I Owe You an Explanation

God Running is a place for anyone who wants to love Jesus more deeply, follow Jesus more closely, and love people the way Jesus wants us to.

It was Friday, September first. For more than a dozen years now, I’ve published a blog post every Saturday morning, which usually means on Friday, I’m at the keyboard, writing that blog post. Except for last Friday, one week ago, at the time of this writing. About a week ago on Friday September first, I didn’t write a word.

And here’s the weird thing.

I didn’t even realize it until Saturday evening.

I didn’t realize it because increasingly, I’m becoming less concerned about writing, and more concerned about actually doing what I’m writing about, which is, in essence, loving like Jesus loved.

Last Friday was one of the best Fridays of my life. God has given me a couple of really difficult things to do in order to love some specific people the way He wants me to love them. One way in which He’s directed me to love has challenged me and stretched me in ways I never imagined.

It’s been so hard.

It’s been one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do in my entire life.

But if you’ve followed Jesus for awhile, you know the hard things can also be the most fulfilling things.

And last Friday, I was so absorbed with the work of loving a few certain people in my life, in these specific ways God is leading me to love, I never even noticed I forgot to write a blog post until the next day.

And that’s a good thing.

Available on AmazonLove Like Jesus: How Jesus Loved People (and how you can love like Jesus) Love Like Jesus begins with the story of how after a life of regular church attendance and Bible study, Bennett was challenged by a pastor to study Jesus. That led to an obsessive seven year deep dive. After pouring over Jesus’ every interaction with another human being, he realized he was doing a much better job of studying Jesus’ words than he was following Jesus’ words and example. The honest and fearless revelations of Bennett’s own moral failures affirm he wrote this book for himself as much as for others. Love Like Jesus examines a variety of stories, examples, and research, including:

  • Specific examples of how Jesus communicated God’s love to others.
  • How Jesus demonstrated all five of Gary Chapman’s love languages (and how you can too).
  • The story of how Billy Graham extended Christ’s extraordinary love and grace toward a man who misrepresented Jesus to millions.
  • How to respond to critics the way Jesus did.
  • How to love unlovable people the way Jesus did.
  • How to survive a life of loving like Jesus (or how not to become a Christian doormat).
  • How Jesus didn’t love everyone the same (and why you shouldn’t either).
  • How Jesus guarded his heart by taking care of himself–he even napped–and why you should do the same.
  • How Jesus loved his betrayer Judas, even to the very end.

With genuine unfiltered honesty, Love Like Jesus, shows you how to live a life according to God’s definition of success: A life of loving God well, and loving the people around you well too. A life of loving like Jesus. (Kindlehardcover, and paperback now available on Amazon.)

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