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Posts by Don Enevoldsen

The Greatest Commandment

“On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” This remarkable statement, near the end of one of the friendlier confrontations between Jesus and representatives of the dominant Pharisee party, emphasized the primal importance of two commandments out of the profusion of 613 mitzvot espoused by the Rabbis. Every other law hangs from…

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If You Love Me – Love One Another

When we use the phrase “Love Like Jesus,” we assume some specific characteristics about the way Jesus loved that are worth emulating. One that has impacted me tremendously shows up in the last chapter of John’s gospel. It’s a passage most believers are familiar with, yet most have also missed an essential point in the…

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Learning to be a Good Listener

Listen and Understand – Often the most loving thing to do is simply listen. Deep down, people desperately want to be understood, to know someone cares enough to pay attention. I lived for several years in Los Angeles, in an area where there are around 100,000 homeless people. I used to go for a walk…

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Love From a Pure Heart

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:18 These words are part of what has become known as the Beatitudes, which introduced the longest record in the Gospels of one of Jesus’ teachings. The implication, supported by the rest of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) is that if…

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Just say no to endorphins

Well, that might be overstating things a little, but I am concerned about a chemical dependency on endorphins to keep a relationship healthy. Endorphins are neurotransmitters, which in English means chemicals that pass signals from neuron to neuron. There are quite a few different kinds, but I am specifically referring to the feelings of euphoria…

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