Tuesday, December 2, 2008

love in big ways

If we love Him, then we must show His love to those who most need to see and feel His presence. --- Matthew Barnett

Today's devotion is going to be short.  I am preparing to kick our brand new series LOVE MORE ... EXPECT LESS. this Sunday, and it is gonna be awesome.  What is bigger and better than that are some of the thoughts that keep running through my head that can only be God kind of thoughts.

I recently began following Matthew Barnett, I quoted him above.  He is found of the Dream Center .  It has been his dream and now reality to lead a church that's doors never close.  24 hours a day,7 days a week, and 365 days a year the Dream Center is meeting needs in many locations and in big ways.

My question: what is God leading us to do at The Community Fellowship?  We began 2 years ago and opened our clothes closet ministry on Christmas Eve.  It has been awesome.  We've seen God work in some big ways and meet some big needs.  But that is not it.  I believe God is opening more doors and giving us the ability to minister in bigger, and I mean BIGGER, ways.  Are we ready?  May even more reality, are we willing?

I am overwhelmed with the size and truth of God's love for me and for humanity.  Yet the question is, does that love change how I act and live?  Those questions are going to be addressed and even attacked in our series LOVE MORE ... EXPECT LESS.  And I'm excited about it.

Would you spend some time this Christmas season giving your life, your money and yourself to serve others?  We do that at The Community.  Angel Tree ministering to kids of prisoners.  Our mission offering that helps lots of people each year.  Giving away lots this week to serve people in our community.  And more.  More is coming.

2 Corinthians 5:14 (niv) --- For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.

1 John 3:17 (niv) --- If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?

1 John 4:11 (niv) --- Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

And our theme verse for this new series is this:

Romans 13:8 (nasb) --- Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another...

start to pray

Psalm 42:8    NLT But each day the   Lord   pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs,   praying to Go...