Love, Crazy and Strong

“… Love is as strong as death … many waters cannot quench love …” (Song of Solomon 8:6-7) All the wonder and wildness and bewilderment of this crazy thing called love is put down for us in Song of Solomon. Essentially, this book represents a collection of heart-bursts from a...

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Love is Long-Spirited

Love is long spirited. “When tempering your anger, you do not immediately avenge the wrong, but you leave an opportunity for repenting to the one who has transgressed.” Origen Love pervades and penetrates the whole nature, it mellows anything harsh or austere.” Trench Love does not desire to make war...

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Love As You Have Been Loved

The supper ended. Jesus rose from the table and proceeded to shock everyone in the room. The Apostles were stunned as their Master donned the garb of a household servant. He now wore a towel around His waist. He carried a basin full of fresh water. He bowed before each...

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Our Personal, Present So-Loving God

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever would believe in Him would not perish but have everlasting life.” These are the words from John 3:16, a verse broadcast near and far. The reference has been plastered on signs and T-shirts and jewelry...

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Hesed

One of the most important words in the Old Testament Hebrew is hesed, translated “mercy” in the King James, but may be better translated “lovingkindness.” According to Spiros Zodhiates, a noted Greek scholar, hesed goes beyond mercy and encompasses more completely the idea of God’s loyalty to covenant obligations. “Because...

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The Greater Commandments

How does the way of love in Christ begin? Jesus told us of the greatest commandments. He answered a question posed to Him in Mark 12. A scribe asked Him to rank the rules of God in order of importance. The questioner was familiar with the Word for sure. He...

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All, Better Than More

Nimrod, it seems, was able to bring people together for a purpose.  The Bible refers to him as a man who became a mighty hunter. He made a direct challenge to the rule of the Lord. This happened sometime after the days of the great Flood. With the waters that...

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A Galilean Wedding

It is no coincidence that Jesus’s first miracle was performed at a Galilean (Cana) wedding. The wedding was the most important event taking place in the Galilean villages of Jesus’s day since it was to be celebrated by all. The entire church age as defined by the new covenant established...

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