Abide in and with love

And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he commanded us. All who obey his commandments abide in him, and he aides in them.
-I John 3.23-24a

 

On Sunday, October 20, 2013, we began a three week World Hunger campaign through World Renew. To learn more and to find resources, visit the World Hunger site.

Pastor Chelsey shared a message from I John 3.11-24 about abiding in God’s love. To hear “World Hunger Campaign Part I” visit our church’s current series website (or search the archives.)

The word “abide” means to have a memory or feeling that lasts– that doesn’t fade away. Take the time to read “Dad loves Ellie” and reflect on how God’s love abides and spreads.

What about ways to show love and that you abide in Christ? Take a cue from the “5 Love Languages of Leviticus.”

Continue to reflect with, “What Does Fruitful Look Like?”

 

This post is a follow-up to a sermon preached by Rev. Chelsey Harmon at Christ Community Church in Nanaimo, BC. It shares teachings and ideas about God’s love, service and aid.

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Stories of Suffering, Stories of God

The never ending question of “why?”

Our links today won’t answer that question, but they will help you seek God.

This week, Philip Yancey’s book, The Question that Never Goes Away, has been a free Kindle download.

Looking at Romans 8.28, Stephen speaks the bittersweet truth that “Jesus Hates Your Suffering.”

When you suffer, run to Jesus. He too experienced pain, rejection, sorrow, grief, and temptation. Because Jesus suffered, he knows exactly how to comfort, strengthen, encourage, and even deliver you.
Randy shares about learning “The Hardest Lesson:” what God provides to those who suffer.
In suffering and trials of all kinds, globally, locally, or in the inner sanctum of your soul, we pray:
May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Rom 15.13

 

This post is about suffering.

Sunday Follow Up

On March 24, 2013 Pastor Chelsey shared a message from Exodus 15 entitled, “The Lord is a Warrior.” She challenged us to think about God as a Warrior against sin and evil as we headed into Holy Week. Hear that message on our Church sermon website (or in the archives).

This week on the blog, we hope to share multiple stories and reflections from around the web as you remember the last week of Jesus’ time on earth in the flesh. The first one comes from Redemption Pictures and it offers a very different picture of our Good God Warrior: “The God Who Bleeds.”

 

This post is a follow up to a message preached at Christ Community Church. It provides a challenging reflection to the picture of Jesus we make for ourselves and is a resource for Holy Week and Good Friday.