Saturday, July 2, 2011

How To Love God Well

How do we love God well?

Jesus said, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching” (John 14:23 and elsewhere).

Love, obey, repeat. That’s pretty straight-forward. But there’s a hitch.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

What is Love?

What is love?

Is it a burning passion? A sacrificial act? A kind word?

Not only does this question affect every relationship, but it affects the very life that Jesus said would come by loving God and loving our neighbor as ourselves. How can we do that if we don’t know what love is?

As we read the Bible – or experience any truly loving relationship – it becomes clear that love is more than a few words, a checklist, or a feeling.

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Meaning of Life, part 5

(Be sure to read part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4.)

Growing In God

“Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.”
John the Baptist, Matthew 3:8

In the past few posts, we’ve gotten a good taste of the Meaning of Life. Now it’s time to wrap up this series of posts, though certainly not these topics.

In our new life and new journey of faith in Jesus, the truths we’ve covered are our foundation, just like a tower’s foundation is anchored to the bedrock before it’s built. If we stand on it, we can’t be shaken. Yet here we’re faced with another question:

Now that God’s given us the gift of salvation and everything that goes with it, what does he want us to do?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Meaning of Life, part 4

(Be sure to read part 1, part 2, and part 3.)

Responding to God’s Kindness

Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ 
for the forgiveness of your sins."
- Peter, Acts 2:38

As we’ve seen, without God, we’re lost. In the face of our sin and imminent death, God’s love and kindness are indescribable. Sacrificial. Protective. Unfailing. Perfect. Our sin is so bad Jesus had to die for us. But Jesus loves us so much, he willingly did die for us. No matter who we are or where we've been, he offers something no mere man or woman could ever offer us. And he invites us to himself in many ways - by what we read, by what we hear, or by some other realization that he loves us and is involved in our life.

With that foundation laid, the burning question is this: How are we to respond to such kindness? What's the response that pleases the One who shows us that kindness?

Monday, January 3, 2011

The Meaning of Life, part 3

(Be sure to read part 1 and part 2.)

How Things Go Right

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" and "the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
- Paul, Romans 5:8, 6:23

Part 2 ended on the dark note of God’s wrath against sin - but that's just one important part of a powerful story. And the story isn’t over...

Salvation
Because we all sin, it may seem like there’d be no hope of regaining God’s original intention for us. How could we ever enter into God’s perfect presence again if sin has to be destroyed, we’re all saturated with sin, and we can never make ourselves perfect again?

The Meaning of Life, part 2

(Be sure to read part 1.)

How Things Go Wrong

"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" and "the wages of sin is death..."
- Paul, Romans 3:23, 6:23

In the last post we looked at belief systems and a summary of the Meaning of Life. With this post, I’d like to zoom in a step to look at the over-arching story – of everything. Yes, it’ll leave a lot out. I’d love to comment more than I do in many places, but to keep this as a summary, many will have to wait.

So let’s start at the beginning.