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Love Is . . . Godly

God’s love is in us, through Word and Spirit…but, what is love? Many of us toss around this word too easily. And we end up trivializing it. From the Barney theme song, to tourism marketing slogans, to the desire we have for chocolate, our vehicles, or our favorite pastime or entertainment, the word "love" is so misused and overused in our society that we hardly know what to think when someone says, "I love you."

June 3, 2012

Love Is . . . Life-changing

Throwing rocks will not change the world. All our stones will do is hurt and dent and break it. If we want to make a change….a life-changing impact on our family, work place, neighborhood, church, community or world, we have to first drop our rocks. If we want to be seen as more loving, more grace-filled, more Christ-like, then we have to be the first to put down our stone.

It’s only when we let loose of our grip on our rocks and let them thud to the ground in grace, that we too can experience life-changing love.

June 10, 2012

Love Is . . . Desperate

Sickness makes us do some strange things, doesn't it? Pain can make us desperate. Not satisfied with conventional treatment, the sick may seek alternative treatments not endorsed by traditional medicine. Some alternatives may prove valid, even miraculous. Others may flirt with quackery, but at least they are something to do and to try.

June 17, 2012

Love Is . . . Spirit-filled

Pastor Karen was out of the pulpit for vacation.
The guest speaker was Rita Snider, Lay Leader of the church.

Testimonials were offered by children, youth and adults who have felt the love of the Holy Spirit, while at camp.

Camp stories were shared and camp songs sung.

June 24, 2012

Love Is . . . Extravagant

What if we could begin to comprehend how much God loves us. Would our outlook on life be different? Would we treat another child of His with care knowing how precious they are in His sight? Could we let go of years of teachings that showcase God as this tyrannical meanie waiting to pounce on our every misstep or mistake? You know the one--he appears more like Godzilla than the God of John 3:16!

July 1, 2012

Love Is . . . Agape

1 John 4:8 and 16 tell us that “God is love.” Never was a more important

July 8, 2012

Love Is . . . Surpassing

William Borden was on his way to work as a missionary in China. But he never made it. He was struck down with disease, before he ever reached his destination, dying in Egypt. As he lay dying, he wrote a final note for his friends and family – it simply read, "No reserve, no retreat, and no regrets."

Many of us hear that and think, ‘How? How can a man experience such a tragedy and still find satisfaction in God?’ After all, he believed God had called him to be a missionary in China!

July 15, 2012

Love Is . . . Healing

In multitudes of church services over the years I have seen believers come forward to receive healing prayer. An honest assessment of the results? Some have been healed; the majority have not. Many times I have asked, why is this? And I believe that the answer is becoming clearer to me.

If one studies the healing ministry of Jesus Christ in the Gospels, a recurring pattern emerges — again and again, Jesus looked to see if the sick person was showing faith to be healed, as in Matthew 9:30 "'According to your faith will it be done to you'; and their sight was restored."

July 22, 2012

Love Is . . . Word

Has your boss ever come up to you and said, "We need to have a word..." Terrifying isn't it? You wonder what you've done wrong. You question actions you've taken lately. You imagine the worst, even if the word you need to have isn't about anything bad at all!

In John's gospel, the first chapter, I believe God is speaking the same message to us through John. God wants to have a word with us. But, what on earth could He want?

July 29, 2012

Love Is . . . .Compassionate

"Compassion," such a simple word … a simple word, yet not so simply done. Compassion is a noun, and that means it is an action word -- something that you and I are "to do". It means, "sympathy for the suffering of others, including a desire to help."

That, my friends, is what Jesus' ministry was all about! His time here on earth was all about caring for the suffering of others and desiring to help. Jesus was filled with compassion and love, for all of His creation!

August 5, 2012

Love Is . . . Forgiving

Watch this clip from Fireproof called Caleb's Apology.

Forgiveness -- it's an easy word to say, but a difficult thing to do.

Try to forget for a moment everything you have ever heard or assumed about forgiveness. Let a single word impress itself on your mind, the biblical word, the new covenant word. In Greek it is "aphesis," in English, "release."

August 12, 2012

Love Is . . . Independent

Independence and self-reliance are good qualities until they come between us and our God. Our human nature tells us to believe that God helps those who help themselves. The Bible teaches us to believe that God helps those who ask for His help. The Bible teaches us that what God wants from us is: humility, trust, and dependence.

This week, lets remind ourselves about our dependence on God rather than our

August 19, 2012

Love Is . . . Neighborly

Good neighbors are a true gift from God. But, do we love them as much as we love ourselves?

Neighbors, they are very important in life. They can be confidants, helpers,
therapists, acquaintances, or even enemies. But I bet each of you today can
think of at least one neighbor who has had an impact upon your life.

August 26, 2012