We Love Because He First Loved Us (1 John 4:19)

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1 John 4:19

The Apostle John says, “We love because he first loved us (1 John 4:19).” I remember a scene from a movie. I cannot recall the title, nor do I recall the movie being very good. But I do remember a particular scene. The movie is about a daughter who had grown up in a loving family with every opportunity to thrive. But she gets caught up with a friend. The two girls begin sneaking out at night, causing mischief, doing drugs, and many other things that need not mentioning. The mother in the movie watches her sweet, innocent daughter transform. Continue reading

Love Defined (1 John 4:9-10)

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1 John 4:9-10

Poets write about it. Song-writers sing about it. Actors and actresses portray it. It seems wherever you go people are talking about love. But, though love is talked about, thought about, and sung about, how often is it defined and comprehended. Continue reading

The Fall and Redemption of Our Work (Matthew 11:29)

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Matthew 11:29

Last week I concluded that our work has dignity and goodness. If this is so, why do so many people experience work as dismal, distressing, and drudgerous? Continue reading

Conceiving the Inconceivable

Inconcievable

Ephesians 3:18-19

There is an old illustration from mathematics that goes like this: “The wider the diameter of light, the greater the circumference of darkness.” The more a person knows about something, the more they discover just how much they do not know about it. Continue reading

To the Glory of God Alone (2 Corinthians 3:12-18), Part 5 of Solas of the Reformation

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2 Corinthians 3:12-18

In the third volume of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, one of the main characters is a young boy named Eustace. Eustace displayed a thirst for power, but went about getting it in mischievous ways. He would irritate and bully his pears, while ingratiating adult authority figures. In Narnia, Eustace discovers a dead dragon’s treasure trove. Elated, he imagines the power the treasure will give him. He slips on the dead dragon’s gold bracelet and falls asleep. Terrified, he awakes to find out he has turned into a dragon. Continue reading