Loving in Action (God Sightings)

When I (Mark) first began to experience God’s love by making time to come to Him to be loved, I mainly experienced His love through words alone. But then came a time in the life of our church when we were going through Gary Chapman’s book on the five love languages. When I started reflecting…

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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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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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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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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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