Monthly Archives: July 2013

Love is not Quick-Tempered

I want people to know that I care about them – especially my family.   The easiest way is to tell them, “I love you”, regularly, and I try to do that.    I learned that from my father.   He frequently let … Continue reading

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Love isn’t Easily Offended

Most of the time when I speak at our church it is after special music by a soloist or a group.   Many years ago someone sang a song that I had never heard before.   I love music and it has … Continue reading

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Who Aggravates You?

I greatly enjoyed my years in college, but my third year (which was the last year I was in the dorm) was trying.   It wasn’t the classes, they were some of my best.   My challenge was a person.  We had … Continue reading

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Love Tolerates Difficult People

I remember when I first met Paula in September of 1977.   We became friends and I so enjoyed her personality and company.    I knew that I cared deeply for her and it wasn’t long (less than a year) that I … Continue reading

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Love Sacrifices for Others

Love is never mediocre, but extreme.    It is willing to pay the greatest cost and carry the heaviest burdens – without anyone ever knowing about it.    If there is no sacrifice, there is no love. That’s why many bail out … Continue reading

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Love Defers to Others

One of the marks of genuine love is deference.    The definition of deference is “to respectfully yield to the opinion or desire of another person”.     Sometimes this involves deferring to another even when we want something different.  What would motivate … Continue reading

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Love Focuses on Others

I don’t get to visit a lot of churches because of my responsibilities at our church, but I do enjoy doing so because I  learn ways to help us be more effective in our ministry.   One of the things I … Continue reading

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Love is Unselfish

My upbringing was very simple.   We were very common people.  Our clothing was simple…our house was simple…our car was simple.    I never thought anything about it until I got older and had my own family about the simplicity of my … Continue reading

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How to Cultivate Consideration

The best way a person can learn propriety and manners is within the home.    When parents model consideration, children see what it looks like in a practical way.    It’s trite, but true: actions speak louder than words.   Sometimes our actions … Continue reading

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Love isn’t Rude

Before Paula and I were married we were talking about where to go on our honeymoon.   I was surprised where she wanted to go – Disney Word.   It sounded good to me and that’s where we went and had a … Continue reading

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