Pastoral Series

Strength Perfected

You Shall Love: Strength Perfected When asked “What is the greatest commandment?” Jesus plucked a pair out of the Scriptures.  I suspect he didn’t think of them as two separate things, but as one, or the same thing from two perspectives.  We love God when we love the neighbor; we love the neighbor when we…

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Strength

You Shall Love: Strength When I was in high school, everyone had some vague impressions about one another.  He’s athletic.  She’s smart.  He’s clever.  She’s talented.  He’s… well, we just don’t see much in him.But everyone has strengths, and something as simple as “She’s smart” is more complex than we realize.  She’s smart in math…

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With Your Mind

You Shall Love: With Your Mind C.S. Lewis wrote that “the journey from head to heart is one of the longest and most difficult that we know.”  I wonder if, when it comes to God, we suspect Lewis was right, and so we just skip the head and go straight to the heart.Whoever said faith…

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Heart, Mind, Soul

You Shall Love: Heart, Soul, Mind When Jesus said “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength,” he wasn’t envisioning four distinct ways to love, as if you could devise a checklist.  “Okay, I love God with heart and soul, need to work a little more on mind,…

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Soul

You Shall Love: Soul Love God with all your soul.  What is this soul?  In our culture, there is this popular but terribly un-Biblical notion that the real you is an invisible “soul” housed temporarily in your body.  When you die, that “soul” lives on forever.  Not surprisingly, when we believe this, we divided the…

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With All Your Heart

You Shall Love: With All Your Heart Talk about love can be sentimental or silly – and if we add “with all your heart” it seems even more touchy-feely, a warm surge of emotion, this love with the heart.  Pop culture has tried to speak of heart-love in romantic terms, so we’ve been showered with…

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Kinds of Love

You Shall Love: Kinds of LoveIn Christianity’s earliest days, the church took root and spread rapidly – not because they had better ideas, or more clever people, or more resources, or even a grand strategy.  They were known for their love – which echoed God’s love.  St. Ambrose was right:  “It did not suit God…

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Shema, the Silent Partner

You Shall Love: Shema, the Silent Partner When Jesus said the main thing is to love God with heart, soul, and strength, he wasn’t making it up out of thin air.  He was a Jew, raised by Jewish parents, the descendant of generations of Jews, all of whom began and ended every day with those…

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You Shall Love

You Shall Love How wonderful is it that, when Jesus wanted to zero in on what really matters, he said “You shall love the Lord.”  Not “You must obey,” or “You must be perfect,” but instead, “You shall love.”I know it’s a command, and it’s worth pondering that love can be commanded – so love…

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Thy Kingdom Come

New Series!!! – Thy Kingdom Come My Kingdom Go What is Prayer? Our Father Thy Will be Done Maturing in Prayer On Earth as in Heaven Our Daily Bread Give Us Jesus’s Stories Who Art in Heaven Hallowed be Thy Name Forgive us our Trespasses As We Forgive Lead Us Lead Us Not into Temptation…

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