What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Colossians 3:12 says that, “Therefore as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering . . .” The author of Colossians is saying that we have to put these things on; they may not always be part of our personal wardrobe. Before we open our mouths, it would be great if we’d think quickly and “change our clothes,” in...

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Who Do You Love?

Trickery . . . “That we should no longer be children tossed to and fro, carried about by every wind of doctrine by the trickery of men” (Ephesians 4:14). You mean there’s trickery??? Oh yes, there is! There’s also cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting. In Ephesians 4:15-16 the Word says, “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the...

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Where Are You Going, and What Are You Doing?

When I leave my first love, it means that I have gone somewhere else. If you leave one place, it signifies that you’ve entered another. From a spiritual standpoint, any time I leave my first love to go somewhere else, I should have just stayed home. When I have left my first love, it means that I have chosen, willfully, to go in another direction. I am now going my way...

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Are You Shining Armor or Washing Feet

This whole thing called Christianity is about laying down our lives for one another, not who’s coming out ahead, who builds the biggest buildings, who owns the most land, or who has the biggest ministry. Believe me, my friends; all of that stuff is going to burn. Everything that can be shaken will be shaken so that only that which can remain will remain. Jesus said,...

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First Love

Oftentimes I feel that we in the Church fall short in this great essential truth that the Word of God sets before us: loving God and loving one another. You might think, “Well, what could make you say that?” I would answer, “By the things that we say, the things that we do, and by our attitudes towards one another.” We are not called to function as the world...

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Old Dog Learns Lessons

Many of you are aware that I recently “ran” my first official 10K race. First of all, I want to report that there is good and bad news. The good news: I ran the race, I finished the course that was before me, and I even received a medal at the end. The bad news: I did not finish nearly as well as intended. In fact, I was third to last. What I want to share is that there...

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Our First Love

Let’s turn to the last book of the Bible, Revelation. In the first couple of chapters, the Lord is speaking specifically to the seven churches.

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The Lion, The Cloak, And The Blind Man

Isn’t it interesting that Jesus asked a blind man, “What do you want me to do for you?” Now, what do you think a blind man wants? Is Jesus asking a stupid question? No! Jesus wants to hear the confession of faith come out of the blind man’s mouth. When he said, “Lord, that I might see,” he was speaking words of faith. He was saying, “It is possible for You to heal me and...

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Not Too Blind To See

There is a story that I love about Bartimaeus found in the book of Mark. The scene in chapter 10 begins with Bartimaeus on the side of the road. Being blind and hearing a commotion, I’m sure that Bartimaeus asked those around him what was happening. Someone told him that Jesus was passing by. Maybe you have seen a similar place as described above. I have spent some time...

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Willfully Follow

Let’s look at Genesis 12:1. 12 Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the...

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