Christianity and the Baha’i Faith

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Christianity and the Baha’i Faith Christianity : Are Baha’is Christians? Yes – Baha’is love and revere Christ and His teachings. The Baha’i Writings testify that “To be a Christian is to embody every excellence there is.” Love, compassion, honesty, truthfulness, kindness, patience, integrity, and humility – those qualities make up just a few of these many excellences. The Baha’i teachings also proclaim the reverence with which Baha’is view our Lord Jesus Christ: Know thou that when the Son of Man yielded up His breath to God, the whole creation wept…

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The Love Myth

“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” (Matt 22:36)An “expert in religious law,” backed up by the Pharisees, poses this seemingly innocent question to Jesus in an attempt to trap Him. Will He agree that some laws are greater than others? Jesus’ answer thwarts their expectations and overturns their religiosity:“ ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’ ” (Matt…

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The Challenge of “Agape” Love

The New Testament was written in Koine Greek. The word Koine denotes “common,” because this style of Greek was the language of the common man-on-the-street during the time of Christ.Koine Greek came into vogue about 300 years before the birth of Jesus, and it became an obsolete language about three centuries after the Lord’s death. It was the most precise instrument for the conveyance of human thought that the world has ever known. Without doubt, this language was providentially employed by God in giving the world the New Testament revelation…

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What is love?

Can you define love? A question so many people have often pondered. Some say it is romance. Some say it is bliss. It is one of those words in our English language that have so many meanings to choose from. Dictionary.com defines it as: “A profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person. A feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend”Though those definitions are nice…I can’t help but realise that these are mere emotions or feelings….but isn’t love something more real?

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Receiving the love of the truth!

Everyone likes freedom and liberty. Nobody wants to be bound or stuck to something that is unpleasant. Lets have a brief look at this scripture: 2 Thessalonians 2; 8 – 10 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

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The 5 Love Languages Explained

One of the the steps every couple should do before they get married is to find out each others love languages. This of course can be done after marriage as well but it will help a whole lot more before.What is a love language?A love language is basically how a person communicates and feels love. There are 5 different love languages that exist and everybody will have a different set of love languages that they speak.  These love languages include:1. Acts of Service.2. Gifts.3. Physical Touch.4. Quality Time Together.5. Words…

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Does God Really Love Me?

here are times where we go through things in life that leave us battered and bruised, some of them leaving us feeling so hopeless and alone.  There are points during these times of extreme adversity or trials that we can begin to question whether or not God really loves us.  We begin to doubt our faith and doubt God’s ability to help us or even His desire to want to help us.“Does God Really Love me?”Despite all that you may be going through in your life right now, I can…

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Fall In Love With Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is real, alive and living. He’s not just a historical figure that you read about. He’s not just a God that you must choose to believe in. In the book of Revelation, Jesus calls himself a Christians “first love”.Have you fallen in love with Jesus Christ? Did you know that the more you pray and seek Jesus, the more you can find him? The more you ask him to be active in your life, the more he will be. I assure you that there are Christians who are…

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Working Toward Love

There’s no avoiding it — creating a lasting and loving marriage takes a lot of work. That’s just the way it is. Marriage demands a lot and gives a lot. If you want the benefits of a deeply committed and loving relationship, then you have to be willing to put in the effort to make it happen.It’s not mystical.It’s as simple as preparing for a marathon. If you don’t follow a daily training regimen, you won’t finish the race. And if you don’t train for marriage by working on your…

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The Key to Expressing Love

If everyone was given love in the way they most appreciate it, fewer people would still be searching for more.Can you remember times when you felt unloved? Have you ever wished to be given a gift by your spouse? Spoken to positively in a way that expressed appreciation for the things that you do? Helped willingly, with chores, as your spouse took the initiative to help? Or, have you felt that although your spouse is a good provider, you never have enough quality time together, and really want more badly?

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Who Do You Love?

