Book Signing At Church On The Rock

 

Rev. Jorge Cardenas and Rev. Amanda J. Seymour Church on the Rock
Pastor Jorge Cardenas (Church on the Rock) and Amanda J. Seymour (Deeper Love)

On February 19, 2017, I visited Church on The Rock, Katy Texas.  Pastor Jorge Cardenas introduced my book The Gift and ministry to the congregation.  I spoke on love and the importance of being able to discern true love from false love and that God’s love is meant to be our love and a thorough study of 1 Corinthians 13 leads us to a deeper understanding of God’s love which is what we need.

Church on The Rock is a multi-ethnic congregation in Katy, Texas which reaches the world with the unfailing truth and love of Jesus Christ.  Church on The Rock founded and supports many churches and ministries in Latin America and reaches the world with powerful messages of practical theology based on God’s unfailing word.  Join in their live streaming Teologia Practica service and teaching on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. here.  Church on The Rock is a sponsoring partner for Amanda J. Seymour ministries.  Find out more at www.rocakaty.com.

Here are some photos from our visit.

Made To Love

Amanda J SeymourAmanda J. Seymour, Th. M. Deeper Love

You were made to love. If anyone tells you otherwise, don’t listen to them. You were made to know the joy of being loved and loving others.

Most people encounter rejection in their lifetimes, starting with childhood. Whether the incident is big or small, each rejection wounds our soul just a little more each time.

After awhile, we come to expect rejection. But we were not made for rejection. We were made for love.

We were made to love and be loved. So if someone in your life is telling you otherwise, whether someone you’re close to or anyone else, don’t listen to them. Listen to the truth – that you were made to love.

Then imagine what your life would look like if you were walking in the fullness of love and rejecting rejection. Doing so brings a freedom of peace, joy and greater love than most people have ever known.

Enjoy the truth today: You were made to love!

“I have loved you with an everlasting love.” – God (Jeremiah 31:3)

A Prayer For You Today

cropped-image-12-2.jpegAmanda J. Seymour, Th.M Deeper Love

Let the deep love of Jesus Christ draw you closer to Him.

I said a prayer for you today that you would let the deep love of Jesus Christ draw you closer to Him.  We invest our time, attention and resources in all kinds of ways and with all kinds of people in our daily lives.  Yet no time is more precious and valuable than our time spent in prayer, Bible reading, and enjoying the presence of Jesus The Christ, our beloved Lord.  He loves you so very much.  I want to encourage you to take a few moments to let the deep love of Jesus Christ draw you closer to Him.  If you’d like, you can just pray and ask Him, “Jesus, please draw me closer to You and let me know Your deep love.  In Your name I pray.”

Many years ago, the apostle Paul prayed a prayer for the Christians in Ephesus, Turkey.  I, and many other Christians in America are praying this same prayer for you today.  Here is our prayer for you.  It is from the letter to the Ephesians, chapter 3 verses 8-21.

Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. 13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a]in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

 

My prayer for you today: I pray you would let the deep love of Jesus Christ draw you closer to Him and those you love would also be drawn to Jesus through His deep love as well.  In Jesus’ mighty name.  Amen.

The Deepest Love

cropped-image-12-2.jpegBy Amanda J. Seymour, Th. M, Deeper Love

I’m an ecumenical Christian. And I love all peoples and cultures. I believe God created us for His divine purposes. But our greatest purpose of all is love.

The deepest love is found in Jesus the Christ. He showed us the greatest love of all by taking our place on the cross for the forgiveness of sin. He died to forgive my sin, your sin, our sin collectively as a people. And He gave us the gift of redeeming love. His love is so deep and all-reaching that it reaches past the depth of our sin, and by His grace, He lifts up our hearts and our hope by His mighty hand to find peace, love, and strength in Him. And He gives us deep love with which we can love one another.

His deep love is a gift which He longs to give us. However, a gift can only manifest its fullness when it is received by the one to whom it was given. He has given the gift of His deep and forever love to each of us. Have you opened your gift yet?

