A man once asked Jesus, “What is the greatest commandment?” Jesus told him the first was to love God, and the second was like it, to love others (Matthew 22:36–40). Notice that the man didn’t ask what the two greatest commandments were. But the way Jesus answered would indicate that the first wouldn’t be complete without the second.

Loving others is a part of loving God. It’s like two hinges on a door; the door won’t swing correctly if the hinges are out of sync.

Loving others is a part of loving God.

My oldest daughter was an only child for two years until her baby sister was born. For two years, she got all the hugs, all the attention, and all the food and toys. But when her sister was born, she had to share all of this goodness. One day when her baby sister was newly home from the hospital, my older daughter went into the room where the crib was and bothered her baby sister. In that moment, the idea of loving her sister was a bit much for her to handle.

The family of God helps prepare us as He shapes us into His image.

The family of God helps prepare us as He shapes us into His image. Loving God can feel like the easier part. But in the family, we learn the day-to-day details of loving others with His heart. As children of God, we all share in being part of that forever family.

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Dr. Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.


At the heart of this vision is the use of church and school partnerships to effect spiritual and social change in communities. Dr. Evans’ church and school outreach philosophy has been attributed as a catalyst for former President George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiative, which was his first formal act of office. Dr. Evans seeks to train churches, schools and volunteers in this philosophy, as well as in the functional practicalities, through the National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative which is a ministry underneath the umbrella of The Urban Alternative.


Dr. Evans serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to restore hope and transform lives through the proclamation and the application of the Word of God. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 850 radio outlets throughout the United States and in more than 80 countries.


Dr. Evans has written numerous books and booklets including his legacy work, Oneness Embraced, as well as his vision work, The Kingdom Agenda. Some of his most recent books includes, Kingdom Man, A Moment For Your Soul, Marriage Matters, and Victory in Spiritual Warfare.



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