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Filling Our Souls

“My soul thirsts for God, for the living God” (Psalm 42:2).

In our world of over seven billion people, we walk alone. In spite of our modern communication devices, our constant chatter to one another, we often find ourselves lonely. What is it that causes us to surround ourselves with people, activities, and ambitions? Why do we still feel unfulfilled and restless?   “All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full,” the Preacher said in Ecclesiastes 1:7. That sounds like us. We toil to gain fame, money, power and prestige. Many who don’t achieve feel like failures. Those who attain to some degree are not happy. More is never enough. They still have an empty hole inside that is not being filled.


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What Does Love Look Like?

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God” (I John 4:7).

Our culture defines love as “what makes me feel good.” That covers a range of things from a
new car, a favorite treat, doing good deeds, and being treated as special.John tells us that love is
from God and those who love know God. We are to love one another. What does godly love look like? We are going to go to I Corinthians 13:4-8a and look at the characteristics of love.
“Love is patient” (I Corinthians 13:4a). The first characteristic listed is patience. Patience is a characteristic of God. God’s patience is seen throughout the Old Testament in His dealing with His people. The Spirit brings to our attention that, “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (II Peter 3:9).

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Restore The Joy

Today’s Scripture: Ps 51:11 – “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a
willing spirit.”
In 1934 darkness settled over America. Dust storms invaded New York to Boston and then headed
south to the Great Plains, into Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and other places. Eventually, the same
trails that had been traveled by pioneers were occupied by 250,000 people looking to escape those
dust storms. Many of them found a home in California. California offered renewed hope and
opportunities. Spirits were lifted and a new vision came into focus.

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