By this we know that we love

the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. (1 John 5:2 NKJV) A test of my love for God and obedience to His word is that I love the children of God. It is a simple, if then, equation. If you love the children of God, then you love God and keep His commandments. Or, if you love God and keep His Commandments, then you love the children of God.

To be in balance, this must always be true; that you love God’s children and that you love God and keep His commandments. These cannot be separated one from the other. You must love. God has written this on our hearts, not as a list to be done and checked off but as our way of life.

You Must Love – Broadcast for April 18, 2014
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Not all families get along!

But there is love of parent to child and sibling to sibling that surpasses almost all trouble. In 1 John we read: and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. (1 John 5:1b NKJV)

In God’s family there is much division, rivalry, mistrust, unholiness; this because we forget to love each other. It is easy to see our relationship with God as personal and private with little regard for the other children of God. But, you are not alone. There is a whole family of believers, born again of the same Father that you must love and be in fellowship with. Look around, start loving God’s kids.

Start Loving God’s Kids – Broadcast for April 17, 2014
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Daddy, where did I come from?

Well now, that’s a question every dad will have to answer. In 1 John we read: Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. (1 John 5:1 NKJV) God answers that question for His children like this! If you believe that Jesus Christ is the savior, you are born of God. Spiritual birth happens by faith when we believe. It is a mystery revealed.

The born again have spiritual life and become partakers together of eternal life. Within this life fellowship with God and our family of believers can be rich and overflowing. It all starts with believing God, trusting completely in His Son and continues in eternal life.

Daddy, where did I come from? – Broadcast for April 16, 2014
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A simple decision can make and eternity

of difference. In 1 John we read: And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also. (1 John 4:21 NKJV)

We are commanded to love our brother in Christ. that means that we welcome, be fond of, show hospitality, and love dearly. If we have sized them up and decided that we don’t like them, it will be nearly impossible to love them. But if we will by faith decide to love them dearly, then the love flows easily.

Such love covers a multitude of sins, doesn’t notice offenses, overlooks flaws. Love Never Fails. Love is a decision empowered by faith, indwelt by the Holy spirit, filled with God, because God is love. Love, it’s your choice.

The Simple Choice to Love – Broadcast for April 15, 2014
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There is a great stumbling block

to love, my flesh. In 1 John we read: If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? (1 John 4:20 NKJV) My flesh is full of self and does not want to love those who have hurt me or have been unkind. I must even overcome jealousy if I am to love.

God is easy to love because He has only done good to me and is able to make all things work together for my good. But to love others takes a greater act of my will surrendering to God’s will. The closer I abide with God the quicker I overcome my flesh and love my brother!

The Stumbling Block to Love – Broadcast for April 14, 2014
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Almost everyone loves their mom.

Even though she isn’t perfect, and maybe even a bit weird; she is our mom and we love her. That love was made possible because she first loved us. If she hadn’t love us enough to bear us and nurture us and help us grow up, there would be no love. In 1 John we read: We love Him because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19 NKJV)

We love God because He first loved us. He laid out the plans for our salvation from the foundations of the earth. He sent His Son to die for our sin. He called us to Himself and filled us with His presence. We would be unable to love God if He didn’t love us first.

Almost everyone loves their mom. – Broadcast for April 11, 2014
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Do you remember waiting for your father

to get home? The threat of punishment, the dread of waiting for dad, the anticipation of the sting of his belt? In 1 John we read: There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18 NKJV)

When I awaited my appointment with my dad to deal with my misbehavior, I knew two things: it was going to hurt; my dad loved me. I feared his punishment but I loved my dad.

But our heavenly father has no belt to hit us with on judgment day, if we are His. Perfect love has dealt with our sin, the stripes have been laid, Jesus’ death paid the damages and has made us right with our God. We have nothing to fear on that day because God’s love has taken care of it all.

The Stripes Have Been Laid- Broadcast for April 10, 2014
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Love inspires confidence and hope.

In 1 John we read: Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. (1 John 4:17 NKJV)

When we know that we are loved by God, we know that the Love of Christ has released us from sin, we know that we live free from sin and abide in the purity of Christ; then we have great confidence in the hope of eternal life and no fear of judgment.

If faced with judgment in our legal system, your innocence will not guarantee a fair verdict because our courts and laws are imperfect. But the Love of God is perfected to render perfect judgment. All who are in Christ, are not guilty and have nothing fear from God.

Love inspires confidence and hope. – Broadcast for April 9, 2014
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And we have known and believed

the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. (1 John 4:16 NKJV) We know and believe, both in the past and to this moment, the love that God has for us. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10 NKJV)

God has shown His love, love is of God, God is love; therefore as we believe and abide, we can show love, we can let love be and we can be love. The greatest part of our lives that will last forever is love.

The Greatest Part – Broadcast for April 8, 2014
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I was handed a note as I stepped

up to teach that read: “Whoever owns the white Honda, your lights are on.” The owner stood up and went to turn off the lights. In 1 John we read: Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. (1 John 4:15 NKJV)

Whoever owns that Jesus is the Son of God. The confession is more than a prayer, more than a church membership, more than a raised hand; it is taking ownership of faith. If you believe that Jesus is the Son of God, then God abides in you and you abide in God.

Ownership causes you to speak up when questioned, to stand firm when tested, to draw close when troubled. So if you want to abide in Him you must first confess that Jesus is the Son of God and own your faith.

Ownership – Broadcast for April 7, 2014
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