How to Love as God Loves
by David Cook
To love as God loves you must allow Jesus Christ to do three awesome works in your life - First, Jesus Christ Must Transform Your Traditions - Second - Jesus Christ Must Widen Your Witness - Third - Jesus Christ Must Perfect Your Purpose - If you are to love as God loves - you must - (1) Allow Jesus Christ to Transform Your Traditions. In today’s text, Jesus is dealing with people who had a hard time letting the word of God be their number one source of authority for...
First Love (1 of 3)
by Jeff Strite
OPEN: At the banquet of Tom and Susan's 25th wedding anniversary, Tom was asked to give his friends a brief account of the benefits of a marriage of such long duration. ''Tell us, Tom, just what is it you have learned from all those wonderful years with your wife?''
Tom responded, ''Well, I've learned that marriage is the best teacher of all. It teaches you loyalty, forbearance, meekness, self-restraint, forgiveness (pause) and a great many other qualities you wouldn't need to know if you'd stayed single.''...
Falling in Love with God (2 of 15)
by Rick Ferguson
Series Verse: but grow in the grace and knowledge of our lord and savior Jesus Christ (2 peter 3:18). Can I ask you a simple, yet profound, personal question? - Do you love God? - Do you love God as much as you did when you first got saved? Have you ever asked yourself that
God, Is It True You Really Love Me? (1 of 5)
by Rick White
Questions. In life we all have them; Children, teens, adults of all ages and stages. Sometimes our questions are birthed out of our spirit of inquisitiveness. We simply want to know more and gain more knowledge. However, as we grow older our questions are more often times linked to the pain of life experiences. You know what I am talking about; things like death, disease, and disappointments...
The Bible's Simplest Description of God: Love
by Johnny Hunt
INTRODUCTION: The context of this chapter and passage has to do with spiritual gifts. Paul is used by the Holy Spirit to show the need for spiritual graces to minister their spiritual gifts. Chapter 12 tells of God's rich endowment of the gifts to His people; Chapter 13 tells of God's energy imparted in our lives, which makes it possible for us to use the gifts for His glory; Chapter 14 gives God's instructions for the exercise of the gifts...
Love God with All You've Got
by Tony Nester
If you ever approach the door of an orthodox Jewish home you'll find a container attached to the door post. It will be marked with the word, "Shaddai," which is a Hebrew name for God meaning "Almighty." Inside the container will be a small piece of parchment inscribed with the Scripture that Jews believe are the foundation of their belief in God. Every time they walk through their doors they are reminded of the central conviction of their faith. If you open the container, called a Mezuzah, and read the little scroll inside you will find the words of today's Scripture from Deuteronomy 6:4-5...
The Insanity of God's Love (2 of 3)
by Kerry Shook
You look a little worried. We've all heard the myth of Cupid, the chubby little cherub. The boy with the bow and arrow. He flies around looking for some unsuspecting fool and then Cupid takes his arrow of love and shoots it. You look surprised. But not as surprised as I am. Cupid blindsides you with his arrow of love and then you fall helplessly completely insanely head over heels in love with the next person...
Acknowledgement: Developing the Love of God
by Mark Baker
The Apostle Paul said that if we love God, we then are known by Him. The Apostle John said if we love, we are born of God and know God. Loving God and knowing God go hand in hand. If you don't love God, you can not know Him, and if you do not know Him you can not love Him. You might say well I love God, however God's Word clearly tells us what loving Him is...
Do I Really Love God? (4 of 12)
by Jonathan McLeod
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him (v. 15). In 2:12-14, the apostle John addresses his readers as ''children,'' ''fathers,'' and ''young men.'' ''Children'' probably refers to all of John's readers. (John might have been 90 years old when he wrote 1 John, so most of his readers would have been younger than him.) ''Fathers'' and ''young men'' probably refer to two groups: John's older and younger readers...
The Key to Intimacy with God (4 of 8)
by Jeff Schreve
If you have your Bible, please turn to Psalm 62. We're in a series on the Psalms called ''Roller Coaster.'' We're learning how to face the ups and downs of life, and Psalms speaks so much to the ups and the downs of life. When Debbie and I first got married, we got married in March of 1986, we went on our honeymoon. We actually got two honeymoons. We went to Galveston for a couple of days right after we got married...