Jesus Loves You No Matter What

What Does the Bible Say About God Loves Me No Matter What?

We shall not be separated from God’s love through death or life, nor through angels or rulers, nor through things present or things to come, nor through powers, nor through height or depth, nor through anything else in all of creation.

John 3:16ESV / 28 helpful votes

The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whomever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Jeremiah 29:11-13ESV / 22 helpful votes

Because I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans that are for your good and not for your harm, plans that will give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come to me to pray, and I will listen to your prayers. Whenever you pursue me with all of your heart, you will be successful in your pursuit of me.

Psalm 46:5ESV / 20 helpful votes

God is with her; she will not be swayed; God will come to her aid as soon as the sun rises in the morning.

Hebrews 13:5ESV / 16 helpful votes

Hold on to your life free of the desire for money, and be satisfied with what you have, since he has promised, “I will never leave you nor forsake you. ”

Romans 8:1ESV / 14 helpful votes

Therefore, people who believe in Jesus Christ are no longer under any condemnation whatsoever.

1 John 5:3ESV / 13 helpful votes

Because it is through God’s love that we are able to obey his commands. Furthermore, his commandments are not onerous to follow.

Proverbs 8:17ESV / 12 helpful votes

I am attracted to those who are attracted to me, and those who seek me carefully will discover me.

Luke 10:25-37ESV / 11 helpful votes

And lo and behold, a lawyer sprang to his feet to put him to the test, asking, “Teacher, what should I do in order to receive eternal life?” “Can you tell me what is written in the Law?” he inquired. “Can you tell me how you read it?” “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and you shall love your neighbor as yourself,” he said. “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” And he told him, “You have replied right; now follow these instructions and you will live.” “And who is my neighbor?” he inquired of Jesus, seeking to establish his own righteousness.

John 14:6ESV / 8 helpful votes

“I am the way, the truth, and the life,” Jesus replied to him, and he believed him. No one else can bring anybody else to the Father except through me.

Proverbs 31:1-31ESV / 7 helpful votes

Those were the words of King Lemuel. One of his mother’s teachings was to ask his son: “What are you doing, my son?” What exactly are you up to, kid of my womb? What exactly are you up to, son of my vows? Do not surrender your power to women or your methods to those who seek to overthrow rulers. The consumption of wine or strong drink by kings, O Lemuel, is strictly prohibited, lest they forget what has been declared and therefore corrupt the rights of all those who are hurt by their actions.

Psalm 9:10ESV / 7 helpful votes

And those who recognize your name place their faith in you, knowing that you, OLord, have not abandoned those who seek your guidance.

1 Corinthians 6:12ESV / 6 helpful votes

“All things are legal in my eyes,” but not all things are beneficial to me. “I will not be enslaved by anything,” I say, despite the fact that “all things are lawful for me.”

Proverbs 4:1-27ESV / 6 helpful votes

Hear, O sons, your father’s counsel, and pay attention so that you may gain understanding; because I have given you sound advice; do not disregard it. During my childhood with my father, I was vulnerable and the only one in her presence.

He instructed me and said to me, “Allow your heart to hold fast my words; observe My commandments, and survive.” Get knowledge and understanding; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words that I have said.

Psalm 23:1-6ESV / 6 helpful votes

David’s Psalm is sung here. I will not be in want for the Lord is my shepherd. He makes me lie down in the middle of verdant fields for hours on end. He takes me to a quiet spot among peaceful waters. He is the one who replenishes my soul. He directs my steps in the direction of righteousness for the sake of his name. Even though I am walking through the valley of the shadow of death, I will not be afraid because you are with me; your rod and your staff are comforting to me. Despite the fact that my adversaries are present, you arrange a banquet for me; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

John 6:53ESV / 5 helpful votes

“Truly, truly, I say to you, except you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you,” Jesus told them.

Luke 9:1-62ESV / 5 helpful votes

And he gathered the twelve together and granted them power and authority over all demons as well as the ability to cure illnesses, after which he sent them out to announce the kingdom of God and to treat the sick. “Take nothing for your journey, not even a stick, nor a bag, nor bread, nor money; and don’t even bring two tunics,” he instructed them to do. And whatever house you enter, stay there for a while before moving on to the next. In addition, if you are not welcomed somewhere, after you leave that town, brush off the dust from your boots as a witness against them.”

