1 John 4:7-12 (NIV) 7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

I have had some requests for the characteristics of the personality animals and so for my first blog I am posting the lists as found in the The Treasure Tree by John and Cindy Trent and Gary and Norma Smalley.

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Prayerful Response

Denzel Washington commenting on the Will Smith Situation

"I don’t wanna say what we talked about, but there but for the grace of God go any of us, ...Who are we to condemn? I don’t know all the ins and outs of this situation, but I know the only solution was prayer, the way I saw it, the way I see it.”

16If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. 1 John 5:16 (NIV)

Philip the evangelist - Acts 8:26-40

Ambassadors pay attention for God’s direction
Things are going well in Samaria but God says go and Philip goes. One never knows where God may direct, expect the unexpected. We are God’s children and must listen for God to direct us.

Ambassadors go where God tells them to go
In 8:26; 29 Philip listens and obeys, case closed. Do we listen? Do we obey?

Ambassadors don’t let cultural barriers get in the way
This is an Ethiopian eunuch from the treasury of Candace, the queen of Ethiopia. He is a trusted worker of a royal court. His riding in a Chariot. He actually has a copy of the book of Isaiah. He can read. This is one impressive man, but he is not Jewish. Philip, who is a Jew, does not let any culture barriers get in the way, he engages. (c.f. Isaiah 56:3-8) Do we let cultural or racial barriers get in the way of who we connect with?

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