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Because God Loves Us – Part Four

Clearly Peter and John, as we saw yesterday, came away from that evening meal with Jesus with the impression that love was their lifelong assignment. They were to reach the nations with the message, and love would be the wind that carried it from God to an inattentive world. If we love, it will get […]

Because God Loves Us – Part Two

Matthew 19:19 states, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” So, because God loves us, we can love ourselves. Sounds simple. However, for some, there is no person more difficult to love, to forgive, to tolerate than the person who appears before us in the mirror every morning. Yet when Jesus says, “You shall love […]

Church as Usual Is Coming to an End (Revelation-Driven Churches)

The Church as we Know it is Coming to an End   Church as Usual Is Coming to an End (and Revelation-Driven Churches Must Emerge to Fill the Void)  Around the world the Church, as we know it, is in trouble Most church leaders are unaware that they are in trouble or have chosen to simply […]

In Love – Encourage One Another

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11) The New Testament word most often translated “encouragement” is parakaleo. This term comes from two Greek words: para, meaning “alongside of”; and kale, meaning “to call.” When people come alongside us during difficult times to give us renewed […]

An Example of Love

One of the most inspiring stories of a man loving his enemies is that of John Perkins. John grew up as a black man in Mississippi. He dropped out of school in the third grade, and in his teen years he headed for California, seeking better employment. While there he became a Christian. Perkins soon […]