Sunday Preview

November 3, 2012

We are starting a new series this weekend called, “Sex, Love and Marriage” (not necessarily in that order). David Stockton will focus on this theme on Saturday nights as will Nathan Bentley in our high school ministry. My sermon this Sunday is called, “Love that Never Fails” from 1 Corinthians 13, Hebrews 8 and 1 John 4. God’s love is covenantal, sacrificial and holy. When the Bible says that God is love (1 John 4:8), it is talking about a sacrificial love that is patient, kind, and giving. Confusion about the nature of love causes confusion about the nature and will of God. Like a wise and loving parent, God’s love is always directed to what is in a person’s best long-term interest.

I hope you plan to vote by Tuesday because this is a critical election for America. The next four years will be vital to the economic and moral condition of our nation. There is a Poll to Poll worship and prayer meeting going on in our worship center next Tuesday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. Regardless of who wins the various races, we have the privilege and responsibility to preach the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ to this generation. The Kingdom of God is the only government that can bring salvation and eternal life to its citizens.

Last night Kristina and I took turns bringing a large bowl filled with candy to the front door whenever a new group of trick or treaters arrived at our house. As I dropped pieces of candy into one young boy’s outstretched bag he gave me a big smile and said, “I couldn’t wait to get to this house!” When he said that, I reached back into the bowl and took out more candy for him. He expected blessings at our house and I wanted to make sure he received everything he hoped for and more.

I’m looking forward to joining you in God’s house on Sunday. When we come together to seek Him, he makes sure that we receive everything we need from his treasure of grace in Christ. My desire is that each of us will prosper and flourish in life, as we follow Jesus Christ, the Lord of Life.

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