Monday, February 8, 2016

Super Bowl Monday mind dump

1 John 4:12  NASB
No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.

We have come out of the biggest weekend of the year with Super Bowl done and so are many other things that go along with the football season.  It is going to be a very busy week, and there are opportunities abounding around us.

In past weeks on Monday I have given you what is called “mind dump” where I share what is going through my mind and even through my heart.  Here it goes… and I hope that some of this sinks in for you:

-- I started a new series called LOVE DOES at church yesterday, and I am really enjoying the preparation of reading stories where God’s love shows up in people’s lives.  Good stuff.

-- The Broncos winning the Super Bowl is not what I expected.  The Panthers had a great season and are to be commended as is the incredible Peyton Manning.

-- One of the things that Peyton shared after the game, two times actually, was that he was going to consume lots of beer and thank the man upstairs (God I presume) for his blessings.  Kind of awkward, but it is transparent.

-- The Winter Warming Shelter continues to be a success.  Last night one of our volunteers met a new guest who shared he slept in a dumpster the night before.  Very sad but true story.  Another of our homeless friends is staying in a tent.  My heart goes out to both, and I am grateful for those who are serving these important people.

-- Our middle daughter had an interview with a prestigious university yesterday, and she has been accepted to one college.  Now we wait on the other schools she has applied to.  So proud of Ruth and all 3 of our kids.

-- The love of God is something that is hard for our minds to grasp.  There are many facets of God’s love, yet I am noticing more and more that the more I interact and think about the love God, the less and less I realize I understand.  God’s love is bigger than we will know, at least until we get to heaven.

-- I was struck with words studies in the Old Testament that talked about all the words that speak of love.  There are at least 12 different words in the Old Testament that describe various types of love.

-- Valentine’s Day is next Sunday, and I am excited to demonstrate my love to my family and in particular my wife.

-- Our son changed instruments in band last week.  He seems excited.  It will be interesting as he moves forward and learns, and I look forward to watch this boy of mine succeed.

-- Praying for more lately.  Praying for more awareness of His presence.  Praying for more connection to people who need Jesus.  Praying for more resources to meet needs.

The days ahead are going to be challenging.  May we find ourselves seeking God more, wanting and even expecting more from God and opening the lines for others to seek God in the same ways!

Hebrews 10:24  NASB
and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds,

Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.

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