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The love of God — what else is the most powerful tool that we can use to reach out to people around us, may they be Christians or not? 

Nobody can resist a persistent love. Sooner or later the resisting person will give in to the genuine love that they are seeing and experiencing through us. But before we can give the love of God, we have to experience it ourselves. Only then can we share it with others.

Let’s find out what God’s love is today.

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AN ACT OF GOD’S WILL
 
SCRIPTURE READING Matthew 28:19-20
 
KEY VERSE: John 6:27

 
Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.

Remember how you felt the last time you helped someone? Maybe you helped a stranded motorist. Maybe you joined a neighbor for a home repair job or took on a task that was burdensome and you were glad to eventually complete it. Whatever the circumstance, you probably were warmed by the fact that you had performed an act of goodwill. But what about doing an act of the Father’s will?

Often our deeds are only for temporal benefit. Have you ever considered extending your efforts to eternity? Our best labor is to accept and honor the words Jesus spoke as He prepared to return to heaven. He commanded us to make disciples of all the nations. This means whether at home or abroad we are to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. We can’t all ship off to a distant land, but we can put our arms around a hurting family member, friend, coworker, or stranger and say, “You know, Jesus loves you, and so do I. I’ll pray for you. Is there anything else I can do?”

Jesus commanded all believers to take Him and His Word seriously in our approach with others. When you honor His command, you will honor God. The result of your love and obedience is an inexpressible appreciation of the fruit of the Spirit. People notice when we share the love of Christ. Give me a heart of compassion, Lord. Help me to reach out to people in need. 

(Source: From a devotional titled “Seeking His Face” by Charles Stanley)

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The love of God — what else is the most powerful tool that we can use to reach out to people around us, may they be Christians or not? 

Nobody can resist a persistent love. Sooner or later the resisting person will give in to the genuine love that they are seeing and experiencing through us. But before we can give the love of God, we have to experience it ourselves. Only then can we share it with others.

Let’s find out what God’s love is today.

*****

AN ACT OF GOD’S WILL
 
SCRIPTURE READING Matthew 28:19-20
 
KEY VERSE: John 6:27

 
Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.

Remember how you felt the last time you helped someone? Maybe you helped a stranded motorist. Maybe you joined a neighbor for a home repair job or took on a task that was burdensome and you were glad to eventually complete it. Whatever the circumstance, you probably were warmed by the fact that you had performed an act of goodwill. But what about doing an act of the Father’s will?

Often our deeds are only for temporal benefit. Have you ever considered extending your efforts to eternity? Our best labor is to accept and honor the words Jesus spoke as He prepared to return to heaven. He commanded us to make disciples of all the nations. This means whether at home or abroad we are to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. We can’t all ship off to a distant land, but we can put our arms around a hurting family member, friend, coworker, or stranger and say, “You know, Jesus loves you, and so do I. I’ll pray for you. Is there anything else I can do?”

Jesus commanded all believers to take Him and His Word seriously in our approach with others. When you honor His command, you will honor God. The result of your love and obedience is an inexpressible appreciation of the fruit of the Spirit. People notice when we share the love of Christ. Give me a heart of compassion, Lord. Help me to reach out to people in need.  (From a devotional titled “Seeking His Face” by Charles Stanley)

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That would be me. 🙂 I’ll be back in Ukraine on March 12. So it will be some time before I return to my cozy flat in Donetsk. 

Sweden trip 2006: Trying to make snow angels. I love making them during wintertime! (File photo)

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Visa Renewal in Sweden 

I’ll be renewing my visa in Stockholm since it is easy to renew it there and I’m familiar with the place already. At the same time, I’ll visit the Filipino groups there at the Immanuel Church  which I visit whenever I find myself in Stockholm. I usually get asked to lead the Bible study whenever I’m with them.

I’m really looking forward to seeing the Christian Filipino group at the Immanuel Church!

You can view my pictures taken in Sweden last year and in 2005 over at my Flickr Pro site. Click here and here to see the slide presentations.

Visiting Friends in Germany 

     

I’m also visiting Nila & Dietrich (Nila was the nanny of the Lehmann girls who got married to a German guy and who’s now living in Mainz). That’s their photo on the left.

I’ll also meet with Joey Carceller Hanz-Martin (Joey is the sister of Kristine Lehmann who’s also married to a German guy and  who has been living in Frankfurt for a while now). I’ll visit them for 10 days before I fly to Sweden to process my Ukrainian visa.
 

To all my supporters, many thanks for all your prayers and financial support! Thanks also for visiting my site. It’s always appreciated.

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That would be me. 🙂 I’ll be back in Ukraine on March 12. So it will be some time before I return to my cozy flat in Donetsk. 

Sweden trip 2006: Trying to make snow angels. I love making them during wintertime! (File photo)

*****

Visa Renewal in Sweden 

I’ll be renewing my visa in Stockholm since it is easy to renew it there and I’m familiar with the place already. At the same time, I’ll visit the Filipino groups there at the Immanuel Church  which I visit whenever I find myself in Stockholm. I usually get asked to lead the Bible study whenever I’m with them.

I’m really looking forward to seeing the Christian Filipino group at the Immanuel Church!

You can view my pictures taken in Sweden last year and in 2005 over at my Flickr Pro site. Click here and here to see the slide presentations.

Visiting Friends in Germany 

     

I’m also visiting Nila & Dietrich (Nila was the nanny of the Lehmann girls who got married to a German guy and who’s now living in Mainz). That’s their photo on the left.

I’ll also meet with Joey Carceller Hanz-Martin (Joey is the sister of Kristine Lehmann who’s also married to a German guy and  who has been living in Frankfurt for a while now). I’ll visit them for 10 days before I fly to Sweden to process my Ukrainian visa.
 

To all my supporters, many thanks for all your prayers and financial support! Thanks also for visiting my site. It’s always appreciated.

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