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Looking Like Jesus

1 John 4:12

No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

Some people have said – over the years – that I look like my father. I was named after him too – and God called me into the same field of work. We have so many similarities. Both of us are/were workaholics – working several part-time jobs over the years in addition to our full-time ministry. When people see me – they often see my father. We look so much like one another. I always take it has high praise to be compared to my late father.

In today’s passage we’re told that if we love one another – God lives in us and people will see God in us. 1 John 4:12 – No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. Continue reading

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November 13, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Love One Another – Please!

Romans 12:10

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Some have had bad experiences growing up with family and some with church life. I talked to someone Tuesday that had a very bad experience with family and with the church.

Some of us aren’t sure how to love one another because we didn’t have a good model growing up. Some of us have a hard time showing love – even to those whom we are supposed to love. Growing up – if your home was void of expressions of love – it is something you had to learn as an adult (or still lack). Loving one another is not as easy as just saying the words.

I grew up in a loving home. I had a father and mother at home who loved each other and expressed that love – or modeled that expression of love – for their children. Did any of us grow up with siblings? I grew up with an older sister and a younger brother. We loved each other and still do today (mostly – LOL). Love was modeled for me growing up so it is easier for me to love others (though not easy – just easier). Continue reading

November 8, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blameless and Pure

Philippians 2:15

so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky

Yesterday we wrote about people knowing that we were Christians by our love (you can read it here if you have an interest). The key line yesterday was this – As Christians – others should know us simply by our love for one another. We are called to follow the example of Christ in loving one another. We are to love as He loved. Our love for others should be an example to others of the love of Christ.

Today we want to write some on being blameless and pure. Today’s passage says we are to become blameless and pure as children of God. Philippians 2:15 – so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky. We know full well that becoming blameless and pure is not something we can do on our own. Continue reading

October 26, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, 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

Keep In Step With The Spirit

Galatians 5:25

Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

I remember growing up – trying to keep in step with my dad. One time I remember going out in the snow to get wood for the fire. I tried to step where he stepped (the snow was deep). I tried to make his strides but because the snow was so deep I fell over trying to make his huge strides. But I got up and tried again and again.

I was cutting the grass over the weekend and one of my granddaughters wanted to come out and ride the tractor with Pop. She apparently made a fuss to do so because on one pass I saw Carolyn holding her and her holding out her arms to Pop. I couldn’t resist and pulled over. She helped me cut the remainder of the front yard – at one point clinging to her Pop because she was so tired. She wanted to help Pop. Continue reading

October 23, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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