May 16, 2018

"Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind  regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others." — Philippians 2:3-4

God's word speaks out loudly and clearly at every corner of Scripture in regard to the sin of pride and the virtue of humility. "Repetition is the mother of all learning" (a Latin proverb).

It was pride, you remembe...

April 18, 2018

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. — John 13:34

Bernard of Clairvaux was one of the most gifted spiritual writers of the 12th century. He was a monk and the head of the Catholic monastery at Clairvaux in France. His extraordinary personal magnetism attracted many who were seeking a deeper Christian life. This is what he wrote on why we love God and others:
 
"God is entitled to...

January 10, 2018

"So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the  household of  he faith."
— Galatians 6:10


On a spring day in Pennsylvania, a poor boy was selling goods to pay his way through school. The year was 1863, and the boy was going door-to-door to meet his goal. While traveling through the countryside, he became hungry. He only had a dime left, so he decided to ask for food at the next house.

Howeve...

October 23, 2017

Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. – Ephesians 4:11-12

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. Pastors do so much every week for their churches, but this is the month that we can spend some extra time seeking to show them our appreciation for all that they do. Her...

February 1, 2017

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

The apostle Paul’s definition of what true love is, and does, just boggles the mind. Well, mine anyway. When w...

January 11, 2017

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:34-35

In 1929, Cole Porter, whose goal in life was to write 1000 hit songs, composed the music and lyrics for a Broadway show called, “Wake Up and Dream.” It only ran for 136 performances but one of the most popular songs to come out of that musical r...

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