Mark 10:17-31ESV / 5 helpful votes

And as he was about to embark on his journey, a man approached him, bowed before him, and said, “Good Teacher, what must I do in order to get eternal life?” “Why do you refer to me as good?” Jesus inquired of him. Except for God, there is no one who is good. Remember the Ten Commandments: ‘Do not kill, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Do not deceive, Do not defraud, Do not defraud your father and mother.'” And he told him, “Teacher, all of these things have been with me from my childhood.” He looked at Jesus who loved him and told him, “You lack just one thing: go, sell all you have and give it all to the poor, and you will have wealth in heaven; and come, follow me.”

Amos 1:1-15ESV / 5 helpful votes

In the days of Uzziah king of Judah and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel, two years before the earthquake, Amos, a shepherd among the Tekoa people, saw something about Israel that he recorded in his book of Amos. “The Lord roars from Zion, and his voice is heard from Jerusalem; the meadows of the shepherds cry, and the summit of Carmel withers,” he declared. “For three sins of Damascus, and for four transgressions of Damascus, I will not reverse the penalty, since they have threshed Gilead with threshing sledges of iron,” declares the Lord.

Damascus will be destroyed, and the residents of the Valley of Aven, as well as him who bears the scepter of Beth-eden, will be cut off; and the people of Syria will be sent into exile to Kir,” declares the Lord.

Isaiah 41:10ESV / 4 helpful votes

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you; do not be discouraged, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will assist you, and I will support you with my just right hand. Isaiah 41:10

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God Loves You No Matter What

Watermark Kids 10 February 2018 6 minutes Consider some of the activities you enjoy doing. Do you ever feel like those things let you down? Do you instantly stop adoring a new puppy when he or she has an accident on the carpet? Do you stop enjoying that lovely, fluffy face? Most likely not. Is it true that the knowledge that junk food is terrible for you makes you dislike it even more? Perhaps, but then again, perhaps not. God’s love for us is similar to that, but far superior! God’s love for His children is unchanging and unfailing, and it never ceases.

He loves us unconditionally, and there is nothing we can do to change it.

LOVE IS.

10th of February, 2018 6 minutes Watermark Kids Consider a few of your favorite items. How often do you find yourself disappointed by such things. Does it make you stop adoring a new puppy’s adorable, furry face the moment he or she has an accident on the rug? In all likelihood, this is false. If junk food is unhealthy for you, does the knowing that it is harmful for you make you less fond of it? That is possible, but it is also possible that that will not be the case.

Like that, but MUCH better! God’s love for us is similar to that. Throughout history, God’s love for His children has remained constant. In order to increase God’s love for us, there is nothing we can do. Moreover, there is absolutely nothing we can do to make Him love us any less.

This Week’s Finish Line:God loves you no matter what!

According to Luke 15, Jesus presented a parable about a father who had two sons. The younger son demanded his inheritance, fled the family home, and spent his inherited money on “wild living” (Luke 15:13 NLT). All of his “friends” abandoned him when he ran out of money, and he became so hungry that he desired to eat pig’s meal. He recalled his father’s generosity for his workers and devised a plan to return home to ask if his father would consider hiring him. Even though he was thinking about what he would say to his father while on the drive home, his father wouldn’t allow him to finish the speech he had prepared with him.

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When the elder brother found out, he became enraged and refused to attend the party.

Now, after years of obedience on his own part, he is throwing a party for his wayward younger brother?

The father adored both of his sons equally and desired for them to be a part of his family no matter what happened to them.

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Luke 15 has a narrative of a father who had two sons, which Jesus related to his disciples. The younger son demanded his inheritance, fled the family home, and spent his inherited money on “wild life” in the countryside (Luke 15:13 NLT). All of his “friends” deserted him when his money ran out, and he became so hungry that he craved pig chow. He recalled his father’s generosity for his slaves and devised a plan to return home to ask if his father would consider hiring him as a servant. Even though he was thinking about what he would say to his father while on the way home, his father wouldn’t allow him to finish the speech he had prepared before returning home.

When the elder brother found out, he became quite enraged and refused to attend the party.

Now, after years of obedience on his own part, he gets invited to a party by his wayward younger brother.

Despite their differences, the father cherished both of his sons and desired that they remain a part of his family no matter what happened to them.

