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True Love Waits With and For People

"Love is patient." So declares Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:4, a passage that serves as God's defining statement about love. True love is patient, but what does patient love look like? I think it includes two ideas, both of which are more difficult than what we are accustomed to living out naturally. First, true love waits with people. That is, we love people by staying by their side during times of unrest and uncertainty. Love compels us to wait for dreams to come true for …

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Pastor, Find a Good Perspective

Today was interesting. Little things were already mounting up before I left the house this morning and my perspective became, "this is a cruddy day." Then I attended a memorial service in which a fellow Pastor and Saddleback staff member was preaching the funeral message of his beloved wife. He challenged us to sing and to worship, which we did. Perspective. …

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Anna, The Waiting Prophetess

My wife is speaking tonight at Bethel's Ladies Retreat over in Grove, Oklahoma. The goal of the retreat this year is to help women discover, value, and share their "story" - the story of what God has done in their lives. My wife's story is one of waiting, which is what she's going to share there. In preparation for it, I wrote a narrative, kind of a short historical fiction story about Anna, the prophetess who was present at the dedication of Jesus. I wanted to share it …

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