"Fervent Love"
September, 2022

C. R. Oliver

September 1, 2022

"Fervent Love"

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"Fervent Love"

Romans 5:5

5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.


When the Lord directed my attention to this verse, it swelled in my spirit to such a degree that it occupied first place in my considerations. It was as if there was a holy glow illuminating a path to deeper truth. One of those truths revolved around the words of Jesus.

Jesus was reading the hearts of the Law-conscious Pharisees and Sadducees, which comprised the religious community during His earthly ministry. It was to them He uttered these words.

John 5:41-47:
"I do not receive honor from men. 42 But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you. 43 I have come in My Father's name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. 44 How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God? 45 Do not think that I shall accuse you to the father; there is one who accuses you — Moses, in whom you trust. 46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. 47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?"

Note again, His similar words found in Luke's gospel.

Luke 11:42:
42 "But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone."

Think now of those who are in the current religious community, filling offices of high estate, that would garner the same appraisal. While claiming to be churchmen and women, they are guilty of defiling their ranks with their heartless passions. They show no evidence of Romans 5:5.

John, the beloved, was most direct in his indictment.

1 John 3:17:
But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?

How many elected officials have shut up their hearts? How many of those claiming to be believers have shut up their hearts? How many nations of the world have shut up their calloused hearts and have no place for the love of God?

Yet, Paul made it clear that real, genuine followers of Jesus have a distinctive characteristic about them---they have the love of God poured out in them.

Romans 5:1-5:
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Those who share a common hope, do so because the "God-kind of Love" has been "poured" out in their hearts by the Holy Spirit. Look at that phrase "poured out." There is an abundant, overflowing, penetrating, saturating supply of God's love administered by the Spirit.

Oh! This is the missing ingredient in our churches.

The Greek word for "spread abroad or poured out" is ekcheo. It means the spilling out of something that is dispersed in abundance.

The need for this Holy Ghost impartation is desperate and would solve every problem facing the modern church. It would drive the church to a point of evangelism that has never been experienced in history. Such outpouring would demand a different kind of communication among believers, a different kind of communion among the saints — a caring and loving atmosphere which would fulfill the Law without the rigidity of the ancient Pharisees.

Romans 13:10:
…therefore, love is the fulfillment of the law

Speaking to His disciples, right before Gethsemane, Jesus opened His heart's prayer for them.

John 15:9-10:
9 "As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love."

John 17:26: "And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them."

Paul spoke similarly in Thessalonians.

2 Thessalonians 3:3-5:
3 But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. 4 And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, both that you do and will do the things we command you.

5 Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.

The litmus test for a true body of believers is Godly Love infused into every avenue of their life. So much is this the case, that Paul sought to determine evidence of the outpouring by the Spirit in the Corinthian Church.

2 Corinthians 8:8:
"…but I am testing the sincerity of your love…"

Colossians tells a similar story as Paul reaches deeper into his relationship with them. Hidden mysteries are revealed through the catalyst of love.

Colossians 2:2-3:
…2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Likewise, Paul continued with the Colossian church.

Colossians 3:14:
"…above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection."

So important is this abundance of love supplied by the Spirit, that Paul addressed the subject with the Thessalonian church.

1 Thessalonians 3:12-13:
…may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you, 13 so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.

Paul broches the importance of the God-kind of love to the Philippian church as well.

Philippians 1:9-10:
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent….

Paul's triumvirate against fear and loss was expressed in equal terms,

2 Timothy 1:7:
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Each element was as equal in force as the other. Each element could stand alone without the other, but together, they become the unbreakable three cords of Ecclesiastes.

Ecclesiastes 4:12:
Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Once more, Paul used the phrase, "poured out," as he broadened the scope of love infused in the saints.

Titus 3:4-7:
4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Lest someone think that such is just a Pauline doctrine, consider these admonitions from other apostles, especially from John.

1 John 3:16-18:
By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? 18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

1 John 4:16:
…God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

1 John 4:18-19:
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 We love Him because He first loved us

Likewise, we can understand the proclivity of some of the others toward this indwelling love.

