Category Archives: Love

When self-love becomes other-centered

We all understand that self-love—where everything and everyone must orbit around one’s narcissistic milieu—is a bad character trait. But in knowing this we also risk confusing this self-centered love with the self-love that’s critically important to following Christ. This form … Continue reading

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To know Christ and to make Him known

At the very center of Christianity is a Person: Jesus Christ. We know this in our theology but sometimes I wonder if we know it in our mission and value statements, especially in our experience. What moves me and motivates … Continue reading

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Encountering Jesus changes everything

I don’t believe you can have an encounter with Jesus and not be fundamentally changed—without becoming more loving, gracious, patient, kind, self-giving, understanding, faithful…. On the other hand, when people tell me they know Christ but remain ungracious, hateful, unforgiving, … Continue reading

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What did the Cross change?

Jesus didn’t come to change God’s mind about us; He came to change our mind about God. 21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled (Col.1:21 NKJV) See also: … Continue reading

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The Father’s Song

For Father’s Day I want to play a spontaneous song by Upper Room that’s more like a meditation, or more accurately, an encounter with our heavenly Father’s love. It’s not a song you sing to, it’s a song you open … Continue reading

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How NOT to waste your life

I was thinking about this recently as I’ve been taking care of my brother who is now in hospice in the final stages of a losing battle with cancer and liver disease. He has deteriorated to the point to where … Continue reading

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Love song of the ages

We had good friends of ours, Adam and Crissy Humburg, share a message at our service last Sunday that was unique and powerful, to say the least! Crissy did a devotional reading of the entire book of the Song of … Continue reading

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