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How lovely is your dwelling place,
    O Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
I long, yes, I faint with longing
    to enter the courts of the Lord.
With my whole being, body and soul,
    I will shout joyfully to the living God.
Even the sparrow finds a home,
    and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young
at a place near your altar,
    O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, my King and my God!
What joy for those who can live in your house,
    always singing your praises. Psalm 84:1 – 4 NLT

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When Wars Will Cease

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Today is the day in Canada when we pause to remember all those who have given their lives in war for the sake of our country.  Millions of young men and women have paid the ultimate price in the cause of preserving freedom and ending oppression.  Even as you are reading this, there are countless numbers of people who are dying because they are caught in some sort of conflict.  Will this ever end?  Thankfully, the Gospel of God’s Kingdom points to a time when wars will cease

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What Do You Know About Love?

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Love can only be understood by looking at God.  Only those who truly know Him truly know anything about love because He is its Originator and its Ultimate Manifestation.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.  1 John 4:7 – 8 ESV

Love is that disposition of character that continually looks away from itself and intentionally wills and pursues the benefit of others.

Love is the foundation of all the other virtues.

Joy is the thrill of love as it invests itself in the lives of others.

Peace is love living harmoniously with all those around it.

Patience (longsuffering) is love’s endurance as it continues to extend good will under trying circumstances.

Kindness is love paying attention to the details so it can benefit others in particularly helpful ways.

Goodness is the character of love as it projects good will to everything around it.

Faithfulness is love’s commitment of fidelity to God and others.  Love is not double-minded.

Meekness is love refusing to respond from a position of power.  Love trusts in the power of the One to Whom it is surrendered.

Self-control is love refraining from promoting itself or seeking to use anyone or anything to its own advantage.

Love is the natural expression of living in the Reign.

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When God is in Charge 3

Every kingdom will reflect the character of the one who rules over it. The Kingdom of God is no different.  When God is in charge, however, there is one characteristic of His reign that you may not find in any other kingdom.

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When God is in Charge 2

It should go without saying that everything changes when God is in charge. Life begins to reflect the results of His Kingly reign.  In this post we continue our discussion on what life looks like when God rules.

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