The Bible was never meant to be used as a weapon against others, a tool of power, or to justify the evil actions of men who seek power.  Sadly, it has been used in all these ways.

     The Bible is full of scriptures and an overarching theme of the love of God.  A highly contested statement that has been scrutinized and debated over the years.  Despite what you may have experienced please take a moment to consider the following. 

     If anyone says they love God, but they hate their neighbor they are a liar.  Any person who can’t love his neighbor that he can see, cannot love God whom he has never seen .  God is love.

     God’s love was revealed to us in that He sent His only Son into the World so that we might live through Him.  God didn’t send His Son to die for us because we loved Him.  God sent His Son because He loves us  .

     Jesus said that there is no greater love than that someone would lay down their life for their friends. What does it mean for you and me that there is

no greater love than that someone would lay down their life for their friends?  These are the words of Jesus here talking about the sacrifice that He was going to make for His friends.

     Who are these “friends”?  Jesus said that His friends were those whom he shared with, everything His Father told Him.  When we look at the life of Jesus we see that he chose to spend His time and share that information with social outcasts and those that the religious leaders of the day had branded as sinners .

     The Bible tells us that God personally formed you and me in our mother’s womb and He knew us before He formed us .  Not only did He know us, but He had a plan for our lives.  A plan for our well being and for a future full of hope .

     Jesus was the fulfillment of everything God felt for us and thought of us.  He came to preach the good news of salvation, to proclaim freedom for the hurting and the lost . 

     If you want to know how to respond to the love of God then please join us in the videos below.

     "...Most people consider themselves good people; they treat others fairly, or they may do charity work, and generally they keep their nose clean. So they don't understand why they would need to do anything else to "get into heaven." You know what? Most people are right. They are good people. The problem, though, isn't whether or not you're a good or a bad person. The problem is that you aren't perfect.

     The bible tells us all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. That word "sin" there literally means to miss the mark. Think of an archer, or a gunmen shooting at a round..."

     "...Some people at this point of the conversation still don't get it. We try to bargain that there are varying degrees of imperfection. That surely an all-powerful God who is quick to forgive and full of love could just snap his fingers and make us perfect. Or, He could change the standard to be more inclusive of those who are closer to perfect than others.

     The problem is that it's a binary issue. It's 1 or 0, on or off, perfect or not. There is no almost perfect. In the analogy we used in video one with the bullseye. It should really be that the target only has a bullseye. Either..."

   "...I'm not perfect, and you're not perfect, but the standard is perfection. God has made a way to spiritual perfection by sending His Son, Jesus, to take on our sin, our imperfections, and pay the wages of that by dying for us.

     But why would He do that? Why would He die for me? I mean, I'm good, but I'm not THAT good. I'm certainly not, "die for me," good. The Bible says that God proves His own love for us that while we were still sinners He sent His Son to die for us. While we were still imperfect. While we had earned death, Christ died..."

     "...What can you do to walk this path of spiritual perfection? The Bible tells us that if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.  Here's the thing. There are two conditions here; belief of the heart, and confession of the mouth.  If you confess Jesus is Lord, but you don't believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead.  Then you won't be saved..."

     "...If you're still with us for video five then hopefully you fall into one of three categories.  Number One: You believe Jesus died for you, was raised from the dead, and you have confessed this belief with your mouth to another human being.  Number Two: You want to believe that Jesus died for you and was raised from the dead, but you're not quite there yet.  Number Three: You're not sure if you believe this whole Jesus thing, but you're willing to say anything to keep from going to hell.

     I'm going to give you all some tips on what to do next..."

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