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How Do We Love God?

How Do We Love God?

I like to evaluate my actions or behaviors through the lens of whether or not they are consistent with loving God and loving others. Loving Others I think I have a pretty good idea of what it means to love others. Loving others is difficult to do in practice. But I...
Why It’s Important to Love People Up Close

Why It’s Important to Love People Up Close

It can be life-changing to show love to others through our touch and physical presence. The Tendency to Avoid Physical Contact We have a tendency in our society today to avoid physical contact with anyone or anything we consider "unclean." I see this avoidance of...
Use Love as the Lens

Use Love as the Lens

I listened to a sermon recently by Paul Rasmussen that made a big impact on me, and I’d like to share a little bit about what he said. Grace and Truth His sermon was focused on the tension many Christians feel between grace and truth. You might have experienced this...
The Five Love Languages

The Five Love Languages

One of my favorite books for couples is the Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. The premise of the book is simple, but profound. As people, we give and receive love in different ways. We tend to think our partner will receive love in the same way that we prefer to...
The Good Samaritan: Pedigree vs. Actions

The Good Samaritan: Pedigree vs. Actions

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the story of the Good Samaritan, because it completely flips the script on what people think is important. Here is the passage: On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do...
Love That Little Guy

Love That Little Guy

I found an old picture of myself from when I was about 3 years old. We were at a family reunion in northern Minnesota, and I was driving a little red train. I don’t have a personal memory of that experience, but I looked joyful and free. As I reflected on the picture,...
Humble Faith

Humble Faith

It seems paradoxical, but sometimes doing the right thing and following all the rules can actually move you further away from loving God and loving others. One of my favorite stories illustrating this point involves Jesus going to a dinner party at the house of a...
Love Must Trump Religion

Love Must Trump Religion

Like many of you, I was shocked and saddened as I listened to news coverage about the mass shooting that occurred in Orlando on Sunday. Authorities have called the shooting both an act of terror and an act of hate. The shooting was an act of terror—the gunman...
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