Tag: love


01
Oct 2018
Invest in Love

When Christians want to know what the Bible says about money and stewardship and investments, we typically look to the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25. I cannot tell you how often I have heard this parable used to explain to me how God is displeased when we do not save and invest our money to multiply it. And I have always been troubled by that line of thinking for two reasons: There are so many other passages in the Bible that teach us differently. For example, Luke 18 says: Sell everything......

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26
Sep 2018
Hurricane Relief Efforts

“Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.”  – Song of Solomon 8:7 (NRSV) In addition to meeting the needs of folks in our own community, we continue to pray and reach out to areas of our state closer to the coast that were devastated by Hurricane Florence.  Earlier this week, I wrote about our church’s efforts to assemble clean-up buckets for Church World Service to deliver to counties in our state that need them most.  Check out Tuesday’s blog with a checklist of items needed for these buckets.  Today,......

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17
Jul 2018
Love and Grief

This has been a season of grief for many members of our church family, in various ways.  Grief is natural and grief is heavy. Some are experiencing the death of a friend way too early.  What do we do with the emptiness?  Some are trying to figure out what happened to their loved one.  Why so quickly?  Some are experiencing the loneliness of not being able to reach out to one they loved one more time.  Where are you?   Some are remembering the way things once were. How do you handle all......

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10
Jul 2018
Hood Is...

Why do you love Hood Memorial Christian Church…? What is Hood to you…? This week we are putting together a short video (2-3 minutes) about our church. We want to know all your warm fuzzy feelings about our  church family! How is Hood special to you? What is your experience as part of our church family? What has Hood meant to you over the years? How has Hood helped you through parts of your life? What (or who) in our church has touched you in meaningful ways? So, all you have to......

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20
Jun 2018
God's Kindness found in Romans

One of the Facebook posts that has struck me the most lately is: In a world where you can be anything, be kind. This quote has appeared over and over again in my news feed. And these past few weeks and months of hearing about many of the disheartening events and interactions in our news-these words seem to ring out even louder to be heard.  I even find myself asking “why aren’t we practicing kindness?” And then I began reading Romans-in  reading through the New Testament. (Yes, I am behind).  And right......

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21
May 2018
A Church on Fire

This is a church on fire, this is the Holy Spirit flame We have a burning desire to lift up Jesus’ name Let the fire burn in every heart to light the way, defeat the dark Let the flame of love burn higher This is a church, this is a church on fire The lyrics of this song from Hillsong Worship seem to sum up the burning within me today.  It is a burning with passion for God’s church.  It is a burning of appreciation for the people of Hood Memorial Christian......

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01
May 2018
Love is Connecting the Dots

  I love God. I don’t just believe in God. I love God. And I’m pretty certain that love is more important than belief. After all, one of the most significant and celebrated passages of the Hebrew Bible (which Jesus quoted when asked about the greatest commandment) is Deuteronomy 6:4-5… Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. (NIV) Yet even on the best of days, I tend to question my love for God. I ask myself, How do I......

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01
Mar 2018
A Mission of Love

To participate in mission is to participate in the movement of God’s love toward people, since God is a fountain of sending love. David J. Bosch As we continue to reflect on mission this Lent, consider this quote from missiologist and theologian David Bosch. He reminds us that mission begins with God as a movement of love, specifically the divine sending love towards humans. Let’s explore this for just a few moments. God’s love is understood by Christians in a specific way. It’s not just an abstract love. Instead, it is a......

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11
Dec 2017
Belonging to Love, Joy, Peace & Hope

Yesterday during worship, I asked our church family to consider how Christmas is about belonging. Immanuel – God With Us – is a message of belonging. As I said in a blog article last week, Immanuel is a phrase that connects God and us through the little word with (im in Hebrew). To summarize, the Hebrew word im can mean: Being by or beside someone (approaching) Dwelling in a place or with someone (inhabiting), or Being together with someone (belonging). This third meaning is all about belonging. And when we look at Immanuel......

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19
Oct 2017
Loving Yourself as God Loves You

If you missed Sunday’s Sermon… Read or listen to Acceptance – Finding Beauty in The Broken (Freeway, Week 6) Devotion 4 Make a list of the people who love you…                                       Make a list of the people you love…   Revelation 2:17 (NIV) says, “I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.” What is your new name before God?......

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