Who do you need to communicate with today? Communicate so you can get to know the people around you. Fear dissipates when we seek to understand, take the time to get to know each other, and engage in ongoing communication. May the words you share today reflect the love of God we know in Jesus Christ. Read more
Since the beginning, since the dawn of dawn, God has had a message. God has had something to say.
Word and touch come together in Jesus.
Love’s voice and love’s touch come together in Jesus.
Tender word and tangible touch.
When God wanted us to know everything we needed to know about love…
God did not write a paragraph.
God wrote it in a person.
When God wanted to make it clear about how much God loved us…
God did not say it in a sentence.
God said it in a Savior.
When God sent us the most important message we could ever receive…
God did not place it in a mailbox.
God placed Jesus in a manger.
God did not send a text or an email.
God came through time to embrace us.
God’s Word became flesh.
Love now has a voice and a face.
Love has moved from language to life.
What we say as a congregation now get’s lived out in the community.
Now we connect our ministry with our mission.
Our word and our touch become the living presence of God.
God’s love in Jesus become flesh in us.
And we live it out our neighborhoods and communities.
Disciples make disciples.
The church grows because people, followers of Christ, are living as disciples. When we live as disciples, relationships are central to a growing, vibrant faith. The content of disciples’ relationships is Jesus Christ. The context of disciples’ relationships is the local community. Together, relationships with Jesus, one another, and your community help people to grow as disciples and remain faithful disciples. Read more
“There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, …” I John 4:18
On Saturday, a businessman from United Arab Emirates (UAE), dressed head-to-toe in traditional Arabian clothes, was mistaken for a terrorist. He was handcuffed at gunpoint and accused of belonging to ISIS. He was here, in the United States, for medical treatment, but he was treated as an enemy. A false report turned into an international incident.
The Courage & Character to Love
Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other.” John 13:34-35
To daily live in thought, word, and deed the love of God made known in Jesus Christ is the mark of true discipleship.