God Exists Because God is Love

There is no greater virtue than love and no greater life-defining moral constant. From where did love originate?


The virtue of love can only have three possible sources: (1) Love came from a survival instinct and lacks free-will. (2) People invented the concept of love that may or may not have become embedded in human nature. (3) Love is the purpose of humankind — eternal and embedded in humankind’s identity from the Creator.

Do people love one another from instinct or as a philosophical idea? Is humankind greater than love if people created it? Rather, is love greater than humankind because the instinct rules over free-will? By what source, do people love others — survival instinct, human invention, or divine purpose?

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What Does a Devoted Church Accomplish?

What reaction did the average Christian have to last week’s sermon? Why do so many sermons not captivate and motivate believers as much as the message that first “cut to the heart”? Does anyone remember the message that compelled one to love Christ, die and bury the old self, and rise to the newness of life?

When Peter proclaimed the fulfillment of the promise of the Spirit and he proclaimed David’s prophecy that the Christ’s body would not decay, how did thousands respond? Because the Apostles and hundreds others testified to their experiences of Jesus resurrected, three thousand were baptized, and God added them to the church. What was in that first sermon that converted so many? What compelled them?

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Scriptures about Christians and Civil Government

Here are some applications and a list of scriptures about Christians and civil government:

  • Use your rights as a Christian and citizen (Acts 22:22–29).
  • God ordains the government to punish the wicked and to praise those who do good (1 Pet 2:13–17).
  • Obey the government and honor their leaders (Titus 3:1–2).
  • Pay taxes (Matt 22:15–22; Rom 13:5–7; cf. Mark 12:13–17; Luke 20:19–26).
  • Pray for them so that we live at peace (1 Tim 2:1–4).
  • Use their abuse of power for freedom to spread the gospel (Acts 16:35–40).
  • Avoid stirring up quarrels, disputes, and mobs (Acts 24; Titus 3:1–2).
  • Use the government as the God-instituted sword to protect you (Acts 23:26–35).
  • Let the government avenge with God’s wrath (Rom 13:4).
  • However, appeal to the governing authorities for justice (Acts 24:22–27; 25:8–12; 26).

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Bible Verses about When a Believer is Saved by Grace

Must a believer die with Christ for God to raise that believer to life?

2 Timothy 2:11, “The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him;” (ESV, emp. added).

Romans 6:8, “Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also
live with him.

Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

When does God save a believer by grace and raise that person with Christ? 

Ephesians 2:4–6, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christby grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,” (ESV, emp. added).


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God, Justice, and Genocide: Did God Command Genocide?

How can anyone worship the God who commands people to murder others? God’s existence requires that God is morally perfect especially if He is worthy of worship. The definition of God is that He is the Creator of the universe who transcends matter, space, and time, and who is an incomprehensible Mind and demonstrates unimaginable power. By accepting that there is a Creator of humanity, God’s nature requires that God is the originator and foundation of moral values that He neither arbitrarily invents nor must exist in subjection. According to Christian theology, God’s divine nature is love (cf. 1 John 4:8). How does the Christian then handle the accusations of genocide against the biblical God?

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A Christian Plea to Islam (An Open Letter to the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida)

The following is an open letter to the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida and response to the ICNA billboards in Jacksonville, FL. My intention is to spread the Gospel of Christ with sincerity, love, and kindness to all. This letter may not reach a Muslim, and yet exhort straying Christians and unbelievers to reconsider and come to Christ. Furthermore, my objective is to encourage boldness in openly addressing those who mistakenly oppose the Gospel. The churches of Christ seek to gather to Christ (Matt 12:30). This approach that presents God’s love and the historical Christ is not original to this writer. [Download PDF: Letter to Islamic Center of Northeast Florida.]

16 July 2015

2333 St Johns Bluff Road S
Jacksonville, FL 32246

To the Board of Directors and members of the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida:

The following is my plea for you to address your belief in
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Six Behaviors that Complete a Husband’s Love for His Wife

“What do you think about divorce and remarriage?” asked a young Christian man. Knowing that the young man was engaged and his parents divorced, the minister lovingly pleaded, “Maybe you should focus yourself in understanding Ephesians 5 and husbands loving their wives before you try to understand divorce.” That reply impacted that young man’s life and strengthened his future marriage.

How much have Christian couples influenced their children, the church, and the world by glorifying God with Christ-like behavior?

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Seven Signs for Identifying a Pharisee

Jesus taught in Matthew 5:20, “For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven” (cf. Matt 16:11–12).

Have we already decided who the Pharisees are (i.e. “those sinners”)? Do modern-day Pharisees ever call other people “Pharisees” since being a nominal “Pharisee” fell out of style twenty centuries ago?

“Am I a modern-day Pharisee?” Do people Pharisee and the Tax Collectortell you that you are a Pharisee, legalist, or judgmental? Do you wonder if they are right? Does loving Christ and keeping His commands make you are a “Pharisee” or a legalist (John 14:23–24)?

Christians can avoid slipping into the Pharisee’s mindset if they adhere to Christ. The Christian must examine oneself. Here are some characteristics of Pharisees: Continue reading

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Sacrificial Worship to God and the Biblical Definition of Worship

Some say that worship consists of everything that a Christian does including involuntary actions such as sleeping, blinking, or breathing. Some say only praise is worship to God. Others say only a certain actions in the assembly consist of worship. Continue reading

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The Greek Words for the Biblical Definition of Worship

Who defines worship? The obvious answer is God through His written Word, but there is no explicit definition of worship in the Scriptures. However, the English-speaking world has already defined the word “worship” for itself, and there are some quite different definitions between Christians. When examining the definitions of the words for worship in the Scriptures along with the English definition of worship, this issue begins to resolve. Hopefully, this study will reconcile biblical Greek to modern English, and end needless division over related issues.

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Scholarly Conclusions about the Biblical Definition of Worship

“Worship” is one of the most misunderstood words of the Bible. Many believers have confused the word “worship” confining worship to assemblies. The following are the conclusions of scholars who clarify a biblical concept of worship.

In the book published by Gospel Advocate, The Church of Christ (Nashville: Gospel Advocate, 1997. p. 135), Edward C. Wharton exhorted, “We should not think of worship as confined to praise or a worship activity in a church house.Continue reading

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