Sunday, November 06, 2005

Have I Charity?

Another great devotion that I read recently from a little book called 24 hours a day.

I have charity, another word for love. That right kind of love which is not selfish passion but an unselfish, outgoing desire to help other people. To do what is best for the other person, to put what is best for him or her above my own desires. To put God first, the other person second, and myself last. Charity is gentle, kind, understanding, long-suffering, and full of desire to serve. God has given me this. What I do for myself is lost; what I do for others may be written somewhere in eternity. Have I charity?

"Ask what you will and it shall be done unto you." God has unlimited power. There is no limit to what His power can do in human hearts. But we must will to have God's power and we must ask God for it. God's power is blocked off from us by our indifference to it. We can go along our own selfish waywithout calling on God's help and we get no power. But when we trust in God, we can will to have the power we need. When we sincerely ask God for it, we get it abundantly.

I pray that I may will to have God's power. I pray that I may keep praying for the strength I need.


Blogger Pinay said...

What a beautiful reflection. Not only that God will pour out His blessings to those who ask, but He will shower abundance to those who serve Him. Matthew 6:33 says to seek first the kingdom of God and everything else follows. To delight in God’s work will be a secret to success (Psalms 37:4).

Hello Sir. First, I should apologize for linking your blog to mine without asking permission. I hope you don’t mind. I got excited when I found out you’re a Christian like me. And thanks for visiting my blog.

It’s nice to know you’re working with youth in your church. I am also involved in the youth ministry both in my local church and in the body ministry in our city. I basically teach in small group fellowships but not too often in big crowds of young people—just started.

Indeed. Our God is an awesome God and He is ever faithful! What a blessing! May you received many blessings too. God Bless.

7:30 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

I took no offense at all. No need to apologize. And I enjoywd reading your blog. Small Group Fellowships are awesome aren't they? my wife and I go to one on Tuesday nights. May the Lord bless you as you serve.

10:21 PM  
Blogger Pinay said...

I appreciate. I don’t know who else have seen my blog in spite of the increasing stat in my counter >.<

My youth group in church is quite small and we have regular fellowships every Sunday afternoon.
Yes, it’s awesome. Are you (and your wife) youth pastor(s)? I’m a youth leader in the group of mostly high school and college students. At times, a lot of ‘struggles’ in leadership and in service in general face me, but thank God He always lightens the load. I wish to serve Him more, more effectively in ways possible.

7:19 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

My wife and I attend a Vineyard church. We are youth leaders. We help out the youth pastor. I have a heart for teenagers and feel led to serve in this area. The youth meet on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. The Tuesday night home group is where we go to a Bible Study and get ministered to and fellowship with others. We also have a thing on Thursday nights called the dropin center where kids can come and hang out, play basketball, dodgeball, skate, bike, shoot pool and get homework help. We open it up to any kid that wants to "drop=in" so to speak. We just hang out with them and serve them and show them Christ's love. Are you in the Phillipines? What an awesome thing that 2 christians can meet over a blog and be thousands of miles away. It is wonderful that you are serving the Lord and ministering to young people. How long have you been a Christian? And how did you come to know the Lord?

9:44 PM  
Blogger Pinay said...

I belong to a Christian Full-gospel church here in the Philippines. Yes, it’s really amazing to think that we’re actually thousands of miles away; nonetheless we share the same faith. I have been blessed to belong in a Christian family. My father is the first to receive the Lord and that’s been the doorway for the rest of us. I practically grew up in the church—being part of the Children’s ministry and now serving as a Youth leader. We all go to the Sunday morning Worship Service in Church and have other meetings like Wednesday Night service, Saturday night prayer meetings, and the Youth fellowships on Sunday afternoons. During the fellowship, we invite everybody (sort of open-to-all) and encourage them to be part of the group—and eventually leading them to the Lord.

Right now, our youth ministry in church is an active member of the body ministry in the city where we have a number of youth activities conducted regularly. I happen to be one of the core leaders of this body we call MYF. It’s really a blessing! It serves a venue for more young people in the city to be exposed to the word of God. Our 1st & 3rd Fridays of the month meetings average around 200 young people. We have big outreaches quarterly that reach more than a thousand young people. To God be all glory. Our aim is to help build the church and to seek and save the Lord. It really takes tough efforts for us in the team—who are all in our 20s, but it’s the Lord who makes things possible.

Dropin center sounds great. It’s wonderful to know you support youth ministry. I know it is greatly appreciated. Continue to be a blessing to the youth. Till then, Sir.

1:32 AM  
Blogger I-AM-C-Money said...

heh heh heh, she called you "sir." That's funny. . . !

But seriously, I did enjoy your post, and - like Pinay - I'm amazed when I meet or hear about other believers. Especially when they are overseas. I met a lot of people in Seoul, Korea who were Christians, and also in Tsing Tao, China when I got to go there with Fujisawa. It is an Awesome God we serve, and His Grace through Christ is for everyone. Pretty cool stuff.

2:55 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

And you my little brother must call me your big brother. heh heh heh! When we were the Youth Leaders at our previous church there was one kid who always called me Mr. Kincaid. I told him it was okay to call me Keith but he continued to call me Mr. Kincaid and still does to this day. His parents must have brought him up that way so that was fine by me. I would not undermine the parents.

Anyhow...I missed the Roadrunners game Saturday night because I was at the National Union Convention. Listen to penalty minutes for the game was 185 minutes and included 6 majors and several game misconducts for two brawls. One in the 2nd period and one in the 3rd. The Runners are also the league leading penalty minute leaders so they are putting an entertaining product on the ice. They also just acquired a rugged defensman who had something like 3 points and 350+ penalty minutes last year. He is also something like 6ft5 and 250 lbs. Git r Dun!

3:10 PM  
Blogger Pinay said...

Haha! I would probably call you by your surname, if i knew what it was from the start. XP My culture says so.

Back here, our language provides pseudonyms/names we affix to the first name of people we don’t know –depends on age bracket and/or degree of affiliation. Its rough translation is equivalent to “Mr.” in English. For example, in your case Sir, I’m supposed to call you Mang Keith or Tito Keith (that’s like Uncle) if I’m comfortable. Ha ha…just trivial comment. Or i'd say, I'll stick to Sir. XD

9:18 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

Pinay, you may call me whatever you wish. Keith is fine really. But whatever you want to call me according to your custom is okay by me. "I am C money" is really my brother and he was joking anyhow. He works with young people in church too and is also an excellent saxophone player and "semi professional" skateboarder.

10:17 PM  
Blogger Pinay said...

Sir Keith would be fine with me. [We call older brothers “Kuya” (kooy-uh)]

Saxophone? Hmm, that’s nice. I wonder if he’s familiar with the musical “Miss Saigon”. I love it. And there are several songs that was played with a saxophone. Skateboarding, ain’t that dangerous?

I’m a lyrist (lyre, similar to a xylophone) but have not played in years. I play a little of guitar and flute. But my ultimate dream is to play the violin. Perhaps I’ll give myself a break and finally start learning it next year.

10:41 PM  

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