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Living a Life of Love – 1 Peter 1:22-2:3

Love!  Just a simple little word.  And a word that is used so easily in our society; and for so many purposes.  I love Lord of the Rings, both the books and the movies.  I love Snickers bars, especially the peanut butter ones.  I love the Olympic mountains, backpacking and running (kind of).  I love my wife and children.  I love Gandalf and Eeyore.  I love God. So many things that we love; yet what we mean by love really is dependent on what it is we are loving.  I love Snickers because they taste so good, making me feel good; their consumption …

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The Mark of Discipleship – John 13:34-35

In John 13-17 Jesus shares one last evening with his disciples before he goes to the cross.  One last time to prepare them for the time when he would not physically be present with them.  A time to reemphasize the most important teachings, making sure they are fresh in their minds. In John 13:34-35 Jesus says: “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.”  This was a new commandment, something Jesus had been demonstrating throughout …

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