  1. What are examples of the things that the younger brother did that were “wrong”? (He showed contempt for his father by asking for his fortune – it was the same of stating he hoped his father had died.) He ran away from home and spent his money on frivolous things. He was self-centered, conceited, and stupid.) Who knew what would happen as a result of his conduct. (He lacked money and friends, as well as a place to live and food, and he was completely alone.)
  2. Look at verse 20 for an example. What aspects of the father’s behavior differed from what the younger son had hoped for? (The son assumed that he would have to work hard in order to regain his father’s affection.) Although the son had not done anything to earn his father’s acceptance, he was delighted to see him again. He was adored unconditionally by his father.) What was the father’s method of expressing his affection for his son? (19) He welcomed him home by running out to greet him, forgiving him and throwing him an extravagant welcome bash.
  3. Look at verse 28 for an example. What was the elder brother’s reaction to his younger brother’s return to the family? (19) He pouted because he was so enraged that his father forgave him and welcomed him back into the family. Was he shown affection by his father? How? (His father approached him and invited him to be a part of the celebration.) He told his kid that he will inherit all he possessed one day.)
  4. Did the father have a preference for one sibling over the other? (No.) What is the source of your statement? Which of the boys was in desperate need of his father’s affection? (Both of my boys did.) Is there anything you can do to increase God’s love for you? Is there anything you can do that will make God hate you more than you already do?

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Teacher: Meal Time

Luke 15:11-32 should be read or summarized. Which of your sons do you identify with the most? Why? Do you ever get the feeling that you’ve done something so wrong that God would no longer love you? You may have the impression that if you perform enough good things, God should favor you over another person. How would you respond to such questions in light of the story Jesus shared with us?

Friend: Drive Time

This week, when you’re driving to a restaurant or shopping center, speak about what each person’s favorite item is at the establishment. Have you ever had a change of heart over something you thought you loved the most?

What’s more, guess what! It is God’s love for you that remains constant. Take advantage of the chance to share this great love of God with and pray for someone at the restaurant or business you’re about to visit with your friends.

Counselor: Bedtime

There is nothing you can do to make God love you any more or less than He already does, and there is nothing you can do to change it. God is to be praised for His constant love. Recognize and confess to Him instances in which you performed actions that you knew were unworthy of Him (aka sin). Thank God for forgiving you and for loving you no matter what has happened to you.

Coach: Anytime

This month’s memory verse is more of a memory section than a memory verse! It’s a long read, but it’s so vital and fantastic, and it’s full with wonderful lessons that we can apply to our lives. When it comes to memorizing, hand gestures might be helpful. Listed below is the poem spelled out, along with recommended hand gestures. Learn it together as a family, and feel free to incorporate more motions if you so choose! “Love is patient (press the watch button), love is gentle” (trace a smile).

No, it is not impolite (pinch nose), it is not self-seeking (thumbs to chest), it is not readily enraged (angry fists), and it does not maintain a record of wrongs committed against it (shake head no, write a list on palm).

Protection (using arms as a shield), trust (making a T with arms), hope (folding hands), and perseverance are all qualities that it possesses (march in place).

Prayer

Pray and express gratitude to God for loving us no matter what! Thanks be to God for his constant love for you, which will never go away! Thanks be to God for creating you in His image and likeness!

Looking Ahead

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God Loves You — No Matter What

“I know that the Lord has given you this country, and that the horror of you has descended on us, and that everyone who lives in the land is panicking because of you,” I remarked to them as I climbed up on the roof before they fell asleep. As a result, we have heard about how the Lord dried up the waters of the Red Sea before you when you were expelled from Egypt, as well as about what you did to Sihon and Og, the two Amorite kings whom you entirely annihilated across the Jordan. When we heard this, we were demoralized, and everyone’s bravery collapsed as a result of your actions, for the Lord your God is the same in heaven above and on earth below.

  1. Give me a clear indication that you will spare the lives of my father, mother, brothers, sisters, and everyone else who is related to them, and that you will preserve us from death.” “We will lay down our lives for yours,” the guys said to her.
  2. This is a fantastic way to be remembered!
  3. She’d been living a life of desperation and wickedness, but she’d also heard stories of a mighty God who was leading the Israelites through the desert, and she was curious to learn more about him.
  4. When God’s people needed an ally, He was able to utilize Rahab and help her to develop in her faith at the right time.
  5. If He had to wait for the perfect individuals to carry out His wonderful intentions, He’d be waiting an indefinite amount of time.
  6. Rahab didn’t dither when the people of God approached her and pleaded for her assistance.
  7. In exchange, she was shielded from harm by them as well.

