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SUNDAY - MAY 3, 2015 (WELS) ZION EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN TORRANCE, CALIFORNIA WWW.ZIONTORRANCE.INFO SERMON TEXT BY JOHN IN HIS FIRST EPISTLE WHERE WE READ FROM CHAPTER 3, BEGINNING WITH VERSE 18: DEAR CHILDREN, LET US NOT LOVE WITH WORDS OR SPEECH BUT WITH ACTIONS AND IN TRUTH. THIS IS HOW WE KNOW THAT WE BELONG TO THE TRUTH AND HOW WE SET OUR HEARTS AT REST IN HIS PRESENCE. IF OUR HEARTS CONDEMN US, WE KNOW THAT GOD IS GREATER THAN OUR HEARTS, AND HE KNOWS EVERYTHING. DEAR FRIENDS, IF OUR HEARTS DO NOT CONDEMN US, WE HAVE CONFIDENCE BEFORE GOD AND RECEIVE FROM HIM ANYTHING WE ASK, BECAUSE WE KEEP HIS COMMANDS AND DO WHAT PLEASES HIM. AND THIS IS HIS COMMAND: TO BELIEVE IN THE NAME OF HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST, AND TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS HE COMMANDED US. THE ONE WHO KEEPS GOD'S COMMANDS LIVES IN HIM, AND HE IN THEM. AND THIS IS HOW WE KNOW THAT HE LIVES IN US: WE KNOW IT BY THE SPIRIT HE GAVE US. THIS IS THE WORD OF OUR LORD. LET US PRAY: GLORIOUS AND GRACIOUS GOD, MAY THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH AND THE MEDITATION OF EACH OF OUR HEARTS BE ACCEPTABLE IN YOUR SIGHT, OUR ONLY SOURCE OF HOPE AND COMFORT. AMEN. [TEXT TAKEN FROM THE HOLY BIBLE NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 BY BIBLICA, INC.] DEAR FOLLOWERS OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST: ONE OF THE THINGS THAT PEOPLE WHO GO INTO THE ACTING PROFESSION ALWAYS DISCUSS: THE HARDEST LINE TO DELIVER. THE HARDEST LINE TO SAY TO MAKE IT BELIEVABLE. THREE LITTLE WORDS: I LOVE YOU. WORDS I'M SURE THAT YOU HAVE SAID IN YOUR LIFE MANY TIMES. SOMETIMES YOU'VE MEANT THEM; SOMETIMES MAYBE EVEN WITH NOT SO MUCH PASSION OR FEELING. BUT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT ALWAYS SEEMS PRETTY OBVIOUS IS THAT IF THERE ISN'T A CONNECTION BETWEEN THOSE TWO PEOPLE WHO ARE SHARING THOSE WORDS, THEY DON'T RING TRUE. WORDS ARE EASY TO SAY. EVEN AS GOD'S PEOPLE, IT'S EASY FOR US TO GIVE LIP SERVICE TO HIM WHILE OUR MINDS AND OUR HEARTS ARE FAR FROM OBEYING HIS WILL OR FEELING AND UNDERSTANDING HIS CONCERN FOR US. THAT'S WHY THE APOSTLE JOHN COMES TO US THIS MORNING AND REMINDS US OF SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT IN OUR LIFE AS GOD'S CHILDREN: THAT WE ARE TO LOVE THAT WE ARE TO LOVE ... IN TRUTH ... AND WITH ACTION. THAT AS THE RECIPIENTS OF GOD'S LOVE, THE RECIPIENTS OF THAT LOVE THAT GOES BEYOND OUR UNDERSTANDING, GOD SAYS: IN TURN, TAKE THAT LOVE, AND LOVE EACH OTHER. SHOW THAT LOVE THAT I HAVE SHOWN TO YOU. AND IT IS ALWAYS SO IMPORTANT FOR US TO REVIEW THAT LOVE THAT GOD HAS FOR US. SO WE UNDERSTAND WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT WHEN WE'RE REFERRING TO LOVE. A SELFLESS LOVE. A LOVE THAT IS CONSTANTLY GIVING. A LOVE THAT IS UNENDING IS WHAT GOD'S LOVE IS FOR US. BECAUSE SO OFTEN, WE AS HUMAN BEINGS, LIKE TO TAKE THAT EMOTION OF LOVE AND PUT ALL OF THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR IT ON THE OTHER PERSON. I WOULD LOVE YOU MORE IF YOU DID THIS. I WOULD LOVE YOU MORE IF YOU WERE YOUNGER. I WOULD LOVE YOU MORE IF YOU WERE THINNER. I WOULD LOVE YOU MORE IF YOU HAD MORE MONEY. I WOULD LOVE YOU MORE IF YOU WERE MORE EDUCATED. IT'S INTERESTING HOW WE CAN BEGIN TO PUT SO MANY PARAMETERS ON WHO AND WHAT WE WILL LOVE BY OUR OWN STANDARDS. AND YET WHEN GOD LOOKED AT US HE SAW HORRIBLE MISERABLE SINNERS. AND HIS LOVE SAID: I WILL SAVE THEM. I WILL BE THE ONE WHO COMES TO THEM WITH COMPASSION. I WILL BE THE ONE WHO SENDS A SAVIOR TO THEM WHO HAS UNDERSTANDING BECAUSE HE LIVES JUST AS THEY LIVE. THAT I WILL SEND SOMEONE WHO WILL SAVE THEM FROM THEIR SINS, JUST BECAUSE I LOVE THEM. AND I DON'T WANT THEM TO DIE ETERNALLY. AND GOD STILL LOOKS ON US, STILL STAINED WITH SIN WE DAILY AND CONSTANTLY DO THINGS THAT HE DOES NOT APPROVE OF. AND YET HE SAYS: I LOVE YOU! AND YET HE SAYS: I FORGIVE YOU! AND YET HE COMES TO US BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT HE HAS GIVEN TO US, AND AS THE APOSTLE JOHN REMINDS US, CALMS OUR HEARTS. CALMS OUR TROUBLED SPIRITS SO THAT WE KNOW THAT ALL OF OUR SINS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN BY THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. THE GUILT HAS BEEN PAID FOR. THE PUNISHMENT HAS BEEN REMOVED BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN PLACED ON JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF. AND THAT IS GOD'S LOVE FOR US. THAT IS THE CONFIDENCE IN WHICH WE LIVE. THAT IS THE BASIS FOR THE LOVE THAT WE ARE ENCOURAGED TO SHARE WITH EACH OTHER. THAT WE LOVE EACH OTHER IN TRUTH MEANS THAT WE HAVE TO LOOK AT OUR OWN HEARTS. AND WE HAVE TO LOOK IN OUR OWN MINDS. THAT WE'RE TO BE HONEST ABOUT THE PREJUDICES THAT WE HAVE AGAINST OTHER PEOPLE. WHETHER IT'S ON THE BASIS OF THEIR RACE AND WE THINK THEY DESERVE SOMETHING BECAUSE OF THAT. WHETHER IT'S THE STATUS OF THEIR CHECK BOOK AND WE THINK IF THEY'D JUST WORK HARDER THEY'D HAVE SOMETHING MORE. IS THAT A LOVING THOUGHT? IS THAT A CARING THOUGHT? IN OUR MINDS WE KNOW HOW QUICKLY IT IS FOR US TO PASS JUDGMENT ON PEOPLE THAT WE KNOW NOTHING ABOUT. BUT WE DON'T COME IN LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING. WE COME WITH FEAR. OR JUST THE FACT THAT WE DON'T WANT TO TRUST PEOPLE. GOD REMINDS US TODAY TO OPEN OUR HEARTS AND OPEN OUR MINDS AND RID OURSELVES OF THOSE THINGS THAT SEPARATE US LOVING OTHERS. TO LOOK THE COMMANDMENTS FOR GUIDANCE IF WE NEED SOME INSTRUCTION. THAT WE SHOULD NOT HATE OTHER PEOPLE AND WE SHOULD NOT DESPISE THEM. LET ALONE KILL THEM. THAT WE SHOULD BE HAPPY WITH THE THINGS THAT OTHER PEOPLE HAVE. NOT BE COVETOUS. NOT WANTING WHAT THEY HAVE. FROM THEIR POSSESSIONS, TO THEIR SPOUSES. TO THEIR CHILDREN. BUT TO LOVE THEM, SUPPORT THEM IN THEIR LIVES. TO SPEAK WELL OF THEM. NOT TO BEAR FALSE WITNESS ABOUT THEM OR GOSSIP ABOUT THEM OR SHARE THINGS THAT WE THINK THAT WE KNOW ABOUT THEM THAT WE DO NOT KNOW AS FACT. TO LOVE IN TRUTH. AND EVEN IF IT IS THE TRUTH, SOMETIMES IT'S NOT THE LOVING THING TO SHARE. GOD