I’m stronger because I had to be, smart because of my mistakes, happier because of the sadness I’ve known, and now wiser because I’ve learned.
~ Unknown Author ~

Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
~ Matthew 11:28-30

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome Lexa and co-hosts to another blessed Friday to celebrate the small things.

Hope all is well in your world. It is a truly a blessing to know rest.

This week, I celebrate the blessing of rest and those awesome friends who make my heart smile at the circus. {{hugs}}

Praise The Lord for rest, peace of mind and awesome friends. God bless you.

I’ve had a blast. I’ve had mind numbing fun. I’m enjoying life. (smile)

Priceless blessings. Thank you Lord.

Rest recharges the body.

Rest clears the mind.

Rest brings peaceful sleep.

Rest gives clarity.

The blessings of rest is wonderful.

Good conversations with friends is truly a beautiful thing to behold.

Blessings, my friends, as we choose to celebrate the small things we do for each other.

Your comments or thoughts are welcome. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Do We Know What Love Truly Is?

You Keep Using that Word

At the heart of so much of our cultural confusion today is an impoverished understanding of what love truly is.

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 Several years ago I earned the wrath of a group of teenage girls at a Christian school. No, I didn’t question the divinity of Jesus or the historical reality of the resurrection. I did something worse: I made a sarcastic comment about the movie, “The Notebook.”

If you haven’t seen the 2004 film, it tells the story of Noah and Allie, who meet as teenagers in 1940s South Carolina. Noah is a poor country boy and Allie is an heiress. You can pretty much guess what happens next: Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets her back again, and their love lasts through all kinds of trials and tribulations, including Allie’s eventual dementia.

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Is agape a mystical, magical word?

Anyone and everyone who’s tried to get serious Bible teaching has heard it. It goes something like this:

There are four Greek words for love: erōs, storgē, phileō, and agapē. They have very different meanings. Erōs means sexual love, storgē means family love, phileō means the love of friendship, and agapē means God’s love, a gracious, sacrificial love. Only the Holy Spirit can give agapē.

Sometimes the folks who say these things are very dogmatic and categorical, saying things like “when reference is made to God’s LOVE, the word used is always agape” [Guy P. Duffield and Nathaniel M. Van Cleave, Foundations of Pentecostal Theology (Los Angeles, CA: L.I.F.E. Bible College, 1983), 78].

You could probably supply your own; we’ve all heard them. But are they true?



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