John 3:16-21

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
      Father, I confess that I have been too casual about your love and the cost for you personally in watching your son die on the cross. Please forgive me.

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:17)
      Father, your heart’s desire is my salvation and not my condemnation. Help me respond to your love and care for me.

“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:18 )
      Change My Heart Oh God

      Change my heart oh God
      Make it ever true
      Change my heart oh God
      May I be like You

      Change my heart oh God
      Make it ever true
      Change my heart oh God
      May I be like You

      You are the potter
      I am the clay
      Mold me and make me
      This is what I pray

      Change my heart oh God
      Make it ever true
      Change my heart oh God
      May I be like You

      Words and Music by Eddie Espinosa, CCLI #299308
      Change my heart, oh God http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bZfqp4hHu0

“And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19)
      Jesus, please help me take each step by your light. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)

“For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.” (John 3:20)
      Jesus, help me bring my sins to the light and make a good confession.

“But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” (John 3:21)
      Father, please help me so that my deeds are done in you. Thank you.

A word received: Keep looking to me.

Tuesday: 26, 28 * 36, 39; Gen. 9:1-17: Heb. 5:7-14: John 3:16-21
Wednesday: 38 * 119:25-48; Gen. 9:18-29: Heb. 6:1-12: John 3:22-36

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday (Mark 1:14-20. 1 Corinthians 7:17-23; Jeremiah 3:21-4:2; Psalm 130) so that you can receive all that God has for you.

***** Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
      Listen to the silence now and again. Go on, really listen. What is the silence saying? Seek some silence today and listen to what the Lord is saying to you in that silence. Revelation 8: 1 writes: When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.

Albany Intercessor
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One Response to John 3:16-21

  1. Carol says:

    Personal transformation is only the beginning, not the end, of God’s purpose.

    Attachment to spiritual things is.. just as much an attachment as inordinate love of anything else.
    – Thomas Merton

    The point of the spiritual life is not our personal private holiness but rather opening our selves so that the life of God can pour out on the community. ~ Maggie Ross

    Seeking Knowledge
    There are those who seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge;
    That is Curiosity.
    There are those who seek knowledge to be known by others;
    that is Vanity.
    There are those who seek knowledge in order to serve;
    that is Love.”
    -Bernard of Clairvaux 1090-1153

    In the end, we return to the question, just how much do you love truth? Do you really love truth or are you just curious? Do you love it enough to rebuild your understanding to conform to a reality that doesn’t fit your current beliefs, and doesn’t feel 120% happy? Do you love truth enough to continue seeking even when it hurts, when it reveals aspects of yourself (or human society, or the universe) that are shocking, complex and disturbing, or humbling, glorious and amazing – or even, when truth is far beyond human mind itself? Just how much do we love truth? It’s a good question to ask ourselves, I think. – Scott Mandelker

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