Jesus said that the greatest command was to love the Lord our God, but how often do we do the exact opposite…?
When Jayme Erickson got the call to head out to an accident, it was work as usual. A Canadian paramedic, she’d seen more than her fair share of gnarled cars twisted around trees, plowed off roads or smashed into one another. This particular incident was a car that hit ice, slid out-of-control and had collided with an oncoming truck.
In this BEST OF episode, Gary Wilkerson discusses the dangers of perfectionism and learning to love ourselves as God loves us.
This week, John Bailey and Mark Renfroe explore how to prioritize reading scripture but also doing so in a way that actually draws us closer to God.
Gary talks obligatory good works compared to the love that comes from being filled with the Holy Spirit.
One of the most persistent searches among humankind is for love, and yet few of us are willing to give that which we so desire.
In The Brothers Karamazov, a monk named Zosima attends to a wealthy widow. The woman tells him that she has considered becoming a nun, taking a vow of poverty and serving the poor. One matter has stopped her, however.
All of God’s attributes are essential to who he is, but scripture seems to place a special emphasis on the fact that he is loving. God’s all-encompassing love is one of the ways that he makes himself known to us.
“Thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head” (Psalm 21:3, KJV). At first glance, this verse by David is a bit puzzling. The word “prevent” is usually associated with a hindrance, but the modern translation here would be, “You meet him with the blessings of goodness” (NKJV).
The biblical word for “prevent” meant “to anticipate, to precede, to foresee and fulfill in advance, to pay a debt before it is due.” Furthermore, in almost every instance, it implied something of pleasure.
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
God not only loves his people but delights in each one of us. He takes great pleasure in us.
I see this kind of parental pleasure in my wife, Gwen, whenever one of our grandchildren calls. Gwen lights up like a Christmas tree when she has one of our dear, little ones on the line. Nothing can get her off the phone. Even if I told her the President was at our door, she’d shoo me away and keep talking.