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"You Are Loved" seems like a nice sentiment, but what about when it doesn't feel true? If someone tells you God loves you and you think, "well, then why can't I feel it?" this program is for you. And truly all of us go through this at least once a day! Are our feelings on the matter reliable indicators of the truth? And how can we get to that good feeling?
Saying "I can't" isn't very popular these days. Everyone needs to have a "can do" kind of attitude. Yet countless times in a lifetime (and a day), we genuinely feel that we can't do whatever it is we are called on to do. With big challenges, truthfully, we can't do it--in our own strength and power. Saying "I can't" is the beginning of finding our "I can." In fact, realizing what we can't do on our own puts us in a position of power. Don't believe me? I'll tell you how it worked for me to find true strength come out of my big weaknesses (and boy are there a lot of those).
While making the decision to attend seminary, I began to dip into a world I didn't know much about--a world different than my own, a little bit scary and totally unfamiliar. And yet this strange world I started to learn about it--parts of which I loved and parts of which I hated--began to change my life and my thinking. Ultimately, it led me down the path of ministry. I don't often like to share this part of my journey because I know what others think of it--but this morning, I want you to hear about a secret little part of my life that has helped me to be a better person--and may just be able to help you, too.
All too many times, the willing, the honest, the guilt ridden, the do-gooders, and the uniformed are taken advantage of the slick, twisted, and manipulative. These dangerous types come in ALL shapes, forms, descriptions, races, ages, etc. They:
Demand that you PUT YOUR LIFE ON HOLD SO AS TO PROVE YOUR LOVE FOR ME.
Cause you to COMMIT A CRIME OR OFFENSE, ALL IN THE NAME OF PROVING YOUR LOYALTY AND LOVE
Demand that YOU JEOPARDIZE YOUR LONG TERM FINANCIAL SECURITY FOR THEIR SAKES
CAUSE YOU TO MISS OUT ON POSITIVE LIFE EXPERIENCES…WHY? BECAUSE IF YOU DO, WHAT WILL I DO?
They will often tell you, YOU KNOW YOU NEED TO…BECAUSE YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN
Ladies and gentlemen, the long and the short description of this foul life destroying activity can be summed up in one word, PIMPING. Please, listen in and Dr. Williams will show you, from the BIBLE how to love others, without destroying yourself, all in the name of some sick, twisted, manipulative version of Jesus which to be honest is straight from the pit of HELL and has no relation with the God of the Bible, or our blessed Savior, Jesus Christ!!!!!!!!!!
Remember the famous SNL skit where Stuart Smalley states: "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough?" I can remember laughing hilariously when I first saw it. There's nothing like making fun of something you know intimately and I've pretty much read every book on the topic of self-affirmation. Of course, now it's been proving scientifically that affirming and visualizing, in the way Smalley does, has dramatic effects. But long before SNL, the great teachers from the great traditions had already commanded us to love ourselves. Why? Because it's the way to world peace. Think it's impossible? Then listen to my story about support hose and you might change your mind....
I was ordained 12 years ago this month in a beautiful ceremony at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. I took some impressive vows, too. But the journey leading up to that day showed my real commitment to being a "minister," and, as with most of us, the first person who needed my help was myself. I don't always feel like a "minister" and I don't always live up to my Cathedral vows, yet there is no doubt that my life was changed some twenty years ago in the best way and I want to tell you why.
You are Love.
You were conceived as an act of lovemaking.
You are part of God - God is part of you.
God is Love.
You are Love.
What happened to you that made you accept the mistaken fact that you are not worthy of love?
What rejection, what unasked for influence, what non-acceptance told you "You are not worthy of love?"
What have you done to yourself to re-enforce this mistaken fact from which you have created your belief that "You are not worthy of love?"
What stumbling blocks have you placed in your own way to re-enforce the mistaken belief that "I am not worthy of being loved, of knowing love, of being in love?"
Who have you rejected? Whose advances have you spurned? When love presented itself in so many forms what did you throw up in love's face to discourage its advance?
How many times have you done things you now regret to gain approval, to gain acceptance, to manipulate, to control, to avoid rejection, to create self inflicted wounds? To justify to yourself - "I am not worthy of love?"
How many times have you said to yourself "love is a myth, love is for books, poems, stories, movies and songs? No one knows love. Look at how many divorces, extra marital affairs and unhappy marriages are out there - love does not exist!"
And yet you listened to love songs, watched T.V., watched movies, read books and poems of love to see if you could find what love was. You never really gave up hope on love - although your thoughts and actions reinforced your mistaken belief that "love is a myth".
What would you now give to discover that you are worthy of love?
What would you do now if you could know love?
What would you do now if you could be love?
What would you do now if you could be loved?
What would you do now if you could be in love?
in Self Help
Grace is, by definition, unfair.
Progress Magazine, December 14, 1992:
When Billy Graham was driving through a small southern town, he was stopped by a policeman and charged with speeding. Graham admitted his quilt, but was told by the officer that he would have to appear in court.
The judge asked, "Guilty, or not guilty?" When Graham pleaded guilty, the judge replied, "That'll be ten dollars -- a dollar for every mile you went over the limit."
Suddenly the judge recognized the famous minister. "You have violated the law," he said. "The fine must be paid--but I am going to pay it for you." He took a ten dollar bill from his own wallet, attached it to the ticket, and then took Graham out and bought him a steak dinner! "That," said Billy Graham, "is how God treats repentant sinners!"
Psalm 118:1 - Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love (mercy) endures forever.
“Grace is the voice that calls us to change and then gives us the power to pull it off.” —Max Lucado
As Erwin Lutzer said...
“Only those who see themselves as utterly destitute can fully appreciate the grace of God.”
While we were sinners, Christ died for us, said Paul, who called himself the chief of sinners. With his background, Paul understood grace.
"Be careful not to shut your soul’s door through doubt, when God has just opened it by His grace." -John Bunyan
Jesus made the “failures” the heroes of his stories.
There's so much more on this show...
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On this show Mother Mary will come through and talk about how each and everyone on the planet is a child of God and has a unique soul brilliance. She shares while we are equal in the vibration of God we all have unique skills that are needed right now. Her vibration of love and compassion is both soothing and encouraging. I encourage you to listen to this podcast and be inspired to share your soul brilliance with the worth and especially with yourself.
Love is a wonderful idea. But what do you do with the people you can't love? Or the people you can't forgive? Or the people who don't change? We all encounter our fair share of unlovely and unloveable people, sometimes as close as a family member and sometimes as far away as a person who lived long before our birth. When we start practicing our Love walk, we might think we have to find a way to love everyone. We don't. But there is something we do have to do--for our own sake. I'll tell you what it is today.
I'm going to speak about this!
Please join me Tuesday Oct 7th at 11 am CST- as I dicuss that Jesus isnt looking for casual relationships but those who are sold out, Those who have Him as their first love. Were going to look at some of the parables and some scriptures to show us. When we said I do to Jesus . We are no longer our own. He redeemed us with a costly price. He says - those who lose their lives ( meaning their carnal selves meaning their natural selves)) meaning they have decided by their own free will , to follow Jesus , no matter what) for His sake will find it. Meaning He is their First Love. That they love Him more than anything or anyone else.
When Jesus was asked - what the greatest command was - He said this-
34 " 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 38 "This is the great and foremost commandment.
Out of loving God - all the things we are seraching for - He will bring into our lives.
Out of being intimate with Him- thats where we will see His glory.
Signs will follow us , we dont have to follow them
He will fill endue us with everything we need , and fill us to overflowing as we dwell in the secret place with Him.
Its personal. Hope you can join, Char
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