Apr 7, 2024
Love Sees Things as They Really Are
Series: Love Better
Although it can be very difficult to share honestly and openly with each other, speaking the truth, and communicating reality, is actually a way that we show love, if we do it in the right manner.
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  • Apr 7, 2024Love Sees Things as They Really Are
    Apr 7, 2024
    Love Sees Things as They Really Are
    Series: Love Better
    Although it can be very difficult to share honestly and openly with each other, speaking the truth, and communicating reality, is actually a way that we show love, if we do it in the right manner.
  • Mar 17, 2024Love Doesn’t Let Bad Things Happen to Others
    Mar 17, 2024
    Love Doesn’t Let Bad Things Happen to Others
    Series: Love Better
    In 1 Corinthians 13:6, Paul wrote that “Love does not delight in evil.” In other words, love is not calmly happy when bad stuff happens to others. To help drive this point home, Jesus told the synagogue leaders that He came to help Jews and Gentiles. In this week's message, Dean challenges us to remember this as we live out our lives in the modern world.
  • Mar 10, 2024Love Doesn’t Keep Score of Failures
    Mar 10, 2024
    Love Doesn’t Keep Score of Failures
    Series: Love Better
    It's natural to tally up the things that someone else has done or said to hurt or offend us. But as Troy discusses in this week's message, love keeps no record, or account, of wrongs. What’s the opposite of keeping that account? Releasing it. Letting it go. Also known as: Forgiveness.
  • Mar 3, 2024Love Doesn’t Take it Out On Other People
    Mar 3, 2024
    Love Doesn’t Take it Out On Other People
    Series: Love Better
    Genuine love is "not irritable" or "easily provoked." That means we do not let the things that irritate us end up provoking us and allowing our feelings to overflow into negative actions. Instead, we control the emotions that could lead us to harm someone else with our words or actions.
  • Feb 25, 2024Love is Not About Me
    Feb 25, 2024
    Love is Not About Me
    Series: Love Better
    As Troy explains (and as Arron shares in his book), love does not selfishly insist on its own way. With that in mind, the next time you have an opportunity to do something you don’t want to do, but you know it’s the right thing to do, and/or it’s good for someone else, will you do it?
  • Feb 18, 2024Love is Letting God Make You Who You Are
    Feb 18, 2024
    Love is Letting God Make You Who You Are
    Series: Love Better
    God wants to mold you, or shape you, in order to work through you in the church and in the world. But if you’re unwilling to allow God to do that, then you’re intentionally ignoring the design and purpose He has for your life.
  • Feb 11, 2024Love is Thinking of Yourself Less
    Feb 11, 2024
    Love is Thinking of Yourself Less
    Series: Love Better
    In this week's message from our Love Better series, Henry (the minister at the Northside church) explains that love "is not proud," or "puffed up," but rather it functions in such a way that other people's needs are more important than our own. We don't think less of ourselves, but we do think of ourselves less.
  • Feb 4, 2024Love Makes Others More Important
    Feb 4, 2024
    Love Makes Others More Important
    Series: Love Better
    Love "does not boast," meaning that we need to avoid using lots of words to feel great by making ourselves look better than others. On the other hand, if we want to be great, in a real way, in the way that Jesus defined greatness, then we need to serve others like He did.
  • Jan 28, 2024Love Simmers Down (It Doesn’t Boil Over)
    Jan 28, 2024
    Love Simmers Down (It Doesn’t Boil Over)
    Series: Love Better
    The Greek word for envy means, “imitating the sound of boiling water,” so, envy means “boiling over” with jealousy. As Bud explains, we need to "simmer down" and remember that envy actually demonstrates a lack of genuine love.
  • Jan 21, 2024Love is Service with a Purpose
    Jan 21, 2024
    Love is Service with a Purpose
    Series: Love Better
    As Troy shares in this week's message, intentional, random acts of kindness are one of the ways in which we can demonstrate love, in action. Or, as in the title of our series, it’s a way in which we can “Love Better.”