Life; Love

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Love One Another (song portion)

Love, what is love? When you watch movies, like "Titanic" or listen to the radio-love seem to be the theme that are many people's favorites. However, we can sometimes get the wrong message depending on the source.

"Looking for love in all the wrong places"

For example, I'm (Sal) not trying to point my fingers on anybody, but Hollywood can sometimes give the wrong message in it's sleazy "R" rated high sexually content-manytimes unnecessary movie scenes.

I (Sal) was a victim to this growing-up in my "younger years". I let the movies and music I listened to define what love was. However, I was "blessed" and "fortunate" to having great loving parents that steered me somewhat away from all this. Then in college, I found my "true" love, which was through my personal relationship with my Heavenly Father. He taught me to first love Him through His Word (Matthew 22:37-39).

It was the start of revealing my eyes and heart of the true meaning of love. I wasn't pressured anymore to try and find a "girlfriend" (see singlehood story) and get rushed to get "married". Instead, continue to grow as an individual before God's perfect timing for that "Christ-like" woman.

As I continue to read Scriptures (mentioned 310 times) or "Love Letter" from God, my eyes become more open to the meaning of love and how to love.

Love Letter From God

"Do you have days where you feel lonely, unloved, and not wanted? We all experience days like that, don't we? When I'm feeling down and lonely, I always turn to God in prayer. Here's a Love Letter from God to all of us" *see

  • Father's Love Letter

  • *this site was referred by a friend (Jaimee from the Philippines), whose brother (Brian) is an ambassador for this site. Met online this evening (Monday, October 29th of 2007)

    Definition of Love?

    This is how one (1 Corinthians 13-"Love Chapter")of many chapters in the Bible breaks it down...

    4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

    Songs of Love

    "The Love of the Lord Endures"
    by Joy Williams

    Different Levels of Love...

    A UMM Student asked a very "good" question the other night (Tuesday, August 16th 2005)-"Can Christians be the only ones that love?"..I responded yes because it's only God that gives love. Well, I brought this up at the weekly small group bible study at PCS and Ruth told me that "everybody can show or give love, but in different levels (e.g. sacrificial love-John 3:16). The example she gave me is that there are very close knit families (e.g. collectivist nations, like Asia) that offer more love than here in America-Western "collectivist" nations". I have to apologize for my answer, which was very narrow-minded.

    Then I thought about other close knit Asian families who are not Christians (e.g. Bhuddist), which my friend mentioned about in our conversation. I also thought about a level of love that makes Christianity unique, which is "unconditional love" (agape-loving someone that doesn't love you) and the power of "forgivenss".

    Happy Valentine

    Squirrel Singing "I Will Always Love You"

    *see creator's site

    Valentine Background

  • History of Valentine's Day, from Christianity Today

  • "St. Valentine was actually two people (that weren't romantically involved) who were martyred on the same day (c. 270). Feasts commemorating them were celebrated on February 14. One was a priest and physician who died in Rome during the persecution of Christians by Claudius II Grothicus. The other was the bishop at Terni, Italy who was also martyred in Rome. Both have been buried at different places along the Flaminian Way."
  • Wikipedia
  • Today (Wednesday, February 14th of 2007) is Valentines Day-wow! I wasn't able to get through work without sharing (e.g. see examples) God's love to people who appeared hurt/sad today, I was expecting this! I was just chatting with a guy friend of mine yesterday how many women will be having high expectations tomorrow. I saw it today and yesterday already! I was visiting a friend of mine and I witness a young adult women sharing her sadness to a older friend about how she will send a flower to herself tomorrow. I asked her if she had any boyfriends and she replied "no" with a sad face. I knew she wasn't being honest with me because the last time I was around her, she was boasting that she has 3 boyfriends!

    Anyways, the story today is...
    At my workplace, a young lady asked if I could take her out for pizza with others, like a double date. However, I already knew that this is a "no-no" because we are not allowed to date with people we "serve" in our workplace. I explained to her that I can have another person substitute for me, but this didn't work out. She was very disappointed when I told her this early this morning. Then later on, a co-worker gave me a different story that this particular lady already asked me and gave her permission to take her and her friends for lunch. I realize the desperation of this situation, so I talked with my co-worker and gave the whole story. I wasn't finished yet, so I went to this particular lady and explained to her this. Then I told her that God loves you and He would like you to be His valentine. She responded with a nod and kept her head down as I left. I would later repeat this to a bunch of others as many were heading out home from a city-transit bus. One of the passengers gave me a response of gratitude by saying "thanks Sal". I feel that people who didn't get a "valentine" they were hoping to expect (e.g. flowers, chocolates, etc... saw a co-worker and "client/consumer" we serve get flowers delivered to them in this cold-freezing weather, which they were very happy of course; however, the people around them may not all share the same feeling), we need to just give them a simple message-"God loves you" (John 3:16) with your daily lifestype/actions showing this. I challenge you to do this not only once a year or special occassions, but daily with His help.

