What is Doing Good?

We can do good in many ways. But God seems to also define “doing good” in particular ways through the prophet Isaiah: “Learn to do good; [in other words] Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless [“defend the oppressed” (NIV)], Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow” (Isaiah 1:17, NASB; see also Psalm 146:9; Isaiah 58:6-7; Zechariah…

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Tips for Memorizing Bible Verses

One of the most common frustrations we hear from participants on our weekend seminars and retreats is the trouble they have memorizing scripture verses. We know! It’s not easy. However, in order to internalize God’s love for us from his Word and then turn around to speak love to others through his Word, it’s an…

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What is Christian Meditation?

“Reading and reflection is at the very heart of biblical meditation. We graze and ruminate on the text in a very leisurely and contemplative manner, having no real agenda other than to be in Christ’s presence and to enjoy being in Christ’s presence. . . .The wonderful thing about meditating on Scripture is that it…

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God is love . . . and more!

John wrote, “God is love.” But there are many other aspects of God’s character. We suggest they are simply various expressions of his love. He is good (Psalm 100:4) and describes his goodness to Moses (Exodus 33:19) as “compassionate . . . gracious . . . slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining…

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Priority of Love: from Paul the Apostle

Jesus taught that loving God and our neighbor was highest priority—“first and greatest commands” (Matthew 22:36-40). His most detailed teaching on love is how to love our enemy (Luke 6:27-35). In his final teaching moment with the disciples, he introduces his new command—to love one another as he has loved us (John 13:34). The list…

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Priority of Love: from Peter the Apostle

Jesus taught that loving God and our neighbor was highest priority—“first and greatest commands” (Matthew 22:36-40). His most detailed teaching on love is how to love our enemy (Luke 6:27-35). In his final teaching moment with the disciples, he introduces his new command—to love one another as he has loved us (John 13:34). The list…

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Priority of Love: from John the Apostle

Jesus taught that loving God and our neighbor was highest priority—“first and greatest commands” (Matthew 22:36-40). His most detailed teaching on love is how to love our enemy (Luke 6:27-35). In his final teaching moment with the disciples, he introduces his new command—to love one another as he has loved us (John 13:34). The list…

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The Commands of Jesus—
Part 4: How to Love Jesus

Concluding our examination into the “authoritative orders”—or imperatives/teachings—we look at scriptures that teach us how to love Jesus. You can review the scriptures on How to Love God in Part 1, How to Love Our Neighbors in Part 2 and How to Love Our Enemies in Part 3. Remember, Jesus said that all the Law…

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The Commands of Jesus—
Part 3: How to Love Our Enemies

Continuing our examination into the “authoritative orders”—or imperatives/teachings—we look at scriptures that teach us how to love our enemies. You can review the scriptures on How to Love God in Part 1 and How to Love Our Neighbors in Part 2. Remember, Jesus said that all the Law and the Prophets “hang on” the commands…

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The Commands of Jesus—
Part 2: How to Love Our Neighbor

Continuing our examination into the “authoritative orders”—or imperatives/teachings—we look at scriptures that teach us how to love our neighbor. You can review the scriptures on How to Love God in Part 1. Remember, Jesus said that all the Law and the Prophets “hang on” the commands to “Love God” and to “Love our neighbor.” The…

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