Love Does Not Envy

Are you envious of someone? Do you covet what they have, whether material possessions or a relationship? Have you sought out acquiring what they have on your own? Have you asked God to provide for your needs? Our culture is an envious culture. Think not? Look at what the “cool kids” have and ask howContinue reading “Love Does Not Envy”

Give Extravagantly

What gifts do you anticipate for different celebrations throughout the year? Do you expect especially large gifts at Christmas? Do you desire to give expensive gifts at Christmas? Have you considered the gifts brought to Jesus at His birth? We generally like to receive gifts. As we get older, we look forward to giving moreContinue reading “Give Extravagantly”

Proclaiming Good News

What stories do you tell? Are they true? Are they important? Are they rumors? Will those stories be important a week from now? A month from now? A year from now? Do you tell the story of Jesus and His saving grace? We talk a lot. Some people wake up talking and don’t stop untilContinue reading “Proclaiming Good News”

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”

Legalism Versus Love

How do you live? What is your approach to life? Do you live by rules? Are you a stickler for following the law, policy, and implied direction from leaders? Or do you live by grace? Do you forgive both yourself and others? Today’s passage is an interesting one. Paul is refuting Peter. In some respects,Continue reading “Legalism Versus Love”

Making God Smile

Many of us have seen people holding signs at sporting events with John 3:16 written on them. We may be able to quote that passage. But how many of us fully appreciate not just the words, but the meaning of that passage? We know intellectually Jesus gave himself up for us. We know God sentContinue reading “Making God Smile”

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”

Receive Your Requests

What is it you are looking for? What is it you desire? What do you long for and perhaps have been working several years to acquire? How have you gone about it? Are you going it alone or have you asked for help? We all desire something. There is something at the top of aContinue reading “Receive Your Requests”

Turn It Over To God

Do you know someone who needs to hear about Jesus? Is there someone you know who you wish would become a follower of His? Have they heard the message about Him? Have you asked God to open their heart to the message of Jesus? I’m guessing every one of us knows someone, or multiple someone’s,Continue reading “Turn It Over To God”