Restored Relationships

Barnabas agreed and wanted to take along John Mark. But Paul disagreed strongly, since John Mark had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in their work. Their disagreement was so sharp that they separated. Barnabas took John Mark with him and sailed for Cyprus. Paul chose Silas, and as he left,Continue reading “Restored Relationships”

A Sense of God’s Tenderness

The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17 NIV) A while ago, I began to meditate on this verse, which I had often overlooked while reading theContinue reading “A Sense of God’s Tenderness”

He Loves Us Just the Way We Are

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 NIV) A few years ago, I had a student who I grew to love. At first glance, there was probably not much to love about him. For a four-year-old, he was very tiny, stillContinue reading “He Loves Us Just the Way We Are”

Knowledge Without Love

Now regarding your question about food that has been offered to idols. Yes, we know that “we all have knowledge” about this issue. But while knowledge makes us feel important, it is love that strengthens the church. (1 Corinthians 8:1 NLT) I’m an inquisitive person by nature, so when it comes to the Bible, IContinue reading “Knowledge Without Love”

Do You Truly Love Him?

After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these? “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him. (John 21:15 NLT) After Jesus’ death, Peter went back to his fishing gear. When he met the resurrected Lord, Peter, who hadContinue reading “Do You Truly Love Him?”