Called to Love

      We are called to love another not just with words but with our actions. 1 John 3:18 says “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” Don’t just tell His children that you love them we have to show them by our actions. Call and check on your family, friends coworkers, and whoever the Lord puts in your path. Do a small act of kindness, show them that they are loved. Many people come from dysfunctional families and hear that they are loved and never get to experience what true …

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By Love

Scripture: John 13:35 – “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (ESV) Message: “That girl taught me more about love in three days than I had ever known.” – A church camp volunteer That’s the legacy that Lila Kate left upon this big beautiful world that is tainted with the nastiness of sin. The young boy who made this comment was a church camp volunteer who the McAlisters were apparently a host family for one summer. During his short stay, he experienced in a big way that of which we all crave. Love. He …

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The Greatest is Love

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:12-13 – “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (ESV) Message: God used Lila to teach me not only that your best friend doesn’t have to be the same age as you (I was in 8th grade when our paths crossed and she wasn’t yet one year old), or even attain the same numbers of chromosomes as you (she had Down Syndrome). …

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God-Our Friend

  It is overwhelming to believe that the God of the universe, who created all mankind, would want to call me His friend. I think of all the amazing people out there, the ones who are funnier, cooler, more successful and more beautiful than I am. I think why would God want to include ME in His circle? But, just as fast as I begin to think these crazy thoughts, God does something amazing to remind me of the friend I have in Him. He is the friend who sticks closer than a brother – even in my wandering. Even …

God Wants To Speak To Our Hearts

On the hunt for some new clothes, I purchased some unrelated items.  As I walked towards the exit I noticed that a pair of pants were still in my buggy.  I turned around as one of the checkers was finishing up with a customer.  I told her I realized I did not check out these pants and would she please check them for me.  She was astonished that I wouldn’t just walk on out with the unpaid item. That brought about a conversation on honesty, integrity and more.  She told me that every time she had ever done something wrong …