Do You Love Jesus?

It’s BIG QUESTIONS WEEK here on GUWG where all week long we’ve been looking at deep, thought-provoking ?s from the Bible.

Jesus was about to leave Earth. He grilled out with his disciples one last time and then he took Peter aside and asked him this question:

Lay It Down

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13)

Want to show real love? Lay down your life for others.

Here’s a real-life example …

A man named Maximilian Kolbe oversaw a monastery in Poland. After the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, Father Kolbe turned the monastery into a sanctuary that housed thousands of Poles and Jews seeking refuge.

Kolbe also published a monthly magazine with a readership of about one million. The Nazis weren’t big fans of his anti-Gestapo pro-God writings. They allowed him to print one final issue in December 1940, hoping he would say something incriminating.

Did Kolbe hold back, knowing the Nazis were reading? Nope. Here are just a few of his words:

Lift Weights

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)

Look around you today.

See anyone who needs help? Pitch in.

See anyone who’s down? Lift ’em.

See anyone who’s tired, stressed, overwhelmed, frustrated and/or maxed out (in other words, 99.9999999% of the people in the world)? Love ’em.

SPIRIT WEEK: Love

LOVE-ICONIt’s SPIRIT WEEK 2017 here on GUWG. For the next few days, we’ll be taking a closer look at each fruit of the Spirit.

Today’s featured fruit: LOVE.

Why love? There’s a reason love is first on the list. At its heart, the Bible is one gigantic love-fest. In fact, God IS love. The Bible says:

Praying Hands

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13)

We continue our PRAYER-O-RAMA 2017 festivities with a little story about the painting to the right …

Two struggling art students, Albrecht Dürer and Franz Knigstein, were having trouble making ends meet. Albrecht came up with a plan: he would work to support Franz’s studies and then when Franz had sold enough art to support both of them, Albrecht would quit working and go back to school. Franz liked the idea but insisted on being the first to work.

The Only Thing That Matters

It’s Stamp Out Bible Illiteracy Gently (SOBIG) Week here on GUWG.

To recap, we started with a little quiz to assess your Bible literacy. Then we discussed how to get more Bible into our s. Next, we boiled it down to one noun: JESUS. Then one verb: LOVE. And then yesterday we zeroed in on the job description for every Christian: BELIEVE.

Today’s topic: the only thing that matters on this planet, according to the Bible. Here it is in one beautiful little verse. Meditate on it. Marinate in it. Memorize it.

The Bible In One Verb

It’s Stamp Out Bible Illiteracy Gently (SOBIG) Week here on GUWG.

We started with a little quiz to assess your Bible literacy. Then we dove into how to get more Bibleishness into your life. Yesterday, we started looking at the BIG picture of the Bible by boiling it down to one noun: JESUS.

Today, we boil it down to one verb. Here it is: