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The only thing that counts is…

November 3, 2017 | love, Spirit, faith, Christ, licentiousness, license, legalism

“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.” – Galatians 5:6 (ESV). “Neither moral exertion nor moral failure counts. Period.” – Tim Keller, Galatians For You The apostle Paul wrote that the only thing that counts is “faith working through love.” Neither circumcision [representing legalism, which… Read more »

4 Ways to Celebrate Your First Love

September 1, 2016 | worship, love, Gary Combs, celebrate, jesus, great commandment, God

“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love” (Revelation 2:4 NKJV). “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30 ESV). Have you noticed that we tend to celebrate what we love… Read more »

Loving the sojourner

April 29, 2016 | love, sojourner, surprise, stranger, foreigner, Christ, jesus, God

“He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt” (Deuteronomy 10:18-19 ESV). What is a “sojourner?” The dictionary defines it as “one who resides temporarily in a place.” Other Bible versions translate it as “stranger,… Read more »

What do Muslims think of us?

January 15, 2016 | relationships, Muslim, love, Spirit, Christian, community, attitude, jesus, God

“So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind… Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:1-2, 5 ESV).… Read more »

Who loves more?

May 15, 2015 | love, Gary Combs, fruit of the spirit, forgiveness, Christ, jesus, God

“There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?” Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have… Read more »

What’s in an honorific?

March 21, 2014 | respect, polite, love, Gary Combs, Christ, bible, honorific, jesus, honor, God

“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor” (Romans 12:10 ESV). The Bible teaches us to honor God and to honor one another. This is an expression of the kind of love that God both commands and instills. We cannot keep the command to love and honor one another without God’s empowerment.… Read more »

Two gospel thieves

April 5, 2013 | religion, relativism, relationship, truth, love, Christ, legalism, jesus, God, holiness, grace, gospel

“Just as Christ was crucified between two thieves,” so the gospel “is ever crucified between two opposite errors” (Tertullian, early church father). “If our gospel message even slightly resembles ‘you must believe and live right to be saved’ or ‘God loves and accepts everyone just as they are,’ we will find our communication is not… Read more »

What kind of neighbor am I?

March 8, 2013 | neighbor, love, God, Christ, jesus, Good Samaritan

“But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?’” (Luke 10:29 ESV). The expert in the law who sought to test Jesus found himself tested instead. By asking Jesus the question, “Who is my neighbor?” perhaps he thought to limit the extent of the law’s demand by limiting those who… Read more »

What’s your witnessing love language?

February 28, 2013 | love languages, love, witnessing, witness, evangelistic, evangelism, Christian, Christ, God, jesus, gospel

“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13 NIV84). “For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. …I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might… Read more »

The Mark of Love

October 4, 2009 | 1 Corinthians 13 | love, fruit of the spirit

How can we display God’s kind of love: unconditional, from God, flowing through us to others?