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Love Rules?

Love Rules

I recently posted about life not being complicated (Life’s Complicated?) which attempted to answer the question: With all of the verses, commandments and instructions in the Bible how do we know what to do?

Jesus answered this in Matthew 22:36-40: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

These verses can be summarized by: love God; love people. So how do we do that? Specifically, how do we love God? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2013 in Prayer

 

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A Change of Heart?

discipleshipRecently I wrote that many of us want the Savior part of Christ but not always the Lordship part. In other words, we want to benefits of spending eternity in Heaven but not the Lord-of-my-life on earth part: http://wp.me/p1QSbw-8n. In addition, placing Christ as Lord of our lives is deciding to become a Disciple and requires complete surrender: http://wp.me/p1QSbw-91

So if we decide we want to surrender and we want to be a Disciple – what does that look like? What do we do? Over the next three weeks I will address the “what do we do part” and then the “what does it look like part.”

I recently read about a survey conducted of church planting organizations. The purpose of the survey was to help determine what type of people makes the best church planters. They surveyed the top 100 church plant leaders worldwide. The top 100 had planted at least 20 churches in the last year and one planted 500 churches.

There was only common element among the group. They were from various countries, ethnic backgrounds, personality types, ages, men and women, different education levels, etc.

The only common element was……….. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2013 in Prayer

 

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Savior and Lord?

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With Christmas three weeks away our attention to turns to the birth of our Savior. Last year I wrote a series on my favorite Christmas movies and shows (here is the link to one: http://wp.me/p1QSbw-53) – this year I want to write about something that has been on my mind a lot over the last few weeks.

Have you ever noticed we want the benefits of things in our lives but not the cost? For example we want the protection of the police but not the speed trap part. We want the paycheck and benefits from our employers but not the boss’ mandates. We want to be in shape but not the exercise part. Our children want their allowance but not the chores part. The list goes on and on. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2012 in God's Peace, Prayer

 

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Fill Up?

coffe cupAs I wrote about last spring Alli graduated from high school in May. As part of the baccalaureate ceremony everyone in the family was asked to write a letter to their son/daughter and then read the letter to them at the ceremony. Needless to say this was a very emotional event. Many friends had warned us Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2012 in Prayer

 

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The Real You?

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An old friend of ours was college roommates with Orel Hershiser, record-setting MLB pitcher, while at Bowling Green State University. This friend said something I think about often: “That is not the real Orel Hershiser.” What he meant was Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2012 in Prayer

 

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Slippery Slope or Slow Fade?

Sippery Slope

MLB star Josh Hamilton is a hero to many, perplexing to some, and a villain to others. You can read his incredible story here: The Fragile Brilliance of Josh Hamilton. There are a few things that stood out to me in the article Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2012 in Prayer

 

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Unanswered Prayers?

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Wytana and I met over 26 years ago and came from very different backgrounds. Wytana was from the south;  I was from the north. She was more country; I was more city. Wytana was a fan of country music (e.g. Alabama); I was a fan of rock n roll (e.g. The Cars).

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Posted by on August 9, 2012 in Prayer

 

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