Love

February 8, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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This weekend, men and women will be celebrating love on Valentine’s Day. They will wining and dining in their best clothes. They will be giving candy, flowers, perfumes/colognes, and other assorted gifts and goodies to show that special someone just how much they love them.  Love will be in the air and romance will be the word of the day. If it’s really strong, a song might be dedicated or even written.  All of this in the name of love. None of this is bad, in and of itself. If you are in love then you should celebrate that. But I want to ask you something that you may not have given any attention to. Do you know true love? Do you know what love really is (I really have to get that Foreigner song out of my head…)?   Continue Reading Love…

If you love me…

February 2, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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With Valentine’s Day coming up, the eyes of many people will be focusing on love. They will be planning their “date night” with flair and pizzazz. They will dot every “i” and cross every “t” so that they can “set the mood”. Why are they doing all of this? It’s because they love their spouse. They will rush out and by the most outrageous things, break their necks to get this item or that item just right, and fret or worry about the smallest details for that one night. While I suspect that for most people this is more or less done out of selfishness (“what’s in it for me?”), I wouldn’t be surprised to find a few who truly do it for somewhat non-selfish reasons.

All this flurry of preparation brought to mind something that hit me hard. Watching the people line the shelves with stuffed monkeys and chocolates, watching the people carefully pick out the best flowers or the most appropriate card; it all made me wonder about something. As I got to thinking about it, I realized that it was a personal thing too. Continue Reading If you love me……

Design of the Week – This I Know

February 4, 2009 at 4:29 pm | Posted in Designs of the Week | 1 Comment
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This week’s focused design is called This I Know. This design was actually created by my daughter. It is something that she places her faith in. She knows that Jesus loves her and she stands in confidence that this is the truth. Recently, while doing her Bible study homework on the book of John, one of the questions was: “Would you be willing to die for Jesus?” She answered with a simple “Yes.” While I don’t know that she understands everything that it means, I don’t doubt her answer one bit. It is because she knows that Jesus loves her that she can answer that at all.

 

The love of Christ isn’t what many people seem to think that it is. It is so much deeper than the shallow representation that it is given by pastors, preachers, and other “Christians”. When most people talk about the love of Christ, they talk about it like a human love. Either it’s the “breathless” eros love (which has no place describing Jesus) or it’s the unbiblical notion of “blind love” that overlooks everything bad and forgoes truth and justice for us. There is no love like this in the Bible.

 

The love of Christ is contained in two acts. The first is His Incarnation. Think about it for a minute. God the Son gave up His place in heaven to come down and show us God. He became a part of His creation. He poured Himself into a fleshly body in order that He might reveal Himself to us. The second thing that shows Christ’s love is His Passion. He lived a life under human limitations. He allowed Himself to be ridiculed, mocked, spit upon, beaten, scourged, and eventually crucified. He did it all motivated by love. But it wasn’t a love that was focused on Himself. It was a self-sacrificing love that gave all. It was a love that was focused on God and His glory.

 

Please make sure that you understand the truth about the love of Christ. It is more than what most make of it. A misunderstanding of Christ’s love could result in the belief that someone is saved when they aren’t. It’s not something that you should wait on…


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