God loves you like Beauty and the Beast, so you can love like that too – Fruit of the Spirit: Love, Part 5

In addition to the word agape, the Greeks had another word for love, phileo, which is defined as “brotherly love.” For example in Romans 12:10, Paul uses phileo when he writes, “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.” What does brotherly love look like?  Brotherly love is sacrificial, the willingness to lay one’s lifeContinue reading “God loves you like Beauty and the Beast, so you can love like that too – Fruit of the Spirit: Love, Part 5”

“Agape” love is hard work? – Fruit of the Spirit: Love, Part 3

In the previous post, I mentioned that, Paul, the guy who wrote about the Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23, used the Greek word, agape, when he was referring to love. What is unique about agape love? Paul describes it much more in-depth in 1 Corinthians 13, which is often called “The Bible’s LoveContinue reading ““Agape” love is hard work? – Fruit of the Spirit: Love, Part 3″

What is love? – Fruit of the Spirit, Love – Part 2

What is love? Our culture has many ideas about love. Here’s a great medley of some famous love songs. How do these songs describe love? So many love songs.  What is your favorite? How does our culture describe the word “Love”?  I LOVE Pizza!  Really?  What does someone mean when they say they love pizza? Continue reading “What is love? – Fruit of the Spirit, Love – Part 2”

If you want to be a loving church family, seize the 167!

Yesterday I said that Peter, in 1st Peter 1:21-25, says that a church family must love one another deeply from the heart.  What is this love Peter is talking about?  We all know what love is, right?  It’s obvious.  Love is love!  Well even though there is one English word for love, Peter uses twoContinue reading “If you want to be a loving church family, seize the 167!”

How God wants to restore you

Betrayal and denial.  Jesus experienced both, from two of his closest followers, in a matter of no more than one hour.  That had to hurt deeply. You can read the story in Luke 22:47-62. Yesterday at Faith Church we talked about what it feels like when we have been betrayed or denied.  We also talkedContinue reading “How God wants to restore you”