And Love Got Married

ThumbnailAs I have been blogging this week about love, I cannot help but come back to Jesus’ summation of the life with God as one of love. He said it this way:

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength…You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Mark 12:28-34 (ESV)

Love is foundational to our life with God. When I began to fall in love with a young lady in college it changed my life. However, the relationship went to a completely different level when I understood that young lady also was in love with me. Knowing her love eventually took me to the place where I one day asked her to marry me, and my life with Kelly is probably the best thing that has happened to me outside of knowing Christ. This is similar to our life with God. It is one thing to want to know God. But everything changes when we understand just how great God’s love is for us. Knowing His love for us can take us to the place where our own lives become a response of love back to Him.Read More »

Created by Love

horizonThe Bible tells us that God created the world. If you believe the Bible contains the truth of God, such a statement is enough for you. However, if you do not believe the Bible contains the truth of God, then you may be more skeptical about such a statement.Consider with me a few things about the world in which we live and why there may be more rational and logical reasons for entertaining the idea that there is a Creator God.

Consider the various species of animals and plants that exist in our world. Now consider the wide range of environments to which those diverse species of animals and plants are fitted. The intricate diversity and simultaneous specificity shows us an expansive wonder within our world. While some may take this in itself as a rationale for a Creator God, this is not necessarily the case. Some would argue from a naturalistic perspective that the self-contained processes within creation have developed what we recognize as uniquely fitted environments and species within our world.

Now, let’s take it a step further. Consider the expanse of the universe that we have come to understand, Read More »

Practical Ways to Put Love Into Action

ThumbnailThis past weekend at Eastbrook Church, I spoke about “Beginning to Live with Love.” Here is a list of practical suggestions I’d like to offer on how we can put love into action:

  1. Ask God to reveal a material need in the life of someone around you, and then respond by meeting that need no matter the cost.
  2. Join a small group and get to know people, both knowing their needs and sharing your resources with them.
  3. Make a meal for someone who is sick or in need in your neighborhood or church.Read More »

Where is the Source of Love?

ThumbnailDuring my college years, I took a trip to the mountains of Honduras to help install a gravity-fed water system in three villages. Working alongside the local people, we dug channels, laying PVC piping in long circuits from the tops of the mountains down to each village. Why did we do this? The water they were drinking was not pure. It was tainted with many contaminants which led to widespread disease and malnutrition within the children.

What we needed to do was get access to pure water for these villages. So, we went up the mountains to the source. We found a spring that flowed pure and uncontaminated. And it was from that source that pure, uncontaminated water flowed into the lives of these people.

In his letter to an early church, the Apostle John wrote these words:

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. (1 John 4:7)

Here, John reminds us that if we want to know and experience true love in our lives, we must find its source. In God, we find the source of pure, uncontaminated love. He is the source of love in this world.

So, in all of our seeking after love, we must come and drink from the source. We must drink deep of the love of God if we want to live.

[This is a continuation of this week’s theme of “Beginning to Live with Love.”]

Beginning to Live with Love

Beginning sermon slideThis weekend at Eastbrook Church we concluded our series “Beginning to Live.”

My message this week was called “Beginning to Live with Love” and focused on how the resurrection of Jesus reveals the love of God while also bringing power into our lives to love others.

I spoke from 1 Corinthians 13, which is a very familiar Scripture text, but is still so powerful. The basic outline of the message is as follows:

  • A Life Not Worth Living
  • The Beginning of it All
  • The God Who Loves Us and the Us Who Responds to God
  • The Us Who Loves Others and Others Who Respond to God
  • What Really Endures

You can listen to my message at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also follow the RSS feed for Eastbrook sermons or follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter or Facebook.