Bankrupt Without Love


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This entire month, I am going to meditate on what the Bible says about love. I want to understand the kind of love that honors God. The first chapter that comes to mind is 1 Corinthians 13, the New International Version of which I have committed to memory. Wondering how it is rendered in the Message Translation, I immediately checked my favorite Online Bible. Here’s my favorite love chapter in Message Translation, a version that I will read aloud every morning for the entire February:

1 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 2If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. 3-7If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

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Where Does My Help Come From?


Believing that tests are not meant to ruin my soul but to build my faith, I go through the process expectant of victory. But I never go through it on my own. I seek all the help I can get.

But where does my help come from? Here is one  passage from the Book of Psalms that captures why I remain calm and hopeful in the face of countless trials and tremendous problems. Continue reading

Giving God the First and the Best


Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops. ~Proverbs 3:9

One of my 12 big decisions for 2011 is to deepen and live out my FAITH. Meditating upon God’s Word is my priority. I am committed to do this not only on Sundays but everyday. I believe God’s Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Continue reading