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How great the Father’s love!

It is he who made the earth by his power,    who established the world by his wisdom,      and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.   Jeremiah 10:12 (ESV)    A couple of years ago, one of my daughters asked me why God had made such an amazingly large universe when his primary purpose […]

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Loving the Church

This month we take the opportunity to bring the church into focus as our topic for Beacon Lights. It concerns me that the church and its members are becoming increasingly unimportant in the lives of young Christians who seem to be more connected to their virtual life through social media than their spiritual life in […]

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Loving the church in deed and truth

In reflecting on the theme for this month’s issue, it occurred to me that knowing why we love the church should immediately be followed with instruction from God’s word on how to love the church in response. So instead of reading this editorial first, I encourage you to start with this month’s feature articles, which […]

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Seeking friends after God’s own heart

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be friends with someone whom God calls “a man after my own heart”? Would that sort of friend be desirable for you? Or would it be a bit too intimidating to hang around with someone whom God holds in such esteem? After all, such a […]

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Love

Come, let us look and see what love is; All love is God and God is love. Love starts with God. All love is His; Love had its birth in heaven above.   Come, let us look and see what love says: “I love Thee first — I really do — With all the strength […]

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Love in the Ministry

The ministry of the word is a calling which requires much attentiveness to and emphasis on the words of 1 Corinthians 13:13, where we read that love is the greatest of the three Christian virtues.  In fact, ministering to fellow saints and ministry in general are referred to as a “labor of love” in Hebrews […]

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The Praise of Charity

The apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:1–3 says that the tongues of men and of angels, gifts of prophecy, understanding into the mysteries of God, all knowledge, faith enough to move mountains, constant care for the poor, selling of possessions, and martyrdom count for nothing if the virtue of charity is not present in him. […]

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Saying Thanks to God and Our Neighbor

This month we celebrate the national holiday known as Thanksgiving Day. While certainly Thanksgiving Day represents a good opportunity to express our thankfulness to God, we recognize that our whole lives ought to be filled with thanksgiving. God has given us many good physical and spiritual gifts as expressions of his love. The Bible instructs […]

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Instructed to Love and Hate

In Matthew 5:43-48, Christ instructs us to love our neighbor and in Psalm 139:19-24 instructs us to hate those who hate God. Seeing the Bible is inerrant and infallible, how do we reconcile the message in these passages? “Do not, O Lord, I hate those that hate thee?” “But I say unto you, Love your […]

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Love

The Christmas lights have dimmed, the New Years celebrations have died down, and now come the red hearts, roses, and romance that flits here and there. Many become a bit uncertain and apprehensive as they attempt to master this elusive concept and fall into love with a special someone. Others seem to have found it, […]

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God’s Eternal Love

Our Father has shown His infinite love By sending His Son From heaven above To men who were sinners Condemned from their birth Dead in sin and transgression To His chosen on earth. A part from His Mercy And wonderful Grace Man’s place is in Hell Ne’er to look on His face. To serve Him, […]

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Shouldest Thou…Love Them that Hate the LORD?

Introduction  A prophet walked into the beautiful palace in Jerusalem. When summoned by the king into the throne room, the prophet boldly proclaimed the Word of the LORD, “Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? Therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD.”1 What had the king done wrong […]

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The Picture of Love (4)

“… Go, and do thou likewise,” and with those words Father concluded reading the parable of the good Samaritan. Lydia and Nathan had listened closely. It was one of their favorite stories. “Hmm…that parable is quite a picture of love,” said Mother. “Yes,” added Grandmother, who had come for a visit. “We always need to […]

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What Is Lovely (5)

The sun was still high above the horizon and Philip judged they would have plenty of time to play before darkness would put an end to their fun. Philip’s family had invited another family over for a backyard picnic, and Philip was excited because even though they had never visited with them before, he knew […]

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What is Love?

Love is a force tremendous in scope, ’Tis stronger than steel and encompasses hope. The Scriptures reveal many things it can’t be, Such as: envious and boastful and proud (seeking me). But love suffers long and is kind and endures; It rejoices in truth and it always assures. When around us is failure and much […]

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Love (2)

“Oh, look at those two poor children over there. I’m so glad we can afford clothes that are in style. C’mon, I don’t want to play here by them. Let’s go over there.” Then the two well-dressed girls walked to the far end of the park and began to play with their frisbee. Julie and […]

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Where in the World is Love?

Love. Self-denying desire for another. Everyone wants to receive it, nobody wants to give it, and very few in the world seem to have it. Everywhere you look, you find people wanting to be wanted for who they are. Just when one thinks he has it, it vanishes. It seems bent upon leading man on […]

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Our Calling to Walk in Love

Love without deeds and actions is no love at all, but only a hollow word.  The true love of God in you will be seen in concrete deeds, in how you live, in a life of obedience to God. That is true of God’s love.  Its reality is seen in what it did, for God’s […]

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Love, the Gift of God

I.  INTRODUCTION Let me begin by thanking the host society and church here at Redland for having us all here, and for giving me the privilege of being one of the speakers.  This is a first for me, and I am grateful for this opportunity.  I also commend you for the theme you have chosen […]

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Love

“And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.” I Samuel 18:1 The birds on the Judean plain still sang. The locusts whirred their dusty serenade. The soft evening […]

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Developing Love

The title of this article raises a question. How can we develop love, when it is a fruit of the Spirit? When love is called a fruit of the Spirit, then the implication is clear that the Holy Spirit is the Divine Agent Who works in us the blessings of salvation as merited by Christ […]

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As I Have Loved You

There is, as you probably remem­ber from your Junior High science class, a law of physics which declares that water seeks its own level. And if you don’t remember learning about that “law” in school, you certainly know of it from easy and frequent observation. Think, for example, of the water in a teakettle. You […]

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Brotherly Love

In this article, I would like to share with you what was examined in the third and final discussion we had at the 1984 Convention. Steve Key addressed himself to the topic of Brotherly Love by first examining who the brother is. What is the meaning of brother? First of all we think of brothers […]

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