Billie Holiday - On the Love of God - John Van Sloten

September 07, 2008

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryIn this message we’re going to let 1930’s Jazz singer, Billie Holiday teach us about the nature and character of the love of God.

“Jim doesn't ever bring me pretty flowers
Jim never tries to cheer my lonely hours
Don't know why I'm so crazy for Jim
Jim never tells me I'm his heart's desire”
“Jim,” Sung by Billie Holiday

“Jesus brought into the world a new emphasis on love which he demonstrated in his own life and which he made clear he expected his disciples to produce too. For him love depends on the nature of the lover rather than that of the beloved. Jesus loved because he was a loving person, not because he found attractive qualities in those he loved. His followers are to be loving people,
not simply to be drawn to attractive people.”
Page 492, Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels

“You know I’m yours for just the taking
I’d gladly surrender myself to you
Body and soul”
“Body and Soul” Sung by Billie Holiday

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
Jesus in Matthew 22:37, NIV

I'm so weary and all alone, Feel tired like heavy stone
Trav'lin', trav'lin' all alone, Who will see and who will care
Bout this load that I must bear
Travelin All Alone, Billie Holiday

“Say the welcoming word to God—"Jesus is my Master"—embracing, body and soul, God's work..”
The Apostle Paul, in Romans 10:9, MSG


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July 13, 2010
As an Atheist I have never heard a greater vocal artist.To me music is the closest I speak of the sacred and I mean that as a secular individual.

loulou2lou
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March 13, 2010
it could be that you're following of Christ should not be about belief or understanding or how it fits, but, rather, absconditus deus.
some might take that as a sign to be silent, rather than a logical explanation for your understanding.

God would not change Billie, nor Shakespeare, but you do? Seems unfair to the blindingly broad horizon that is Holiday or Shakespeare. God, as you say, is not the sum of wordly things. I will not pray for you, but I will pray for your congregation.

madhoneydew
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August 20, 2009
Fasinating Im not really religous i appreciate a good sermon. This was unique!

jahlaune
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January 28, 2009
God has no anger. It is impossible. Anger is only in us. It is there because the absence of God is painful and all of us suffer from this absence. Man has written that God is angry because man can mostly only see God in his own image. God is the opposite of anger. Anger is emptiness and God is Plentiful.

16242T
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October 15, 2008
I'm trying to wait til' the end of the video but I get it already! And you are so right! God is in everything (in the sense that nothing exists without his allowance). A great preacher can put Word application into anything! How bout that.
THERIGHTREVEREND
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