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As I have loved you

April 5, 2012 by


Today we remember the Last Supper.  The time of Jesus’ final instruction to the disciples. As Jesus knows what is ahead, he wants to leave his disciples with some images that will make the abstract concrete, and ultimately carry down through the ages. We immediately think of the passover meal that Jesus redefines with the […]

Earn the right to listen

March 29, 2012 by


I have been reading in the book of Job lately and have enjoyed the discussion between Job, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar. Job is in the midst of severe suffering and pain. He has lost everything including his entire family and his body is covered with boils. Early in the book (chapter 2) we see that […]

Greater Love. John 15:13

March 15, 2012 by


“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 As we come to the end of John 15: 1-13, we see the Gospel in all its fullness and glory!  Jesus not only explains what true love is and how we are to love one another, but […]

Why is it so hard to ‘Love One Another’? John 15:12

March 8, 2012 by


“My command is this: Love one another as I have loved you.” So simple, right? Yet perhaps none of Jesus’ commands is more difficult and less heeded (for me anyway). Why? Could it be that I am so utterly self-consumed and self-focused that I cannot see past my self and my wants and needs? Yes, […]

My Joy In You. John 15:11

March 1, 2012 by


“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be full.” John 15:11 I desire joy, so do you, and we all desire a joy that is full, lacking nothing.  In fact, most of what we do centers around this desire to find a joy that […]

Obedience. John 15:10

February 23, 2012 by


“If you obey my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in His love.” Obedience is a tough subject to blog about since it is very easy to fall off of the truth of the Gospel in two different ways.  First, we wrongly think that […]

Remaining in the Vine. John 15:9

February 9, 2012 by


“As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Now remain in my love.” This is really the critical element to our remaining in the Vine. Do we REALLY believe that Jesus has loved us (and now loves us) with the very love that the Father has for Him? All of my wandering, […]