305 - How to Love Those Who Hurt Us

May 17, 2015
One truth in the Christian life is that we have all been hurt by those we love and by those who we thought loved us.  Whether it's our spouse, our family, a former close friend, or someone in the church, we've all suffered from the words or actions of someone else we trusted.  And the scars run deep.

So what do we do?  Mostly, we withdraw, vowing to never trust again.  We pull up the drawbridge, turn out the light, and hide alone deep in our room.  Simon and Garfunkel, many years ago, captured this so well in their song, I Am a Rock.

I've built walls, a fortress deep and mighty, that none may penetrate.
I have no need of friendship; friendship causes pain.
It's laughter and it's loving I disdain.
I am a rock, I am an island.

Don't talk of love, I've heard the words before; It's sleeping in my memory.
I won't disturb the slumber of feelings that have died.
If I never loved I never would have cried.
I am a rock, I am an island.

But the Christian life is not meant to be lived in bitterness, fear and unforgiveness.  Why?  Because Christ purchased our freedom and freely offers that freedom to us.  It's ours for the asking.
To find out how to love those who have hurt you or the ones you love, keep listening.

The following is a study on 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13.

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286 - I Ain’t Got No Body

January 26, 2015
There is a passage found in 1 Corinthians where the Lord Jesus is explaining the unity of His church, His body, by showing the many members of the body, the church, are actually one in Him.  Consider the following:

For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ (1 Cor. 12:12).

But the phrase that stopped me cold in my tracks is, "so also is Christ."  What does that mean?

Is Christ saying that He and His church are one?
Is Christ saying that He cannot be separated from His church?
Is Christ saying that He is His church?  That they are united as one like He is with His Father?

To find out more, keep listening.

The following is study on the Body of Christ.

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261 - Down with the “D” Word!

September 21, 2014
In the latter half of Malachi 2 God employs some strong words to convey His feelings about His people and their attitude towards Him.  He uses treacherously five times in 8 verses.  We also find profane or profaning, abomination, and God saying He literally hates something.  

Those two words alone, God and hate, should get our attention.

But what does God hate?  Ah, that's where the "D" word comes in.  

Want to hear more?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on Malachi 2:10-17.

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210 - The Greatest Chapter in the Bible

July 29, 2013
Some believe the third chapter of Hosea is the greatest chapter in the Bible.  After all, it pictures how great a love the Lord has for His sinning children, for each of us, who have been found guilty of committing spiritual adultery by loving another and are now experiencing the consequences of that sin.

Just look at the love of Hosea for Gomer and see the Lord's love for you:

And I said to her, "You shall stay with me many days; you shall not play the harlot, nor shall you have a man - so, too, will I be toward you."

Ah, but there is so much more.  Keep listening.

The following is a study of Hosea 3:1-5.
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208 - Hosea: A Living Epistle

June 15, 2013
The life of Hosea is a frightening picture of how we treat God and how He must grieve over our idolatry, sin and spiritual adultery.  But it is also a wonderful picture of grace and the all-encompassing love of God.

In essence, the message of Hosea is:

1.  God suffers when His people are unfaithful to Him.
2.  God cannot tolerate or condone sin.
3.  God will never cease to love His own.
4.  God will seek to win back those who have forsaken Him.

But there is so much more in this Old Testament book.  Keep listening and find out more.

The following is a study of Hosea 1:1-11.
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099 - Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

November 4, 2009
Marriage was the single most important social event in the Biblical world— one that was eagerly anticipated by everyone in the community.
It was generally divided into three phases:  
One, the betrothal or engagement.  
Two, the presentation of the bride.  
And three, the actual ceremony where the vows were exchanged.

"So, why the history lesson?" you ask.

Because this is exactly like the marriage spoken of in the Revelation... and you and I are not just invited, we're the bride!

The following is a study of Revelation 19:1-10
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073 - Your Kids are Not Your Kids

March 27, 2009
Parenting and, better yet, grandparenting is an incredibly wonderful thing. 

But what happens when you love your kids more than you love the Lord?  Are you doing them a favor?  Are you being unloving to your children and family when you place your affections towards them before your devotion to the Lord?  I mean, is that a good thing to do?

Have you ever thought about the dire consequences of that kind of misplaced love?  Scripture has some frightful examples of just this kind of misplaced love. Want to learn more?

The following is a study of Aaron's sons
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025 - The Downside of Love

July 2, 2007
"Downside?  What downside?" you ask. "How can there be a downside to love?"

Simple.  Sometimes love, if wrongly focused, can turn into misplaced loyalty... uh, which almost always leads to a profound tolerance of sin.  And just think, we do all this under the guise of "love". 

Does that seem harsh to you?  Maybe heartless?  A bit intolerant? 

Well, it is.  And it comes from the very lips of the Lord.

Tune in to find out more.

The following is a study of Revelation 2:18-29
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