love of God

What Happens to Unfruitful Branches?

June 5, 2011 // 129 Comments

Jesus said, “if you love me, you will keep my commandments” (Jn 14:15, NASB). In the hands of a religious person this becomes a conditional statement: You have to keep the commands of Jesus to prove your love. The problem with that, however, is the commands of Jesus are impossible to keep. As we saw in our [...]

God Doesn’t Change; We Do

May 20, 2011 // 37 Comments

In a recent post I argued that God is not a jealous God, even though He said He was. I am either the world’s greatest heretic, or I am confident that I know who my Father is! How can I say God is not jealous when it’s right there in black and white in both Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 6? Because I have learned [...]

Is God a Jealous God?

May 19, 2011 // 25 Comments

“You shall not make for yourself an idol… You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and [...]

Is God’s Love Unconditional?

May 17, 2011 // 59 Comments

“How do you know God’s love is unconditional? The phrase ‘unconditional love’ is not in the Bible!” This is a fair question that cuts right to the heart of the grace message. Grace says that God loves us with no strings attached but do a quick scan of the Bible and you will find that sometimes there are [...]

Love Letter

April 5, 2011 // 4 Comments

It’s our 12th wedding anniversary today, so I’m in a certain frame of mind. Our marriage is a taste of heaven-on-earth because God is in it and He is the Source of love (1 Jn 4:16). Whether you’re married, single, widowed, or divorced you can know and enjoy His love – love that is beyond [...]

Malcolm Smith on the Love of God

December 1, 2010 // 11 Comments

Have you ever wondered what Acts 10:44 means when it says, “the Holy Spirit fell on all those who heard the word”? The Greek word, which is here translated, fell on, means to embrace fervently. To say the Holy Spirit fell on those who heard, is to say that He passionately embraced them. Do you know what [...]