No Regrets

Paul Hostetter

READ : 1 John 2:15-17 “I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” Psalm 40:8 , (NRSV) The person “who does the will of God lives forever.” I love that promise. But, our big preoccupation is NOW. So, does doing the will of God offer us anything now? It frees us from the dismal failure of being trapped by desires that turn out to be big losers. It liberates us from a value …

Twisted, Confused Love

Paul Hostetter

READ : 1 John 2:15-17 “The world and all its wanting . . . is on the way out but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.” v. 17, The Message The word lust makes us wince. Lust is love out-of- whack. Lust speaks to us of the passionate desperation we all feel sometimes. Lust is human beings on the prowl, searching for a feeling, an experience, or an achievement that will satisfy a craving. God created us …

Love's Ugly Opposite

Paul Hostetter

READ : 1 John 2:9-11 “. . . whoever hates is still in the dark, stumbles . . . doesn’t know which end is up, blinded by the darkness.” v. 11, The Message The late Professor Leo Buscaglia shocked the department of education at the University of Southern California when he offered a course titled “Love.” Fellow scholars were sure that the bright, enthusiastic Italian was crazy. He proved them wrong. In short order he became a national celebrity, lecturing …

Two Halves of One Whole

Paul Hostetter

READ : 1 John 2:3-6 “. . . whoever obeys his word truly in this person the love of God has reached perfection.” v. 5, New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) John, veteran soldier of the faith for three generations, summarizes the relationship between belief and behavior in blunt, tough language, “If you say you know God and don’t love both God and people, you are a liar.” That is not very polite religion in AD 2000 but we need to …

Love Is the Greatest

Paul Hostetter

READ : 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 “. . . three things . . . will endure faith, hope and love . . . the greatest is love.” v. 13, New Living Bible (NLB) Think with me for a moment. If everything else were stripped from you and you could keep only one thing, what would you choose? Paul chose love because only love endures in the crush of life. Nothing else pays better, now or later. Have you ever experienced the …