    If you are single. My challenge to you if you are waiting for someone to give you a "valentine", just ask God how you can give a "valentine" or be a "blessing" to someone less fortunate or someone that may be blessed (e.g. family, friends, physically challenged, elderly, children, or a family in my church that just had a house fire 2 weeks ago-see story). If you are married, then go right now and do something (e.g. give a card like the one down below) special for your love one.

    E-Cards
    Blue Mountain
    Cross-Daily, with scriptures
    Day Spring

    Stories of God's Love

    The Drawbridge Keeper, from snopes.com
    *I remember reading this for the first time during my "early-years" coming to Christ (late 90's)

    "There was once a bridge that spanned a large river. During most of the day the bridge sat with its length running up and down the river paralleled with the banks, allowing ships to pass through freely on both sides of the bridge. But at certain times each day, a train would come along and the bridge would be turned sideways across the river, allowing the train to cross it.
    A switchman sat in a shack on one side of the river where he operated the controls to turn the bridge and lock it into place as the train crossed.
    One evening as the switchman was waiting for the last train of the day to come, he looked off into the distance through the dimming twilight and caught sight of the train lights. He stepped onto the control and waited until the train was within a prescribed distance. Then he was to turn the bridge. He turned the bridge into position, but, to his horror, he found the locking control did not work. If the bridge was not securely in position, it would cause the train to jump the track and go crashing into the river. This would be a passenger train with MANY people aboard.
    He left the bridge turned across the river and hurried across the bridge to the other side of the river, where there was a lever switch he could hold to operate the lock manually.
    He would have to hold the lever back firmly as the train crossed. He could hear the rumble of the train now, and he took hold of the lever and leaned backward to apply his weight to it, locking the bridge. He kept applying the pressure to keep the mechanism locked. Many lives depended on this man's strength.
    Then, coming across the bridge from the direction of his control shack, he heard a sound that made his blood run cold.
    "Daddy, where are you?" His four-year-old son was crossing the bridge to look for him. His first impulse was to cry out to the child, "Run! Run!" But the train was too close; the tiny legs would never make it across the bridge in time..
    The man almost left his lever to snatch up his son and carry him to safety. But he realized that he could not get back to the lever in time if he saved his son.
    Either many people on the train or his own son - must die.
    He took but a moment to make his decision. The train sped safely and swiftly on its way, and no one aboard was even aware of the tiny broken body thrown mercilessly into the river by the on rushing train. Nor were they aware of the pitiful figure of the sobbing man, still clinging to the locking lever long after the train had passed. They did not see him walking home more slowly than he had ever walked; to tell his wife how their son had brutally died.
    Now, if you comprehend the emotions that went through this man's heart, you can begin to understand the feelings of Our Father in Heaven when He sacrificed His Son to bridge the gap between us and eternal life.
    Can there be any wonder that He caused the earth to tremble and the skies to darken when His Son died? How does He feel when we speed along through life without giving a thought to what was done for us through Jesus Christ? "

    The Greatest Commandment


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

    Samples of Biblical Stories of God's Love

    -Parable of the Prodigal Son (WIKIPEDIA)

    " 1Now the tax collectors and "sinners" were all gathering around to hear him. 2But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them."
    3Then Jesus told them this parable: 4"Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' 7I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent."
    -Luke 15

    Many from Song of Solomon/Songs

    Romantic

    You know the Bible actually has some good poems to romans your sweet heart. Check out this...

