WotW: “Greater” love

  My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. – John 15:12-14 (NIV)  It is easy to approach loving like Christ flippantly. We go to church, try to live by the golden rule, proudly display our Christian status on our jewelry, car, apparel or Facebook page, verbally acknowledge our faith every now {Read More}

Light into the darkness

Love that is required and modeled by God is no easy assignment: Godly love is patient (when we feel that we have must have action right now – right now). Love is kind ( even when are irritable, in pain, or are so angry we could spit!). Love does not boast or brag (when we are proud of our accomplishments and want to shout it from the rooftops, or when we feel insecure, and simply want to be accepted). Love {Read More}

The Very Best Love Song

  I wish I could admit that the I was confident in my self-worth, or that I always recognized that I was worth loving. The truth is, before Christ I was a mess. My life was a mess. My heart was a mess. My mind was a mess. Some of us our blessed not to have lived out the difficult consequences of the prodigal son, before turning to Christ. Others must go their own way, and wake up in the {Read More}

Fruit through the Abiding

In our lives, we will face hardships, troubles, and persecution (John 16:33). And, we can take comfort in the fact that our situations do not go unnoticed by God. Yet, whether we are currently in a valley season, a mountaintop season, or climbing up or down the mountain, we are called to a godly life full of spiritual fruitfulness, through Christ Jesus. Simply put, each of us are called to a walk of faith, wherein we productively perform the good {Read More}

To Love as a Servant-Leader

Throughout the history of the church, Christians have struggled with what it means to be a leader. Yet Christ set the example of what was to be expected through his own life, and subsequent death. Many of the characteristics that Christian leaders should strive to emulate were demonstrated during Jesus’ final meal with his disciples, before He was to be crucified.   Humility and a servant’s attitude toward those we lead.   As twenty-first century Christians, it is hard for {Read More}