It is a gift that we must receive not with our minds only but also with our hearts. We must open our own hearts to receive His deep love. And when we do, with His deep love we will also receive joy, peace, patience, gentleness and self-control.

But the greatest of these is love.

If we have many good deeds that we do in His name but we do not have love, it is just noise. I do not think anyone who earnestly desires to serve and honor God would want to stand before Him and have Him say, “Well, you called me Lord and did many things in My name. But where was your love?”

Also, must be careful not to fall in love with our own righteousness. Rather, let us be compelled by this deep love, the love of Jesus The Christ, that burns fervently and purifyingly within us. We must, like our Lord, love deeply from the heart.

“Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.” 1 Peter 5:22

Galatians 5:22-23, 1 Corinthians 13, 1 Peter 5

1 Peter 5:17-23

17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious bloodof Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God,who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.[b] 23 For you have been born again,not of perishable seed, but of imperishable,through the living and enduring word of God.

Prayer: May we know, receive, and share with others the deep love of Jesus Christ today and every day from now to eternity. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Basilica of The Holy Blood

Visit to The Basilica of The Holy Blood in Bruges, Belgium

July 14, 2015

Amanda J. Seymour, Th.M

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,  may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,  and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:16-19

I was raised an Episcopalian, attended an inter-denominational Bible study (Intervarsity Christian Fellowship) in college, studied the Scriptures at a Baptist seminary and the liturgy at 2 Episcopal seminaries, have attended Presbyterian, Catholic and non-denominational churches and now am an itinerate parachurch minister among many denominations. I have a heart and passion for evangelism and discipleship.  I firmly believe Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Today I prayed at the Basilica of The Sacred Blood in Bruges, Belgium. (http://www.holyblood.com/?lang=en)

I asked the Lord to show more detail regarding what His plan is, as in what I am supposed to do.

He said, “Be rooted in love in all you do.  As long as you do this, you will have your answer.”

As I prayed, I saw a big flaming heart of love before me – His love – burning within Him with a kind and gentle hand.

He said, “I am foremostly kind and gentle.  I proceed first in all things in love.  Yet when people turn their hearts away from Me and against Me and refuse to listen, I welcome them, I am patient but I am also just.  And after a time, I will turn my heart from them.  But the moment they turn back toward Me, I will turn to them again and love them.”

He continued, “My everlasting love never goes away and the flame never dies.  But it is a gift – which can only be known by those who are willing to receive it.  I send you to preach this message to the poor and rich – the poor of spirit – that they may know Me and turn to Me and I will return to them – just as the story of the prodigal son and his father.  Mourning may last for a night but joy comes in the morning.  Let my love shine in and from you as the noonday sun.”

All the while beautiful choral music played as I knelt and prayed in the presence of The Sacred Blood of Jesus The Christ.

I responded, “Thank You, Lord.  I devote my ambitions and ministry desires to You.  I hand them and my heart to You.  Do with it what You will.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.  Thank You, Lord.”

Then I heard an announcement that we could venerate the Holy Blood.  To venerate is to appreciate and adore with sacred reverence and cherishing.  I went up to the main church sanctuary and venerated Christ’s blood.

As I put my hand upon the case where the vile of The Holy Blood rested, I felt the warm, living love and joy of the Holy Spirit as I touched it and prayed.  I also told the nun who was presenting The Holy Blood about a miracle my family friend experienced while also venerating the Holy Blood while visiting the basilica.  When she touched the case, she felt a jolt of healing power go through her body and she was cured of cancer.

I came down from the altar and knelt by the Communion of Saints altar.  As I prayed, The Lord showed me a vision of many people dancing on clouds rejoicing in heaven because of my witness – because they learned of and came to know Jesus and became equipped to do His ministry through me and the ministry He had given me.  Really, it is His ministry.  All ministry done in His name and by His power and for His sake is His.

I left the basilica shortly after and took a train back to Amsterdam where I was staying.  I returned to the USA a few days later with determination and willingness to be open and pursuant to the calling the Lord gave to me.  Deeper Love is the ministry born of that calling.