Forever His
by Kevin Darnell on September 27th, 2023
FOREVER HIS As we wrap up our look into John chapter 6, one of the most captivating and profound sayings of Jesus is found in verse 37, “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.”There was a large crowd of people surrounding Jesus when He made that very profound statement. He had just told them to believe in Him and when He made the sta...  Read More
Yesterday's Sign
by Kevin Darnell on September 20th, 2023
Yesterday’s Sign Several years ago, before GPS, Sonya and I were travelling home from a trip and we were so busy talking that I missed our exit sign. We actually had travelled about 30 miles past our exit when we finally noticed and had to pull over and try to figure out the best way back. What should have been a 2-hour trip turned into a 6-hour ride home simply because I missed the sign.As we cont...  Read More
The Race Game
by Kevin Darnell on September 13th, 2023
The Race Game When I was a kid, if I was ever sick and had to stay home from school, one of the things that I looked forward to was watching the late Bob Barker on “The Price is Right”. There was something comforting about that show. One of my favorite games was “The Race Game” in which the contestant had 45 seconds to match up 4 price tags with 4 prizes. As time started, the contestant would race ...  Read More
Already There
by Kevin Darnell on September 6th, 2023
For the next couple of weeks, I would like to examine the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John.  A little background information first…  Jesus had just fed over 5,000 people with 5 leaves of bread and 2 fish. Later that evening, He sent His disciples to the other side of the sea to Capernaum.  The next day, the crowd was looking desperately for Jesus, but they couldn’t find him.  They ...  Read More
Knowing His Heart
by Kevin Darnell on August 30th, 2023
Knowing His Heart  For the last few weeks, I have written about God’s boundless heart, His heart of grace, His heart of mercy, and His holy heart. You could say the same things about the heart of God as John said about Jesus in John 21:25, “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books tha...  Read More
Holy Heart
by Kevin Darnell on August 23rd, 2023
Holy Heart What does it mean to be holy? It means “to be separate from human infirmity, impurity, and sin”. God is holy. It is His character and His nature. It is His heart. He is pure and there is no deceitfulness in Him. Everything about God is holy. This is important because it means that His love is holy, His compassion is holy, His mercy and grace are holy. They are pure without any sign of imp...  Read More
A Heart of Mercy
by Kevin Darnell on August 16th, 2023
A Heart of Mercy There is a big difference between “being” and “becoming”. If you will allow me to wax philosophically for a moment, according to the Greek philosopher, Plato, “becoming” means constant change. “Being” means never changing in any way. This is important because the word “being” was used by the Apostle Paul who wrote a letter in Greek to the ancient Greek city of Ephesus.In Ephesians ...  Read More
A Heart of Grace
by Kevin Darnell on August 9th, 2023
A Heart of Grace Grace is receiving something that you neither earned nor deserved. During the days of Jeremiah the Prophet, the nation of Israel had forsaken God and chose instead to worship the false gods of the Canaanites. God metaphorically uses the sin of adultery as equal to their sin of idolatry. He points out their promiscuity, prostitution, and unfaithfulness as an illustration for the way...  Read More
Boundless Heart
by Pastor Kevin Darnell on August 2nd, 2023
Dear iLove Family:I want to begin by thanking each of the precious ladies who wrote “Words for Wednesday” over the last several weeks. If “Words” was a baseball game, you each knocked it out of the park! Home Run! I enjoyed reading each one and I appreciate the time that you took to write out your heartfelt thoughts and feelings.This week I would like to attempt a new series called “The Heart of G...  Read More
by Ruth Sorrell on July 26th, 2023
Good Wednesday Morning! I hope you’re all having a wonderful week! Today marks our final week of the Words for Wednesday Summer Series. Our sister Ruth Sorrell is today’s guest writer. TrustingLike most of you I learned the words to the hymn "Trust and Obey" as a young child… “Trust and obey for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.” When I was old enough to memorize Scr...  Read More
by Francie Sanderson on July 19th, 2023
Good Morning!Happy Wednesday! Today’s beautiful "Words for Wednesday" was written by our sister, Francie Sanderson.WHY?March 2023: I’m sitting in the college counselor’s office crying. Yesterday my colleague, Traci, asked how my day was and I started crying. I knew then that I had to do something. We’ve been short-staffed with more work than ever. I can’t get it all done and I’m missing deadlines....  Read More
Rocks In Your Shoe
by Mikal Duncan on July 12th, 2023
Rocks In Your ShoeI tend to relate and remember better if I have a mental image – a visual example. A mental image really helps me better grasp the truth, but also acts as a memory shortcut. Jesus understood that well and often used parables to teach truth. He set an incredible teaching example for us even today. And those parables, those mental pictures are still effective almost two thousand yea...  Read More