Jude 20-21:
20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Simon Peter, the disciple that Jesus queried three times about his love for Him, spoke with deftness in this passage:

1 Peter 4:7-8:
But the end of all things is at hand; therefore, be serious and watchful in your prayers. 8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins."

Yes, you surmised that I did not include the great love treatise of I Corinthians 13, and rightly so, but only because of the length of the chapter. I will, however, include the summary of the infinite Romans' passage.

Romans 8:38-39:
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord

It is this love, when spread abroad within our hearts, that sends us across oceans to distant lands to preach the gospel. It is this love that causes us to inconvenience ourselves through rain, snow and dangerous terrains to rescue those trapped in wreckage or sin. It is this love that drives us to our knees in prayer and fasting for the disastrous conditions of our national decadence. It is this love that causes tears to flow down our cheeks as we preach God's word to the multitudinous lost! It is this love which stands in faith against the threatening injustice of an eroded culture and cries out, "Let Him in!"

It is this love that has no ending……

Luke 13:34:
34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!

Until Next Month,

Dr. Cosby R. Oliver, PhD.


From Tommy & Chena Meche

Elim Church Short Term Missions' Coordinators
Elim Church
Houston, Texas
Ecuador Mission trip Report and another new adventure.
Email: tommymeche@yahoo.com

As many are aware, the Covid "plandemic" put a crimp in the style of many missionaries around the globe. We explored some different options. I was invited, by God's Grace, to join a group from Orlando, Fla., area, Tony Nardella's "Heart of Titus Ministries," on a couple of trips down to Ecuador. The first was in Dec. 2020, and then one in Oct. 2021. These trips allowed me to make a few great contacts, including Pastor Carlos Marchan from Movimiento Misionero Mundial in Puyo, a city in the upper Amazonia region in the state of Pastaza, and Pastor David Maila from Centro Cristiano Las Acasias, in Esmeraldas. So, in Feb.2022, I was able to put together a team and joined with Brother Danny and Sister Peggy Thornton of Beyond Ourselves Ministries in Esmeraldas, Ecuador. Alex and Liliana Media, and Saul Tellez, all from Elim Church and Spanish speakers, were my team members. I had no lack of translators! Pastor Carlos met us in Quito and was our gracious driver and companion for the trip.


We spent a week in Puyo, assisting in setting up Kids' Clubs in several barrios around the city, with Pastor Carlos and members of his congregation, using 600 of the "shoe" boxes supplied by Franklin Graham's "Samaritan's Purse." We were able to pray with the children and the parents and saw several Salvations of children and their parents. GOD is SO GOOD!!


We also were invited to an early dawn service in Suar Tribal village in the Jungle. I had preached in this village on my first trip in 2020. The government had warned them not to continue having service in their original pavilion next to the road. The Government even went so far as to tear down the structure. So, the villagers just built one off the road where the prying eyes of the government agents couldn't see. We drove as far as we were able down a mud road and then walked through the jungle a short distance. It was still dark, and our guides lead us by the light of their cell phones. Brother Saul slipped off a little bridge and went past his ankles in the mud. I hung on to my guide's shoulder and hand. As we approached the clearing, we heard the sounds of Worship drifting through the trees; it was Heavenly ethereal. As we arrived and were greeted, everyone was full of the Joy of the Holy Ghost! We were invited into the pavilion-style church where Brother Saul shared a Fiery message that stirred the hearts of the village and greatly encouraged the tribe's Pastor. After the Service, we enjoyed a delicious meal of fish soup and several types of plantains. It was interesting to hear Brother Saul speaking in Spanish and then having that translated to the Suar language. We prayed for the Pastor's wife who had been transported to the nearest hospital with bleeding from both ears. We later heard that she had recovered. After the preaching, we attended Church in the city at Pastor Carlos' church, where I was able to deliver the message that the Lord had given me. The congregation collected a generous offering for the preaching, and we sewed it back toward a tent for the church.


