Compassion

The saying is proverbial: “People do not care how much you know, until they know how much you #care.” There is a measure of truth in that.

Consider the case of Jesus #Christ. Much significance has been attributed to Jesus’ deep emotional response to his friends’ weeping, and his own tears. Weeping demonstrates that #Christ was a true man, with real bodily functions such as tears, sweat, blood, eating and drinking.

The book of Hebrews states. “For we have not a high priest that cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but one who has been tempted like as we are, yet without sin (4:15).” Of special interest is the term “touched.” the meaning is to feel with and our English “sympathy” is derived from this word.

Below we present Heart Touching Photos Posted on Godinterest in February 2015

…a child of the Erbore tribe, #Ethiopia

…Marine Sergeant Frank Praytor feeds a 2-week-old kitten named Miss Hap after her mother had been killed during a mortar attack in #Korea

The #Lord is not going to miraculously deliver us from the physical effects of a sin-cursed world. It is noteworthy, though, that as we suffer, we may be assured of his genuine sympathy.

The very first wedding photo Wu Conghan and his wife Wu Songshi were able to take after getting #married 88 years prior.

…..Specialist Dean Oldt, a marksman with the 101st Airborne, is reunited with his father. “Does Jesus care, when our hearts our pained, too deeply for mirth and song? When the burdens press and the cares distress, as the day grows weary and long?” The answer is a resounding, “Yes, he cares, we know he cares; his heart is touched with our grief.” Our knowledge of this fact is grounded in the biblical information we have just surveyed. Be comforted by it.

….A survivor finds a photo album and cherished memories in the remains of his home after an earthquake in Sichuan, China.  When we are afflicted with disease, pain or loss of life, he cares. When we are grieving the loss of dear ones, he cares. When we are confused, and in a maze of misdirection, desperately needing leadership, he has compassion for us. When we are mistreated, he feels for us.

When we dredge ourselves into the mire of sin, he grieves over that disaster. When, in hardness of heart, we even hatefully oppose him, he continues to feel for us. Is this not absolutely amazing? How can one continue to resist him in view of these wonderful truths? Can not the “goodness of God” lead us to repentance (Romans 2:4)? And what of our need to exhibit compassion to others? Can we not exclaim: “I will show compassion to others, because my Savior first showed compassion to me” (cf. 1 John 4:19)?

How the environment of our society, our homes, and our churches would be transformed if more adorned themselves with the mantle of compassion. What do you think?

 

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In God We Trust

Often the biggest issue with a person moving forward in their Christian lives is his or her ability to trust God.

We’re no strangers to the phrase, “In God We Trust” was adopted as the official motto of the United States in 1956 as an alternative or replacement to the unofficial motto of E pluribus unum, which was adopted when the Great Seal of the United States was created and adopted in 1782.

We find the phrase on bumper stickers and t-shirts, in songs and poems on Godinterest, and even on currency. It’s not without controversy either. Debates continually rage over whether such a motto is even constitutional, with Christians often at the forefront seeking to preserve it. But in the midst of all the noise, have we forgotten what it really means to trust in God?

Below are some inspirational photos about #In-God-We-Trust we found on Godinterest

…take a look at this man, he looks tougher than steel, and he probably is. Meet Navy Captain Conrad Targonski, the assistant chief of staff for religious ministries…

…To men in combat, the Lord seems always nearby. A Marine at Con Thien, Vietnam wears his faith, alongside earthly goods, on his helmet…

…water is life. Photo taken in Hoi An (Vietnam). First and foremost, trusting God means placing our faith in Jesus alone for salvation. Nothing we do can earn our salvation. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8–9)…

…being unwanted and unloved and forgotten by everybody, can be a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than a person who has nothing to eat. Philippians 2:4  says, let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Sure, people who trust in God and follow Jesus do these things all the time, but do you? …

…this also means we don’t have to worry about anything. In fact, we’re commanded, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). Are you ready to become a “Ballerina” for Christ?…

…Soldier Praying… So much can be written about prayer, but the key point is that it is not optional. Prayer is essential to the Christian life; as Christians, we are even commanded to pray. As a Christian, you can no longer stop praying than you can stop breathing…

…communities need God’s guidance. Rochester, New York police sergeant Clifton Manns, Sr., left raises his hand in prayer with other police officers at the New Life Fellowship on June 21, 2008. More than 200 police officers, church pastors and community members gathered to ask God’s help in ending community violence…

…the Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith. Discipleship demands sacrifice, and Jesus never hid thatcost… Would you still follow Jesus if it meant losing your job?…

…trust your gut… That’s God speaking through you. God speaks to us through dreams and visions. How often have you felt an impulse of the Spirit touch your heart and direct you towards Himself? God is constantly speaking to us, revealing His heart. So do you truly trust God?…

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What is true love?

