Love With Knowledge and Depth of Insight

We have looked at the word “love” as it is used in Philippians 1:9-11; it is AGAPE LOVE and it is all that love can be. It is boundless in quality and in quantity; it is a love that is full to running over. We also see in these verses that agape love is full of knowledge, which includes a full depth of insight or wise insight. What is meant by these phrases? “And this is my prayer; that your love may abound more and more IN KNOWLEDGE AND DEPTH OF INSIGHT, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” KNOWLEDGE is defined as an under

Intentionally . . . Plant, Water, Pull the Weeds, and Guard the Gate

Lately, God has been bringing to my mind the importance of being INTENTIONAL in the daily, moment by moment choices that I make; for even seemingly insignificant decisions will lead me either a step away from or a step closer to my Lord and Savior. It is pretty easy to go to church on Sunday, have devotions daily, even serve regularly, and to carry on with daily life choices pretty much as a non-believer would, making decisions based on nothing more than what I feel like doing, watching, reading, saying . . . However, living hourly with my eyes on Christ, calls for much more and brings to my life a much richer harvest. One of the first things I do in the mornings this time of year is to go o

Embracing Change

The month of May seems to blow in winds of change. School years and activities are coming to an end. There are piano, guitar, and dance recitals, as well as end of the year programs, graduations, and plays. Beloved teachers are left behind for new adventures. Summer plans are being laid and vacations are dreamed of. For some, change appears to broaden the horizon, yet for others, it may feel as though life is shrinking. I remember when I taught second grade at Como Elementary, before my own children came along, how some of my students would be happy and ecstatic as the school year wound down. Some, however, were inevitably sad and tearful to realize that the joys, challenges, friends, and p

Inner Reconstruction

Often, God comes in, and without our realizing it, secretly does His work in us. Time and again, we pray and think that nothing is happening, that nothing is changing. Nevertheless, God is always faithful to His word and to His promises. His grace is at work, and one day we awaken to the realization that we have been changed, and we know that it was not of our doing. We are totally unable to reconstruct ourselves, our attitudes, our desires, or even our thoughts, without God's Holy Spirit at work within. Remember, that as a Christian, ". . . it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure" (Philippians 2:13). In thinking of God’s reconstruction work in my life

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