Tag: love


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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18
Oct 2017
How does God Feel?

If you missed Sunday’s Sermon… Read or listen to Acceptance – Finding Beauty in The Broken (Freeway, Week 6) Devotion 3 How do you feel? When you wake up in the morning? When you make a mistake? When you hurt people? When you are late to a meeting? When you run over a cat or other animal? When you have difficulty in relationships? When your joke isn’t funny? When you underperform at work? When you lose your temper? When you sin? Now, think again…how does God feel… When you wake up in......

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27
Sep 2017
Scary Monsters Inside

If you missed Sunday’s Sermon Read or listen to Discovery – You Are Stronger Than You Think You Are (Freeway, Week 3) Devotion 3 We all have things in our lives – things inside of us, things that affect us – that we don’t really want to face. Take some time to consider those things that you don’t want to think about, talk about or deal with. Imagine each of those things as a monster inside you. And consider them one at a time. Does this monster have a name? (consider fears, secrets,......

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10
Sep 2017
Freeway: A Not So Perfect Guide To Freedom - Series Launch Sunday

We begin an exciting new series at Hood MCC on Sunday, September 10 – Freeway: A Not So Perfect Guide To Freedom! Freeway is a way to be free. It’s a six-step guide built upon God’s amazing grace, conversations with friends, and a personal exploration of our pain and loss. This series is a guide to experiencing God’s love and freedom in your life. Sundays at 11 am the theme and message of our service will look at six steps along the journey: Awareness, Discovery, Ownership, Forgiveness, Acceptance, and Freedom. During the week,......

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31
Jul 2017
Mercy

When I think back to some of the most difficult moments of my life, I constantly question myself. Was I truthful? Did I show compassion? Have I gotten to a point where I can look back with forgiveness and mercy? The latter of these can be really tough. I want to be merciful, and yet it can be so hard. Mercy can be both one of the easiest and one of the hardest of actions to show other people. It can be easy to show mercy when working through a small, insignificant......

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14
Jun 2017
Faith of Our Fathers

Psalm 116:1-2; 12-19 I love the Lord, because he has heard     my voice and my supplications. Because he inclined his ear to me,     therefore I will call on him as long as I live. What shall I return to the Lord     for all his bounty to me?  I will lift up the cup of salvation     and call on the name of the Lord,  I will pay my vows to the Lord     in the presence of all his people. Precious in the sight of the Lord     is the death of his faithful ones. O Lord, I am your servant;......

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