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Share the Gospel in Love

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February is love month. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Marketing by Hallmark, the florists, and the candy makers. But is this true love or just going through the motions?

        True love starts with John 3:16, “For God so loved the world …” For love to be real it has to start in the heart of God and flow through us, reaching others that He loves as well. That’s what we, His children, have the privilege of doing every day, not just in February.

Yes, we have a Valentine Banquet where all the men of the church demonstrate to all the ladies of the church a servant heart by providing a meal, entertainment, and cleanup. In February, we’ll also cap off Formula for Life where we’ve been saving coins (and paper!) to show love to desperate mothers and their babies. We’ll also be collecting hygiene items for Operation Christmas Child this month, showing concrete love to kids around the world.

We also show love in this amazing church family. Praying for each other fervently and consistently. Fixing meals, giving rides, offering encouragement almost every day of the week. We spur one another on to a greater understanding and living out of God’s word. All in the name of His love.

We also share love outside of our immediate circle. I’m so encouraged when I see our people approach first-time guests and engage them in welcoming conversation. And those who volunteer in the food pantry, Care Net, LeTourneau, and other places constantly communicate the love of the God who saves.

So many ways to share the Gospel through love. See you in church on Sunday!

 

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Power as a Team

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“Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:2

Horses are incredibly powerful. An average draft horse can pull an average of 350lbs. for a full eight-hour day. For me, just carrying a load of chicken food can leave me winded! However, did you know that when you couple horses not only can they carry twice the amount of weight, but three times? And well-trained horses can pull up to four times! In a team, there is power. The same can be said for us.

     We were not made to live this life alone. God has given us relationships for a purpose. This includes our spouse, family and fellow brother and sisters in Christ. We need individuals who desire God’s heart to pour into our lives and hold us accountable. Individuals who encourage us to love as Christ did and have permission to ask us the tough questions. This also takes us being open and vulnerable; however, when we do we are yoking ourselves together in love and exemplifying the character of Christ. And the movement that we can make for the Kingdom of God will be immeasurable.

 

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