Rabbi Moshe Aaron Stern, a great rabbi who passed away a number of years ago, would often tell this story: When he was a student in yeshiva, he was heartily enjoying his dinner at the end of a long day of studies. “Moshe, you really love that fish, don’t you?” his teacher asked.”Yes,” he responded between bites. “It’s delicious, I love it.””Moshe,” his teacher gently admonished, “it’s yourself you love. If you really loved the fish, you wouldn’t eat it!”This lighthearted example can be applied to more important relationships, particularly…

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Love Is a Verb

I was asked to study with a married woman who wanted to hear the Jewish view on love and marriage. I started by showing her a quote by Stephen Covey, where he eloquently describes what he answered someone who asked him about his failing marriage:“My wife and I just don’t have the same feelings for each other that we used to have. I guess I don’t love her anymore and she doesn’t love me. What can I do?”“The feeling isn’t there anymore?” I inquired.“That’s right” he reaffirmed. “And we have…

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Why Divorce

Why Divorce:What do you think is the subject that couples argue about most?In-laws? Children? Intimacy? Lack of communication?New research tells us that the number one source of conflict in most marriages is money.Couples fought so much about money that even after getting divorced, there was anticipation that the next relationship would also be filled with fights about finances. There was arguing about different approaches to spending, using money as a source of control when one person earned more than the other, and the lies that trapped spouses as they told…

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Marriage and Love

Marriage is not a business partnership. I know, I know, you’ve heard this idea before. It doesn’t apply to you because you and your husband are different. You discuss parenting techniques, you agree on money matters, you even have a regularly scheduled date night. You certainly aren’t one of those couples who fall into the trap of treating marriage like a business relationship.Or are you? There are ways of doing this that are less obvious and more insidious than the standard expected way. I’m thinking of your pattern of giving…

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I Didn’t Love My Wife When We Got Married

I’m a ridiculous, emotional, over-sentimental sap. I guess that’s why I told my wife I loved her on our second date.I had tried really hard up to that point to hold it back, honestly. I wanted to tell her on the first date, but I knew that would probably be weird.I still remember her reaction. She kind of gave me this half-shy, half-amused smile. Then she nodded and looked off into the sky.I wasn’t heartbroken by the response. I think part of me recognized that she was much smarter and…

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God’s Love is Unconditional and Unfailing

God love you with a steadfast and enduring love that can be difficult to understand but is pure joy to rely on.“O my strength to you I sing praises, for you, O God, are my refuge, the God who shows me unfailing love”– Psalm 59:17 NLTBut what does God mean by unfailing love?  As humans, we understand through our faith that God is our comfort and our strength, but do we really know in our deepest heart that he loves us unconditionally, without fail and without change?  It can be…

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How To Really Say, I Love You.

Over the past 15 years I’ve worked with couples at various stages in their marriages, from engaged couples preparing for marriage, to married couples disengaging from marriage, and all kinds of couples in between.  And I’d say beyond a doubt, one of the main ingredients of a good marriage is “how couples listen to each other.”Most couples tell me that their courting days were the best days of their lives. I think a main reason for that is because during their courtship they spent a lot of time listening to each other, and what they…

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A Love Worth Finding

The Greek language has four different words for love, describing the many dimensions of loving relationships:storge, conveys the idea of fondness or devotion.eros, connotes physical intimacy or sexual love.phileo is Greek for friendship or companionship love.agape, is defined as unconditional, positive regard for the well-being of another or love-in-action-with-no-strings-attached.Agape is the Greek word used for  love in the following passage from 1 John: This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us… let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth…  Dear friends, let us love…

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Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

“It’s agonizing. Any gathering of people frightens me. In a traffic jam I feel like jumping out of the car and running away. I force myself to go to church and sit there with a feeling of suspense. Even a few customers lined up to buy something in my place of business frightens me. I feel trapped.”The gentleman speaking was a college graduate and successful in business. He went on, “It started when we moved to an apartment. The people below us and beside us were noisy. We could hear…

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Discipline with Love and Conviction

God’s Word instructs us to love one another (1 Peter 1:22). Nearly every parent wants to give his or her children tender, loving, and sacrificial care that flows out of a heart of love; but even the most dedicated mother or father cannot do this unless God is the source of that love. This is because God is love, and as we walk in His love, it will flow to our children through us.God does not leave us without guidance. In fact, the biblical standard for love is described in…

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How to Experience God’s Love and Power in Our Lives

What could be greater than to feel God’s love and influence in our lives? How sad, how wasted the life of the person who believes that this world and this life are all we have. What a waste to die without knowing God, or the power of God.Bulton J. Sheen once said, “An atheist is a man who has no visible means of support.” We don’t want to stand alone at the last day. We need God’s support. How to we come to know God and know that he is?…

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Can You Really Find Love The 2nd Time Around?