MAY GIVE YOU KNOWLEDGE THAT YOU SHOULD TAKE TO YOUR GRAVE. RATHER THAN UPSET AND DESTROY THE LIFE OF SOMEONE ELSE JUST BECAUSE IT'S THE TRUTH. LOVE SHOULD BE OUR FIRST MOTIVE IN ALL OF THE THINGS THAT WE SAY AND ALL OF THE THINGS THAT WE DO. COMING FROM THE PLACE OF WHAT IS THE TRUTH. AND FLOWING THROUGH TO THE ACTIONS OF OUR LIVES. BECAUSE IT'S EASY TO SAY WORDS. IT'S EASY TO LIE TO PEOPLE. BUT IF WE DON'T SHOW THAT LOVE BY THE THINGS THAT WE DO FOR OTHER PEOPLE, WHERE IS THAT LOVE? IS IT REALLY THERE? IS IT REALLY GROWING? IF WE STILL LOOK DOWN ON OTHER PEOPLE, IF WE STILL THINK WE'RE BETTER THAN OTHER PEOPLE FOR WHATEVER REASON. IF WE STILL LOOK TO SOMEONE ELSE AND SAY: I WISH I COULD LOVE THEM IF THEY WOULD JUST - INSTEAD OF LOOKING IN THE MIRROR AND SAYING: I AM AN UNLOVING PERSON AT TIMES. ADMITTING OUR OWN FAULTS. AND TAKING THEM TO GOD. TAKING THEM TO HIM AND PLEADING FOR HIS FORGIVENESS. KNOWING, THAT HE IS THE ONE WHO FORGIVES US AND ENABLES US BY THE POWER OF HIS HOLY SPIRIT TO CONTINUE TO SHOW OUR FAITH. TO BE ALIVE IN HIM, THE BRANCH. [THE VINE] THAT WE ARE THE ... WE ARE THE HE IS THE VINE, WE ARE THE BRANCHES THAT COME FROM THAT VINE. TO BE LIVING IN HIM, GROWING IN HIM. BEARING FRUIT. THAT'S WHAT OUR ACTIONS ARE. THAT'S THE FRUIT OF OUR FAITH. WHEN WE DO SOMETHING KIND FOR SOMEONE IT FLOWS FROM A HEART THAT IS DEVOTED TO GOD. WHEN WE SMILE AT SOMEONE INSTEAD OF JUST STARING AT THEM ANGRILY. WHEN WE GREET SOMEONE THAT WE HAVEN'T TALKED TO FOR A WHILE. JUST ASK THEM HOW THINGS ARE GOING. SHOWING THAT WE CARE. PUTTING OURSELVES OUT THERE AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF GOD'S LOVE. BEARING THAT FRUIT THAT GOD HAS ASKED OF US. AND WE KNOW WE FALL FAR SHORT OF THAT LOVING EXAMPLE THAT CHRIST SET BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT WE JUST QUIT. IT DOESN'T MEAN THAT WE THAT WE JUST STOP AND WE'RE SATISFIED WITH WHERE WE'RE AT. WE CONTINUE TO GROW IN OUR FAITH. WE CONTINUE TO STUDY THE WORD. WE CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR WAYS AND OPPORTUNITIES WHERE WE CAN SHOW THAT LOVE THAT GOD HAS GIVEN TO US. BY LIVING AS HIS CHILDREN. BY LIVING AS HIS SONS AND HIS DAUGHTERS. BY TAKING CONTROL OF OUR LIVES AND OURSELVES, OUR MINDS AND OUR HEARTS. AND TO DO WHAT SCRIPTURE SO CLEARLY TEACHES TO LOVE IN TRUTH AND IN ACTIONS. AMEN. LET US RISE. NOW MAY THE PEACE OF GOD WHICH GOES BEYOND ALL OF OUR UNDERSTANDING, KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS AND ESPECIALLY YOUR LIVES IN THE ONE TRUE FAITH UNTO LIFE EVERLASTING. AMEN.

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Duration: 12 minutes and 53 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
License: Dotsub - Standard License
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Producer: R & M
Director: Jesus
Views: 28
Posted by: hischild on May 5, 2015

Only by the power of the Holy Spirit are we able to love as God commands us to do. It is no secret what He can do! The sermon text is: 1 John 3:18-24.

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