Category Archives: Love Others

The Wonderful Cross: The Scandal of the Cross, Part 4

[The following is adapted from the scholarship of Fleming Rutledge, Scot McKnight, N.T. Wright, Arnold Fruchtenbaum, and others.] One of the most degrading parts of crucifixion was the scourging. The Jews had precise rules regarding this form of punishment. Under … Continue reading

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He Touches the Untouchable

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One of the words which best describes our current culture is “reactionary.” A car comes up quickly beside you in the adjacent lane. Do you find yourself speeding up to keep him / her from passing you? (Be honest.) Why … Continue reading

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A New Day: New Jerusalem, Part 3

In that day the branch of the Lord shall be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land shall be the pride and honor of the survivors of Israel. And he who is left in Zion and remains in … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned: Be Gracious, Part 4

If we have experienced the grace of God in Christ Jesus, then it is incumbent upon us to be gracious with others, particularly in our speech. Here are some examples of gracious speech: Words of affirmation “I respect you. You … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned: Be Gracious, Part 3

So the Bible is quite clear in proclaiming that God is a gracious God. But the implication of this truth extends to God’s people. Since the Lord is merciful and gracious, we should then be gracious in our dealings with … Continue reading

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Politics: The Ideology of Idolatry

I’m convinced that the great idolatry for many of us is our deep commitment to our political ideology. The past few months have been difficult for all of us. I’ve taken to saying things like, “We’re all playing hurt,” and … Continue reading

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Quick to Love

These words were written in 1868, but they are poignant for our time as well: Life is short. We do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel the way with us. So, be quick to … Continue reading

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Be Gracious: A Quarantine Prayer

Turn to me and be gracious to me… Psalm 86:16 Let’s face it: we’re spending a lot of time with our loved ones in close quarters these days. I’ve found myself saying this repeatedly over the past few weeks — … Continue reading

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Scarcity and the Abundance of God

I have a confession to make: I am really struggling with a scarcity mindset right now. A few nights ago, I went out to the store to get some bread. When I got there, this is what I found:  I’ve … Continue reading

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