1 Corinthians 13:1-7 “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor , and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.”
- Context defined:
- The circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed.
- the parts of something written or spoken that immediately precede and follow a word or passage and clarify its meaning.
In other words, understanding a word, verse, or passage in scripture requires us to view it in light of the verses around it.
- Common Sense Questions:
- Who is speaking or writing?
- To whom or about whom is he speaking or writing?
- About what subject is he speaking or writing?
- When or about what time is he speaking or writing?
- What is the occasion for the speaking or writing?
1 Corinthians 10:31 “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”
God has given us a physical body and the ability to use that body to live life, honor and glorify Him, interact with others, and embrace with wonder the rest of His glorious creation. We have eyes through which to look and behold. We have ears that allow us to hear and listen. We have legs, feet, and toes to move about, walk, and even run. We have arms, hands, and fingers with which we can touch, feel, hold, handle, and embrace. We have mouths to taste, eat, drink, speak, and sing. We have a brain to think, learn, decide, imagine, and operate this amazing body with all it’s abilities. With this body we can work, create, make, and build. We can with great skill perform many amazing things and complete many incredible tasks. Having such a gift and never expressing appreciation to the God who created it is tragic. Living life and not giving back in way of service, helping others in need, or using ones abilities for His glory is very selfish. We are commanded to love the Lord with all of our strength. This means we recognize our Creator as the source of our abilities and we honor Him by using those abilities in His service.
Mark 12:29-30 ”And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is , Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”
God has bless mankind with a mind and the amazing ability to think, learn, imagine, create, and remember. We live in an age where information of every sort is available within seconds. There seems to be no limit to what we can gain in the way of knowledge whether it is good or bad, right or wrong, true or false. The believer understands that God is the source of all truth, genuine knowledge, and wisdom (John 17:17; Psalm 33:4; Poverbs 1:7; Proverbs 9:10). He created our mind with all it’s abilities. For us to live life where God is not a part of our thinking, learning, imaginations, and memories is unimaginable. A life lived without the precious knowledge of a loving, caring, and saving God is truly a terrible thing. Loving God with all our minds recognizes and honors the God who created and gave us this precious gift. What a blessing it is to know Him and ponder His greatness!
Mark 12:29-30 “And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”
Humans are a unique and amazing creation. God has given us emotions, personalities, intellect, and physical abilities. He has also given us the priviledge of having a personal relationship with him. Jesus said the first and greatest commandment is to love our creator, the one true God, with all our heart, and with all our soul, and with all our mind, and with all our strength. This love involves every aspect of our life and every fiber of our being. Can you imagine such a love? The question is not whether God is worthy of such a love, because He most certainly is, but are we expressing this kind of love to Him?
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Why the Philippines?
As long as I can remember, I have had a heart for Missions and Missionaries. I have had the privilege of hosting several missionaries from around the world and taking several mission trips including trips to Canada, Mexico, and the Philippines. For whatever reason God has given me a special burden for the Philippines. They are a precious people and God is using them in some amazing ways in their own country and all around the world. I am humbled by what I have seen in their land and among their people. Their spirit, faith, and service are an inspiration.
It is my desire to help and be an encouragement to those serving our Lord around the world, but especially in the Philippines – missionaries, preachers, church planting, and ministry projects. Raising awareness and funds, providing resources and encouragement, and networking with people to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to affect lives, families, and communities for God’s glory.