More than All Others – Love

This week we begin a new series we are calling, “more than all others.” Jesus when speaking about a poor widow who gave only two coins to the offertory, said she gave more than all others. It is a great honor and respect from Jesus and it is the approach we should have in all we do for the kingdom of God. We are not trying to create a competition, or even do a comparison…

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1 John 4:18 – October 31, 2018

There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love. 1 John 4:18 NABRE      At the heart of John’s letter is a meditation on love; where love originated and how it must be expressed. It begins; “beloved let us love one another, because love is of God … anyone without love does not know God,…

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1 Peter 4:8 – October 28, 2018

Above all, let your love for one another be intense, because love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8 NABRE      Peter is writing this letter to several communities who have become followers of Jesus. He is telling them that they must imitate Jesus. In so doing they will suffer trials and persecution as Jesus did. Peter speaks of Jesus being victorious in suffering, He conquered sin through the cross. Peter exhorts them to do…

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1 John 4:19 – October 27, 2018

We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19 NABRE      John in his first letter provides detail calling us to love one another. Then he goes into a deeper meditation on what love is, where it originates and how it must be expressed. Love originates in God, because God is love, and love is manifested above all in the gift of God’s Son who dies for us. We must love one another, in fact…

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Ephesians 4:1-3 – October 25, 2018

I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: Ephesians 4:1-3 NABRE      Paul is writing to the house churches of Ephesus. The letter presents a teaching about what God has done through Jesus Christ for the listener.…

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