The following is a guest post I wrote for Anne Marie Miller’s website on June 16, 2014. It was republished by ChurchLeaders.com. I wanted to share it with you today, here on Average Us.—Lon


You’re probably familiar with this passage of the Bible written by the Apostle Paul:

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.—1 Corinthians 13:4-7, ESV

We love these verses, don’t we? Beautiful written, wonderfully inspiring. You may even have had them recited at your wedding.

But what if loving this way involves supporting a spouse or a child with emotional health issues? What does 1 Corinthian 13 look like in that kind of real, often dark, life?

I live with three such women—one wife and two daughters, all in counseling, two on medication—and I want to share what I’ve learned about loving and supporting them as Paul instructs. I hope you’ll find inspiration and new courage to love a similar someone in your life.

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Happy Friday!Norway in a Nutshell Route

This is the final gallery in our Norway series taken as we returned to Oslo by train. We had some terrific memories: watching the changing of the royal guard right after dignitaries arrived at the palace, and taking the girls to shop at Ikea (of all places, LOL).

Enjoy!

Previous Norway galleries:

Norsk Folkemuseum in Oslo reveals a bit of Norwegian cultural history

Oslo to Myrdal to Flåm began our cross-country Norway in a Nutshell tour

Best Walk Ever captures our stroll through the villages of Flåm and Lunden

⟩ Cruise on the Sognefjord with stunning views

Gudvangen and Voss completes our tour of the Sognefjord

⟩ Beautiful Bergen makes my list of places I’d love to live


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Here’s the news Dawn and I have received in the last 24 hours:

〉A loved one’s recent surgery to remove a lump in his colon revealed cancer in four lymph nodes.

〉An elderly woman whom I had once pastored, and who had always loved Dawn and me unconditionally, died yesterday from Alzheimer’s and cancer.

〉My elderly uncle who recently had prostate surgery isn’t doing well.

〉My one-year-old grand-daughter who has been having fainting spells, has been admitted to the hospital for observation and testing. There is concern that something is wrong with her heart or brain.

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It’s Friday!Norway in a Nutshell Route

Aren’t you glad the weekend is here? I so look forward to weekends, especially Sunday worship at church.

Anyway, here’s another installment in our series of photo galleries from our trip to Norway in May. These are from our visit to the west coast city of Bergen, Norway’s second largest city. The city was so beautiful, I’m afraid my photos don’t do it justice. We found Bergeners preparing for Syttende Mai (May 17th), Norway’s national celebration of independence, many of them wearing their colorful traditional costumes. I wish I could have captured more photos of this.

Enjoy!

Previous Norway galleries:

Norsk Folkemuseum in Oslo reveals a bit of Norwegian cultural history

Oslo to Myrdal to Flåm began our cross-country “Norway in a Nutshell” tour

Best Walk Ever captures our stroll through the villages of Flåm and Lunden

⟩ Cruise on the Sognefjord with stunning views

Gudvangen and Voss completes our tour of the Sognefjord


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Contrary to what I’ve seen online, authentic manhood is not about “unlocking your inner bad ass.” Here’s a few brief thoughts on the subject…

Jesus is the most fully authentic person—the most believable man—I am aware of, indeed, that I can imagine.

He left behind infinite superiority to put his life at risk to the violence of his inferiors.

Yet he hid nothing. He lived before people as he was inwardly. In public. Nothing hidden. No shame. No fear. What he taught, said in conversation, and did in ministry, or otherwise, displayed his mastery of himself, his mastery over every situation, and his masterful understanding of the people he encountered.

No secret schemes. No tricks. No lies. No guile.

No self-protection. No self-promotion.

Nothing artful. Nothing contrived.

Just open, honest, infinite power.

Laid aside in love.

This is why I want to know him, follow him. This is why my purpose is to belong to him.

This is why I worship him: divinity undiminished yet incarnate, the most fully authentic man.

This is why I recommend him to you: You will always know what he is about.

It’s common knowledge that the heart and soul of Christianity is belief in Jesus. But, what does it mean to believe in Jesus? That question is the basis of Paul’s teaching about the resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15. And it is apparent from Paul’s comment in verse 2 that belief in Jesus can be “in vain”, meaning simply, that belief in Jesus can be invalid; it can be wrong. As I thought about this, I wrote down what I understand the Bible to teach about what it means to believe in Jesus. A biblical belief in Jesus means…

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Hello! 

Here’s the fifth in our series of photo galleries from our trip to Norway in May.

Cruise ItineraryThese photos were taken on the second half of our Sognefjord cruise from Flåm to Gudvangen. From there, we rode a bus to Voss via a very steep mountain road. We walked around Voss for an hour or two until the train arrived to take us to Bergen, Norway’s second largest city, which we’ll show you in our next photo gallery.

(In case you missed last week’s gallery, here’s a link to the first half of our photos from our Cruise on the Sognefjord. A few are truly stunning!)

Grace and peace to you,

Lon and Dawn


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