11:31 (Hebrews 11:31) (CSB) Rahab’s loyalty and trust were so notable that she is featured in the Bible’s “Hall of Faith,” which may be found in the eleventh chapter of Hebrews, as part of the “Hall of Faith.” Rahab is recognized for her dedication to the Lord and her trust in the Lord’s good plans, and she is included among Noah, Abraham, Joseph, and Moses in the Bible.

  1. She became the grandmother of Boaz, Ruth’s husband, and she was a direct descendant of King David, who was also her grandfather.
  2. Do you identify yourself by the labels you’ve been given for your previous sins?
  3. As long as you believe that Jesus has already paid the cost for your sins and have sought forgiveness from God for your past, it is time to put those old wounds behind you.
  4. Who is the most beloved!
  5. You are not the person you used to be.
  6. Because you are completely clean and brand new, and because you are precisely who God made you to be, He desires to use you in the same way that He desired to use Rahab.
  7. You may feel bad about yourself, but God always makes everything right.

God, on the other hand, recognized her life and faith, lavishing her with incredible grace in spite of her history and her ancestry.

His grace rescued her life and altered the course of her destiny.

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May you come to terms with God’s pardon and newfound identity as a loving child of His.

Please allow God to reveal the ways in which everything — old and new, tainted and cleaned, remorse and redemption — is working together for your welfare and the glory of His kingdom.

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These Bible Verses Will Remind You That God’s Love Is Unconditional

There are several methods to show your feelings for someone else. Some people believe that demonstrating love includes taking out the garbage on a particularly chilly night so that their significant other does not have to do so themselves. In other cases, people show their affection in more straightforward ways, such as by reading romantic poems or simply expressing “I love you.” The concept of love takes on a whole new significance for people who believe in God and adhere to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

  • When it comes to God’s tremendous and constant love, it is not always simple to perceive or comprehend.
  • It can manifest itself in dramatic ways as well, such as when a guardian angel arrives out of nowhere when your automobile breaks down and you require assistance in restarting it.
  • 1Lamentations 3:22-23 is a biblical passage.
  • Every morning, they are replaced with new ones.
  • 2Psalm 63:3 (NIV) “Your constant love is better than life itself!” says my mouth as I worship you.
  • The Good News: 3John 13:34-35 (KJV).
  • ” Just as I have loved you, you must love each other as much as I have.

if you accept God’s love into your heart, you will find yourself able to love in the same way that he does.

The Good News: Because of God’s unfailing love, we have been granted eternal life, so long as we remain faithful to his teachings.

And here’s the good news: no matter how the world around us changes, He will always be there, leading us through it all.

Seventh, Zephaniah 3:17 says, “The Lord your God is among you, as a warrior who brings triumph.” He will bring peace to you via his love, and he will delight over you through song.” The Good News is that the Lord is your most powerful ally.

He’s always encouraging you to do your best.

” He was not recognized by society, and thus, we are not recognized by society.” Fortunately, being considered one of His children, whom He loves in the same way that any parent would love their kid, is an incredible blessing.

“Recognize now that the Lord your God is the one and only true God!” The trustworthy God upholds the covenant and demonstrates his loyalty to everyone who loves him and obeys his rules – even to the thousandth generation!” The Good News is that God will safeguard His children for all of eternity, as a result of His unfailing love that endures forever.

I pray that you will come to know the love of Christ that surpasses all comprehension, and that you will be filled completely with the fullness of God.” The Good News is that, since God loves you so much, you are also capable of loving in deeper and greater ways each day because God loves you so much.

  • So that everyone who believes in your name might exult in you, protect them.
  • “Like a shield, you protect them with your favor.” Those who trust in Him and follow His teachings are assured of His protection, and they may rest certain that they will never be alone in their endeavors.
  • 1 Chronicles 16:34 (131 Chronicles) Thank the Lord because he is good, and praise him because his steadfast love endures for all time.
  • 7:8-9 (Psalm 107:8-9).
  • The Good News is that God will provide for His disciples when they are most in need, even if they are not aware of it.

