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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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I Have Chosen You

One of the practices we encourage to work on regularly is the 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. This helps...

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For I Know the Plans

One of the practices we encourage to work on regularly is the 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. This helps...

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God-Sighting

A few years ago, Mark wrote this God-Sighting in his journal: “Lately, the Lord has really demonstrated his love for me in some very practical ways. On my way home from Costa Rica, I had to stop in a line to pay an airport tax. For some reason I put...

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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...

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