Tag Archive | God’s love

Jesus Starts at the Bottom – FaithGateway

Today’s devotional offers a fresh look at the lengths – or depths – that Jesus went to in order to redeem us. All of us. Including you regardless of who you are or what you have or have not done.

 

 

Picture a woman who is about to rappel down the side of a tall cliff. Before taking off down the rock’s face, she will first make certain that the rope is long enough to reach the bottom. If the top of the cliff is one hundred feet high, she is going to ensure that she has more than one hundred feet of free rope hanging over the side. In order for her to complete her journey, she has to be able to reach the bottom. If the rope is long enough to reach the mountain’s floor, it is sufficient to reach every other part of the journey.
When Jesus left the high cliffs of Heaven and came down to earth, He showed us that the rope of His reach is read more

Source: Jesus Starts at the Bottom – FaithGateway

I Will Give You My Robe

Today’s devotional by Max Lucado presents a vivid object lesson that demonstrates in a fresh way what Jesus has done for us.

 

 

But Christ without guilt… took upon Himself our punishment, in order that He might thus expiate our guilt, and do away with our punishment. — Augustine For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. — 1 Peter 3:18 NIV This is the mystery of the richesa href=’http://www.faithgateway.com/will-give-robe/’ title=’Read more’ …/a

Source: I Will Give You My Robe

Love Test

No, this isn’t one of those  tests to determine something about your love life or who you will marry or even what your love language is. Sunday’s message by Pastor Marlan urges the listener to gauge their love for others by the criteria listed in what is known as the “Love Chapter” 1 Corinthians 13. Click on the arrow to listen to the message. We’ve also added a PDF copy of  the test so you can take it, too.

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First Love Kind of Love

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so today is a two-fer devotional. We’ve included twoFaithgateway devotionals by the same author, both focusing our hearts on our first love – who and what real love is.

 

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Devotion 1 God Our Deepest Love Kyle Idleman

“C. S. Lewis, the great British author of the Chronicles of Narnia, once boarded a bus for Heaven.

He did this in imaginary form, of course, in a wonderful allegory called The Great Divorce. It’s a book that examines why people choose for or against giving their lives to a full commitment to God. He shows that what we’re doing is standing at the very gate of Heaven and choosing between the eternal glory of God and the empty illusions of earth — what he calls “the great divorce” between Heaven and earth.

In the book, Lewis climbs read more 

Devotion 2 Lost That Lovin’ Feeling Kyle Idleman

So what do you do if you’re a fan who wants to be a follower but your heart just isn’t in it? You want to come after Christ with a passionate pursuit, but the truth is you feel apathetic and indifferent. You don’t want to feel that way, but you do.

I was recently doing some research on what are known as “The Seven Deadly Sins.” They don’t appear as a list anywhere in Scripture, and I was curious to know how that list was developed.

It turns out that years ago the literacy rate read more

The Sixth Love Language

Tattoos are all the rage with young people. Not that older folks don’t have them, it’s just that for the most part the older folks got the tats when they were younger people. I have several kids and kids in law who sport a number of tats. Today’s devotional by Chad Veach reposted from Devotionals Daily brings a unique look at the subject. No matter what your opinion of the practice is I think I can safely say you’ll never look at a tattoo the same way again.

 

“I don’t know about you, but I think there’s a missing love language. There can’t only be five, right? Another language exists out there. We’ve all seen it, and it looks something like this:

The words “I love Mom” cascading down a forearm. Something in Hebrew etched along the center of a lower back. A flock of birds on an ankle, a shoulder blade, a wrist. (Really, you could put a flock of birds anywhere, and people would still find a way to make it meaningful.)

Half of a tribal symbol stretching across a chest with the other half on that person’s best friend’s chest.

Anchors. Roses. Chinese characters. Sleeves and sleeves and more sleeves!

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Love Language Six: Tattoos.

Tattoos have become a sign of read more

Kinds of Love

heart hands The term love has to be one of the most over used words in our vocabulary. We humans say we love our cars, homes, jobs, shopping, flying, certain types of food, and 101 other things while in the same breath we declare our love for our spouse, kids, friends, and God. Surely we cannot mean that we love our friends and family in the same way that we “love” inanimate objects or pastimes, can we? Perhaps a more accurate verb would be like or possibly enjoy – love, though? Maybe not so much. Click on the arrow below to listen to Sunday’s message  by Pastor Marlan as he challenges us to contemplate the idea of love.

 

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Good to Know

Today’s devotional, reposted from Roy Lessin’s blog, is based on Psalm 139. It remind us about God’s loving care for us. Sometimes our  hearts just need to be reminded that He cares. Take a moment to go to the psalm (link provided) and read it through in a couple of different versions to get a bigger picture when you finish reading the little devotional.

7 Good Things…to Know about God’s Love for You
(From Psalm 139:1-18)

No one knows you more thoroughly:
O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up: (vs. 1)

No one understands you more completely:
You understand my thought afar off. (vs.2)

No one cares about you more deeply:
You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. (vs. 3)

No one listens to you more attentively:
For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether. (vs. 4)

No one blesses you more richly:
You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it. (vs. 5-6)

No one is with you more closely:
Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me. (vs 7-10)

No one thinks about you more intimately:
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me! (vs. 17-18)

(c) 2015 Roy Lessin Used with Permission http://www.meetmeinthemeadow.com/2015/05/7-good-thingsto-know-about-gods-love-for-you/