Judging Ourselves in The Law of Freedom (James 2:12-13)


James 2:12-13 Judging ourselves is a very important part of growing in faith, because it can help us avoid many pitfalls. In the verses just prior to this James warned us not to discriminate or judge others and to live in the “Royal Law of love.” James then warns us to judge ourselves. We don’tContinue reading “Judging Ourselves in The Law of Freedom (James 2:12-13)”

Love Lived in Relationships (Practical advice from Paul)


Ephesians 5:21-6:9 Paul gives practical adivce about relationships in this portion of his writing to the Ephesians.  Some of his advice is simple on the surface but hard to carry out in reality.  As I read this portion of Scripture I am reminded of Gary Chapman’s “Five Love Languages”, which I often encourage spouses andContinue reading “Love Lived in Relationships (Practical advice from Paul)”

Foreigners and Outsiders Welcome


Matthew 2:1-12 Wise men, or Magi, from the east came to find the new born Christ child. Why did they come? They came because the “Heavens declare the glories of God” (Psalms 19:1), and they were of likely of the Persian scholars or wise men of the time. They studied the stars and likely recognizedContinue reading “Foreigners and Outsiders Welcome”

Love For the Unwanted & Unfaithful


Since the beginning of time besides farming the “oldest profession” has always been prostitution in some form, or at least that’s how the old joke goes.  However, it is no joking matter. Even in our world today it remains a prominent business, and unfortunately enslaves millions.  Between the sex slave markets of the world andContinue reading “Love For the Unwanted & Unfaithful”

Love For the Undesireables


Some of the unwanted of society put themselves in places of rejection from the society around them.  After all, for most of us it would be hard to befriend someone who was friends of our enemies. Others of us may struggle to truly love people who make choices that are destroying their own lives. InContinue reading “Love For the Undesireables”

Love For The Untouchables


In case you haven’t caught the theme yet for this Week’s look at Love in Advent, let me clarify.  Love for God is greater than just doing for those who do for you. I was substituting in a classroom recently and a couple of kids were playing around and joking with one another.  One said,Continue reading “Love For The Untouchables”

Loving the Unwanted: Shepherds of Bethlehem


Welcome to Bethlehem, the “place of bread” or “place of meat”. Bethlehem was part of the bread basket for all of Judah. It was where shepherds had been watching flocks, long before written history. We often see great pictures of Jesus as the Good Shepherd carrying the lamb over his shoulder. We have romanticized theContinue reading “Loving the Unwanted: Shepherds of Bethlehem”

Merciful Blessings


“Blessed are the Merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Matthew 5:7) Mercy in Scripture is connected with the love of God. The writer of Hebrews tells us that God is desiring a time when He can freely be God to His people. They write: “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember theirContinue reading “Merciful Blessings”

Love For The Untouchables


In case you haven’t caught the theme yet for this Week’s look at Love in Advent, let me clarify.  Love for God is greater than just doing for those who do for you. I was substituting in a classroom recently and a couple of kids were playing around and joking with one another.  One said,Continue reading “Love For The Untouchables”

Love in Action is Love Indeed


1 John 3:16-20 Love is a word thrown around today so easily.  Your best friend meets someone at a party, at a bar, or in any number of ways. Then they come to your house and tell you they are in love.  Your neighbor down the street purchases a classic car from the 1950’s youContinue reading “Love in Action is Love Indeed”