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Sweet and Sour

  • Yahweh appeared of old to me, saying, 'Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love. Therefore I have drawn you with loving kindness.' Jeremiah 31:3 WEB

    There is a saying that you can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar. Yet when I was growing up in the Bible Belt, most of the things that I heard about God were seasoned with vinegar.

    Sort of like: 'God does love you, but He will kill you if do not do what I said.' Over the years, I have learned that God is not like that at all, and that people will create their version of god, then want you to bow down to the god they created, much like Nebuchadnezzar did (Daniel 3:1).

    While Jesus was ministering on the earth, the pharisees condemned Him for not teaching His disciples to follow their traditions. Some of the disciples did not wash their hands up to the elbow seven times before eating (Mark 7:1). This was just a man made tradition that had been passed down and then taught alongside the word of God, as if it were from God.

    In my own life, it has taken years to weed through that baggage, and I still find pieces that don't belong now. For some reason it is easy for us to believe the lie that God is mean, or that He is mad at us. It is much more difficult to believe that He truly loves us, that we are forgiven, that we can now come boldly before Him, but this is the truth that scripture teaches.

    The first time that I read the Bible completely through, I was most amazed by what was not in there, and sometimes by what was. So we have a choice: believe what we have been told is in the Bible, or see for ourselves what is actually in there.

    What is in there is this: God loves us with an everlasting love, and that love never changes based on your behavior. He does not love you more when you think you are good, or less when you think you are bad. He draws us with His loving kindness to get us to turn to Him. When you fall, get up, He still loves you. When you come to know the Lord, you will only find sweetness, compassion, and love.

    Prayer: Father, I thank You for Your unconditional love. Help me filter out the traditions of man and focus on actually knowing You and Your word. Teach me the things that I need to know. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen!! Thank you Pastor Dion, for your true honest words in your devotion. I know what your talking about. I've heard people tell me things too through my life. When I was very ill after all I went thru I started a bible class on Tuesday nights. We was reading When Heaven Invades Earth. Written By Bill Johnson. The one elder lady just loved me and knew that I was fighting a battle dropping off medication. Many women heard about my story they started to come to the classes. We was there to read our book and talk about each chapter. Some of these women thought that they would point the finger at me for taking medication. I was a mess I just had a total hysterectomy due to high ovarian cancer counts. I lost my mother to ovarian cancer. I was placed on hormone tablets and was on medication for anxiety I took a turn for the worse and end up in the hospital from a break down 01-2013. I was a mess and my mind was not working right from the loss of the hormones. This old doctor placed me on 7 different medications. I looked at them and said I can't take all those pills. This old nurse said to me you know you like it. I look into her eyes and I said excuse you she pushed the wrong button. That's what happen at the church a lady looked into my eyes there and said to me your not a christian you have no faith when you have to pop 10 pills a day. She picked a number out of her head. I looked at her and said I would like to know when you took over for God? It's not up to you to judge me that's why I give it to God. I said I belong to God and he will help me not judge me. I looked at the lady who ask me to come to the classes. I said Maureen, I love you and love many others here but i'm not here to be judged. I said i'm done. Maureen, would drive me home she and a few other women left the church and never went back. I'm always kind I always do my best for what i'm going through. I won't let anyone talk to me or my husband in a rude mannor. The lady that did that to me got mad at the people in the church because they didn't let her son do something. I never heard from her but she wanted to get in touch with me. My number is not listed. I can pray for people like that but nobody is going to tell me I have no faith and if I was a christian I would not have to take medication. God, lets the doctors take care of us he's in the midst of my life and I know that. I don't like to call myself anything. I just like to say I follow Jesus. That's what I try to do everyday and it's hard but I just call His name when I need Him. I love all my brother's and sister's in the Lord but i'm no push over when one comes after me about what I need to do if I feel it's not from God. I know i'm not perfect and i'm a sinner but I sure give it my all to stay close to my Father. He brought me this far he's got plans for me what it is I don't know but when i'm not so weak he'll let me know. Amen. I'm Done!!! LOL Your going to have another beautiful service. God loves you and all you do he's got all these plans for you and I can feel him in the midst of all you and Sylvia are doing. We here at RHM have this special team love that pulls us together to love one another in this falling world. We all need to pray for our country. I pray in Jesus, name. Amen <3

July 10, 2016
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Albert Chau
Albert Chau

I left my church for similar reason. People were making insensitive hurtful comments. It is so easy to judge than having compassion like the story of a good Samaritan. Two religious persons walk by a man being robbed and beaten and they  move to the other side of the road for not wanting to do anything with that poor man until a Samaritan came by to help. I bet those 2 religious guys probably say to themselves that the man deserved to be beaten.

July 10, 2016
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Jackie Tipton
Jackie Tipton

GOD BLESS YOU, DIANE. Beautifully stated.

July 10, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen Diana, it doesn't matter what people think of us , only what God knows about us! 

July 10, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome

hallelajuh   thank you  lord   amen

 

July 10, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Amen! Thank you for this message! A wonderful reminder of God's unconditional love for us. Can't wait for church services this morning:) Pastor's Prayer: Father, I thank You for Your unconditional love. Help me filter out the traditions of man and focus on actually knowing You and Your word. Teach me the things that I need to know. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

July 10, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 10, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Many times when trials come people think God is angry with them. They fail to remeber that trials are part of our lives in this world. They are here to refine us. John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. If we walk in faith and do not blame God, He lovingly sees us through to victory. The duration of the trial is not the matter, it is the attitude of our hearts, it is the showing of our faith, that is what matters.

July 10, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 10, 2016
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio

Amen 

July 10, 2016
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Jeffrey Smith
Jeffrey Smith

Wonderful word Pastor Dion!!! Praise God!

July 10, 2016
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

  Good Morning~great lesson Pastor!!! thank you!!

July 10, 2016
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman

Looking forward to today's service 

July 10, 2016
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Amen am happy God don't only love us when we are good he loves us even when we are bad. Thank you Pastor Todd for these devotion message you sent to us each morning. Hope God continue to bless you and your family as you continue to serve him. 

July 10, 2016
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Fraser Keys
Fraser Keys

Thank you for your message today Pastor Dion I really enjoyed hearing you speak today you have a good way of communicating with everyday peoplel likem me.  I can see how religious people get the standard of their tradition mixed up with what Jesus showed me us.

July 10, 2016
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord. 

July 10, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 10, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!

July 11, 2016