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Experiencing LIFE Today - January 10, 2014

  • 2014 Jan 10

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord

And we pray that all unity may one day be restored

And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love

They will know we are Christians by our love —lyrics by Pete Scholtes


John’s first letter is loaded with encouragement to those in doubt. It’s an awesome message, really. (Not too long either; you can read it in a short sitting.) He writes so that we might be certain that we are born of God. He is offering assurance to those who are born again. That certainty, however, comes only through an honest introspection that reveals the inner presence of the Holy Spirit overflowing through us. Through Christ, are we living right? Defying sin? Overcoming the world? John gives one more “born again signpost” to ponder:


Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. —1 John 4:7-11


The old song says that the world will know we are Christians by our love. But do you know what? You will know you are a Christian by your love, too!


Agape God, I praise You for Your unconditional love and I believe that You ARE love. I desire You, Lord. I ask that, in Christ, Your love would be in me and then flow through me. May Your love flowing through me be a “born again signpost” to the world and a supernatural confirmation to me that I am Your child. Amen.

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A Countercultural Life: Living Well in a Broken World

 It’s a challenge for most followers of Jesus Christ to live in a culture driven by values and views that run counter to our faith and to the truth of Scripture. And we wonder how best to relate.


Should we isolate ourselves from such a world, trying to keep ourselves “unstained”? Should we be intimidated by what our secular counterparts believe because we feel “out of step”? Then again, maybe we should identify more closely with the values of our world in order to win more people to Christ.


Stuart Briscoe takes you on a journey to discover how to live as a Christ follower in our fallen culture in his new small book, A Countercultural Life: Living Well in a Broken World. By looking at the life of Joseph (Genesis 37-50), Stuart shows you an excellent model for how we should indeed live in our world!


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