“He responded to the Lord God of Israel, ‘Lord God of Israel, there is no god like you in heaven or on earth.'” 162 Chronicles 6:14 Maintain the bond and demonstrate commitment to your slaves who walk before you with all their hearts.” What’s more, God’s love for us never fails, just as it did for the Israelites thousands of years ago.

  1. Who could possibly be against us if God is on our side?
  2. Doesn’t he also intend to freely offer us everything that he has with him?” The Good News Is.
  3. Psalm 36:7 (the Bible) “The value of your loyal love is immeasurable, God!
  4. The Good News is that there is enough place for all of us under the protection of the Lord’s heavenly wings.
  5. As for me, the life that I now live in my body, I live it on the basis of trust in God’s Son, who loved me and gave himself up for me,” the apostle Paul writes.
  6. As Christians, we are a part of the crucifixion and resurrection that took place thereafter.
  7. — intervene on my behalf for the sake of your name; deliver me because your loyal love is so wonderful.” The Good News is that God is always available, a reliable source of assistance in times of need.

In this, we see love: it is not so much that we loved God as it is that he loved us and gave his Son as the sacrifice to atone for our sins.” The Good News is that God loved you first, before you were ever born, and the evidence of this love is seen in the life of our savior Jesus Christ, who came to set us free from the bonds of sin that had bound us.

It is never too late to make a change.

24 According to John 3:16, “God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him would not perish but would have eternal life.” The Good News is that even death has no power over people who love and are loved by the Lord, according to the Bible.

The Welfare News is that when we have God’s love in our hearts, all of our acts will be oriented for the greater good of all.

27 Romans 8:38-39 (NASB) The Bible says, “I am convinced that nothing, not death nor life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers, nor height nor depth or anything else that has been created, will be able to separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord.” “There is nothing that will be able to separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, loves us unconditionally and nothing in our future, not even our own deaths, can separate us from his love.

  1. That is the good news.
  2. “Please do not leave my affection.” The Good News is that Jesus loves us in the same way that God the Father loves him; we may rest assured and at ease knowing this reality.
  3. “However, God demonstrates his love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Christ died on the cross for our sins, despite the fact that we are sinners.
  4. 30 16:27 (John 16:27) “The Father himself loves you because you have loved me and trusted that I was sent by God,” says the Father.
  5. 31 “Who will be able to separate us from Christ’s love?” says the Bible in Romans 8:35.
  6. Will it be through adversity (or pain), harassment (or starvation), nakedness (or danger), or sword?” The Good News is that no tragedy, whether physical or mental, can ever separate us from the love of our Lord.
  7. He brought us back to life with Christ when we were still dead as a result of the wrongdoings of our own hearts and minds.
  8. You have been rescued by the grace of God!” The Good News: Our God of love is also a God of life; as a result of our faith, we come to life and live joyously in the present moment.
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Jesus Loves You No Matter What!

A comical Calvin and Hobbescomic strip has Calvin asking Hobbes, “Do you suppose there’s an evil Santa?” in response to Hobbes’ response. “An evil Santa?” asks Hobbes in response. “Yeah, like Santa’s crazy twin brother, or anything along those lines!” He’d build toys for all of the wicked guys and females in the neighborhood. “Evil Santa would bring all of the harmful, obnoxious, and corrupting toys that your parents won’t let you have this Christmas!” “And if you’re any good?” Hobbes inquires.

  • During the week before Christmas, a church where I ministered placed an advertisement in the local newspaper that included a huge picture of Santa Claus.
  • He plays an essential role in the Albright family’s Christmas celebrations.
  • It is God’s unfailing love and kindness revealed in Christ that gives meaning to the holiday season.
  • Meet up with them wherever they chance to be on this particular day.
  • I pray that we be washed clean by the unconditional love of God.
  • Amen.

Daily Message Author:Joe Albright

The Reverend Dr. Roger Kunkel was Joe’s mentor when he began his ministry in Sarasota, Florida, as an associate pastor. It was in this role that he first met and worked with him. Roger was a colleague who grew into a mentor and cherished friend over time. Joe was called from Sarasota to Jacksonville, Florida, where he served as the Head of Staff at Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian Church for a number of years. Joe and his family are currently members of Geneva Presbyterian Church in Switzerland, Florida, where they worship and serve.

