Your Love Awakens Me

Don’t like the video, but like the song.

When You Don’t Feel Loving

“Let love be your highest goal.” 1 Corinthians 14:1 (NLT)

As none of us is perfect, most of us have an issue of one kind or another. Probably my biggest issue was being afraid to love, which came from childhood hurts. A friend recently asked me if I ever still feel afraid to love and I said not very often but sometimes I do. “What do you do when you feel this way?” he asked to which I replied, “I do the loving thing.”

Nobody feels loving all the time, but we can always do the loving thing if we so choose. People who choose otherwise usually end up driving love away. I’ve seen this happen and I’m sure you have too.

Jesus never told us how we should or shouldn’t feel … he just told us how to act. Sure, it is important to recognize and acknowledge our feelings. Not to do so is to be in denial. However, it is equally important not to allow our feelings to control us. That can be childish and immature. But rather, we need to be in control of our feelings and regardless of what we feel, always do the right thing, the loving thing. This is a mark of maturity.

Suggested prayer: “Dear God, no matter what situation I am in nor how I feel, please help me to be like Jesus and always do the loving thing—even if this includes tough love where such is needed. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus’ name, amen.”

1. 1 Corinthians 14:1 (NLT).


Jesus and His entourage were on their way into a small little town when they came across a funeral procession headed the other way. It was a poor widow who had just lost her only son. Most of the town was actually in the procession grieving with her. Jesus stopped the group, looked at this widow and said, “Don’t cry.” Then He went up to the casket, looked in, and said…


Jesus was in His home town of Capernaum. After healing a paralyzed man whose friends tore through the roof to bring Him to Jesus, calling a tax collector to leave His old life behind,  and healing a woman from a bleeding that had put her life on pause for the past dozen years, Jesus arrived at the house of Pastor Jairus. In the living room there was a large group of noisy “professional” mourners making a big stink that such a young girl had to die. Jesus had them all kicked out. Then He went into the girl’s room, looked down at the body and said…

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Love is the Answer

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

Galatians 5:13-15

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Little Children and Rich Guys

Sermon notes on Mark 10:13-31

All My Hope – music video

Essentials in Life

John 7:16–17 16 Jesus answered, My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me.17 Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.

Photo on 9-10-18 at 11.09 AMRecently at a Bible Study I asked those in attendance – What are your essentials of faith? How would you answer that question? Do we base our faith on any essentials? Do we have any irrefutable truths you bank on in your walk with Jesus? Are there any absolutes for you?

What are the essentials of your faith – the essential doctrines? With so many denominations around and non-denominational churches too to attend – is doctrine an important part of your choice or not? If you are United Methodist – what is the reason? If you are Roman Catholic – why? If you attend a non-denominational church – is the church’s doctrine the reason? Why do we attend the church we attend? Is doctrine a part of that decision?

If having a Biblically based church is high on your priority list – what doctrines would be essential for you to have fellowship with a church family? When I speak with couples getting married – I ask them what essentials they might have for their life partner. If we have essentials in a life partner – surely – we should have essentials for those who are leading us to eternity – or at least we’re striving for that goal together.

I shared three essentials for a life partner with my three daughters as they were growing up. As they searched for a man to live their life with I encouraged them to seek after a man who 1) loved Jesus – 2) loved them – and 3) had a good work ethic. What were your essentials for a life partner? Did you have any for yourself or for your children?

What doctrines are essential for you and your faith walk? For some the list might be short and for others it might be long – but let’s start with three. If you say a doctrine is essential for you – how about saying why?

Today’s passage reminds us that His teaching came from God – not from His own words (as Jesus the human man). John 7:16–17 – 16 Jesus answered, My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me. 17 Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. Are your essential doctrines based on how you feel or think or on your understanding of the Word of God?

How about naming a few essentials of faith? How about naming a few essentials for a life partner? I’d love to hear your reasoning as well. What are your essentials in life – both earthly and spiritually?

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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