Hospitality

How hospitable are you? Do you welcome others into your house? Would you invite a family member to stay with you? Are you willing to host family members for several days, weeks, or even months? Would you do so for a fellow Christian? Being hospitable comes naturally for some of us, while it is aContinue reading “Hospitality”

Extravagant Love

How is your relationship with God? Do you connect with Christ? Are you communicating with God on a regular basis? Do you only reach out when you are in trouble, fearful, filled with anxiety, or in dire need? Do you know you are loved by Christ? Our relationship with God depends as much on usContinue reading “Extravagant Love”

Use Your Gifts

Have you spent time determining what gift or gifts you have received from the Holy Spirit? Do you understand why He gives us gifts? Do you know how He determines what gifts to give? Would you like to know? The Holy Spirit gives, minimally, a gift or talent to each one of us. For some,Continue reading “Use Your Gifts”

Choose Love

Do you love? I mean, really love? There are several groups and churches that practice various forms of Advent traditions. One of them is lighting 5 different candles to represent 5 different topics. Today we light the 4th candle, which represents love. So many of us will say we love. We will say “I loveContinue reading “Choose Love”

Reward of Love

We often look for rewards. We look for rewards for doing something good. We look for rewards for achievements. We look for rewards for going above and beyond. We look for rewards for pleasing someone else. We look for rewards in love. When we have the love of Christ, we are changed. When we loveContinue reading “Reward of Love”

Like-Minded in Love

What does it mean to be like-minded? Who do you want to be like-minded with? Does being like-minded sound like being united? What about being of the same spirit? What does that mean? Do you want to be of the same spirit with someone? Being of the same mind and same spirit probably makes senseContinue reading “Like-Minded in Love”

Discernment in Love

Have you heard people talk of unity? Do you know what they want to be united in? Is it a favorite cause of theirs? Is it a mere human cause that favors only a few? What if we were united in God’s cause, which favors all? There are causes everywhere we look. It seems thereContinue reading “Discernment in Love”

Joy in Love

Joy is a permanent condition. We can have joy even in the midst of great sorrow. The source of our joy is Jesus. He has given us His teachings, some of the miracles He performed, and sacrificed for us for that purpose. Jesus states in today’s passage that He told His disciples (and us) allContinue reading “Joy in Love”

Perfect Unity

As Christians, we are expected to have certain virtues. We see the Apostle Paul telling the church in Colossae what these virtues are. Let’s take a deeper dive into these virtues to understand just what Paul was getting to. Compassion: literally refers to the inner parts or bowels of a person or animal. It isContinue reading “Perfect Unity”

Actions Not Words

How do you love? Do others see your love for them? Do people you don’t know see the love you have for your family and friends? We all show our love in different ways. When we look at some people, it is blatantly obvious they are loving people. Their actions are an example of anContinue reading “Actions Not Words”