TODAY'S BIBLE VERSE

The Perfect Friend

The Perfect Friend

THE PERFECT FRIEND

I have had many “friends” in my life – people who I’ve known and have interacted with – but very few that I consider “close” friends. That’s because I don’t trust too many people; sooner or later they will betray your friendship, take advantage of you, hurt you, or turn against you and talk bad about you behind your back.

But there is a friend who will never betray you; His name is Jesus Christ. He can be trusted above all other friends. He will never hurt you or let you down, but always wants the very best for you.

He is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

“One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” – Proverbs 18:24

What a friend we have in Jesus! He is our best friend, the perfect Savior and Lord.

– Luis Joseph Castle
CHOSEN OF GOD MINISTRIES
http://www.COGMinistries.org

#JesusIsOurBestFriend #ThePerfectFriend #ThePefectSavior


 

JESUS IS THE PERFECT FRIEND

– Always happy to see you.
– Ready to listen on a moment’s notice.
– Gracious to forgive you.
– Full of great advice.
– Loves to encourage you.
– Available to lean on.
– Will stand by your side.
– Faithful to protect you.
– Will never leave you nor
forsake you.

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TODAY'S BIBLE VERSE

Wrong choices bring sorrow

Wrong Choices Bring Sorrow

Wrong choices bring sorrow. Choose wisely.

“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” – Galatians 6:7

Follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and make the right choices. By doing so, you will avoid much sorrow and heartache in this life. God wants us to be happy, that’s why He gives us His laws to follow. The laws are designed – not to keep us from enjoying our lives – but to avoid unnecessary pain and suffering.

Trust God’s guidance; He knows what’s best for us.

– Luis Joseph Castle
CHOSEN OF GOD MINISTRIES
http://www.COGMinistries.org

#GoodChoicesBringHappiness #BadChoicesBringSorrow #ChooseJesus #ChooseLife

 

TODAY'S BIBLE VERSE

Evangelist Billy Graham’s 100th Birthday

Billy Graham

Yes, Evangelist Billy Graham is still alive and living peaceably in his home in Montreat, North Carolina. This year – in November – will mark his 100th birthday. Let us continue to pray for brother Graham and support his ongoing ministry at http://www.billygraham.org

His son, Franklyn Graham, said, “Many have asked about my dad’s condition. While he is doing well, he does have the physical challenges that come with age. His daughter, Anne Graham-Lotz, shared that “her father is confined mostly to his bed and wheelchair but he still has a clear mind. She also noted he is still affectionate and loving.”

Billy Graham has always been one of my heroes in the Christian faith. He is an example of God’s promise to bless us with “long life” if we are faithful to Him.

“He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” – Psalm 91:16

– Luis Joseph Castle
CHOSEN OF GOD MINISTRIES
http://www.COGMinistries.org


UPDATE

I just posted this message a few days ago on Sunday, February 18, 2018. I am sad to report Billy Graham passed away and went to be with the Lord this morning, Wednesday, February 21, 2018. He died in his home due to natural causes.  Please pray for his family. We will greatly miss him.


ABOUT BILLY GRAHAM:

Billy Graham, is an American Christian evangelist, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, who became well known internationally after 1949. He is widely regarded as the most influential preacher of the 20th century. He held large indoor and outdoor rallies; sermons were broadcast on radio and television, some still being re-broadcast into the 21st century. According to his staff, more than 3.2 million people have responded to the invitation at Billy Graham Crusades to “accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior”. He was born on November 7, 1918 in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, and grew up on a dairy farm.

#BillyGraham #100Birthday #GodsBlessings #LongLife

TODAY'S BIBLE VERSE

Before you pray, forgive…

Before you pray forgive

Before you pray, forgive. Before you hate, love.

Forgiving can be hard, when someone has hurt us, especially someone we love. But if we don’t find a way to forgive, how can we ask God to forgive us?

Today, pray and ask Jesus Christ to give you the grace and strength to forgive the people that have hurt you. Get rid of all bitterness, passion, and anger. No more shouting or insults, no more hateful feelings of any sort. Do not try to avenge yourself; let it go and turn all wrongs done to you over to God. He will deal with that person in His own way, and in His own time. Be at peace.

“Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” – Romans 12:19

Instead, be kind and tender-hearted to one another, and forgive one another, as God has forgiven you through Christ. (Ephesians 4:31-32)

Luis Joseph Castle
CHOSEN OF GOD MINISTRIES
http://www.COGMinistries.org

#ForgiveOthers #GodWillForgiveUs #VengeanceIsGodsResponsibility

TODAY'S BIBLE VERSE

The Secret of a Happy Marriage

The Secret of a happy marriage

The secret of a happy marriage is 2 good forgivers.

“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” – Matthew 18:21-22

Billy n Ruth Graham_Married 60 yearsEvangelist Billy Graham and his wife Ruth were married for more than 60 years before Ruth died in 2007. Ruth often said, “The Secret of a Happy Marriage is 2 Good Forgivers,” because many times, even the best marriages have difficult moments. But if both partners are committed to loving each other through good times and bad times, and seeing their marriage succeed, they must learn to forgive each other.

How often should you forgive your husband or wife? Jesus said, “Seventy times seven.” Or, in others words, as often as necessary – indefinately. The Grahams believed a good marriage consisted of three persons — the husband, the wife and God. If you have God in the center of your marriage, He will help you resolve any problem you may face with your spouse.

Because of the reality of sin, every marriage has hurtful moments and even pain and frustration. We’re not marrying gods and goddesses! We’re marrying people that will stumble in many ways. How can that possibly be easy?

Do you have an imperfect spouse? Chances are, he or she feels the same about you, so recognize we are all imperfect people who are striving to become better. Be patient with your spouse and learn to love them unconditionally.

– Luis Joseph Castle
CHOSEN OF GOD MINISTRIES
http://www.COGMinistries.org

#ChristCenteredRelationships #DifficultMarriages #LoveAndForgiveness

TODAY'S BIBLE VERSE

Love Never Fails

Love Never Fails

LOVE NEVER FAILS

“So these things continue forever: faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Cor. 13:13

Jesus Christ, the Messiah never wrote a book, yet His message of the Gospel and the nature of His love was indelibly impressed upon the hearts and minds of His followers who wrote about it in the pages of the Bible. They could never forget the love of their Savior and Lord. He was their model. His very life and sacrificial death clearly defined LOVE for them – and for us today.

– Luis Joseph Castle
CHOSEN OF GOD MINISTRIES
http://www.COGMinistries.org

#TrueLove #GodsLoveForUs #JesusLovesUsThisMuch #LoveNeverFails

TODAY'S BIBLE VERSE

The Great Designer

The Great Designer

Almighty God, the Great Designer, has a great design for your life.

“For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the Jehovah God. I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope. When you call out to me and come to me in prayer, I will hear your prayers. When you seek me in prayer and worship, you will find me available to you. If you seek me with all your heart and soul.” – Jeremiah 29:11-13

We often do not know the love of God, or the mind of God towards us. We are sometimes ready to fear that God’s designs for us are against us. On the contrary, He is always working all things out for our good (Romans 8:28). Even that which may seem evil, he is turning around for our ultimate benefit.

He will give us, not the expectations of our fears, or the expectations of their carnal fancies, but the expectations of a grand design He has purposed for all His children, which will be the best for us.

Therefore, let us continue to trust the Lord with the minutest details of our life, seek, pray and worship Him with all our hearts and souls. Amen.

– Luis Joseph Castle
CHOSEN OF GOD MINISTRIES
http://www.COGMinistries.org

#GodsGreatPlanForUs #LovingThoughts #CompassionateHeart #TrustingGodInAllThings

TODAY'S BIBLE VERSE

Come closer to God

Come Closer to God

Come closer to God and He will come closer to you.

A wise proverb says, “You become what you think about most.” If you want to become more like Jesus, fill your thoughts with Him. As you do, God will become more real in your life.

God waits to be gracious. Like the father in the parable of the prodigal son, He beholds us while we are “yet a great way off,” and runs, as it were, to hasten our return.

“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” – James 4:8

#DrawCloserToGod #GodComesCloserToUs #FillYourMindWithJesus #PurifyYourHearts #GreaterSpirituality

TODAY'S BIBLE VERSE

I admit I’m not perfect…

I admit Im not perfect
I admit I’m not perfect, but neither are you. Let us be patient with one another.
“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults in love.” – Ephesians 4:2
We are all imperfect people striving to be perfect as God is perfect. Therefore, let us be patient with one another’s faults, quick to forgive, and avoid the temptation to judge each other harshly, seek revenge for wrongs done to us, or hold ill-will towards any.
#Patience #Love #Humility #Gentleness #Forgiveness
TODAY'S BIBLE VERSE

When Life Gets Blurry

When life gets blurry

When life gets blurry, your focusing on the wrong things.

“But seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness, and everything else will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:33

We are Christ’s disciples and have more important business to employ our minds about, and have higher hopes to encourage us. Therefore we must first seek — that is, focus on and prioritize in the first place, with the greatest earnestness and concern, the purposes of God’s kingdom – namely, God reigning in our hearts.

One who seeks for this may well be content to leave all else in his Father’s hands. Even without us asking, everything else shall be added unto us in such measure as is best for us.

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life–whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?” – Matthew 6:25

#LifePriority #RightFocus #SeekingGodFirst #GodWillProvideAllElse