Pursue Love

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Did you know that God commands us to persecute love? Of course that translation probably doesn’t communicate the true meaning of the first command found in 1 Corinthians 14:1, but the word used is the same word meaning “to persecute.” The origin of the word has to do with chasing down your enemy, running after your prey, or competing to win a race.… Read the rest

Go Read “The Cross and the Prodigal: Luke 15 Through the Eyes of Middle Eastern Peasants”

The Cross and the Prodigal

In addition to losing an hour of sleep between Saturday night and Sunday morning due to daylight savings time, I ended up reading, cover-to-cover, The Cross and the Prodigal: Luke 15 Through the Eyes of Middle Eastern Peasants, by Dr.… Read the rest

A God With Emotions

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

I’ve been thinking about the story of the prodigal son lately, and of his father’s extreme emotional display. I’ll post the Scripture text a little later on. But first some context to why I’ve been dwelling on this passage.

You often hear that men are outward focused by nature: they are genetically programmed to be workers.… Read the rest

Release Your Gifts

Hand Tools

One of the homeless men we’ve helped has been in the hospital for a while with pneumonia. He was released on Wednesday, and discovered that during his absence his campsite had been bulldozed (a local auto-dealer is expanding).

He called his sister, who lives a few hours away and hadn’t seem him in almost seven years.… Read the rest