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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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God’s Love

God’s love for us goes beyond words. After all, “God is love” (1 John 4:16). He is the fullest embodiment and expression of love that we will ever know. To capture this in any one language is impossible. However, God himself has revealed to us through his Word various characteristics of his love. May this…

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Even Now, I Run To You

One of the practices we encourage to train people to experience God’s love more deeply is what we call the Synonym/Antonym Meditation Exercise: taking short passages of scripture that speak to your heart, personalizing them (where God speaks directly to you), and then replacing some of the words that are significant to you with synonyms…

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Do We Really Love AS Jesus Has Loved Us?

A story that has circulated for some time is told about a soldier who was finally coming home after having fought in Vietnam. He called his parents from San Francisco: “Mom and Dad, I’m coming home, but I’ve got a favor to ask. I have a friend I’d like to bring with me.” “Sure,” they…

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You Are Not Invisible

Stories of the impact of God’s love—up close and personal—remind us of His faithfulness and grace, and the value He places on each and every one of us simply because we are His. We share this story to remind us all that we are not invisible to the one that created us, who “knit us…

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The Love Chapter

1 Corinthians 13 has come to be universally known as the “Love Chapter.” But why, when in it Paul writes more about what love is NOT? We use this scripture passage to demonstrate the Biblical use of antonyms for love when practicing the Synonym/Antonym Meditation Exercise. So what would synonyms for love look like in…

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Surrendering to the Lord

Do you freely surrender yourself to the Lord as an act of worship? Expressing ourselves freely in worship probably takes place most often when we gather in church. There can be a strong sense of surrender when we gather to give praise and honor to the One who deserves all we have to give. Some…

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