Posts with the tag “love”
The Point of God's Love
May 12th, 2021
Today will be my last in our series of daily devotions. I pray that you have been inspired and challenged by at least some of them....
God's Kingdom Now
May 11th, 2021
You see, what I have learned is that the kingdom of God is wherever God’s rule and reign are taking place. ...
Working for God's Love
May 5th, 2021
The older son, never thought of himself as a son at all. His words betray the fact that he always considered himself no more than a hired hand in his father house; “For all these years I have been wo...
You Have to Want it
May 4th, 2021
God has taken all the steps necessary for our salvation. Well, he has taken all the steps necessary except one. We still need to move toward God. If we expect to be in a relationship with God, we m...
It Is Not About Being Worthy
May 3rd, 2021
The point is we have never had the “right” to be treated with the kind of love that God pours out on us. We have never been “worthy” of God. It is not about being worthy. ...
Too Focused on Me
April 28th, 2021
I wonder how many times I get so caught up in living a certain way that I don’t even think about the injustices I see? I wonder how many times I am so concerned about me and what I do, that I miss t...
April 11th, 2021
One of the biggest arguments among the various Protestant expressions of Christianity is whether our primary role as the Church of Jesus Christ is to proclaim the Gospel message of salvation or to do ...
What is My Witness?
April 2nd, 2021
What is the Church’s answer to the question, “Are you the representative of Jesus on earth, or should we wait for another?” Is the Church of Jesus Christ able to point to acts of mercy, healing, good...
What Spills Out of You?
March 29th, 2021
When we have a run-in with anyone what spills out of us is only what is already in us. No one can make us say and do the things we do by trying to start an argument with us or by rubbing us the wrong...
March 26th, 2021
I have trouble delineating between rules that are in place to protect people and property and rules that are in place to protect ideologies and the status quo....
March 24th, 2021
If I’m reading my scripture correctly, God’s expectation is that we celebrate and enjoy life to the fullest. That we dance, and laugh, and joke, and love, and appreciate the wonders of the world that...
All Are Welcome
March 21st, 2021
Tax-collectors in Jesus’ day and community were seen as traitors to the occupied nation of Israel. Not only did they collect money for the occupying country of Rome but, they were often accused of co...
Why Not Bring Them to Jesus?
March 9th, 2021
We all know someone who is struggling with either, physical, mental, or spiritual sickness. The question that this text raises for me is, “Why am I not bringing the people who I know who are sufferin...
Don't Worry be Happy
March 2nd, 2021
The marching orders we have from Jude are to keep ourselves in the love of God and to anticipate the mercy of Jesus knowing that this all leads to eternal life. Wow! What a great deal, what a stress...
February 21st, 2021
if we say we have no sin, then we have no reason to seek forgiveness and the reconciliation with God that comes in our forgiveness. And, if like me, you believe that our entire purpose in life is to ...
Experience is Believing
February 6th, 2021
Most of us want evidence for the things in which we believe. It is a built-in trait and the motto of Missouri, the “Show Me” state, to seek confirmation instead of taking other people’s beliefs at fa...
What is the Source of my Words?
February 4th, 2021
It is easy for me to understand why James writes, “The tongue [and in our day the keyboard] is a fire. …and is itself set on fire by hell.” Speaking truth in love is of God, but the hate we have hea...
Love When I Mess-Up
February 3rd, 2021
I tell myself that I know I am loved by God unconditionally and forgiven by God. But the fact that I let the mistakes play repeatedly in my head, really reveals that I have not loved myself unconditi...
Rooted and Grounded in Love
January 30th, 2021
According to this mornings text, it is the Spirit of God that allows Christ to dwell in our hearts. But, for me, the most important thing is the Holy Spirit roots me and grounds me in love. I can ha...
From Alien to Citizen
January 29th, 2021
No matter how you feel about the current debate on immigration, when we become citizens of the Kingdom of God and are no longer strangers and aliens, the expectation is that we will cease to operate b...
Operating out of Love
January 25th, 2021
God has never called us to operate out of fear but out of love. When we do the right thing in God’s eyes, we are doing the thing that heals. When we do the right thing in God’s eyes, we are doing th...
Living Out the Message
January 4th, 2021
I don’t believe that this Bible passage is written only to preachers. I believe that the responsibility to “proclaim” the message is for all disciples of Jesus Christ. ...
Christ In Me
January 2nd, 2021
That really is one thing we can be certain about Jesus. Jesus was never focused on what was in it for him and always focused on what was in it for others....
Dust on Your Clothes
December 28th, 2020
There is a blessing that is often given to a disciple in Judaism, “May you be covered in the dust of your master.” This is talking about the disciple following so close to their teacher that the dust...
December 18th, 2020
...how many times do we miss seeing God because we have lost the sense of wonder that God’s creation was designed to instill in us?...
Who Are You Lord?
December 11th, 2020
There is danger in knowing the words that are printed in our Bibles but not knowing the Word that walked this earth to reveal the Spirit of God. When we only know the words, we run the risk of using ...
December 10th, 2020
If you ever have a question in your mind as to if you are misusing the name of God—if you are persecuting Jesus, ask yourself what Jesus listed as the most important thing. ...
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