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The Fruit of Being Loved

Testimonies like these are the joy of sharing the importance of being loved by the Lord first so that we can love as Jesus has loved us: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are…

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Crown of Splendor

This past week’s podcast included an interview with one of First Loved Ministries’ staff, Peter Vantine who shared about connecting with founder Mark Fee and how one of the practices First Loved encourages dramatically changed his quiet time with the Lord. Out of the ten personalized verses we use on weekend experiences, Holy Spirit drew…

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God’s ATM?

Matthew 17:24-27 (TNIV) After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?” “Yes, he does,” he replied. When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From…

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Meditating on Phrases

In an earlier blog post we shared an example of the synonym/antonym exercise we use to help train people to experience God’s love through the scriptures. Another tool for meditating on God’s Word is focusing on key phrases and reflecting on them either in your mind or writing down your thoughts to reflect on later….

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Casting Anxiety

The following is an excerpt from Mark’s journal. We hope it will bless you and give you an example of interacting with the Lord through this practice: 1 Peter 5:7 — “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” Thank you Father for that wonderful reminder from Peter, that you care for…

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Journaling and Being Loved

We were blessed recently by a sister in Christ sharing how she has been using color and drawings in her journal to emphasize key ideas as she is being loved by God. As you’ll see below she begins with the scripture verse (Zephaniah 3:17, New Living Translation) and then highlights certain words that spoke to…

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First Loved: Being a Disciple of Jesus

In Matthew 6:33, the Gospel writer records Jesus saying, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” To become a disciple of Jesus means not only to follow Him, but to intentionally seek Him and His ways . . . and perhaps most importantly…

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As High As The Heavens…

One of the practices we encourage to help nurture being loved by the Lord is a synonym/antonym 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 or antonyms. Many who practice…

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Love in Words and Actions

For our first blog post we thought we’d start with some beautifully written words of encouragement from one of our weekend participants. God works amazingly and abundantly through His love in words and actions – the kind of love in which Jesus loves us. We hope you are blessed by this outpouring of love as…

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