Memorizing Bible Verses to Bless Others

Memorized Bible verses are powerful in many ways, including encouraging and fortifying us in battle. But we can also use them to bless others. When we speak God’s Word into another person’s heart, he or she can hear the Father and be encouraged and blessed. One time a friend and I (Mark) were praying for…

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Eat What is Good

“Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live.” (Isaiah 55:2-3) Do you hear God’s tone of voice, His passion, coming through the text? He wants our souls to eat what is good,…

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Love Languages

Thanks to Gary Chapman and his work on The 5 Love Languages, we can better understand the primary love language we enjoy most, as well as the one we tend to communicate toward others. This helps us understand the various ways we can “speak” love to our neighbor and fulfill Jesus’ New Command: “Love one…

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Meditation on Psalm 25, Verse 1

As part of the First Loved to Love curriculum, we encourage practicing the “Synonym/Antonym Meditation Exercise” in order to better hear God speak his words of love to you through his Word using words and phrases that mean the same but maybe speak to your heart more deeply. Often this practice inspires a dialogue between…

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Loving Your Neighbor Through Prayer

Along with actions we can love our neighbors through prayer! To intercede in prayer on someone’s behalf is an incredible gift the Lord has given us, and he promises to listen: “When you call on me and come and pray to me, I will listen to you” (Jeremiah 29:12, personalized). FIRST, WHY PRAY? Because we…

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Loving Your Neighbor Through Actions

Jesus gave a New Command: “Love one another as I have loved you; so you must love one another.” He went on to say, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Our actions reveal the true nature of our heart. When we love others through actions—particularly loving…

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Joy!

When we are daily faced with a barrage of negative words and acts throughout the world, it is almost counter-intuitive to embody a joyful spirit. Yet true joy—Godly JOY—comes from knowing the One who is ever remaining in love, peace, and joy. In the book Every Thing You Ever Wanted to Know About Heaven, Dr….

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An Invitation to Come

Pause for a moment . . . and hear the Lord (through your own voice!) extend His invitation to you through the verses below. Speak these verses out loud, perhaps multiple times. Let His voice and Spirit touch your heart. Don’t just read the words, but take your time while soaking in them and listening…

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10 “First Loved to Love” Factoids

The mission of First Loved Ministries is to “partner with Jesus in training people to experience God’s love more deeply and remove barriers to receiving and sharing His love.” Our First Loved to Love curriculum provides training in these areas through practices developed to help you daily experience just how much God loves you ….

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Meditations on Three Advent Hymns

The season of Advent is a 4-week period of time in the Christian church calendar leading up to Christmas Day. It traditionally begins on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. It is a time of anticipation as we think on the many prophecies of the Messiah found in the Old Testament and how the Israelites watched for…

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