Sharing the Love of Jesus

Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. (1 Pt. 4:8) He was a difficult man.  Everywhere he went he was disruptive and disrespectful.  People tried to avoid him. One day he burst into my office and said, “Today I’m going to tell you my story.”  I didn’t know …

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God’s Wondrous Love

But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.  (Rom. 5:8) Three weeks after my son John was born we had to rush him to the hospital. He had a virus and his whole system was shutting down. Every night I stayed with him—touching his little …

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A Dinner Party With Jesus

So, if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.    (Jn. 13:13) At the service when we would remember Jesus’ last night alive on this earth, we followed His command to wash each other’s feet. I would always set-up the washing-party with words like these: “We …

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Without Forgiveness, Love Dies

Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.    (Heb. 9:22) I’d been a jerk towards my wife.  Even though I wanted to rationalize my actions and justify my words, I knew I had to humble myself and finally say, “I’m …

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The Gifts God has Given Us

'From everyone to whom much is given, much will be required…' (Luke 12:48) I’ll never forget the moment when today’s scripture first spoke to me.  Instead of reading the words on a page, it was like the words were coming off the page to confront me. On that evening, I somehow knew that I was …

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Jesus’ Living Water

Come see a man who told me everything I have ever done!   (Jn. 4:29) The woman had been married five times.  She was currently living with a man without being married.  Did her neighbors talk about her, judge her, and condemn her?  Did she feel marked, shunned, and ostracized? One day she meets a …

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The Sermon on the Mount

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.  He said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit..."   (Mt. 5-7) We had just finished a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. We gathered at the bottom of a hill where …

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The Message of the Cross

For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.   (1 Cor. 1:18) His name was Linwood.  He was the part-time janitor at the country church where I once served. As the church grew, Linwood had a hard …

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Compassion,  Acceptance, Understanding, Forgiveness

For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.   (Mt. 7:3) My mother had been ill for a long time.  When I became worried that she could die with only a minor cold, I decided to visit her so that we could …

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We Wish to See Jesus

Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks.  They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, ‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus.’ (Jn. 12:21-22) I spent a year of college in England.  While there, I often took long bike rides into the countryside.  …

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