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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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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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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5 Ways to Love Like Jesus

In Luke 6:40, Jesus says, “The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.” We can infer from the text that Jesus is referring to himself as the “teacher” and his disciples as “the student.” While this verse is couched between two discussions on judgment, there…

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The Call of Christ

In thinking about the call of Christ, that is the vocation and mission he calls us to, there is a tendency to put future potential at the forefront of our motivations. We think of all those who are in need, all those who could benefit from having a relationship with the Lord Jesus, all the…

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I Am Your Portion

“Call this to mind and you will have hope: Because of My great love for you, you will not be consumed. My compassions never fail. They are made new every morning. Great is My faithfulness toward you. For I, Yahweh, am your portion, therefore wait for Me. I am good to those who hope in…

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Do You Love Jesus?

“The only way to survive in ministry is to steadfastly refuse to be interested in ministry and to be interested only in Jesus Christ.” – Oswald Chambers Do you love Jesus? I expect your answer is a resounding “Yes!” So let your heart be strengthened and encouraged by these words of love from the Father’s…

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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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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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