Love

Saint Chrysostom on John 3:16

BY JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

What He says, is this: Marvel not that I am to be lifted up that you may be saved, for this seems good to the Father, and He has so loved you as to give His Son for slaves, and ungrateful slaves. Yet a man would not do this even for a friend, nor readily even for a righteous man…

Saint Chrysostom on John 3:16

When The Law Must Yield

BY MARTIN LUTHER

We will look at the command to love, in the Law of God. Innumerable, endless, are the books and doctrines produced for the direction of man's conduct. And there is still no limit to the making of books and laws. Note the ecclesiastical and civil regulations, the spiritual orders and stations.

When The Law Must Yield

The God Who Sees Me

BY DAN CHRISMER

There have been so many times in my life where I have thought to myself; God isn't paying any attention to me. He doesn't care what I do down here on this inconsequential planet in the middle of the huge universe He controls. He might be able to see me, but He doesn't really care to look down on me.

The God Who Sees Me

Jesus Loves Me, This I Know

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

I have been very busy lately, trying to understand things.  There’s nothing wrong with wanting to have a deeper understanding of spiritual truth, but I have found that there is a pit on that path into which one can fall, and right now I feel like I’m sitting in that pit, too tired to climb back out.

Jesus Loves Me, This I Know

What's Love Got to Do with It?

BY DONAVON RILEY

Love is the sum of the law. Love God with all your heart, spirit, and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself. That means that if love can't be done when it needs to be done then get rid of the law, because it's not lawful. Being lawful isn't the purpose and goal of the law.

What's Love Got to Do with It?

Lord, Help My Lack Of Love

BY DONAVON RILEY

The author, Flannery O'Connor, said, "All I can say about my love of God is, Lord help me in my lack of it." O'Connor's characters often betray their true nature from behind a mask of good-hearted religiousity. This usually happens when the delusion they've projected onto the world is upset by personal crisis

Lord, Help My Lack Of Love

Who's Your Father?

BY ERICK SORENSEN 

I have found that if I want to get people talking (especially guys), all I have to do is ask them about their father. Instantly, you will either hear stories of heroism or abandon; stories of pain or great joy; stories of great pride or great shame. But one thing’s for sure: You’ll hear stories…

Who's Your Father?

When God’s Stomach Aches

BY JAKE ALLSTAEDT

It's in moments like that with my son that I honestly wonder if God still loves me. My sin must be frustrating to Him. And God knows that I've done worse than jumping into puddles. I’ve push Him away. I’ve taken His good gifts and thrown them in the garbage.

When God’s Stomach Aches

Out of Ammo

BY BRANDON HANSON

So there’s this famous quote that you may have heard in one form or another around the interwebs. I think I finally found the original quote and who said it (but let me know if you think I’m mistaken): “The Christian army is the only army that shoots and buries its wounded.” -Dr. Freddie Gage

Out of Ammo

God's Description In Two Words

BY MARTIN LUTHER

These two words descriptive of God, “good” and “kind” are indeed pleasant and consoling. They represent him as offering grace, following us, ready to receive most graciously all who draw near to him and desire him. What more could he do? Note now why the Gospel is termed a gracious, comforting message concerning God revealed in Christ.

God's Description In Two Words

When a Christian Is Pushed Into Atheism, Who Will Bring Him Back?

BY DONAVON RILEY

How do we respond when a Christian acknowledges that he's fallen into doubt about the existence of God and his purpose as a Christian?  What about a pastor who struggles to keep up the mask of faithfulness, but of late isn't convinced anymore there's a God?

When a Christian Is Pushed Into Atheism, Who Will Bring Him Back?

The First Love of God

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

Henri Nouwen, the Roman Catholic priest, professor and writer summed up his summary of the Gospel as, “You are the beloved of God!” For Nouwen, who struggled his whole life with feelings of inadequacy and who often felt unsure he was really loved...

The First Love of God

The Anchor of John 3:16

BY MARTIN LUTHER

Notice that Christ represents the Father to us as none else than the all-loving and magnetic one, and he brings us through himself to the Father. Everything Christ does tends to help us to acquire a loving confidence in the Father. To simply fear the Father confers no benefit; but to bear to him a companionable love of rare quality makes us blessed.

The Anchor of John 3:16

Can I Love Someone Who Has Done Bad Things?

BY ERICK SORENSEN

Over the last few weeks it’s been painful and disappointing to hear the stories of victims that have been abused and assaulted by powerful celebrities, executives, and politicians. It seems every day we’re exposed to a new (seemingly credible) accusation against some influential person.

Can I Love Someone Who Has Done Bad Things?

Love Is The Law's Interpreter

BY MARTIN LUTHER

Faith is here set forth in that this man, sick with the dropsy, looks to Christ and firmly believes he will help him. This faith he had as the result of his previous acquaintance with Jesus. He knows him as a kind, friendly and sympathetic man who always helps everyone and lets none go away uncomforted.

Love Is The Law's Interpreter

In The Margins

BY JESSICA DELGADO

Inside every relationship, there’s a gap. A margin of space where people didn’t quite meet our expectations or failed us with miles to spare. We grow things here. These spaces are like our own personal little gardens of hatred, doubt, or in the rare and most beautiful cases, love.

In The Margins

Homosexuality: People, not an Issue

BY PRESTON SPRINKLE

Eric Borges was raised in a conservative Christian home. At a young age, Eric realized he was different, and other kids at school let him know it.

Homosexuality: People, not an Issue

The Mother's Freedom To Love

BY JESSICA THOMPSON

You are free to love your children without any expectations because you have been loved immeasurably. You have a Heavenly Father who rejoices over you with singing.

The Mother's Freedom To Love

Happily Waiting For My Faith To Die

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

The good news is, soon my faith will die. In fact, I can’t wait. In an age of skepticism, inner conflict, materialism, relativism, consumerism—and all the other “isms” that define things today, faith seems inadequate...

Happily Waiting For My Faith To Die

Jesus and Abortion

BY CHAD BIRDDANIEL EMERY PRICE

If April 1 is April Fools’ Day, then March 25 is Divine Fool’s Day. Falling nine months before Christmas, it’s the day when God set in motion what appeared to be a foolish plan.

Jesus and Abortion

Unconditional Love

BY  MATT KROELINGER

News shocked the College football world back in August, when Cordell Broadus, four-star recruit to the UCLA football team, abruptly quit. When asked why, UCLA head football coach Jim Mora said that he wanted to “pursue other passions in his life.”

Unconditional Love

That Bloody Pastor

BY EVAN WELCHER

I’ve been watching this film over and over again. It arrived in the post one fine day from Netflix. I still get DVDs from Netflix in the mail. There’s something about the anticipation of waiting for a new film to arrive in the post that is reminiscent of the innocence of long gone Christmas mornings of yore

That Bloody Pastor

The Overnighters: Intriguing, Yet Terrifying Love

BY BRANDON HANSON

Something has reached out and grabbed me, tackled me, and holds me in an iron grip which I can’t seem to escape. I think I have an idea of what it is but there’s so much I still don’t know about it. There’s danger in the unknown.

The Overnighters: Intriguing, Yet Terrifying Love