Wednesday, October 1, 2014

As I Have Love You

“A new command I give you: Love one another. 
As I have loved you, 
so you must love one another."
 ~ John 13:34



"Love one another" 
Jesus' words to His disciples.  "Love one another"  Seems simple enough, doesn't it? 

But He doesn't stop there.  Not just the basic "love one another" .  Nope... 

"As I have loved you, so you must love one another"

Whoa!!  Hold up there! 

Love others as Jesus loved?

Jesus... Fully God.  Fully man.  

Jesus...  Who gave up everything - His place in Heaven, His home.  His place of power at the right hand of God.  His very life!  Gave it all up out of love.

THAT's the kind of love to which we are called?  Those are some mighty big sandals to fill!

I dare say most of us aren't willing or able to love fully to that extent.

But if we tried... If each of us held that kind of love up as the example we worked to imitate.  

Imagine the difference it could make in the world if each of us at least made the attempt to love as Jesus loved.  
   
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Telling Time

If I ever needed proof that my math skills could use some work - this was it.

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Today I told the female offspring that I needed to leave in about 10 minutes.  Couldn't figure out why she was looking at me funny.

Until I finally... finally... realized that it was 20 after.  And I needed to leave at 20 'til.

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Um... yeh.  Took me about half that time to realize my math was all wrong and I actually had about 20 minutes.

Oops!!


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Monday, September 29, 2014

Three Things: I Do Every Day

Many of us are creatures of habit - even if we don't realize it.  I am sure there are certain things you do everyday.  Things you do in a certain order, or at a certain time.  Those daily habits you may not even think about.  There's something comfortable about the repetition of some activities.  Here are three things I do (pretty much) every day:

1) Make coffee: Seriously... First thing.  Every single morning.  Don't even try to talk to me until I have made and had at least a few sips of my first cup of coffee.  Does this really come as a surprise to anyone who knows anything about me?


2)  Spend some quiet time with Jesus:  Right after I fix that cup of coffee.  Just me and God having a little coffee talk over my Bible and devotionals.  I can certainly tell a difference in how my day seems to go on the mornings I skip this!
 
3)  Read: OK, again... if you know anything at all about me this is not surprising new.  I read every chance I get.  A day is not a day unless I get some reading done!  And I can't go to sleep without reading at least a few pages.  It's how I unwind and relax into sleep mode.
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What's something you do EVERY day?

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Friday, September 26, 2014

But It's Just So... OLD!

For many years the Old Testament seemed ... well, OLD. Irrelevant.

To my thinking - that was just the history of the Jewish peoples.  Except for being the culture and belief from which Jesus emerged - what did it have to do with Christianity?  With me?


It wasn't until recently that I was able to finally see it with new eyes.  To step back and appreciate the full picture.

You see, this isn't just a history of a people.  It's the story of so much more.

As we read the Old Testament, we can find the promise of Jesus all over it.  God tells us again and again how he plans to bring salvation.  To renew His people.  To restore us.

The Old Testament is a promise.  The promise of God's love, mercy, and grace which would be completed with the New Testament.

With Jesus.



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