The definition of love in the British and World English in Oxford dictionary states that LOVE is “A strong feeling of affection:
babies fill parents with intense feelings of love
their love for their country”.

However has love left you confused?

There are a few things most people say love isn’t. Some people say isn’t a feeling. Some people say that although real love is often accompanied by strong feelings, love does not equate with the sense of floating on clouds unlike the type of love that movies, television, and songs portray.

some people say that friendships and relationships wouldn’t last long on emotions alone. In fact, most academics say that knowledge is the basis of a healthy relationship.

However what does the bible say about love?

This verse certainly describes the characteristics of true #love.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” —I Corinthians 13:4-8a (NIV)

These qualities can most definitely be found in #Jesus #Christ, and should perhaps exist in all truly loving relationships.

We’ve included some of the sweetest and most heart touching #loving photos posted on #Godinterest so far during this festive season.

…a soldier meets his #baby for the first time. The bond between parent and child is one of the strongest connections in nature…

…we love seeing old couples. It gives us hope that #love can stand the tests of time. “Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable”.Henry Ward Beecher

…forever love in Cuba by Réhahn #Photography

…gereational thinking means thinking beyond yourself. Knowing that every action, belief, conviction you settle for now, will have a definite impact on the next generation. This is such a great theme…

…Jesus replied, This is the work (service) that #God asks of you: that you believe in the One Whom He has sent [that you cleave to, trust, rely on, and have faith in His Messenger]. (‭John‬ ‭6‬:‭29‬)…

…so Jesus can relate to suffering and pain. In fact, his essential purpose in leaving his kingship in Heaven and condescending to take mortal form was to suffer. And it started with his birth…

…homeless and impoverished children living in New Delhi, #India, receive a free education from two volunteer teachers.

 

…Greg Cook hugs his dog Coco after finding her inside his destroyed home in Alabama following the Tornado in March, 2012.

…you’re never too young to start praying! Are we right? The truth is, we all need a moment with God, whether it’s to thank Him, praise Him or ask Him for a little…

…the scripture is God’s love letter to mankind, the most amazing Valentine card ever written and in its pages is the description of the ultimate act of love and sacrifice and also, Gods blueprints for true love and true romance.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is #love.

So what is your love made of, surface romance or real romance rooted in unselfish sacrifice? Is it about all you want to get from someone else, or all you want to give?

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A Picture Is Worth Much More Than A Thousand Words – Godinterest

They say, “a picture is worth much more than a thousand words”. When we read a story about the someone’s life experience — it often has a lot less impact on us than seeing the emotions captured in a photograph. To illustrate this further, here are some of the most powerful and captivating photo’s added to Godinterest this week.

…Philemon 1:4 I thank my #God, making mention of you always in my prayers as our praise is not predicated on what #God does, are praise is contingent on who #God is and since he never changes our praise should never change.

…Russian Soldier Preparing Himself For the Battle of Kursk, July 1943. #God #Jesus

…Cardiac Surgeon After an 23 hour (Successful) Heart Transplant.

…Living On A Dollar A Day | Co.Exist | ideas + impact

…Chile’s Puyehue volcano erupts.

…Children Crying War

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Pictures Speak Louder Than Words – Godinterest

You’ve heard the old saying actions speak louder than words right? Well today we want to tell you that online, it’s pictures that speak louder than words!”

Photographs are one of the most powerful tools of engagement online, and is rising in importance as the digital realm takes hold and more people look to online channels for browsing, shopping and socialising. There’s something about a photograph on Godinterest, one that makes a statement or just takes your breath away with its sheer beauty. Why?

In this fast-moving world, when you have a message to convey, people hardly have time to sit down and read. But if you’re able to capture the essence of what you want to say in a photo, you’ll stand a better chance of capturing your target audience. It’s true that our attention is easily distracted by pictures. Visuals are more effective than words literally and figuratively as people tend to stop and look at compelling visuals.

Studies have found that pictures facilitate the learning process, especially when it comes to children and others who are mentally impaired. They have shown that photo’s are easier to remember and associate with facts and that they can both evoke and are able to capture emotions that words cannot, no matter how cleverly they’re used.

