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What Joy!

October 11th, 2012

Well, as you may have read on an earlier post, we are expecting a new addition to our family in March.  Well, last week was THE ultrasound, the one where you can determine the baby’s gender.  Well, with two gorgeous little boys (Rump Roast and Tiny Heiny) already wrapping us around their fingers, we’re so happy to announce that we’ll be adding a beautiful little girl to the mix.  I’m sure she is going to be as much fun and joy as her big brothers are.  God has richly blessed us!

Exciting News!

July 24th, 2012

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God has decided to richly bless us by expanding our family.  We can hardly wait to meet our new precious addition in March.  We’re so excited!!!

The Two Greatest Commandments Part Two

May 14th, 2012

Satan’s favorite lie is that there’s a cost to serving God and following after Him.  When we submit to God, we don’t lose, WE WIN!  We go from victim to victor with Christ.  In fact, Jesus said in John 14:21 that “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me.  And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest [exhibit in person, or disclose by words, appear, declare plainly, inform, manifest, signify] Myself to him”.  In my previous post – The Two Greatest Commandments, Part One – we discussed that loving God is the greatest of all commandments.  Can you see why?  Don’t you want Jesus to manifest Himself to you?

Let’s discuss the next part – the Second Greatest Commandment.  In Mark 12:31 it states, “And the second, like it, is this:  ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no other commandment greater than these”.  Reading on further in this same chapter in Mark, verse 33, it says that to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself is MORE than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.  There’s nothing you can do that will ever be worth more to God than giving Him your love and sharing Him with those around you.

This commandment stands in (Leviticus 19:18) and respects not an Israelite only, or one of the same religion, nor just an intimate friend or acquaintance…not even someone in your same neighborhood…but, ANY man.  There is no other commandment greater than these, in the whole law, moral or ceremonial.  Galatians reminds us in 5:14, “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this:  You shall love your neighbor as yourself”.  Let me ask you, “How much do you love yourself?”  The word says that you can know if you are truly a minister of God’s love to others by sincere love.  Look at 2 Corinthians 6:4,6 “But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God…by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by SINCERE love”.

In fact, Peter tells us that “since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in SINCERE love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart” (1 Peter 1:22).

Paul was such an awesome man of God – so many people still look up to him.  Why was he so powerful in the Lord?  Because he had done what God asked and loved with a love beyond himself.  John 15:13 teaches that “greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends”.  We understand this scripture is not necessarily about dying physically for someone, although it can mean that.  But it truly means to prostrate, commit, purpose, ordain, set forth and humble your will, your agenda, your mind, your soul…Paul lived this!   Just look at 2 Corinthians 11:23…”Are they ministers of Christ?  I speak as a fool – I am more:  in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often.  From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one.  Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeys often, in perils of water, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness–besides the other things that come upon me daily:  my deep concern for all the churches.  

His concern was not for himself, but for the Body!  God isn’t asking you to die for Him, He’s asking you to LIVE for Him!  Paul followed Christ’s example.  Ephesians 5:1 tells us to be imitators of God as dear children and to walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.  Jesus understood that our love for God would not be complete and whole if we did not love those around us.  The entire premise for the Great Commission is built on this.  Each of these are built upon each other.  Precept upon precept.  It is impossible to fulfill the second commandment without first loving God with all that you are.  You need to be totally sold out to His purposes for your life because that is what will bring you joy and into the fulfillment of your destiny.  When we love God with all that we are, that love penetrates our hearts, mind, soul and strength.  We are infused with God’s heart, God’s mind, God’s soul and God’s strength.  His desire is for you to see others through His eyes.  Understand their potential and destiny.  Exalting them above your “self” – your flesh, your soulish realm.  We can become so wrapped up in our own circumstances,catastrophies and dramas that we are consumed.  But, by continuing in our pursuit of God’s kind of love, we overcome and we overcome faster because our whole being is submitted to God.

There’s a song that says, “I want to see through your eyes, I want to grow closer and closer to you ’til what breaks your heart, breaks mine, too.”  That’s how we need to feel about God.  The backslid and the lost break His heart because satan is stealing their destiny, their joy, their eternity.  In Hebrews 13:3 is says to remember the prisoners as if chained with them.  I remember back to the days I was a prisoner in the world and I don’t like thinking about being chained to someone still stuck there.  But that’s my “self” not God’s heart.  In fact, you will start to see spiritual death in your relationship with God if you don’t cultivate a love for those around you.  “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren.  He who does not love his brother abides in death” (1John 3:14).  Why?  Because that means your soul, your fleshly desires are winning out over the Spirit of God in you.  If we can remember what it was like to be that prisoner, we will cry out for the deliverance of others.  It will make you want to see them set free, as you were.

If you haven’t been able to see past your own circumstances to reach out to those around you…if you’ve found it to be a struggle sometimes to abide in God’s word and will for your life, then it’s time to submit your mind, your will, your heart and your strength to the Lord.  It starts with repentance.  Just ask Him to forgive you and to lead you by His Spirit.  Walk in the fullness of God’s blessings for your life and help others to do the same.

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

April 1st, 2011

Welcome to Praise Dancers! This blog is dedicated to all things praise and worship. I am just getting it started, so I hope you will check back soon and see what new and awesome teachings are available.

For the love of Jesus…

February 10th, 2011

Welcome to Praise Dancers.  Here you will find encouragement and resources for your arts ministry.  Whether you are a dance leader, member of a troupe or just someone who loves to praise and worship God, you will be encouraged, exhorted and trained by the resources available here.

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