FRL NOW 2-24-17 : What is Good?

I love Micah 6:8.  It is one of the greatest verses in all of the Old Testament.  It says, “He hath shown thee, O man, what is good and what doth the Lord require of thee.” 

Number one, what is good?  Number two, what does God want? Do you want to know and hear what is good? The rest of the verse tells you:

 “He hath shown thee, O man, what is good and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with thy God.”  God says, “Show mercy to people, do right yourself and just walk with Me.” 

If you ask people, “What does God want?” some might say, “Well, God wants us to serve Him.”  Friend, if all God wanted was service, He could just use the angels.  They would do a better job than we—always innocently obeying, always on the job, full of power.  God doesn’t want mere service, even though we should serve Him, but that is not why He created us. 

Some might answer, “Well, God wants scholars.  God wants us to learn all the facts about Him.”  No.  He wants you to study, but what is the bottom line?  God wants to walk with you.  Why did He create you?  He created you in His image so He could have fellowship with you. You are created for fellowship with Him.

Walk with God!
Tony

FRL NOW 2-17-17 : Is this all there is to life?

Do you ever look around and think to yourself, “Is this all there is to life?” Do you ever feel a hunger, a discontent, a yearning for something else? An intense longing for more?

There’s a reason for that. It’s because you were created for something more. You were created for a greater purpose. You were created to be a worshiper.

It’s not a question of whether or not you’re a worshiper, because every single person on earth is a worshiper. The question is: “Whom or what are you worshiping?”

But what exactly is worship? The simplest and most accurate definition of worship is “love expressed.”

In order to worship God, you must first have love in your heart, but you also have to express that love. If it’s not expressed, it’s not worship. Deuteronomy 11:1 (NKJV) instructs us to: “love the Lord your God, and keep His charge, His statutes, His judgments, and His commandments always.” So many times we think we’re supposed to serve God and do a bunch of stuff for Him. The truth is, however, the greatest thing you can do is love God.

When Jesus was asked what the first and greatest commandment is, He said it’s to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength (Mark 12:28–30). Why? Because if you don’t love God, you won’t serve Him. But if you do love God, you’ll serve Him.

Have you ever looked at someone else and thought: I just don’t love God as much as he does. I wish I loved God like he does

Let me tell you two things about why some people love God and express their love for Him more than others. Number one is: love grows. I got saved when I was 19, and Debbie got saved when she was 9. She’d already been walking and talking with God 10 years before I got saved! She’d already gotten to know Him as a person, and I had just met Him. I’ve come to learn that the longer you know God, the more you’re going to love Him—your love will grow.

For those of you who have children, did you love your baby the first time you held him or her in your arms? Of course! As the years have gone by, do you love your child less, the same or more? More, right? You don’t think you could possibly love them any more, but with each day you do. Why? Because love grows. The more time you spend with someone—the more you get to know them—the better able you are to communicate heart-to-heart.

The second thing about love is: love leaks. Ephesians 6 tells us Satan is always trying to shoot arrows at us. He tries to shoot arrows through your heart so that he can get your heart discouraged, depressed, hard or bitter. He does everything he can to shoot an arrow through your heart so your love for God leaks. If your heart is going after something other than God, you’re in trouble! Are you looking at someone else and thinking: Gosh, that person really loves God. I don’t love God that much. If so, check your heart. It’s not that you have a bad heart—because God has given you a new heart—it’s that you’ve allowed other things to steal your love for God.

If you’re married and you never express your love, your marriage will wind up in trouble. But if you regularly tell your spouse: “I love you, and I’m so in love with you,” and then you express your love—not only through things you say but through things you do—you’ll have a strong marriage. You can’t say to your wife: “You know, I told you I loved you 40 years ago. If it ever changes, I’ll let you know.” That’s not good enough. You have to express that love. You have to consistently keep that love alive. And the way you keep it alive is by expressing it. This applies to your relationship with God as well.

Worship is simply communicating your love to God and God communicating His love to you. You were created for more—to love and be loved. The angels weren’t created for that purpose; we are the only ones God created to receive His love and give His love back to Him.

So express your love today and worship! (Robert Morris)

FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER RIDE 2/17/17 We will meet at Kohl’s parking lot, 98th & Indiana, at 6pm. At 6:30 we wil go kickstands up. Tonight we ride! Wear your warm gloves!

Share His love!
Tony

FRL NOW 2-10-17 : Valentine’s Day…

Well folks, it’s that time of year again; you know - red hearts, pink roses, balloons, cards, candy, and animals that sing songs of love.

Store shelves overflow with symbols of love. They began the day after New Year’s to get ready for Valentine’s Day. Do you know that more roses are sold on that day than any other day in the year? All over the world, it is the day that people show their love for someone special.

Most mothers and wives hope to receive a loving memento, perhaps dinner in a nice restaurant, or to have a meal cooked for them. It is a great occasion to express love and appreciation for any of your loved ones, but it is just as important to show little acts of kindness the other 364 days of the year.

It means a lot when family and friends want to spend time with you, share a meal, or just talk. God tells us in His Word how much He loves us. He promises never to leave or forsake us, to answer us when we call, day or night. He never slumbers nor sleeps. We need to tell Him how much we love Him 365 days a year as well. (more…)

FRL NOW 2-3-17 : The Yellow Lines

What if every driver decided to ignore the center yellow lines? Smash-ups would rival apocalyptic visions. Those colored splotches in the roadway keep us on track. They keep us safe.

In our spiritual journey, praise and thanksgiving are like a yellow line, keeping our hearts on track. But it doesn’t take much to veer off course, does it? Think about the Levites. They were set apart to offer thanks and praise to God every morning and every night, day in and day out, in a never-ending cycle (see 1 Chronicles 23:30). It was their job. Forced “thank yous.” Praise, praise, praise.

Imagine the temptations inherent in this routine. Did easy-to-repeat prayers take the place of petitions motivated by full hearts and genuine gratitude? Did their minds wander as the words bubbled out? “Hear me, O God. Here we go again.”

We’ve all heard of the doctor who’s in terrible physical condition or the plumber whose house has leaky pipes. When you do something for a living, as these people do, it’s sometimes hard to stay motivated to keep your own life in order. This is what it may have been like for the Levites as well.

Praise and thanks are key ingredients in a healthy relationship with God. We need them as much as we need fresh air. Praise isn’t just an outward gesture; it reveals what’s inside us—the attitude we have toward God. When we offer meaningful thanks, we acknowledge that God’s goodness deserves our recognition and awe. Every gift comes from his hand. Nothing we’ve done grants us the sun’s bright rising or peaceful slumber at night—it all comes from God’s good hand.

How do we make our delight in God genuine and true every day? Unlike the Levites, God doesn’t demand that we follow certain daily requirements. Maybe that makes the routine more difficult. We are responsible for taking the time to bow before him and offer our praise and thanks.

When we skip this routine, we become like those drivers who disregard the center line—a potential accident waiting to happen. But when we take the time to regularly focus on and praise the God who loves us, he helps us to stay on track.

FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER RIDE 2/3/17 Meet at Kohl’s, 98th & Indiana, at 6pm. At 6:30 we will take a short ride over to the Red Zone Cafe at 3602 Slide Road. 

Blessings!
Tony