Bible Love Notes – The Significance of Our Lives

During the course of his ninety-five years of life, Billy Graham shared the gospel with millions. 

There were times he preached to thousands of people six evenings a week for four months straight. 

Several years ago, the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, NC, invited a group of Christian bloggers to a “behind the scenes” presentation of the ministry. I left with a deep respect for how powerfully God can use a faithful man or woman. 

Sometimes hearing about Christians like Graham makes us feel insignificant. But it shouldn’t. God gives us different gifts, opportunities, and callings, and He’s prepared kingdom work for each of us (Ephesians 2:10).

He called Graham to preach to millions, but he’s called most of us to shine our light in a much smaller sphere of influence (Matthew 5:16).

God doesn’t measure our significance by numbers but by faithfulness to His call. So today let’s be deliberate, eager, and faithful in whatever God calls us to do. 

The “Little Things” are Actually “Most Things”

Saint Teresa of Calcutta once said, “We cannot all do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” The reality is that most of our lives are made up of seemingly small decisions and yet they do truly matter in how we are to be judged.

Today, Fr. Mike shares how our faithfulness to God in the small daily decisions actually amounts to the sum of our spiritual life and the growth in our holiness.

What does God want this Advent? Simple. He wants you. He wants a personal encounter with you. This year, journey through Advent with “Rejoice! Finding Your Place in the Advent Story,” and learn about the places, people, and events that shaped the story of the very first Advent and shape our own lives today:

Verse of the Day – Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the lands! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord is God! It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him, bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures for ever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 100

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Meditation of the Day – Out of the Darkness

“Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: The Blessed Sacrament … There you will find romance, glory, honor, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth, and more than that: Death. By the divine paradox, that which ends life, and demands the surrender of all, and yet by the taste (or foretaste) of which alone can what you seek in your earthly relationships (love, faithfulness, joy) be maintained, or take on that complexion of reality, of eternal endurance, which every man’s heart desires.”— J. R. R. Tolkien, p. 119

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The Beauty of Faithfulness

What do you do when life gets difficult? When a relationship or a job gets rocky? Or when your spiritual belief is challenged? Giving up is always an option—and it’s usually the easiest one. Today, Allen reminds us of the other option on the table…

Bible Love Notes – 7 Things Christians Must Add to Their Faith

Second Peter 1:3-15 says we must add these seven character traits to our faith:
Goodness, Knowledge, Self-control, Perseverance, Godliness, Brotherly kindness, and Love.

Galatians 5:22-23 offers a similar list – the Fruit of the Spirit:
Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-control.

Both lists highlight character traits Christ produces in His children.

Second Peter says we grow in these areas through an increasing knowledge of Christ. To know Christ is to love Him.

Galatians 5 says we grow in these areas as we deny our fleshy desires. To Love Christ is to obey Him (John 14:23).

Our character is transformed by God’s Word (Romans 12:1-2) and forged in trials and self-denial (1 Peter 1:6-7).

If we are not increasingly growing in godly character, or if we find our faith lacking in an area, some would tell us not to worry because God loves us anyway. That’s not Biblical. God’s love offers transforming grace, not cheap grace (Titus 2:11-13).

To know Him is to love Him. To love Him is to obey Him.