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Listen to Jesus

When Jesus went up the mountain with three of his disciples, he was transfigured before them. They saw Moses and Elijah talking with Jesus.

They were so awed by their presence that Peter suggested that they put up monuments for all three. But the Father spoke from heaven and said, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him” (Luke 9:35, NIV).

It is human to be awed by Moses and Elijah, two huge characters in the Old Testament who represented the law and the prophets, respectively. But the Father said that we must listen to Jesus.

It is Jesus who is our Lord. We need to listen to him and follow his move in our time.

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Who Are You Following?

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. (Mark 1:17-18, NIV).

When Jesus met his disciples for the first time, he invited them to follow him. Without second thoughts, most of his disciples dropped what they were doing and followed him for 3 1⁄2 years. They followed him, obeyed him, ate with him, touched him, and felt what he felt. He calls us to follow him too.

Here at GCLV, we value the Lordship of Jesus over his Church and his intimate and unfailing love for his Bride and Body. We desire to lift up Jesus by our lives of sacrifice and death to self in every relationship. We value his humility and servanthood and desire to emulate him and his apostles as they expressed his humility and servanthood on earth. We want to follow Jesus and the leading and guidance of His Spirit.

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Set Free

Paul wrote, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free” (Galatians 5:1, NIV). Our freedom is not just a concept; it is a reality that should be experienced daily. But what is this freedom?

It is freedom from religious expectations that burden us. It is freedom to love each other as Christ loved us. It is freedom to care for and help others. It is freedom to be what God created us to be as individuals and as his family.

It is not freedom to sin but freedom to follow Jesus. It is freedom to love, have joy and peace, be gentle, kind, and patient—all a part of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is freedom to seek God and his righteousness by serving him and each other instead of serving our lusts and addictions. We have been set free to follow Jesus!

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What is True Worship?

“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth” (John 4:23-24)

Before he was crucified, Jesus said that the greatest love of all is to lay down one’s life for others (John 15:13). By laying down his life, he offered the greatest act of worship to the Father – the greatest love of all.

The Father desires more than anything else that we worship him by serving each other.

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