Jonah: Motivated by Compassion

We see Jonah’s real motivation for preaching to Nineveh when he goes outside the city to wait for God’s wrath. But it never comes; instead, God forgives them. God’s grace is an amazing gift we want for ourselves, but we often hope his grace will be withheld from our enemies. Jonah is happy when he […]

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Jonah: Running from God

God calls Jonah to leave his country and go to Nineveh, Israel’s enemy, to preach against it. Jonah refuses to go and runs in the opposite direction. Many Christians are upset that we live in such a lost and depraved society, and we pull away from it even when God calls us to reach out […]

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Jesus taught under his own authority because he was God’s son. We need to recognize that authority and be obedient to his instructions on loving “Everybody Always.” It is easy to love those people who are like you, who agree with you, who have the same beliefs. But God instructs us to love “Everybody Always.” […]

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This man filled his life with wealth and became so attached to it that it stood in the way of him following Jesus. You will become whatever you fill your “bucket” with. If you fill it with love, you will become love. If you fill it with things that only serve you, you will not […]

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Everybody Always: Don’t Play It Safe

God expects we will use what he has given us to love others and serve him. It is not about the amount of return that matters; it’s about the amount of effort. Often, the number one reason we don’t want to take a risk is our past failures. Our past failures make us want to […]

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Jesus looked at people for what they could be, not what they had been previously. Are we willing to look at people the way Jesus did? To love “everybody always,” you have to be willing to see the world through other people’s eyes and imagine what it’s like to stand in their shoes. This will […]

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Everybody Always: Love People Where You Are

Jesus found Matthew right where he was.  At work doing his job. Every day we come across people that need to know the love of Jesus. It matters deeply to God that we reach out to people no matter what their situation is.  Whether they are an upstanding “moral” person or whether they are a […]

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