ALOHA FAMILY & FRIENDS,  Beloved of God,  John 3:16-18

REPENT    “WORTH CONSIDERING”   5/7/20    From Ken<><

Today’s Scripture
“…While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him…”  (Luke 15:20, NIV)

God Loves Imperfect People
Most of the time, we believe that God loves us as long as we’re making good decisions, resisting temptation, and treating people right. But there will be times when you compromise, times when you have doubts, times when you fail. When we don’t perform perfectly, it’s easy to think that God is far from us.

I say this respectfully, but sometimes religion pushes people down. It says, “If you make poor choices, you’re on your own.” But the truth is that when you fall, God doesn’t turn away from you. He comes running toward you. When you blow it, God doesn’t say, “Too bad. You had your chance.” Rather, He comes after you with a greater passion. When you make a mistake, God loves you so much that He pursues you. He won’t leave you alone until He sees you restored and back on the right course. That’s the mercy of God coming after you. God loves imperfect people.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that Your love and forgiveness are not based on my performance but upon the fact that I am Your child. Thank You that You love me, imperfect as I am, and that every mistake I’ve made and ever will make has already been paid for in full. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Ken’s Thoughts:
Actually the story tells us clearly that the father still loved the son in his disobedience and the use of his inheritance for sinful living but his father did not chase him down.  He waited for the son to find Heart Repentance and return on his own freewill volition.   And when, “he came to himself” and repented while feeding the pigs better food than he was getting, the father received him with 1st class rejoicing.  (The above notes seem to smack of Calvinism?)

You will find the cry of REPENT !!!  Written everywhere throughout the Holy Bible.   Repent means to quit what you are doing that is destructive as per the commandments of GOD and turn towards GOD in faith.  It is GOD’s grace that then begins the work in us to cleanse and sanctify us for our home coming.   John the Baptist preached repentance, Jesus preached repentance, Peter at Pentecost preached repentance, Paul wrote much of his New Testament letters concerning repentance.   Only with repentance can our Heavenly Father give us the grace and promises to help us stay clear of the sinful lies of this world.  So Repentance and setting God’s true foundation of Christ Jesus as LORD in your heart starts the process of change to learn to become an obedient child of God.  In John 8, Jesus noted that the religious rulers of HIS day were really the children of lucifer or satan as the were not following in the footsteps of the faith of Abraham.  So our citizenship is determined by our choice of who ever we follow.  So we must repent from being the children of Adam and apply for citizenship in the Kingdom of God.   Think about that and what that entails to change citizenships.  Muslims are now requesting that the U S allow them to bring into the U.S. the laws of Islam?  Think that will work?   And yet many have come to the commandments found in the Bible as the guide to Heaven and think nothing wrong in changing them.   And yet still expect GOD to judge us based on our personal set of rules or by not knowing the laws.   So lets take a look as some of the scriptures.  After what David went through he warns us: “With my whole heart have I sought You, inquiring for and of You and yearning for You; Oh, let me not wander or step aside [either in ignorance or willfully] from Your commandments.  11 Your word have I laid up in my heart, that I might not sin against You.  12 Blessed are You, O Lord; teach me Your statutes.  13 With my lips have I declared and recounted all the ordinances of Your mouth.  14 I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies as much as in all riches.  15 I will meditate on Your precepts and have respect to Your ways [the paths of life marked out by Your law].  16 I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.  Psalms 119:10-16.   Apostle Paul reminds Timothy  But understand this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear].  2 For people will be lovers of self and [utterly] self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate [greedy] desire for wealth, proud and arrogant and contemptuous boasters. They will be abusive (blasphemous, scoffing), disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane.  3 [They will be] without natural [human] affection (callous and inhuman), relentless (admitting of no truce or appeasement); [they will be] slanderers (false accusers, troublemakers), intemperate and loose in morals and conduct, uncontrolled and fierce, haters of good. 4 [They will be] treacherous [betrayers], rash, [and] inflated with self-conceit. [They will be] lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements more than and rather than lovers of God. 5 For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession]. Avoid [all] such people [turn away from them].  6 For among them are those who worm their way into homes and captivate silly and weak-natured and spiritually dwarfed women, loaded down with [the burden of their] sins [and easily] swayed and led away by various evil desires and seductive impulses.  7 [These weak women will listen to anybody who will teach them]; they are forever inquiring and getting information, but are never able to arrive at a recognition and knowledge of the Truth.  And finishes with:  Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action),  17 So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.  1 Tim. 3

Yours, in HIS great Love and wonderful grace and mercy,   Ken<><

News in Brief to pray about…    Could use some prayer.
The FBI recorded 2.9 million background checks for the purchase of firearms in the month of April, the Washington Examiner reported. Under US federal law, all gun distributors must run background checks with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to ascertain buyers have no criminal record preventing them from owning a gun.    Israel’s government has threatened to close down an evangelical television channel broadcasting in Hebrew if it violates laws on proselytizing and missionary activities. Tuesday’s announcement came after global network GOD TV launched Shelanu (“Ours”) to spread “the gospel of Jesus Christ into the homes and lives and hearts of the Jewish people.” 
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