admire, whose ways satisfy our needs, and who may help us fulfill our dreams?

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

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Vocational Leadership 360
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Celebrate Life

 

 

Ecclesiastes 9:4

For whoever is joined with all the living, there is hope; surely a live dog is better than a dead lion.

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As long as you are alive, you have hope for the future. No matter your circumstances, God’s grace abounds everywhere. Nothing is hidden from Him; nothing escapes Him, nothing limits Him. He created you to live life to the fullest; to experience His love, and fulfill your potential.

Our challenge most often is to get out of the way. We think our plans and solutions are the best ones not realizing there just may be a better way. Our pride and insecurity often prevent us from yielding ourselves to His instructions. We falsely believe no one knows us better than ourselves. What we fail to realize so often is how blind and ignorant the self so easily becomes. We all need a mentor; someone who has gone before us and can show us how it is done.

Life is for the living, not for the dead. As long as we are alive, we can celebrate the life given to us by our Creator. We may not enjoy our current situation and circumstances may temporarily be in stink mode, but we have hope in a Savior – His name is Jesus.

He lived life to the fullest. He introduced us to His Father. He taught us the reality of life in His Kingdom. He intervenes for us. He shares His life with us. He gives us purpose and meaning to celebrate life the way our Creator initially designed the world to be.

Yes, there will be disappointments. Yes, expectations fail. Yes, circumstances change. But through everything, the Triune God cares for you and wants you to share in their life. As we lean on Him, His character, divine nature, and attributes rubs unto you. You become more of a “little Christ.” The joy & peace He instills in you begins to uncontrollably overflow unto others. Your love for others is more fully expressed in your desire to help them succeed. Life becomes more than just about survival. Life becomes a celebration of what God has done, is doing, and will yet do.

Always remember, as long as you are alive, you have hope for the future because God’s Love is greater than anything this world throws your way!   This is our reason for celebrating life each and everyday.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
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By Love, For Love, To Love

1 John 4:16 NIV
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

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Love created you, sustains you, and motivates you. You were created by Love, for Love, to Love!

God is Love. His divine character exhibits love. His entire nature freely expresses love independent of what you and I do. He loves because He is love.

When you begin to realize the love He has for you, your assurance and trust in Him grows. When your relationship grows with Him, your understanding of love takes you to a whole new level of maturity.

When you come to the place and realize God’s purpose for you is to know Him and experience life with Him, and through Him, the outcome includes immeasurably more love than a person can naturally handle.

Love moves the world. You and I do more in the name of love than we truly admit. Even though we may not truly understand what real love is until we have an encounter with Him, he has revealed love to us through Jesus. Jesus is the expressive embodiment of God in human form.

Throughout Scripture we are introduced to the many ways Jesus expressed His Father’s love. He had an intimate relationship with the Godhead as a Son. His pre-public ministry including serving in Joseph’s family carpentry business. Upon his arrival to be baptized by John, he lived His vicarious life from beginning to end for you, me, and His Father. He healed, taught, and gave himself in service so others may come to know who His Father is truly like.

Without love there is no hope, no future, nor joy. With love, everything is more colorful, adventurous, and meaningful. Your passion for whatever is a byproduct of channeled love. Your hobbies, your work, and the mate you choose all are avenues to express your love.

Love is not just about you. Love includes God, family, friends, associates, neighbors, countrymen and women, and every person who arrives on planet earth.

Real love is sacrificial and up-building. The Triune God birth humanity from the central core of love. The entire universe is built upon the natural laws govern by love. Love rules the galaxies. This is why love is the most important attribute of life.

Always remember: You were created by Love, for Love, to Love!

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
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You Are Holy

1 Corinthians 3:17
If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are. NASB.

 

You are holy! Set apart by God for His purpose.

Being holy, you are sacred – specially endowed – uniquely gifted by God Himself. You are not an accident in God’s eyes, but a specially designed person waiting to be released in full glory at the resurrection party.

Holiness is an attitude of godliness. It is knowing who you are in Christ. It is understanding we are living stones, built together into the household of God.

You are His workmanship. You are constantly being molded and shaped for Kingdom work. You are being prepared to do good work.

Kingdom work involves every area of your life. From your personal hobbies, to your service in the community. From your house chores, to your employer’s office, your gifts of service add value to the family and business associates is fulfilling God’s purpose for your life.

You are God’s answer for someone’s prayer. When you ask God for your daily bread, how does he send it to you? The person gifted and skilled as a baker prepares it for you.

When you ask God for a house for your family to live in, how does he delivery it to you? The people who construct, sell, and finance the house all come together to answer your prayer.

You say you didn’t ask God but everyone still came together to serve your needs? Isn’t God a God of graceful love who answers our prayers and needs even before we acknowledge His authority in our life?  Why? Because you are holy to him.

He wants what is best for you. He designed and gifted you. He has set you apart to participate with Him in His work. And His work is more than serving a local faith community. His work involves the entire universe.

You are Holy because He is holy and He set you apart as holy.

So, stop trying to conform with how the culture defines you. Instead, seek the God who made everything and gives you your uniqueness. Ask Him to show you how to best express yourself through serving others.

You may be pleasantly surprised with the end results. Being holy is not a religious experience but the fulfillment of your potential as God designed you to be.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
Author of e-Books:

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Sacredness

Romans 11:16
If the part of the dough offered as first fruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches.

What makes something secular or sacred? Holy or unholy?

The culture around us likes to put everything into little boxes. We have religious boxes, government boxes, business boxes, family boxes, internet boxes, and so on and so on. Dependent on how religious or nonreligious we are, we also have boxes for what is secular and what is sacred.

Yet who or what determines if something is sacred or secular?

Is money sacred or secular? Is the beach sacred or secular? Is your automobile sacred or secular? Is your home secular or sacred? Are you secular or sacred?

Some like to think we determine which is which. But is that true? Because the government passes laws or decrees labeling something as sacred or secular, does it make it so? Because your aunt tells you what is sacred, does it make it so?  Or what your uncle believes makes it so?

What if I told you that everything is sacred because of who owns it and made it.

What makes something holy or secular is determined by its author. Whatever the Creator has made is an offshoot of His character. If the Creator is Holy, then His creation is holy.

However, when the original intent of His purpose is changed without His approval, then what is sacred may become polluted. In the eyes of an unbeliever, it becomes secular (separate from God’s purpose). Yet, through God’s eye, it is still redeemable. In God’s eyes it is still holy. But the holiness is lost through man’s eyes by his carnal desire to solely gratify himself.

For example, God created the earth, but mankind abuses the environment for his personal gain.

God created the social institutions of government, business, and education, but mankind disbar His authority for personal ambition and gain.

God created the sacredness of sex, but mankind perverts it for personal gain.

Everything God made and makes is holy and sacred. Whether or not we keep to His purpose and intent will determine whether or not its full purpose is being recognized and experienced.

So, until we stop separating everything between secular and sacred, and acknowledge the Triune God’s authority in everything around us, this wonderful world’s potential will never be fully realized.

O yes, that is why we look forward to when Jesus returns and a new age begins with Him leading world governments to participate in His original plans for his creation. Heaven on earth in its totality is coming!

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
Author of e-Books:

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