The word valentine speaks to us of love. And to love is to be the most like God we can be. Let me repeat that: to love is to be the most like God we can be. For God is love. The disciple who most sensed the love of God wrote to early Christians and to us, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:8) and “Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God” (4:7).
    In his image, we want the very best for all those dear to us. We want the very best for every person we meet. We want the very best for those we will never meet. That is the “God thing” in us, the very Spirit of God. That is our motive for living a life of service and evangelism.
    So, love always involves sacrifice. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son” (John 3:16, King James Version). Love cost God his Son. Love always costs. There is an “I’ll-do-this-for-the-good-of-another-even-though-it-costs-me” attitude.
    One cannot love without setting self aside. One may sacrifice what he believes is best for himself so that he can provide what is best for another. Exactly what God the Father did. Exactly what Jesus the Son did.     Exactly what devoted husbands and wives do for one another. Love allows one to think more of another than he does of himself. That’s the Valentine spirit. For it is the Spirit of God in Christ.
    At this Valentine season, let every heart you see remind you that to love is the most like God we can be. Let these elements we consume here at this table sing to us: “Jesus loves me. This I know. For his death has told me so!”

8 Bible Verses for Depression to Shine Light Into Darkness
Verse #1: God Will Never Leave You    It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed (Deuteronomy 31:8).
Verse #2: God Will Strengthen You and Uphold You …fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).
Verse #3: God Hears Your Cry    I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.he drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God (Psalm 40:1-3).

    The angels’ message on that first Christmas concluded with, “…and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.”
    That hopeful greeting, “Peace on Earth,” is often etched on Christmas cards and sung about in carols. But frankly, it doesn’t seem to be working.
    There’s so much turmoil around us.     The entire world is living nervously under the threat of nuclear war.
    The United States is sharply divided by politics.
    Our families are ripped apart by relational struggles. And most of us churn over personal issues that keep us awake at night.
    Where is this peace the angels promised two thousand years ago?
     Is peace on earth just a Christmas fantasy?


Can Our Country Care for the Caravan?
Written on November 4, 2018 by Bob Russell
My wife is writing a book about hospitality. I think she’s qualified. Over the past fifty years, Judy has entertained over 1000 preachers and missionaries. And, I have on several occasions, without advance warning, brought homeless and hurting people to our house and we’ve kept them in our home overnight. She wasn’t thrilled about that, but she quickly made provision. Big, planned parties and small impromptu get-togethers have occurred often in our home. The Bible instructs us to, “Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” My wife has obeyed that command often over the years.