Sunday Devotional: John 15:11-17

“I have spoken these things to you so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.  This is My command: Love one another as I have loved you.  No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends.  You are My friends if you do what I command you.  I do not call you slaves anymore, because a slave doesn’t know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have heard from My Father.  You did not choose Me, but I chose you. I appointed you that you should go out and produce fruit and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you.  This is what I command you: Love one another.” (John 15:11-17)

Right now in this day and age there is a lot of hate and sadness.  A lot of pain and despair.  But we have hope.  We have joy.  We have love.  We have this through Jesus.  Here in this passage in John, Jesus is speaking to the disciples.  He encourages them that they have joy and they have love.  And not only do they have love but they are to share it with others.  He commands them to “Love one another as I have loved you.”  They are able to love this way because of Jesus.

This week, let us love one another.  Let us share with others the good news of Jesus and how He gave His life for us so we can be made whole.  And that He chose and loves us.  As we’ve been greatly loved, let us go and love others.

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Thursday Quote Day: Charles Spurgeon

For this week’s “Thursday Quote Day” here is another quote from pastor and theologian Charles Spurgeon:

“Friendship is one of the sweetest joys of life. Many might have failed beneath the bitterness of their trial had they not found a friend.”

9/11

It has been 12 years since 9-11-01.  I remember that day, not as clearly as I once did but I still remember.  I wrote about what I remembered in my old blog and will share what I wrote:

I was a senior in college and was just starting my final year at Union University.  Though I can’t remember every detail, there are some lasting memories that stick with me.  It was a Tuesday and so I had Senior Seminar (I was a History major) as my first class.  I woke up around 8:00am (cause my class was at 9:25) and started to do my normal routine of getting up (turn on the radio, turn on my computer, change clothes, surf the net and eat breakfast).  When I turned on the radio, the station was one that had this morning crew that typically were all funny and played music in between (standard).  Well they weren’t all joking and what finally caught my attention (when I finally became alert and fully awake) was about crashing into towers.  I was like what the heck so I ran into the living room and turned on the TV and that’s when I saw the images of the World Trade Center live on screen.  A little bit afterward, two of my roommates at the time Dave and Kevin woke up and walked into the living room and I told them what was going on.  For the longest time, we just watched the screen.  I finally pulled myself away to go to class although I really didn’t want to go.  Unfortunately, we had class though the students pretty much regretted it as we just didn’t want to be in a classroom at that point.  That ended up being the only class I went to as all the others I had were cancelled.  The rest of the day I remember being split between being in Pam’s (the girl’s RD at the time) apartment with my friend Christy and in my dorm room with my friends watching the news.  The other thing I remember (and what helped us laugh through such a surreal and sad time) was watching ABC and the local affiliate (WBBJ 7) cutting into the national newscast around 3 or so and the local news anchor throwing it to a reporter who was at Mckellar Sipes Airport (for those not from Jackson, Tennesee, that’s the regional airport) and saying that there was nothing going on at the airport.  Me and my friends looked at each other and were like, you interrupted the national coverage to tell us that?  We later laughed about it but at the time we thought that was ridiculous.

Six months later, I was on a plane (the first time I ever flew in my life) to Boston for spring break mission trip.  I will never know a world where flying doesn’t involve screenings and security and all that.  I still remember when we were flying back to Memphis and going through security at Logan Airport and the security guys had machine guns.  It was surreal even six months later.

9-11-01 was 12 years ago now.  It doesn’t seem that long ago but it has been.  Through all of this, it’s important to remember that God is greater than all the problems and hardships we go through.  He never leaves us.  Through tragedies or triumphs, God is right there.  That is something to never forget.