Then we left on a supposed 6-hour drive across the mountains to the coast. I say supposed because as we were on our way, there had been a large landslide that collapsed a big piece of the main highway to Esmeraldas. We ended up going all the way back to the outskirts of Quito and taking the old highway through the mountains. With the rain and the traffic and a couple of small mudslides, it took us about 12 hours. We arrived past midnight and were excited and grateful to the Lord to have made the trek safely.

We met with Danny and Peggy that Monday morning and had an exciting week of fellowship and learning all about the way they and their multinational team teach street evangelism through the use of mime dramas, clown skits, puppetry, and worship dance. Alex, Lili and Saul's multilingual talents were utilized by some of the English-speaking presenters as they helped with the translation. All in all, this was a very eventful and "profitable for the Kingdom" trip.


Chena and I covet your prayers in our next adventure of hosting a Ukranian refugee couple from Kiev. They are a loving and lovable, Spirit-filled Pastor and wife team that have given up everything to escape the war. They are 61, so they were not eligible for the national draft of all able-bodied men to serve in the military defense of their homeland. We are very excited to receive them after their long three-month sojourn in Tepic, Mexico. That is a story for another time. They are Pastor Oleh Kislov and Sister Liliia Kislova. Thank you for your prayers. Blessings.

From: Frank and Hily Carrel

Email: shilotravel@gmail.com


This building project to build Shilo Allelujah Fellowship started on 2 July 2022.

The church's location is about 3/10 of a mile [or 1/4 kilometer] back from the main highway. All supplies are dropped at the side of the highway. Then these supplies are picked up with the Carabaos [Water Buffalo], loaded on the carts, and hauled up a jungle trail to the job site.

The walls will be part Cinder Block and part Cyclone Fence to have adequate ventilation. The structure for the roof is being built. The galvanized iron still needs to be put on the roof, painted, and the doors installed, along with the iron grille for the windows. This project should be finished by the end of September.

The wall and the roof are going up!!!

Brother Edwin has been giving us his time to this project by not charging for the Carabao, [Water Buffalo], which are hauling the construction supplies to the job site. Also, a small kitchen and supply shed was constructed in order to get the construction materials out of the Children's Church, and to provide a place for the workers to cook their food, as it is time-consuming to go home and eat.

The walls and the roof are coming together!!!


From: Jim McCants

Jim's Jewels is a walk throughout Scripture with an eye toward the Promises of God. Jim McCants, at my request, took on the task of seeking out both obvious and hidden promises. Below is his Genesis quest.

Promises from God to:


Genesis 1:26 Genesis; 28-30; Promises of Dominion.
Genesis 2:17 Promise of spiritual and mortal death.
Genesis 3:14-16 Promise to Satan.
Genesis 3:17-19 Promise of a curse upon the ground.


Genesis 4:11-12 Promise of revenge for Abel's death.
Genesis 4:15 Promise of vengeance on Cain's perpetrators.


Genesis 6:18; Genesis 8:21-22; 9:1-6; 9:8-17 Covenant Promises.


Genesis 12:2-3; 12:7; 13:14-17; 15:1; 15:4-18 Covenant father of nations.


Genesis 17:1-13: Everlasting covenant and promises.


Genesis 17:15-16; 17:18-20; 18:9-14 Promise of a son.


Genesis 18:29; 18:29-32; Promise of judgment.
Genesis: 19:12-13


Genesis 17:20
Genesis 21:12-13 Promise of a great nation.


Genesis 16:10-12
Genesis 21:17-20


Genesis 25:21: Genesis26:2-6 Promise to Isaac.
Genesis 25:22-24 Promise to Rebekah.


Genesis 22:17-18: Promised blessing.


Genesis 27:28-29; Isaac's promises.
Genesis 28:12-15: Genesis 31:3,11-13, Genesis 32:24-30: 35a;1-15
God's covenant promise & Jacob's vow.


Genesis 27:38-40: Isaac's promises


Genesis 37:5-10; 39:2-6; 39:21-23; 41:15-41; 45:5-9.


Genesis 46:1-4; Promise of God's presence with him.


Genesis 48:13-22 Promise of greatness verse 19.


Genesis 49:1-29 (see each tribe separately).


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