Probably the most prevalent question I’m asked in my counseling practice is “Where is love?” Clients want to know why they can’t find a successful life partnership, why a friend or family member won’t respond as they would like, even why they don’t love themselves.In a perfect world, love wouldn’t be something we have to learn — if you believe in a loving cosmos, then we were all conceived in love, and it’s love that created us. But, we live in a human world, and we’re all imperfect beings, falling…

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Relationship Breakup – Learning to Love Again

After a relationship break down the painful event remains stored in each partner as a memory that has embedded within it energy that hinders one’s ability to return to a new relationship easily or at all. For many this outcome feels severely limiting. Did you know that such an outcome is not only “not” normal it is also completely unnecessary! Let me explain.Human beings on this planet are so used to believing that negative memories are inherently part of their past, that they teach them positive lessons about life, that…

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Can Communication and Confrontation be Spiritual?

Confrontation: Handle With Care An angry confrontation“I hate you!”“I hate you too!”Ouch! Too many of our “conversations” turn into confrontations, and then degenerate into shouting matches. After it’s all over, neither side feels very good. These battles can be bruising—and even deadly.How can a spiritual perspective help us to communicate well both with those we love and with those we consider enemies?We start by working on developing direct and caring communication with those we are closest to. After all, if we can’t communicate well with our friends and lovers, how…

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The War Over Israel’s Land

I have given this sermon before but the nations containing Israelites are always in the news.June 5, 2007 marked the 40th anniversary of Israel’s victory of the Six-Day War against Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Algeria. Six days is not very long for a war against seven strong countries who vowed to destroy Israel, but we can get a better perspective of the impact of that victory when we remember that the strongest air force, the Egyptian Air Force, lost their entire air force on the ground…

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The Cost of Love

On the radio yesterday, the DJ quoted an interesting statistic in between tunes: on average, a man spends $156 on his sweetheart for Valentine’s Day.  Between taking her out on a special date, flowers, a romantic Hallmark card, chocolate, and any other gifts, I guess it adds up! It’s no surprise that retailers make a marketing opportunity out of this holiday; so far, I’ve seen promotions for spa days and couple massages, hotel suite packages with chocolate and champagne, and fancy dinners. Valentine’s Day is a great occasion for expressing…

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What’s Love Got to Do With It?

The other day I heard the song What’s Love got to do with it? by Tina Turner. As I listened to the familiar chorus, I couldn’t help but think about how obsessed our culture has become with the emotional feeling of being in love. In fact, there is so much emphasis placed on that feeling of love, that it seems there is barely a trace left of what love really means.Tina Turner’s song spells out a story of two people who are trying to have a relationship based purely on…

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Love and Relationships

In the book of Proverbs, God provides through King Solomon a behavioral picture of the person who is considered wise. In relational terms, wisdom is seen in the pursuit of the good life, that is, the godly life—a life marked by certain qualities that emulate the love God desires for you and with you. It’s the kind of love that elevates everyone around you.Proverbs is a practical guidebook that answers the question, “How then shall we live?” More specifically, its focus is on how best to live in the here…

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God’s Love Can Transform Your Relationship

“We just fell out of love.” We’ve all heard those words many times from celebrities, co-workers and even friends as to why they broke up with someone. It makes love seem like a summer flower that dies not long after it springs up.In popular culture love is often defined by emotions or feelings. You start a relationship with a spark and sometimes the “fire” it started feels like it dies down or goes out altogether. But is that really what love is?When You Lose That Loving FeelingSeveral years ago Billy…

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Making Love Last

Perhaps you have seen this video recently of a 96 year old man named Fred who entered a songwriting contest. Fred had been married to his wife Lorraine for 73 years, and although she had passed away a month earlier, he wanted to honor her memory by writing her a song. He sent the lyrics to Green Shoe Studio who was hosting the contest, but let them know he had no musical experience. They received Fred’s manilla envelope and were intrigued, and the rest is history. Take a look below (but…

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