His Love Letter

This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn [...]

We Give Because He Gave All

If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? 1 John 3:17 I have the opportunity each month to mentor a few teen girls. While it is part of my role as a mental health provider to also [...]

Ain’t No Mountain

For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken, says the Lord, who has mercy on you. Isaiah 54:10 I love music. It has been the permeating sound of my life for many years. Even as a [...]

Proving You Are His

"Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples." John 13:35 I want you to imagine the following scenario: You are in line at a local store. Let's say you are in the return line, because we know those lines can be long. Nerve-wracking at times. You have a [...]

Everything Happens For a Reason

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28 “Everything happens for a reason.” That phrase at times irritates me. Maybe because it seems to be thrown out as a response to people who are [...]

Hospitality: It’s More than Just Good Food

Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. Don't forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it. Hebrews 13:1-2 When you think of hospitality, of what do you think? We often think of the "hospitality industry." Restaurants, hotels, caterers, travel agents, businesses that offer [...]

The One True Valentine

The Love Chapter. 1 Corinthians 13. If I began by simply stating, "Love is patient. Love is kind," you would possibly know most of the rest. Because it is used at various weddings. The words are plastered throughout the year for a number of reasons. At times, it is even used as a Valentine's message [...]

Speaking the Truth

Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. Ephesians 4:15 I want you to think back to the last difficult conversation you had to have with someone. This would have been a conversation in which you had [...]

Love God, Love People…But Yourself?

Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord.  And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31, [...]

In the Isolation, He is There

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow-not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. No power in the sky, above or in the earth below-indeed, nothing in [...]