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

What is Christian Love? (1 John 3:16-18)

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1 John 3:16-18

“From whence comes love?” asked the nineteenth century Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard. If love comes from inside a person, can we find it? Can we go deeper and deeper into his interior and find it somewhere there? Kierkegaard would answer, “no,” because the beginning of human love is God’s love. It is like looking at a stream. Though you may see the stream, you cannot see its source. Though the stream may flow or dry up, the source may remain full. So, it is with God’s love. We cannot fully behold its source, but we can see its outflow. 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

The Dignity and Goodness of Our Work (Genesis 1:26-28)

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Genesis 1:26-28

Where do you think the Bible first mentions work? Over the next two weeks we are going to look at the theme of faith and work. What is the relationship of our faith to our work? Continue reading

Stop Showing Favoritism (James 2:1-13)

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James 2:1-13

It has been said, “birds of a feather flock together.” Our natural inclination is to gravitate toward those who seem and look the most like us. Not only this, but we tend to align ourselves with people whom we view as having something to offer us, whether it be a rich relationship, wealth, popularity, or something else. This is one of the reasons that people hound celebrities. It is also the reason that “favoritism” insidiously infects our lives and society. Continue reading

Orphans and Children Separated at the Border (James 1:27)

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James 1:27

One of the difficulties of our current, polarized political climate is that to speak up on any controversial issue is to be pigeon-holed into a political party or agenda. As Christians our loyalty lies not on a political platform, which will rot and decay, but on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ, which lasts forever. It is important to say this before launching into a brief response to the current crisis of children being separated from their parents at the border. Continue reading

Religion that Works (James 1:27)

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James 1:27

The word “religion” often times has a negative connotation. We think of empty rituals, moralism, legalism, etc. The word seems too wooden, too void of feeling. But, when James says, “Religion that God our Father accepts,” he means much more. Continue reading

Words for the Discouraged (Haggai 2:1-9), Part 3 of Haggai series

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There come times in our lives when we feel discouraged, particularly when the task is great, the sacrifice significant, and we begin to question the value of our efforts. That was the case for the Jews who had returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple. Some 27 days after they had started the project, discouragement set in. Continue reading