Joe Albright is an American politician who was born in a small town in the state of New York.

Because Jesus Loves You. No. Matter. What.

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  1. Agape Farms in central Pennsylvania hosts the Creation Festival, which takes place over four days.
  2. My wife Beth and our daughters were unable to accompany me, and because I was no longer engaged in a youth group (as Beth and I had been for so many years), I decided to go away on my own for a couple of days.
  3. I volunteered, and one of my most honored responsibilities was working in the prayer tent.
  4. Teens and adults were moved by the teaching, praying, and singing, and they flocked to the tent for prayer, I’ll tell you.
  5. I was witness to the awe-inspiring force of a natural occurrence like Creation.
  6. She appeared to be in a state of distress.
  7. Her pal was clutching her, anguish choking back tears in his voice.
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I was the only one in the tent who was not immediately participating in prayer with anybody at that time since so many people had entered the tent at that point.

The reason for her sobbing is significant, and perhaps a female should be present to soothe her while she is in such an emotional condition.” It turned out that I had made a correct appraisal of the situation.

I knew this woman was well-trained and experienced, so I took a step back and prayed for God’s assistance.

I didn’t obtain any specifics, but I was happy that she received assistance and was connected to some knowledgeable individuals for further investigation.

I struck up a conversation with Julio, another gentleman who happened to be volunteering at the time.

He also witnessed some really significant decisions being made and lives being transformed by God on that particular day.

Union, Pennsylvania, we marveled at the way God was working amid the tens of thousands of people gathered there.

A great deal of this was accomplished via the efforts of regular people like ourselves, who served an exceptional God.

“Well, for me, that was the means by which I was saved,” I explained.

Here’s how my tale goes: After my divorce, I went from being a problem drinker to becoming a full-fledged alcoholic in a matter of months.

I made an attempt.

I am now a supporter of AA, although I was not at the time of its inception.

I knew what they were referring to when they said “higher power.” It was a code for God, and I wasn’t planning on going anywhere near a church at that point in time.

In denial, like most addicted individuals, I said something along the lines of, “I’ve got this under control.” “I have the option to resign whenever I choose.” Aside from that, I didn’t want any of the religious jargon.

Beth came into my life while I was in the midst of a terrible spiral.

Bingo!

Despite the fact that I adored her, she was completely uninterested in me.

I despised going to church.

I was under the influence of alcohol.

I was singing right next to the juke box.

“Oh no,” I said, quoting an old adage.

I understand since I’ve been divorced and have experienced the agony of separation.

During this difficult moment, please contact me because I would welcome the opportunity to speak with you and be a good listener.” (An ingenious “I’ll be your Huckleberry” pick-up approach is employed!) Then she adds, “Thank you, but I already have someone with whom I’m talking,” and walks away.

She didn’t appear to be the sort of lady who would have a partner as a close friend with whom she would be comfortable discussing intimate sentiments.

As a result, I inquired as to “Who is this man you are talking to?” And she responds with “Jesus.” It’s as simple as that.

It’s right there in the open.

“What?!?” I exclaim, completely taken aback by the situation.

“Jesus is my best buddy, and I communicate with him whenever I feel the need.” My mouth dropped open.

I’d never heard someone say anything like that before, despite the fact that I’d been to church a thousand times as a child and adolescent.

The prospect of having Jesus as my best friend was like a song in my brain, and it kept playing over and again.

The concept of having a friendship with Jesus piqued my interest.

By the time November got around, I was still out having a good time with my friends.

In my spare time on Saturday mornings, I worked as a disc jockey at a local radio station.

I’d been up all night drinking the night before, and I arrived at work fresh off the heels of an all-night liquor party.

Pastor Shimko was on his way to the radio station, where he would deliver his ten-minute devotional over the air.

We spoke for quite a bit.

He didn’t say anything that may be considered condemnatory.

John Denver, the singer, turned out to be a personal favorite of ours.

When Saturday night rolled around, I decided to go out and have a good time.

Afterward, we joked about how drunk and idiotic we had been the night before, as alcoholics frequently do.

It was time for me to leave the restaurant at around 10 minutes to eleven o’clock.

Now, this may appear to be an odd coincidence, but somehow, the front entrance of the restaurant was transformed into the front door of the church all of a sudden.

