You can't love both
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A man I know who grew up in central Michigan told me once that you can’t root for both Michigan State and Michigan. You have to pick one or the other. You can’t love them both. It’s either green and white or maize and blue. Satan will present you with rationalizations to encourage you to make deals in your mind and play a variety of games. He tried to get Jesus himself to play it both ways. He promised that... Read More
Loss of a loved one
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There are no good funerals. Even when a 95-year-old passes, even when the death brought an end to pain and suffering, the family still grieves a loss. How much more it hurts when the deceased was “too young to die.” When the breadwinner dies, when a child dies, when there’s been a terrible accident, where can you go with your grief? How can you survive? The patriarch Jacob knows how you feel. He was told the news that his young... Read More
God will give me strength to love
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One of the sweet features of Christianity is that God never calls us to his way of living without also giving us the wisdom we need and the power and strength to carry it out. He knows all about how hard it is to choose to love someone who is treating you poorly. God often compared himself in the Bible to a husband with an unfaithful wife (a metaphor for his often backsliding believers). He even instructed his prophet Hosea... Read More
Love is the better way
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I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King is uniquely qualified to teach us about the futility of revenge and the ultimate triumph of love. He was unjustly imprisoned, his home was firebombed, and he was assassinated in the prime of life. He had various teachers and mentors in the area of nonviolent protest, but the greatest of them was Christ himself, who triumphed over evil by... Read More
Does anyone really love me?
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How many movies have been made about lonely people looking for love? How many songs have been written about lonely people looking for a little affection? There is an ache inside each of us for love, in some ways a bottomless pit. We are hungry for acceptance. We are dying to be felt valuable by someone else. We all need to matter to somebody. We need a safe place where we can lick our wounds and be liked anyway. We... Read More