God’s Love in Christ Jesus

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers…nor anything else will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.   (Rom. 8:37 passim) I recently attended a funeral.  It was a sad funeral for many reasons, one of which is that the man …

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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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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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Jesus and the Judgement Game

'Do not judge, so that you may not be judged.'    (Mt. 7:1) I saw three energetic boys—aged about 6, 8, and 10—as I was walking down the aisle in the airplane.  I hoped that I wouldn’t be seated in front of them, but I was. As soon as we were in the air those …

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A Royal Priesthood

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people…    (1 Pt. 2:9) For 30 years I encouraged people to become “the priesthood of all believers.” Go find your pulpit—those places where you can share good news.  Go find your altar—those places where you can lift up ordinary things …

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God’s Heart is For All People

Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality…’ (Acts 10:34) Recently a friend shared a situation that was bothering him. He said, “A few days ago I went into a colleague’s office.  He’s black.  I told him I was unhappy about race relations in the country right now, …

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The Love We Share

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 …

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