Agape love is not touch-feely or romantic in any way. Nor is it a good-old-boy slap on the back kind of love. Agape love which is the love of God would be best defined as “right behavior in the midst of difficult circumstances.”
We’ve all enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday with food galore, family fun, lots of football, and hopefully some relaxation. Before we know it Christmas will be here and the imminent New Year will be rung in. And both will likely involve even more food, lots of time with extended family members, and perhaps a glimmer or two of relaxation.
Getting married is the second-biggest decision a person makes in their life. Accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior is the first and greatest decision a person will ever make. Being joined together by God as husband and wife, a couple begins to experience a level of understanding and intimacy with God through one another that is profound. Speaking of this fact, the apostle Paul says, “This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church” (Eph. 5:32).
Growing up we all heard our mother say, “What are you up to in there?” Clearly the sounds she was hearing were cause for concern. And, like all kids, we gave the classic reply: “Nothing.” Oh, we were so far from the truth, but with good reason. We were having the time of our lives and didn’t want to stop.
W. Tozer said, “A real Christian is an odd number anyway.” The Apostle Peter addresses us as “aliens and strangers in the world” (1 Peter 2:11). What a strange thing to say to creatures that bleed red and are standing on planet Earth. We’re not extraterrestrials, for crying out loud. So if we’re not from […]
The 2012 Summer Olympics in London were phenomenal. Many Olympic and world records were broken. Here’s one The U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team beat Nigeria 156-73 in an epic blowout. They broke the Olympic record for most points in a game with 4:37 still to play, and set U.S. records for three-pointers (26), field goals (59), and field-goal percentage (71). The previous record for most points in a game was 138 by Brazil in 1988 against Egypt.
Three years ago a book caught my eye titled The Mystery of 2012: Predictions, Prophecies, & Possibilities. I had just seen a special on the History Channel about Nostradamus and his prophecies concerning the year 2012, so I couldn’t resist the intrigue. I bought the book and immediately began reading it.
Our culture is afraid to face death because it has never beheld the only One who defeated death. Our lives are shaped by our focus. Which simply means, what we behold we become. Our culture has yet to behold the One who conquered death. That’s why we’re so afraid of it and have perversely become obsessed with it.
My wife and I have enjoyed the privilege of raising and loving our three children. Our oldest, Caleb, has graduated from college and is working full-time. Living at home this last year, he was able to pay off all of his student loans. Hallelujah! Our other two children will graduate from college in May 2013.
I had the opportunity to return to India on a mission trip last month. Having overcome all of the unknowns the first time around, I was able to approach this one with more confidence.
Sports fans know that perfection is rarely if ever achieved. Virtually every sport has a system designed to manage imperfection. With the Texas Rangers making the World Series for a second time, I’ve been thinking about the way the game of baseball is played and called, and the way we live.
Have you ever wondered what a pie chart of your time would look like? What percentage of your time is devoted to work? To family commitments? To all the things you have to do: pay the bills, mow the lawn, help chauffeur the kids around, spend time with your spouse and children? These activities make up the big sections of the pie chart. The smaller slivers of the chart indicate room that is left for exercise, recreation, volunteering, time with your friends, and maybe a few spiritual activities.