Meditations on Love or Die by Alexander Strauch

Read Ephesians 3:14-19 "Love is something which can be contemplated... If love does not make you think, it is not love; it is a purely physical instinct. Love enjoys ruminating, dwelling upon, looking at, dissecting, analyzing and considering... Love is to be studied, and the more you study it the more you enjoy it. We …

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Zeal vs Self

Zeal is that pure and heavenly flame The fire of love supplies; While that which often bears the name Is self in a disguise. True zeal is merciful and mild, Can pity and forbear; The false is headstrong, fierce and wild, And breathes revenge and war. While zeal for truth the Christian warms, He knows …

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Additional comments from Mark

Beyond the Jordan, into the Jordan, to Tiberias picking up Simon, Andrew, James, John and Matthew in Capernaum. Staying at Peter’s mother-in-laws house, traveling to the synagogues. Going missing completely sometimes to pray. Hanging out with sinners. Wow.

zeal for His house

It’s pretty awesome how Jesus starts his ministry. He settles and kind of puts up shop in Capernaum (which is the hometown of brothers Simon and Andrew, John and James, and Matthew himself) in Galilee.

“The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles,” Matthew 4:15.

Now, Jesus grew up in a town not far from this called Nazareth which was up in the mountains. Jesus didn’t start his ministry in Nazareth though. He spent about thirty years there and worked as a carpenter (more likely a stone mason) under his earthly father, Joseph. Probably around the time Joseph died Jesus went to visit his cousin John, who had been baptizing in the Jordan and preaching repentance.

The Jordan river stems from the Sea of Galilee which is for all practical purposes surrounded by desert. Jesus spends 40…

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