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Abide in My Love

Jesus loves us as the Father loved Him. That love is agape love, the perfect, unselfish, unconditional love of God's heart. Even though there were many times that love looked differently than modern Americans think of as love, Jesus was always obedient. In fact, it made Jesus joyful to be obedient to God's love; and because Jesus obeyed, He abided in God's love. Jesus tells us that to abide in His love, we must obey what He commands. This does not sound like the unconditional love that the word agape describes; but it is. The only thing that is conditional, is our response to that great love. We can cover ourselves and hide or we can surrender. When we surrender to that love, we will abide in His love.

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A Serious Call

Christianity is a call to movement. We are called to move away from who we were when Christ found us and move toward looking more like our precious savior. While a healthy believer may have many ups and downs in their walk, over time they will show movement towards Jesus. Hebrews says those who don't progress are in very dangerous waters because there are two kinds of people who don't progress, believers who get stuck for some reason and professors of the faith who are very close to Jesus but have never truly become believers. The author pleads with them to cast off their sluggishness and progress. This is most definitely NOT a passage that brings the believer's eternal security into question. Hebrews, the Bible, and Jesus Himself are very clear that believers cannot and will not lose their salvation! So this is a call to recognize where we are and move if we have to!

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Christmas 2014

God could have chosen anyone to announce the birth of His precious Son to. He could've chosen the priests, the Pharisees, Kings, politicians, or even the emperor of Rome. Instead, He chose lowly shepherds, men who could not step foot inside the temple or testify in court. Why?

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Ferguson, Race, and the Hardening of Our Hearts

Just like the priest and the Levite, we are tempted to harden our hearts and pass by hurting people. The rioting and looting in Ferguson tempts us to stereotype and write off an entire race of people based on the actions of a few. We must not harden our hearts to the pain and suffering of our brothers and sisters. We must seek to understand them and cross the aisle to share in their hurt.

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