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Fresh, new, innovative love

On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light already shines.

However, the command I now write you is new, because its truth is seen in Christ and also in you. For the darkness is passing away, and the real light is already shining.

-1 John 2:8, Common English Bible & Good News Translation

The signature of the people of Christ is their love for each other. This love does not come naturally, but through Christ. We are naturally selfish and independent, seeking our own way. But having received God's love, we begin to love as God loves; with others in mind. This love is so important, that those who do not practice it have not had the darkness removed from their lives, says Apostle John. God is love and Christ is God's light who showed God's love, demonstrated how his followers must love, will love, and can't help but love. Those in Christ love others in Christ,…

Insights on transformation from George Barna

George Barna published a book called Maximum Faith wherein he writes about transformation, or the lack of it, in Christian's lives. This has been a topic that has interested me. George lays out some insights that I think are very helpful for understanding stages of growth in the Christian's life.

Barna identifies 10 "stops" that everyone in the world gets to in life, as they do or do not get transformed by God. These stops are called stops, because a person can stop at a marker below 10. They are also called stops as in markers or places along the journey. The 10 stops:

Ignorance (about sin, God, repentance)Indifference (about sin, God, repentance)Concern about sin (awareness unto repentance)Born again - inactiveBorn again - active (doing "Christian" things)DiscontentBrokenness (usually through personal crisis)Surrender, SubmissionProfound love of GodProfound love for people 1-3 Concern sin: Do I realize I am a sinner? Do I care? Do I repent?
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Love Inn: The church that loves will survive and thrive

Dear friends, let’s love each other, because love is from God, and everyone who loves is born from God and knows God. The person who doesn’t love does not know God, because God is love.
-1 John 4:7-8

God wants a people who will receive his love and love one another. God wants a people who will spend time loving him, not working for him. I believe our place in heaven will be determined by how we loved. When God looks at us to evaluate us, what is he looking for? He is looking for the love, your receiving of it, walking in it, living loved, and living loving. "God so loved the world that he gave his only Son..." Are we reflecting that? Are we living loved and loving as we live together? Is what we are building together and in each of our lives built on God's love?

The love that the church loves with is the love of God, self-giving love of others. The source of the church's love is in God. As we know God, we love like God loves. The people who know God love as …