“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:5


I made the mistake of running into Lowe’s before church early Sunday. I can’t think of the last time I did this. The store was bustling just like it was an ordinary day. Everyone was getting their usual fixer upper stuff. I became saddened because to them it was just another day.
But except for the “grace of God” I too would be wondering aimlessly lacking purpose, vision and morals. In fact I still remember early on at Bible School my eyes were suddenly opened, realizing that I had been praying to idols before I received Christ. (Frank and I were going to the Krishna temple). It’s amazing how much you see just how deep in the dung land we all were! “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:6) Yes, I was totally helpless when it came to doing anything toward Christ. He did it all for me and continues to do it, for He is the will and the do! He fills us with copious amounts of His love, overfilling us and overflowing to others.
Clarke goes onto to say; “Because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts-We have the most solid and convincing testimony of God’s love to us, by
that measure of it which he has communicated to our hearts.
There, εκκεχυται, it is poured out, and diffused abroad; filling,
quickening, and invigorating all our powers and faculties. This
love is the spring of all our actions; it is the motive of our
obedience; the principle through which we love God, we love him
because he first loved us; and we love him with a love worthy of
himself, because it springs from him: it is his own; and every
flame that rises from this pure and vigorous fire must be pleasing
in his sight: it consumes what is unholy; refines every passion
and appetite; sublimes the whole, and assimilates all to itself.
And we know that this is the love of God; it differs widely from
all that is earthly and sensual. The Holy Ghost comes with it;
by his energy it is diffused and pervades every part; and by his
light we discover what it is, and know the state of grace in
which we stand.”
Some of us have no clue what caused us to turn to Christ, others mistakenly think they actually had something to do with it. Spurgeon says, “But by a mysterious agency he fills the soul with the light of glory. The understanding feels it, it is enlightened; the will feels it, it is subjected to the will of God; the heart feels it, it is fired with holy love; the hope feels it, for it looks forward to the day when the whole man shall be made like its covenant head Jesus Christ.”


  1. HALLELUJAH, You know Pastor Parris, I was in the same kind of atmosphere yesterday after Church, my wife and I stopped at Burger King my wife ordered our food as I sat at the table. Looking around in the restraunt reminded me of the same thing you said about Lowe’s. As my wife got our food and brought it to the table, I unwrapped it, by the way it was a chicken sandwich and I put my head down and prayed and told my Father, thank you for the chicken sandwich, fries and coke. As we walked out the door there was nothing but eyes on us, and I pray that they also acknowledge the food they get next time when they eat it and say thank you and pray. We are the light, love, and Church of the Amazing All Mighty. As Pastor Frank said yesterday at Church, will you wear His Coat, yes I will wear His Coat 24/7 no matter what, and show the world a difference. I will walk, talk, act, sing, jump, shout, show compassion, everything in Jesus. Thank you Lord again for opening my eyes and ears and showing me new and different and better things in you. I love you. Blessings Pastor Parris, with Love.

  2. Sometimes I feel guilty when I have to work on a Sunday,which I did yesterday.Yet the Holy Spirit on serval occasions has reminded me,when Jesus said,man is lord of the sabbath,not the sabbath lord of men.Also,his mercy and grace are more than sufficent to sustain us.A lot of times,I don’t make the service for various reasons,but the lord still loves me,and he understands.My best friend. Thank you lord!!

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