In a #warzone, a crying child in the midst of all the rubble drives home the pointlessness of it all much more than the harshest of write-ups. The picture of a little baby praying is enough to melt even the hardest of hearts.

However, most often though, it’s not just the pictures alone that make a point. When combined with the best write-ups, visuals help to push home the message in the most powerful way and that’s how they ought to be used on #godinterest

…Today is Veterans Day, the official holiday in the Unitd States that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Here are nine things you should know about an oft-overlooked group of #veterans#worship #god #jesus #christianity #wordpress #blog #godinteresting

…Depression is a doosey. A conversation I had with a friend the other day inspired this post. Depression runs rampant and it’s peculiar that so many people afflicted with this ailment are #christians. Why is that?

…Fierce, determined hands. I could write for a long time about grief. I have buried too many people. The scar of grief was first carved by my parents’ divorce. I was too young to remember, but I know that my father was there…

Mercy Defined  “I asked for love. I asked for mercy. I asked for patience; but you’re already all of these things.”

 

…Life of a #Wannabe #Jesus. This is how we know #God is good; Because even though we stumble and fall and our sin causes us to cry, God will take those tears and build a lake for us to dance on.

…WAIT – Shining a Light “Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness?” – 2 Corinthians 6:14 (NLT)  #god #jesus #christianity #dailydevotional #devotional#wordpress #blog #godinteresting

…Big Girls Do Cry: Your Tears are Not a Sign of Weakness.

We want to know from you, when you write a message, share a photo, or a video online, which do your friends and colleagues respond to more? Share your response in the comments field below, and let us know what the most memorable picture you’ve seen online is.

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Godinterest: Let Go and Let God

Godinterest is a essential tool for evangelism and is focused on sharing the Gospel message around the world through pictures. Jesus told his followers to take the Gospel to all the world.

Now, it’s even easier for people around the world to share posts that make us laugh, teach us something new about God or help us find out what’s happening in the Christian world.

Wherever you are in the world, be it Japan, Brazil or somewhere in between, we hope Godinterest makes it easier for you to discover and post content that bring us all closer to God and thereby closer to each other.

…Christmas around the world from U.S. military personnel celebrating in Afghanistan to India, the Vatican, the United States and elsewhere, people celebrated Christmas 2013.

…Soweto Gospel Chior at Symphony Hall  | DigBoston. For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16 English Standard Version)

….we are so thankful for missionaries who persevere to make a difference in the lives of people who would not get a chance any other way.

…News and views from the continent of Africa from a Christian perspective.

Mandela B&W

…The Arb lowers its flag to half-mast, to honour the passing of the world’s greatest campaigner for freedom, democracy and human values. May his life and achievements continue to inspire and fortify us all. Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika!

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Godinterest ‘Knowing God and Making Him Known’

Godinterest.com exists to Make God Known.  Making God known is part of the Great Commission of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20). God wants you to discover Him, perceive Him, see Him, and experience Him through a relationship with Him. He wants you to know that you can trust Him as God’s character is love, kindness, mercy and faithfulness.

As we ask God to lead us, we find that He gives us all kinds of creative ways to live out His loving purpose for the world.

We invite you to ask God to show you how you can play a part in Making God Known on Godinterest.

Let’s do it in being and living, in speaking and writing, in proclamation and dialogue, in preaching and teaching, in argumentation and invitation.  We hope you will enjoy the touching stories of people Making God Known on Godinterest.com

…Scottsdale Master’s Commission is a discipleship program that is committed to the spiritual and personal development of its students. Our purpose is two fold: “TO KNOW GOD AND MAKE HIM KNOWN”

…therefore go and make disciples of all nations (Matt.28,19)

….a magic moment for the city of God

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Sin Can Make God Go Viral

 

The London Evening Standard

London Evening Standard | By Rosamund Urwin

interest is often described as an online scrapbook, only it offers more bragging powers than the paper kind, a way to flaunt your perfect wardrobe/wedding/life. Now, though, it has a spin-off that’s more eternal than ego. Godinterest is for those who are up on “pinning” pictures and down with Jesus Christ. So far, there are quotes from Corinthians, photos of dolphins (“testament to His creativity”) and some divinely inspired slogan T-shirts (“Radiate positive vibes”). It’s not exactly a winning ad for the big G.

The biggest problem, though, is its name. Why not call it Sinterest, I thought, to bring all the Doubting Thomases to the virtual yard? Of course, this being the internet, someone has already had that idea days ago.

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