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Date : 11th Feb., 2018

Dear BBF Family,

This Sunday we the BBF Family had a blessed service.
The service began with responsive reading from Psalm 136,  followed by a time of worship , Offertory, Intercessory prayer, the word of God was shared by John Manoharan and Pastor Albert Davis closed the service with benediction.

Sermon: Mr. John Manoharan.
Topic for today : “What does it take to love?” 

Let’s turn our bibles to Matthew 22: 34 – 40

"The Greatest Commandment"  34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[c] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[d] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

This morning I am grateful to God for leading me to speak on His most desired and very well exhibited attribute, “Love”.
Let’s take the first and Greatest Commandment of God.
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind”
In my training profession, I had or still have the privilege to work with few great leaders, who are very godly in their approach to their profession.
In the training programs, we often evaluate learners’ subject knowledge. I (like Mr. Know it all) most often would begin my training session with questions from the topic that I ought to teach and naturally the learners wouldn’t know all the answers for my questions, their expression would be like ‘duh’ that’s what you’re here to teach us about.
One leader who was there to observe one of my training program, advised me that I shouldn’t assess the learners on anything that I have not taught them.
That afternoon I learnt a Godly principle.
“God does not assess us on anything that he has not taught us about. For us believers of Christ, Christ has Demonstrated His love for God and for His people”
In this Commandment, we see that God is commanding us to Love Him with three God given attributes or powers.
Firstly Heart; This is the place where deep currents like Emotions, Desires, affection rises from and steer our lives.
God wants us to knit Him in our emotions, Put Him at the center of our desires and Set Him as our life’s affection and make him the supreme treasure of our heart.
Matt. 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.”
To know where we stand in loving God with our all heart, check on what motivates your actions and how much of time do we devote to Him.
I am sure all of us would agree When we love someone we want to spend more time with the person we love and do whatever it takes to make that person happy.
Philippians 3:8 says,
““What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.”
As Apostle Paul says Let’s also aim to make Jesus as the supreme treasure of our Heart.
Now Secondly Soul; Soul is the core of who we are? Soul defines our identity. Biblical understanding of Soul means life, our Inner self. It is in the core of us that we build or values and make our choices, decisions that eventually shapes our individuality.
God wants us to make Him our Identity, by simply choosing to obey Him, to Follow his virtues, righteousness and remain humble in our thoughts and deeds.
In other wants “God wants us to be the imitators of Christ”.
To know where we stand in loving God with our all soul, let’s ask ourselves few critical questions, Have I decided to Follow Jesus?  Who do I think I am? How do I treat my family and my friends? How do I treat my servants or subordinates? Where do I spend my leisure? How do I respond to temptations?
If we love somebody of great caliber and value them above all, we would simply follow whatever they say.
John 14:15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command”
This morning let’s once again take a moment to consciously commit to Obey God through our life style and trust in His strength and grace to carry out that commitment.
Finally, the Mind; In my opinion Mind is the most powerful element that God has blessed us with. Mind lets us Assess, Seek, Know, store information and envision.
Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together, says the LORD:”
This verse is a verse that simply blows me of my Mind, this shows much this mighty God the Maker of Heaven and the Earth cares about my freewill, about my conscious choices.
This Sovereign God, This King of King and Lord of Lords, The Holy God, The Great I am,
wants us to love Him knowing who He is, Remembering His everlasting kindness, envision a future with Him and to remain Mindful of His perfect will for us.

Our Mind plays a very critical role in Knowing, Loving and Growing in Christ Jesus.
Romans 12:2 [Full Chapter]
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
When we take time to feed our mind with the word of God and Seek to know Him truly in our spirit we will be able to Love him with all our Mind.  In my opinion, Loving God with all our Mind is a supernatural Possibility when we have a personal relationship with God.
 Let’s examine; Do we take time to know God more intimately? Do we envision our future with God?

  1. W. Tozer once said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”

When we know the true God our Lord Christ Jesus intimately and come in consensus with him, we give birth to His Love in our heart. Loving Christ continually will lead us to know and Grow is Christ.
Two people I really admire for their Faith in God and Love for God and Obedience to God.

