God's love must be our model for our personal life, our church life and our relationships. It must flow into us from Christ and flow out from us to those around us. Joy recognizes that Christ will lift us up, it sees the hope to come and takes delight even in harsh times. God’s joy (and the joyous knowledge of His love) must carry us through all of our experiences.
Love is Not Chance
Is love really left to chance? Are we supposed to simply hope we get lucky in love, or is there more to it? Because love is often misunderstood, many have sought to obtain it, confine it or define it in human terms. But what does God say about love? In this post, Tammy shares truth from God’s word about His love, and how He loves us too much to leave it to chance.
The Fruit of the Spirit
Scripture tells us that the “Fruit of the Spirit” is an essential part of our Christian growth and that it has the following attributes: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. In this post, Richard shares with us what the Fruit of the Spirit is and how to see it in our daily lives as we walk with Christ.
Fully Human 3: Shady Birth
Each Christmas the cute Nativity scene of Jesus’ birth fills us with warm fuzzy feelings of love and bliss, but we completely overlook how scandalous, shady, humiliating, and shameful it really was. He understands our shame and humble beginnings. The self-humbling and self-emptying of Jesus began before he was even born, all because of love.
Because of My Love For You, a Poem of Communion
This poem is by Frank Carpenter, written as a meditation on the act of taking the Lord’s Supper. Because of God’s incredible love for us, he rescues and redeems us through the sacrifice of Jesus and his atonement for our sins. We hope that you read this poem as a meditation and a love letter, and let the beauty of God’s love for you encourage your heart today.
How to Love Our Neighbors (Take Five)
As we strive to follow Jesus, we know that we are called to love our neighbors and the many people we encounter in the world. But what does that mean practically for us? What are the real ways we can share our faith with others? In this week’s Take Five, we explore some ideas and inspiration for our journey of loving our neighbors and the world, in Jesus’ name.