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God Demonstrates His Love

Romans 5:8

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Actions speak louder than words! Have you ever heard that saying? It is typically used when someone says they love you but their actions don’t match – like in a marriage or a relationship. It might be used in other circumstances as well. Like when someone promises to do something but fails to follow through on their promise. What we really believe or think or understand is often revealed by how we act – not so much on how we speak. Gone are the days – sadly – that a person is as good as their word.

How do we show our love? Do we learn a person’s love language? Do you receive love with words of affirmation? Is it spending quality time together? Do you experience love when you receive gifts? Do you feel loved when your partner shares acts of service with you or for you? Is physical touch the way you feel loved? What shows you love? Continue reading

December 1, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God’s Love Language

James 5:16

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

IMG_0301I often ask the question – how’s your prayer life? It is a question meant to challenge us to actually think about our prayer life. Some folks – I fear – develop a prayer life that doesn’t take much thought. It can become – for some – a ritual rather than a relationship.

Think about it some. Do you say the same grace at meals – when you remember to say grace? Do you have any other habitual prayers? Can you recite the Our FatherThe Lord’s Prayer – without thinking about it? Memorizing prayers is often a good thing – a go to prayer when you need it quickly – but often memorized prayers and creeds can become simply a religious act rather than a communication with the Most High.

In worship at our church we change the creeds and prayers – often. Folks aren’t always happy when we do this – but reciting the Lord’s Prayer for instance – in 2 or 3 different ways – might make us think about the words we are saying. If we think about the words we are saying – they might draw us to really think about the meaning of the prayers and creeds we recite in worship. At least that is the goal – the hope. Continue reading

May 8, 2015 Posted by | Church, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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