The Love of God is Awesome!!! His Love is much greater than you or I will ever be able to fully comprehend during our physical existence on this planet. Once we begin to understand the reality and the depth of the Love of God, we will never cease to be amazed at how much greater His Love actually is than we think we understand it to be at any given time. His Love is infinite, supernatural, without limits, and unconditional. His Love never changes. He doesn’t get angry when we sin unintentionally. In fact, He gave (provided) Himself, in the manifestation of His only begotten Son, as the necessary sacrifice to cleanse us of all our sins (Genesis 22:8) and He doesn’t remember any of them (Jeremiah 31:34).
Billy Graham spoke of God’s Love like this:
As I read the Bible, I find love to be the supreme and dominant attribute of God. The promises of God’s love and forgiveness are as real, as sure, as positive, as human words can make them. But the total beauty of the ocean cannot be understood until it is seen, and it is the same with God’s love. Until you actually experience it, until you actually possess it, no one can describe its wonders to you.
Never question God’s great love, for it is as unchangeable a part of God as His holiness. Were it not for the love of God, none of us would ever have a chance in the future life. But God is love! And His love for us is everlasting. – Jeremiah 31:3
The purpose of this website is to assist people like you, myself, and all others who need to know about God’s Great Love for mankind by providing resources which can help us to grow in knowing the never ending, Great Love that the Creator of all things has for us and for all of mankind and all of His creation. His Love is much deeper than any human is capable of even imagining, and it is totally unconditional. Because of His Great Love for us all (Romans 8:38-39), more than 2,000 years ago God took extraordinary measures to provide what was needed in order for us to be able to be with Him forever. Think about it, Jesus, the SON of GOD came to EARTH as a MAN and was crucified as a CRIMINAL although He was perfectly innocent. He did that FOR YOU!!!
In short, God loves us all so much that He came to earth to live as a sinless human (Hebrews 4:15) just so He could die and shed His Precious blood, thereby paying the death penalty for us all that we ourselves earn because of our sins (John 1:29). He did that just to make it possible for all of mankind to have the opportunity to come to experience the Joy of knowing Him and to live in His Presence always and forever. Three days after He was maliciously murdered and buried He was raised back to life (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) and was later transported back to heaven as a divine human man where He to this day remains as our Great High Priest (Hebrews 8:1) and intervenes for us daily (Romans 8:34, 1 John 2:1). One day in the future He will return to this planet to rule over it as King of Kings (Revelation 14:14, 19:16)
No matter what we have ever thought or done, or will think or do, He is always waiting for us to look to Him and accept His sacrifice of Love for us all. There’s a good chance that our Loving Creator has led you to this web site without you even realizing He did so. Look to Him now to fill the emptiness you may feel with more Real Love than you know is possible.
I pray that you will find the resources in these pages and those linked to from other websites helpful to you as you strive to learn more about God’s Great Love for you and for all the others He is drawing to Himself via this website.
I highly recommend the King James version Bible as it is the most accurate english language word for word translation available that was derived from the original Greek text. If you find that version difficult to read, here is a guide that should be helpful to you, or you can try the New King James version which is the second most reliable translation, and is easier to read. I discourage using most other translations as the majority of them are thought for thought translations, and they were not made from the original Greek text. Although they may be easier to read and understand, most are not reliable translations, based on another Greek text written later than the original. Some of them change the meaning of the thought from the original text entirely or even omit parts of the text.
I heard the audio below more than a year after writing this section about Bible versions and this Pastor’s thoughts are the same as mine are concerning the many different Bible versions.
If you are comfortable and satisfied reading the version of God’s Word that you have been reading, keep reading it. The important thing is that, no matter the version you have or that you choose, Read it. Just be aware that the “modern versions” have been altered from the original text received from God. That being said, God will speak to your heart whenever He chooses as you read His Word, and the Being with intelligence enough to design and create you, the universe, and all that is in it is intelligent enough to communicate His message to you no matter how man has corrupted the translation you may be using. As long as you read the Bible, He is able to speak to your heart. And as stated in the prior section, “Read it again!!!”. God may reveal a truth to you that you didn’t notice before. A truth that He knew your mind was not ready to receive when you read a certain passage at an earlier time. The most important thing is…
READ YOUR BIBLE!!!
This book will keep you from sin… Sin will keep you from this book.
For anyone interested, here is The King James Bible BBC Documentary Video about the origin of the King James Bible.
The Sh’ma, from Deuteronomy 6:4-9
4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!
5 “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.
7 “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
8 “You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
9 “You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
This week’s Verse by Verse Bible teaching from NorthCountryChapel.com
from Pastor Bob
Hear David Guzik teach about Nebuchadnezzer’s Dream
“Some christians have a feast after every Sunday service featuring barbecued pastor.”
~ J. Vernon McGee
Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. ... (Luke 23:34 KJV)
Practically everyone who has spent much time in any church is familiar with this scripture. But what did Jesus mean when He spoke these words? I'm sure that most people believe that He was referring to the people who were present with Him that day who were directly responsible for His suffering and His consequential death that day on Golgotha. I am sure that this thinking is correct, but I am also certain that like everything else written in the Bible, there is much more meaning there than is openly apparent.
Yes, Jesus was referring to the people there with Him that day who had conspired against Him, lied about Him, and treated Him illegally in the ways they had him arrested, detained, questioned, falsely accused, and severely beaten although He was a totally innocent man. Have you ever stopped to think that perhaps it was not only those people that Jesus was asking forgiveness for? Since He is able to see all of eternity, isn't it possible that He perhaps was making that petition, that prayer to God regarding you and me and all of humanity? I'm remembering a gospel song, "When He Was On The Cross, I Was On His Mind".
After all, we all are, in the eyes of God, just as responsible for the sufferings of Jesus our Christ as were those people who had conspired against Him. We are just as responsible as those who stood by to watch and to rail against Him as He suffered being beaten worse than anyone has ever been beaten before, (as prophesied in Is. 52:14) and dying on the cross. It was because of my sins and your sins and the sins of everybody who has ever lived or ever will live, that He suffered and shed His Innocent Blood that day on the cross. As God, He understood, that although we are guilty and worthy of death because of the sins that He was paying the penalty for; at times we don't realize what we are actually doing when we sin. Perhaps we are even unaware that we even committed any sin at a given time. In other words we "know not what we do..." when we sin, nor are we usually aware of the sacrifice that had to be made on our behalf because of that sin.
I am so glad that Jesus prayed that prayer for us on that day as He shed His blood for us on the cross. I am also glad that He continually intercedes (Romans 8:34) for you and for me as our Great High Priest in heaven (Hebrews 8:1) when we do sin, whether we intentionally do it, or if we are unaware of it. No matter the circumstances, everyday we "know not what we do...". And I believe that every day Jesus is still at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven asking God, our Father... "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.".
Love, the summation of God’s laws – “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. (Deut. 11:13) This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (Lev. 19:18) On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40 NKJV
The message of God’s law is: be loving. Love God fully. Love others sacrificially. – Bob Hoekstra
Psalm 84 (KJV)
THE BLESSEDNESS OF DWELLING IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD1 (To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.) How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts!
2 My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.
3 Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God.
4 Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.
5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.
6 Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.
7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.
8 O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.
9 Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.
10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
12 O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.
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