  1. David; I like His Trust on God and Dependence upon God.

Though he had committed adultery with Bathsheba and murdered Uriah,
David repented, and came back to God for he believed in God’s forgiveness and His love for him. He did not build on his guilt looking at his past but came back to God with repentance and heart of surrenderance for he knew for sure if there was anyone who can set him free from his sin and guilt that would be God who created him. So he went after God’s own heart seeking His forgiveness, and comfort.

  1. Hosea was commanded of God to take a wife of "whoredom"

God knew she would leave him but still God told Hosea to marry Gomer.
Gomer left Hosea for a man who could better satisfy her fondness for luxury. Just as Israel’s behaviour.
“Hosea's marriage is an illustration of the thing he was preaching”
The Second and Greatest Commandment.
“And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself”
On a lighter note, Sometime I wonder, how would have we done if this commandment was like, “Judge your neighbors as you would like to Judge them”
 Though we would have given each other a tough competition, we would certainly be filled with; Anger, hatred, vengeance, envy, bitterness, fear, guilt, shame, Struggling to cover our backs, defending our wrong doing, we would have led a life with no peace and no joy with only hopelessness.
May be for this reason bible says in
Mathew 7:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
 [ Do Not Judge] “Judge not, that you be not judged.
Luke 6:37 New King James Version (NKJV) [ Do Not Judge] “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
God wants us to love our neighbor and not fake it.
Romans 12: 9-13 New King James Version (NKJV)
“9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.”
God wants us to love our neighbor just as He loved us.
John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
Just as “we can give only when we have”, We can love only when we allow God to pour out His love into our hearts.
I believe that God does not command us to do anything which He knows that we cannot do.
We can fulfill this commandment, when we truly allow Him and His Love to be the governors of our life.
Matthew 19:26
But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Lets Pray:

Heavenly Father, Thank you for Your love for us, Thank you God that your will for us is to be the agent of Your love, Father provided us with all that is required, for us to live as the agents of Your love. In Jesus Name!

BRIGHT GEMS : Alekya Vinay.  The bible portion was taken from Genesis 37, the story of Joseph and his struggles and how he overcame everything with the help of God.
1. Next Sunday's Sermon is by Pastor Albert Davis .
2. Cottage prayer for the month of February will be held at Madana Kumar and Leslies residence on 24th at 6:00 Pm

Financial Statement of BBF this Week 
- Tithes and Offering of (11 Feb 2018)- Rs 2,640/-.
- Expenses of this Sunday – Rs 1,000/-.
- Cash to bank - Rs 1,640
- Bank debit – Rs 23,000/-
- Bank credit – NIL
- Cash in hand - Rs 25,822/-.
- Bank Balance –Rs 1,87,963.40/-.

Praise (Celebrations) & Prayer Requests (Petitions)
1. Praise God for His provisions as BBF was able to procure a Laptop for church use.   .
2. Praise God for adding another year in Mareen's life as she celebrated her  birthday last week.
3. Please pray for Mareen and family as they travel to Delhi this week, pray for journey mercy, good health and also for the property disposal matter to go on smoothly.
4. Please continue to pray for John's mother's health and for his brothers upcoming wedding.
5.Please pray for Nathanael as he has eye infection.
6. Pray for Prasanna and Nathan Mr Chandan S Giri's wife and son as they go through this difficult period in life, as they cope with the sudden demise of Chandan, please pray for God's comfort , strength and provision..
7.Please pray for Philomina's poor health and the impending uterus removal surgery .
8. Vinay and Alekhya for better health, pray for the completion of Vinay's assignments which are due for submission.
9. Please pray for Kalai's friend Mary as she is battling loneliness and depression. 
10. Praise God for the freedom in some of the mission fields as they were able to celebrate Christmas and hold other christian meetings without out any hindrance from other religious groups.
11. Please pray for the elections at Nagaland. 
12.For all the BBF families for the personal, financial, protection, spiritual needs and God’s guidance.
13.BBF Trustees, BBF bright gems, BBF youth group, BBF cottage prayer and BBF Women bible study group.
14.Please continue to pray for Bangalore Bible Fellowship as a church.

Regards and Blessings,
Bangalore Bible Fellowship.
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