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Summer's End [8-23-20]

Updated: Sep 15, 2020

This is the time of year when I sift through my stack of stuff that didn't make it into sermons. I try to be a careful editor. I discipline myself to keep sermons within 8-12 pages; 1500-2000 words. Being that I am usually over-prepared, that means leftovers. So here are some odds-and-ends that didn't make the final cut, not because they weren't worthy, but because of space constraints.

The question was raised during our work on Paul's letter to the Romans about God's unconditional love. Is God's love unconditional? We talk about God loving you for who you are and helping you become the person He created you to be. Is it true that God loves you unconditionally?

The easy answer is, it depends. If you're going by how our culture embraces unconditional love, then no, God does not love unconditionally. But if you want to consider unconditional love from a Biblical foundation, then God does love unconditionally. It's always a good thing to root what

we believe in God's Word, right?

Here are two major ways God loves us unconditionally.

First, God loves us with electing love unconditionally. Remember what Jesus said John 15…you did not choose me, but I chose you. Paul puts it this way in Ephes