Defining the Relationship

Sometimes you just have to know where you stand with another person.  For instance, when couples have been dating for a while, one or both of them may be wondering where the relationship is headed.  Are they dating each other exclusively? Are they boyfriend-girlfriend, or just friends? Are they heading toward marriage, or is the…

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Being the Beloved Community

Part Two of Two We are the beloved community.  Yesterday, we discussed how we came to be a community.  Jesus’ love for each of us transforms our hearts of stone into hearts of flesh.  Because Jesus loves us, we can now love others.  And the way that Jesus teaches us to exercise this love first…

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Matters of the Heart

Part One of a Two-Part Series Sometimes I think of just the perfect comeback, about an hour after it’s too late. That’s what happened once while Joy and I were still newlyweds, only the time delay has been closer to thirty years. Joy and I spent our first year of marriage in Germany.  As a…

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Blood Is Thicker than Water

Blood is thicker than water.  You’ve probably heard this common proverb before.  It means that family bonds are stronger than relationships we form for ourselves.   Jesus did not know the phrase, but he was certainly aware of the sentiment.  In his day, family ties were in some ways stronger than they are today.  Fulfilling…

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