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So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the…

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Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13) We live in a culture of selfishness; there is no denying it. It seems like everyone is looking out for number one, always figuring out how they can get what they want while refusing to acknowledge the needs of others. …

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Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.” (Matthew 18:21-22) When someone hurts us, our first, fleshly instinct is to distance ourselves from that…

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And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. (Romans 8:28-29) When Paul wrote these…

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A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. (Proverbs 17:17) Yesterday, we talked about the importance of showing up for the people you love. While that is important and necessary if you want to love others well, there is more to building strong relationships than just being there for people. Let’s…

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A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24) No one on the face of this earth has it all together in this aspect of loving. Do you know why? Because we have a tendency to be very self-focused, self-centered, and self-absorbed. Most…

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“Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” (Ruth 1:16-17) Did you know that there are…

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“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35) Yesterday, we talked about two different ways you can show love to the people around you. Today, I want us…

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Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20) We often say that love…

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Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a) If…

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