David Jeremiah – ‘God loves you; He always has, He always will’ at Liberty University

That comes to a great surprise for a lot of people, because, if we’re not careful, we believe that God’s love is like ours. How many of you know that our love has a lot of ‘ifs’ in it? I love you if… I love you if you treat me right. I love you if you’re handsome or if you’re beautiful, or if you achieve. God’s love doesn’t have any ifs in it. God loves you because it is His nature to love you. And it is true to say that God loves you, He always has and He always will. It is also true to say that nothing you can ever do will make God love you more than He loves you right now. And nothing you can ever do can make Him love you less than He loves you right now. Because, God doesn’t love you so much because of what’s in you, God loves you because of what’s in Him. And God is love  and love comes from God.

Whenever I say that and there are young people around, they always say, „Yeah, but what if I don’t love God? He still loves me?” That’s what I want to talk to you about today. I want to share a story from Luke 15.

  • God loves you even when you don’t love Him.

Published on Oct 4, 2012 by 

On October 3, 2012 at Convocation, North America’s largest weekly gathering of Christian students, Dr. David Jeremiah, Senior Pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church, shared with students the parable of the prodigal son and spoke about God’s love. He emphasized that, „God loves you. He always has, and He always will.”
Dr. Jeremiah is also the founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries. His church, Shadow Mountain Community Church, is one of the largest churches in San Diego County. Dr. Jeremiah is also the author of several books, including his most recent, „God Loves You: He Always Has — He Always Will.”

Father’s Day Song – I Am Your Father ~ Brian Doerksen {Song For The Prodigals}

Rembrandt – The Return of the Prodigal

„See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God.The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him” (1 John 3:1). This passage begins with the command: „See.” John wants us to observe the manifestations of the Father’s love. He has introduced the subject of God’s love in the preceding chapter (1 John 2:5, 15) briefly discusses it here, and fully explains it in the fourth chapter. John’s purpose is to describe the kind of love the Father gives His children, „what great love.” The Greek word translated „what great” is found only 6 times in the NT and always implies astonishment and admiration.

Interesting to note is that John does not say, „The Father loves us. Instead, he tells us that the Father has „lavished” His love on us, and this portrays an action and the extent of God’s love. John has chosen the word „Father” purposely. That word implies the father-child relationship. However, God did not become Father when He adopted us as children. God’s fatherhood is eternal. He is eternally the Father of Jesus Christ, and through Jesus He is our Father. Through Jesus we receive the Father’s love and are called „children of God.”

What an honor it is that God calls us His children and gives us the assurance that as His children we are heirs and co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17). In his Gospel, John also tells us that God gives the right to become children of God to all who in faith have received Christ as Lord and Savior (John 1:12). God extends His love to His Son Jesus Christ and, through Him, to all His adopted children.

When John then tells us „that is what we are!” he declares the reality of our status. Right now, at this very moment, we are His children. In other words, this is not a promise which God will fulfill in the future. No, the truth is we are already God’s children. We enjoy all the rights and privileges our adoption entails, because we have come to know God as our Father. As His children we experience His love. As His children we acknowledge Him as our Father, for we have an experiential knowledge of God. We put our trust and faith in Him who loves us, provides for us, and protects us as our earthly fathers should. Also as earthly fathers should, God disciplines His children when they disobey or ignore His commands. He does this for our benefit, so „that we may share in His holiness” (Hebrews 12:10).

There are many ways the Scriptures describe those who love God and obey Him. We are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17); we are holy priests (1 Peter 2:5); we are new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17); and we are partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). But more significant than any title or position is the simple fact that we are God’s children and He is our Heavenly Father.

Published on May 16, 2012 by mariliss1

Mark Driscoll’s message at Liberty University (April 20,2012)

Published on Apr 20, 2012 by 

On April 20, 2012 at Convocation, North America’s largest weekly gathering of Christian students, Pastor Mark Driscoll spoke to Liberty University students from Luke 15:11–32, the parable of the prodigal son, on the topic of „The Rebellious and the Religious.” His premise was that sin and religion are equally contrary to the gospel of Jesus Christ. He closed by challenging students to make the most of their time while studying at Liberty.
„Do not waste these years on rebellion. Do not waste these years on religion. Get to know Jesus, He loves you very much,” he said.

Driscoll is the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Wash., and is one of the world’s most quoted pastors. He was named one of the „25 Most Influential Pastors of the Past 25 Years” by „Preaching” magazine and his sermons are consistently No. 1 on iTunes each week for Religion & Spirituality, with millions of downloads each year. He is also the author of 15 books.

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