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Do We Love One Another?

John 13:35

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

photo on 6-11-19 at 10.52 amDo we have a hard time loving others or showing love to others? I know some men who have a hard time showing love – or even saying I love you to family members. Speaking of men – we have our monthly men’s ministry meeting tonight at 7 pm. I hope to see you there.

Typically it is easier to say I love you to those who love us back or do nice things to us or for us. If someone is nice to us or shows us respect – it would seem easier to love them – right?

Loving others is not an easy command from Jesus. In today’s passage Jesus says that others will know we are His followers – His disciples – if we love one another. Think for a moment – are there folks we have a hard time loving?

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. John 13:34–35 – 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Continue reading

September 13, 2019 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

As Christians – Others Should Know Us

John 13:35

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

As Christians – others should know us simply by looking at our beautiful sanctuaries. Wrong! As Christians – others should know us simply by our style of worship – traditional – contemporary – gospel – informal. Wrong! As Christians – others should know us simply by our committee structure. Wrong!!! As Christians – others should know us simply by the songs we sing – hymns – praise songs. Wrong! As Christians – others should know us simply by our doctrine and how close we hold to it. Wrong! As Christians – others should know us simply by how we vote in elections. Wrong! As Christians – others should know us simply by our stance on social issues. Wrong!

As Christians – others should know us simply by our love for one another. Here’s today’s passage – John 13:35 – By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. In my Bible these words are in red letters – an indication that they are the words Jesus spoke. Continue reading

October 25, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Love One Another

John 13:35

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

Do we have a hard time loving others or showing love to others? I know some men who have a hard time showing love – or even say I love you to family members.

Typically it is easier to say I love you to those who love you back or do nice things. If someone is nice to us or shows us respect – it would seem easier to love them – right?

Loving others is not as easy command from Jesus. In today’s passage Jesus says that others will know we are His followers – His disciples – if we love one another. Think for a moment – are there folks we have a hard time loving?

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. John 13:34–35 – 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Continue reading

October 10, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

By Our Love They Will Know Us

John 13:35

By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

Photo on 7-6-16 at 3.42 PMI was sick yesterday and couldn’t focus – so today I am pulling an old article up and reworking it. Love is at the base – the focus of our faith. Thanks for the prayers – because I’m feeling some better today.

I read an article once about an Iowa couple – married for 72 years – Gordon (94) – and Norma (90) Yeager.  They were hardly ever a part in life and even after a tragic car accident (Gordon’s fault) they lay in the ICU – hand in hand.  Their children reported in the article how close they were – how the day after Norma graduated from High School she accepted Gordon’s proposal and within 12 hours they were married and never a part again.

After the accident and hearing how close they were throughout their life – the nurses put them in the same room in the ICU and brought their beds together.  They reached for each other and held each other’s hand – his right – her left.  At 3:38 pm he died – he stopped breathing – but to the children’s surprise the heart monitor kept going.  They were puzzled until the nurses told them that because they were holding hands – their mom’s heart beat was going through their dad and being read by his machine.  She passed at exactly one hour later.  Their son mentioned that dad was holding the door open for her. Continue reading

July 21, 2016 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

By Our Love!

John 13:35

By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

82015 RayI read an article once about an Iowa couple – married for 72 years – Gordon (94) – and Norma (90) Yeager.  They were hardly ever a part in life and even after a tragic car accident (Gordon’s fault) they lay in the ICU – hand in hand.  Their children reported in the article how close they were – how the day after Norma graduated from High School she accepted Gordon’s proposal and within 12 hours they were married and never a part again.

After the accident and hearing how close they were throughout their life – the nurses put them in the same room in the ICU and brought their beds together.  The reached for each other and held each other’s hand – his right – her left.  At 3:38 pm he died – he stopped breathing – but to the children’s surprise the heart monitor kept going.  They were puzzled until the nurses told them that because they were holding hands – their mom’s heart beat was going through their dad and being read by his machine.  She passed at exactly one hour later.  Their son mentioned that dad was holding the door open for her. Continue reading

November 13, 2015 Posted by | Bring, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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