God patiently loves even prodigals
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When you are grieving over a “lost” child, check him or her for pulse and respiration. If they are alive, there is hope. God takes the long view, and he is patient, patient, patient. He waits and waits, watching for opportunity. Eventually even angry rebels burn out, because every force that is not from God sooner or later turns destructive. Every force that is not from God will cause brokenness and fear, not contentment. Jesus told a timeless tale about... Read More
Join the team; love the team
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I think most of us underestimate our own selfishness. It’s so much easier to see it in other people, and I know I’m not always paying attention when people (family included) send me hints about my own. Teenagers especially struggle with this. They are naturally pushing away from their parents. They are trying on masks to figure out who they are. They are trying to be their own person and not just get sucked into their parents’ identity. They crave... Read More
God invented love
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The day to express love through cards and gifts has a strange and murky beginning. The early Christian church honored the memory of a number of men named Valentinus and celebrated their feast day on February 14. Their legends describe them as heroic priests who were martyred in a time of persecution. Over the centuries the observance acquired overtones of romance and pagan images like the boy-god Cupid shooting his little love arrows. None of that really matters. Thanks to this... Read More
Build your love muscles
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You get out of it what you put into it. People who faithfully work out know this is true. Sitting at home on the couch makes you weaker. So does simply going through the motions. If you want to get stronger, you lift heavier weights. If you want to be faster, you have to do sprints. When it comes to faith, thanks to what Jesus has done for you, you definitely do not get out of it what you put... Read More
Love your church elders
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A warm evangelism spirit is essential for a congregation to be healthy. New people need to feel important, noticed, embraced, and a part of the family. It is just as important, however, that a congregation pay attention to people who were once spiritually active and no longer seem to demonstrate a pulse. The strayers are as important as the seekers. Your congregation most likely has a group that is tasked with connecting with the straying. Perhaps they are called a... Read More