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Love Test for Christians

Love Test for Christians

“If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.”  1 John 4:20-21 Since our earliest days we have undergone testing for just about everything imaginable. We have undergone academic tests, medical exams, personality profiles, and more. I’ve noticed lately that there are pop culture personality tests that supposedly reveal certain personality traits or tendencies. Among them there is the Barbie Doll test. […]

Live a Life of Love, Just as Christ Loved Us

Live a Life of Love, Just as Christ Loved Us

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2 My father died when I was eleven years old. A year later, my mother suffered a debilitating stroke that left her unable to care for herself. Soon after, I moved in with my grandparents and they took care of me as their own child. I can only imagine what my life would have been had they not taken me in. Granddaddy was good to me […]

Why Jesus Wept

Why Jesus Wept

Jesus wept. John 11:35 When I was growing up, our culture taught that “grown men don’t cry.” I say, “culture” because I can’t recall my parents ever expecting such behavior. Supposedly, crying wasn’t manly. It conveyed weakness. And those who couldn’t hold back the tears were called Sissies and Mama’s Boys. Generally, I ascribed to that macho mantra. That is, until I became a father. When I saw my boy singing in the kindergarten chorus, try though I may, I couldn’t choke back the tears. Tears are an outward sign of inner turmoil caused by grief, deep compassion, disappointment, overwhelming stress, […]

Giving that Means More than Receiving

But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you. 1 Samuel 12:24 Last Christmas, Janet created a seasonal floral arrangement and gave it to a neighbor. Several days later, the neighbor responded with a gift to show her gratitude. That exchange caused me to think about the motivation for giving. My wife’s incentive for giving to our neighbor was kindness. Nothing was expected in return. The reciprocal gift from the neighbor was motivated by appreciation. Sometimes those “back-at-you” gifts are offered from a feeling of obligation. You […]

How Husbands are to Love Their Wives

How Husbands are to Love Their Wives

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. Ephesians 5:25 I recently read an article about the making of the Andy Griffith Show. In it, Andy made an interesting observation about how he related to Opie in the scenes in which they appeared together. It occurred to him that he used the same mannerisms in interacting with the young Ron Howard as his dad used with him. “Like father — like son.” Behavior is learned, copied, and inherited. We’re a composite of our environment and education. Also in the mix is the unique […]

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