1. James Crowley
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    Hey Mike.. interesting thoughts. The Christian belief that I’ve seen pretty much across the board (and believe myself) is that God is our Heavenly Father. It’s deeper than intellect too. What i mean is, I don’t just KNOW God’s my dad, i FEEL that he’s my dad. When you’re a kid you do things to please Dad so that you’ll “be cool” with him. In a healthy family situation it’s perfectly normal for a kid to want to please daddy when he’s being a good father to him or her. I think it has more to do with the fact that God is our provider and that he continues to bless us with things we need and want in life, and he receives great pleasure in seeing his kids do whats right and “pick up the trash in the parking lot”. Ya know? I truly mean it when I say, I love God and I want to do things that honor him. The bible says God is love and when we show Love, we honor God. Thats my 2 cents bro… thanks for bringing it up though.. it’s thought provoking and we christians shouldn’t just try to tally up good points…

  2. LInda
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    Hi Mike,
    Today I was reminded that God collects every tear, bucause He cares for us. And that every time we learn something good from our personal struggles, and incorporate it into our lives, it is precious to Him, like a ‘child’s color picture’, outside the lines and imperfect, but precious to Him. I think that if the TAD Center was the theme of the message today, Dennis would have told a much bigger story, and explained more clearly that God recognizes men’s obedience (faithfulness) to their calling (or purpose), regardless of their perceived success (re: setting up chairs). God is a builder of persons, not a builder of buildings. People are built and matured through obedience and perserverance fueled by love. We keep tabs on our childrens first steps, first school day, etc. Eventually, through obedience, our children run, graduate, etc. God knows you, even though you don’t know Him. He has a so called ‘tally sheet’ for you, too, because He has a personal interest in you (each of us). In the Bible, we are told our works (deeds) fall into tow catagories: wood, hay, and stubble, or fine gold. One group is burned up, and the other is refined in the fire of God’s judgement. Motivation, that only God can discern, makes the difference. Deeds done out of love of God and love for others will remain, like gold, before God. The rest won’t make the so called ‘tally sheet’. And, yes, we will be rewarded for the (golden) deeds done in the body…

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