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Team #5—Loving Investment

Jesus said, “Love your enemies, and do good. … Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” Luke 6:35–38 The economics of God’s relational strategy seem … Continue reading

Transformation #6—Beneficial Transformation

To each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the benefit of all. 1 Corinthians 12:7 First, creation; then, recreation. When God first assigned human beings the task of exercising authority over creation as his representatives, he intended for us to continue subduing chaos so that he, and we, could label the end … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … about Grace in Action

When the Apostle Paul described the synergy undergirding his ministry he said, “God’s grace toward me has not been in vain. I worked harder than anyone; nevertheless, it was not I, but the grace of God that was working with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10). As my wife and I talked with our children during the … Continue reading

Servants #4—Efficient Servants

Through love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:13–14 Killing two birds with one stone is the model of hunting efficiency. Serving someone through love is the model of godly efficiency. We don’t have to worry about remembering … Continue reading

From Love to Hope to Faith

It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect longsuffering as an example for those purposing to believe in … Continue reading

Enjoying Light

“I am the Light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” John 8:12 “He who sees me sees the One who sent me. I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me will not remain in darkness.” … Continue reading

Patience #3—Longsuffering Love

Love produces a willingness to suffer at length. 1 Corinthians 13:4 What good news! If we are having difficulty being patient with irritating individuals, love will enable us to suffer that irritation at some length while we continue to work for their good. Even in (or, maybe, especially in) the confines of family, we experience irritation … Continue reading

Freedom #11 — Serving in Freedom

You were called to freedom, only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-centered action, but through. love, serve one another. Galatians 5:13 It is good to be free. Many of us think highly enough of freedom to expend ourselves securing and preserving it for others as well as ourselves. Our desire is … Continue reading

Father’s Day 2016

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but raise them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4 Back in 1970 Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young presented he world with mind-sticking tune: “Teach Your Children Well.” For Father’s Day 2016, here’s my rewrite of their lyrics. You know the tune; don’t … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … Source of Love

When reading “Points to Ponder” in a recent Reader’s Digest, I was particularly struck by the answer Dr. Thomas P. Malone, of the Atlantic Psychiatric clinic, gave to the question of what psychiatry is all about. The root of the cause of almost every emotional problem, he says, is someone’s crying out for love. A … Continue reading