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All We Need Is Love

1 John 4:21

And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

I love this simple truth. Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. This is such a simple truth – yet it is such a huge command. If we say we love God – but do not show love toward others – we are lying – because God is love and if we are His children we will love others. The verse just before today’s verse says it this way – 1 John 4:20 – Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.

So today – the simple truth and simple challenge is this – love one another. Continue reading

April 23, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Love Deeply

1 Peter 4:8

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

The 1st year anniversary of my mother’s passing was just a couple of days ago. It was a sad day for me – I shed more than a few tears. Mom always showered her children with love. She loved her children deeply – but she loved her man – my father – even more so. She gave of herself in every way so that we would feel cared for and loved. At times I would even say she suffered for us.

In a few months I will remember my father’s passing 6 years ago. Dad loved mom and his children deeply. He worked several jobs – at a time – to provide for his family. He worked hard to show his deep love for his family. At times I would even say he suffered for us.

This summer my wife and I will celebrate 38 years of marriage – if she stays with me till August (LOL). We’re already talking about what we will do to celebrate our 40th. My wife loves her children and her husband deeply. We also love our grandchildren deeply. At times we suffer for them all. Continue reading

February 8, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

All We Need Is Love

1 John 4:21

And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

RayMcDI love this simple truth. Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister – such a simple truth yet such a huge command. If we say we love God but do not show love toward others – we are lying. The verse just before today’s verse says it this way – 1 John 4:20 – Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.

So today – the simple truth and simple challenge is this – love one another.

Luke 6:31 – Do to others as you would have them do to you.

Romans 13:10 – Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. Continue reading

January 9, 2017 Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hatred

John 15:18-19

18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.”

RevRayHate is such a strong word.  According to dictionary.com hate is defined as – to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward; detest: to hate the enemy; to hate bigotry.

Have you ever felt hatred toward someone or something?  In our society we tend to use terms a little lightly – telling a person we love them on the first date or becoming angry with someone and quickly using the term hate to describe how we feel at the moment.

In Matthew we read Jesus teaching about love.  It was way too easy for those who heard His words – love your neighbor – to infer that that meant they could hate their enemies.  So Jesus tries to make Himself and the truth clear with today’s passage – Matthew 5:43 – You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  Jesus knew this is what some were saying and so He addressed it clearly – Matthew 5:44 – But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

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May 7, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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