Understand that Satan is real. FIGHT him at every turn. This will bring you even closer to God.

He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44

Now you’re really going to have to trust me. That’s because I will tell you right off the bat that one of the Secrets to Life is knowing that Satan is very much alive in the world, actively after your soul, and that you have to fight him every step of your journey. As you read this he is most likely putting doubt in your mind. He is the king of doubt and deceit.

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“Love One Another”

As we approach the glory of Easter, we first need to pass through the horror of Jesus sacrificing his life for each one of us. Before he did so, he said something very clear and direct, leaving no room for guessing as to what he meant:

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:12-13

Jesus expects us to love one another as he loves us. His love is unconditional and, to the extreme, sacrificial. Yet, we can’t even get close to this. Continue reading

God is love. Love him. We love him by loving everyone.

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. 1 John 4:7-8

When we think of words to describe God we typically think of all-powerful, all-mighty, creator, infinite, all knowing, etc. God is often described in words that are removed and almost cold. Our visuals relating to God are things like thunder and lightening, and a booming voice from on high. However, there is one simple word that describes God: love. Continue reading