    "1 How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes behind your veil are doves. Your hair is like a flock of goats descending from Mount Gilead."-Song of Solomon


    Reccomended Resources

    NATIONAL

    Articles

  • Agape-No Strings Attached, from purposeful singleness
  • An Analysis of Agape Love, from The Boston Christian Bible Study Resources
  • Books

  • Chapter 7-Resting in God's Love, from "Seeking God Finding Love"
  • "5 Love Languages", by Gary Chapman from Young Ladies Christian Fellowship

  • official site
    Chapman's Five Emotional Love Languages:
    (marriage about.com)
    1. Words of Affirmation
    This is when you say how nice your spouse looks, or how great the dinner tasted. These words will also build your mate's self image and confidence.
    2. Quality Time
    Some spouses believe that being together, doing things together and focusing in on one another is the best way to show love. If this is your partner's love language, turn off the TV now and then and give one another some undivided attention.
    3. Gifts
    It is universal in human cultures to give gifts. They don't have to be expensive to send a powerful message of love. Spouses who forget a birthday or anniversary or who never give gifts to someone who truly enjoys gift giving will find themselves with a spouse who feels neglected and unloved.
    4. Acts of Service
    Discovering how you can best do something for your spouse will require time and creativity. These acts of service like vacuuming, hanging a bird feeder, planting a garden, etc., need to be done with joy in order to be perceived as a gift of love.
    5. Physical Touch
    Sometimes just stroking your spouse's back, holding hands, or a peck on the cheek will fulfill this need.

    Rebecca St. James & Chris Tomlin - Expressions Of Your Love

    Music

  • Love Songs
  • Romantic Songs
  • -Acoustics

  • Happy Slip Productions

  • "Your Love" an original song

    "When I try to look elsewhere or in others
    I lose myself
    For my life is nothing without you
    My Creator

    You give me meaning
    You give me purpose
    I find my destiny in you oh God

    How wide
    How long
    How high and how deep
    Is your love oh Lord
    -Your Love (blog) of Happy Slip Productions
    -Contemporary Christian
    Casting crowns Love them like Jesus

    "These clips are of several different issues that face the church today. How do we help those who are broken? We just love them like Jesus"
    -Jazz

  • Barry White, from VH1.com

  • allthelyrics.com
    Barry White-playing your game,baby, from you tube.com
    -Pop
  • Harry Connick, Jr. - Romance In Paris "Learn to Love", from youtube.com

  • *more videos
    Elvis Presley - Can't Help Falling In Love 1977 (amateur)

    "Elvis Presley - Can't Help Falling In Love 1977 (amateur"
    Falling in Love with You, from UB40
    -R&B
  • Boyz II Men, personal myspace site


  • ¨i ll make love to you¨, from youtube.com
    Boyz II Men-Lonely Heart(w/Lyrics), from youtube.com
    -Rock
  • Love Song by Tesla, youtube.com
  • Barlowgirl-"Need You to Love Me.

    -Worship
    "God's Romance" the music video

    Poems

  • Love Poems & Quotes
  • GLOBAL

    Language

  • "I Love You" in 8 different langauges from netlaughter
  • Movies

  • Most, short film f

  • The Bridge

    "A video I created for Forest Pointe Church in Belmont, NC. It features scenes from the short film "Most", the story of a bridge operator who is forced to choose between the life of the son he loves dearly and a train filled with people. "Most" received an Academy Award Nomination for Best Live-Action Short Film. For more information on the film, or to order a copy for your church, visit MostTheMovie.com. This is a fan-made video, and not affiliated with the producers, director, or actors in any way. I simply loved the messsage of this film and wanted to share it with as many people as possible to give it the recognition it deserves. God bless!"
    Reviews:
    Christian Cinema
    "MOST is the story of an ordinary man forced to make an extraordinary decision. Shot entirely on location in the Czech Republic and Poland, MOST is a beautiful yet edgy film that draws you in and grabs your heart. In Czech “MOST” means “bridge”. In this film, MOST, simply put, is the bridge between now and forever…lives forever changed."

    Daily Power Boosters
    "If people are prepared; equipped; and strengthened by the SECRETS OF SUCCESS learned by people who have come before, they can conquer everything that comes their way - making their dreams come true!!....."
    *With God's help!

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    Mom and Dad

    My loving parents, who has and continues to support me in many ways. They first planted the seeds on how to love people as they taught me how to get along with anybody-including my enemies. My dad once said, "Instead of focussing on their weakness, focuss on their strengths. This will help you get along with anybody-especially the ones that are hard to get along with." (some interpretation). This helped me deal with all types of people, which helped me make the person I am today-Sal da pal! Thanks Mom and Dad!

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