Like Me Or Like Jesus


“When my wife and I were first married, she kept trying to make me like her. But she shouldn’t try to make me like her. And I shouldn’t try to make her like me. We both should try to make ourselves like Jesus.”

–Bob Goff

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Love Like Jesus: Forgiveness And Paralysis


Here’s a chapter from the book I’m writing: Love Like Jesus: How Jesus Loved People (And How You Can Too). It’s coming soon.

And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” — he then said to the paralytic — “Rise, pick up your bed and go home.” And he rose and went home.

Matthew 9:2-7

How Jesus Loved People

Jesus loved the paralytic by forgiving him.

How to Love Like Jesus

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The Type Of Person Jesus Was Looking For (And the type of person you should look for too)

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Read John 13:31-33.

To His Little Children, He Said . . . Continue reading

Like Me (or like Jesus)


Sculptor Anthony Smith at work. (Wikimedia Commons)

. . . having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

John 13:1

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Maybe The Most Undervalued Verse In The Bible (Or how to fail at guarding your heart)

heart-via-pixabay-no-attribution-required(Read Proverbs chapter 4)

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23 NIV

How To Fail To Guard Your Heart

The writer of Proverbs chapter four is sharing wisdom with his sons. He spends much of the chapter admonishing them to listen to his words and to value wisdom highly. Then, toward the end, he says what he says in verse 23, “Above all else, guard your heart . . .”

“Above all else,” he says.

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Orlando Shooting: The Hard Part Most Are Missing

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Emergency vehicles on scene at the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando

I just want to share a few thoughts on the Orlando Shooting. Thought number three in particular is the most difficult and it applies to you, and to me.

1) It’s a horrible tragedy. This was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Fifty died, and fifty-three were injured. My heart breaks for the victims and their families. They’re in my prayers and I hope they’re in your prayers too.

2) We need to guard against acts of terror in the most sensible and effective way possible. This is where everybody wants to go when they discuss the Orlando tragedy. This is the part that’s most popular in the media and in the blogosphere. I have my own opinions, but the purpose of this blog isn’t to offer up the actions I believe we should take to prevent attacks like this one. The purpose of this blog post is to focus on something more difficult.

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The Kingdom Of God Is Like A Football Team by Brant Hansen

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Brant tells his story better than I ever could. Watch the full video here: The Kingdom of God is Like a Football Team

An Unlikely Coach

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10 Attributes Of Jesus’ Relationship With His Father (And what we can learn from them)

10 wikipedia commonsThe passage we’re about to look at is amazing. It’s amazing because it’s a revelation of the most important relationship to ever exist: the relationship between Jesus and his Father. We see here, plainly stated by Jesus himself, ten attributes of the perfect relationship between Father and Son.

We’ll look at those ten attributes of Jesus’ relationship with his Father from John 5:17-37 (I encourage you to read the passage first), then we’ll look at Jesus’ relationship with his disciples, and, finally, we’ll take a look at Jesus’ relationship with you.

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Imitating Maravich–And Imitating Christ

Pistol Pete Maravich by Daniel X ONeil-CCPete Maravich

When I was in highschool I read this book about the great basketball player Pete Maravich. He averaged 44.2 points per game in college ball one year. He was great in the NBA too. Some of the moves you see in the NBA today were pioneered by Maravich. He became one of my heroes and I was inspired by his life. I was never much of a basketball player but after I read about Maravich I improved dramatically. I read about how he was a gym rat, so I became a gym rat. I read about how he practiced, so I began to practice that way. I learned to shoot the way he shot. I learned some great basketball moves by imitating Pete Maravich’s basketball moves. The result was Continue reading

What Makes For A Happy, Healthy, and Long Life: Via Eric J. Swanson

Do you want a happy, healthy, long life?

It’s amazingly unsurprising how this lines up with what Jesus commanded us.

Excellent article via Eric J. Swanson » What makes for a happy and healthy life?.

For over 75 years (yes you read that right) Harvard University has been Continue reading