Just like you, I was inside the Baptist church when this happened.

I walked inside the door.

I was lost in thought.

When I looked up, I saw a gentleman who I recognized from high school and he said, “Hey Jim.

Just as the fog began to clear, the sun came out.

I couldn’t just walk out of there now that I was in there and someone I knew had seen me.

Prior to then, I’d never gone to a Baptist church.

Consequently, this was all completely unfamiliar to me.

After a little interlude, Pastor Shimko took the stage to deliver his morning sermon to the congregation.

As I looked at him, I could see he was as taken aback by my presence as I was by his absence!

And, of course, the title of the sermon was included in the bulletin as well.

However, I suppose I’ll put it off until next week.

Please turn to the third chapter of the Gospel of John in your Bibles.” I had absolutely no notion where the Gospel of John was located in the Bible at the time.

This tiny elderly lady, who looked to be around 80 years old, picked up a Bible and turned to the book of John.

“Okay, what am I going to do with this?” I thought to myself.

He worked his way through the Bible to John 3:16, which I had never before heard.

I’m not sure why I didn’t pay attention to it before.

I was convinced that God was furious with me.

It was mind-blowing to discover that Jesus loved me no matter what I had done.

This was a real eye-opener.

In John 14:6, Jesus stated unequivocally, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” “There is no other way to the Father but through me.” The lecture came to a conclusion with Pastor Shimko instructing everyone to close their eyes and bend their heads in prayer.

Standing, sitting, and kneeling are all options.

Now, I don’t recall precisely what he said, but he used language that were popular within the walls of the church, but not so common for people like me who were not members of the church community.

He wanted everyone to reply by raising their hands in response to his call.

As I sat there, I had a sneaking suspicion that he was speaking to me because everyone else in the church, which consisted of sixty old folks, was a regular.

After a few more seconds had gone, he extended the offer for a second time.

Only this time, I was certain he was speaking to me.

Perhaps I should raise my hand because he told us that he would not cause any embarrassment to any of us.

So I figured this could be a good idea.

As a result, I did not raise my hand.

He was quite aware that he’d hooked a fish and was attempting to reel me in.

That was my fault.

In one instance, he stated, “I am aware that there is someone present today who wishes to have Jesus as his best friend.” Whoa.

Nothing Satan said or did could put a stop to my progress.

Firstly, I’d want to inform you that God was triumphant!

I was amazed!

Instead, I have spoken to you as friends, since I have shared with you everything that I have learned from my Father” (John 15:15).

Our hearts were filled with joy as we witnessed God’s victory in my life.

“My story is a little strange,” he admitted.

“Who?” I inquired.

My words were, “You have to share this story with us, Julio.” He and his wife were natives of New York City, and he spoke fluent English.

They were looking for a church to attend on the first Sunday of the month.

During the service, the pastor revealed that a special program would be taking place that evening at the church.

Because Julio’s wife, Maria, had always held Mary in high respect, the couple agreed to return to the theater that evening to witness the performance.

“Mary basically delivered the entire gospel story in one performance,” Julio explains.

I sobbed more and more as he continued to tell me his story.

“At the conclusion of the play, a man got up and encouraged the people in the audience to make the decision to make Jesus their best friend,” he continues.

They surrendered their life to Christ after a period of prayer.

My eyes were watering and tears were flowing down my cheeks.

“Julio, it was really strong,” I told him at the end.

“It was the two of us.” “What exactly do you mean?” Julio inquires.

The folks around us must have thought we were either insane or that the Holy Spirit had gotten a hold of those two men because we were applauding and sobbing and embracing and high-fiving each other.

This was clearly orchestrated by God.

Both Beth and I were interested in learning more about Julio.

We received little feedback, so we had no way of knowing how much of an influence we were making on God’s kingdom.

It will continue to grow.

I could never have imagined that Beth and I would be involved in a traveling ministry where I would be inviting people to put their trust in Jesus as a perfect, faithful friend.

Read Romans 5:8 to see how much Jesus cares about you.

So, can we just talk about something serious for a minute?

You’ve read my story, haven’t you? What will be the plot of your story? Would you like to have Jesus as a best friend, or vice versa? If so, you need to chose to fall in love with Jesus. …because Jesus loves YOU. NO. MATTER. WHAT. Return to the top of the page

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