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Your shield--a protective verse that you can reflect on and draw strength from even when you aren't in the direct heat of battle--may be even more important than your sword, because it places temptation out of earshot.   Try selecting this ver...Continue

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Love's Bottom Line: Easter Shows How True Love Costs YOU

The headline might suggest this article is about romance, holding hands, walks on the beach or even the “little blue pill.” But it’s not.  No, this may be the least sexy article we have ever done on love and relationships, definitely not the warmest, and, if you take it to heart, it will cost you. How’s that for advertising?

 

Love's Bottom LineIn Gary Chapman’s famous classic “The Five Love Languages,” we learn about meaningful ways we love others, including words of affirmation, touch (men’s favorite by far), spending quality time, acts of service and giving gifts. And while these are important, there’s a type of love Jesus models that gives the truest accounting of love we all look for, we all want and we all need to learn to give daily. But it doesn’t get the headlines.

 

Unchallengeable, bottom line love requires sacrifice. The greatest love we can give is sacrificial love or, more practically, when we say “no” to ourselves in order to say “yes” to discomfort for the benefit of another. It’s that simple, that hard, and that profound to the other person.  Jesus prophetically explained love’s bottom line for us for all in John 15:13 when said:

 

“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” 

 

In other words, sacrificial love takes all mystery and guesswork out of play and replaces it with a rock solid message: I am willing to set my own comfort and well-being aside to secure your well being and comfort.  That’s not to suggest, we go out and look to be a heart-transplant donor. Instead, we look for ways in our daily relationships where God would call us to sacrifice what we want (feelings), and love someone else sacrificially (faith).

 

Before Jesus endured horrendous torture and was crucified, he revealed a human nature desiring to live and avoid the painful consequences of God’s plan. He even asked God if there was a “PLAN B.” But instead choosing emotionally he sacrificially chose God’s will. In the greatest love moment of all time and eternity he chose faith over feelings.

 

 

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Wounds and Warriors: Band Aid Solutions Can't Heal Big Bleeders

Like soldiers returning from battle, all of us bring injuries, memories and enemies back to our relationships that can sabotage our lives. We are walking wounded with battle scars, broken hearts, and snake-bitten minds. Unfortunately, these wounds are not badges of honor either. When the right buttons are pushed, a cascade of emotions, conflicts and behaviors are ejected onto our relationships, homes and our work.

 

The arch-enemy, Satan, wants us to dwell on these wounds, relive and recycle them driving us to drink, or some other self-medicating distraction. The longer we live without healing, the longer the enemy can strangle our futures, hopes and dreams as well as destroy our ability to realize God’s abundant life in the present.

Giant Killer: How to Win Battles With Odds Stacked Against You

Mercer beating Duke. Frasier over Ali. Yang out-stroking Tiger. Valvano’s Wolfpack taking down The Dream’s Houston Cougars in ’83. Namath’s Jets shocking the Colts. Buster Douglas knocking out Tyson. And, perhaps the greatest sports upset of all time … the 1980 “miracle on ice” US Olympic Hockey Team beating the high-powered Soviet Union.

 

But there’s another upset that tops ‘em all. Imagine facing a perennial No. 1 warrior, 9-foot tall monster of a man with a menacing reputation and master of psychological and physical warfare, covered head to toe in armor and carrying weapons with physical power never before seen by a man on earth?

 


We all love the Cinderella story. But when you’re facing a giant like this, courage alone can only get you to the battlefield. To win, you’ve got to have something extra.

 

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