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2 Corinthians: The New Ministers - Friday

Posted on Fri, Jul 03, 2015

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.  (II Cor. 4:18, NIV).
 
Tomorrow I, along with thousands of others, will run the Bluegrass 10,000 in Lexington, a 6.2 mile race.  I won’t be running to win; I’ll just run to be the best I can be.  I’ll try to stay at the front of the back of the pack!   At the end of the day, nothing will mean more to me than  seeing the finish line.  When you’re running a race, the finish line is always foremost in your thoughts.  Always.
 
Same was true of Paul.  Same is true of all believers who really understand the big picture; the race we’re all running to get Home.   The unseen things are the things that matter.  Our houses, cars, money, even our church buildings will all be gone in a century from now, certainly two...but the things of the Spirit will last forever.  And so we press on.
 
On July 4, 1952, Florence Chadwick tried to swim 21 miles from Catalina Island to the coast of California, something no female had ever done.  Millions watched by television.  Her mother and brother were alongside her giving encouragement.  Another boat was filled with men whose task it was to shoot any sharks that approached.  
 
After sixteen hours the fog was so thick that visibility was zero, and after all that effort, Florence quit, unaware that she was less than one mile from the shore.  When asked to explain she said, “I didn’t quit because I was tired, though I am.  I didn’t quit because it was cold, though I was.  I quit because I just couldn’t see the shore.”   
 
Three months later on a clear day, she came back and tried again.   This time she swam it in two hours less than any man had ever done.
 
My friend, never lose sight of the finish line.   It’s all that matters.  Hey, I’ll see you there.  It will be one great party when we all get Home!   P.S.  In the meantime, Happy fourth of July!

Gary Black
Campus Leader - Richmond Road

2 Corinthians: The New Ministers - Thursday

Posted on Thu, Jul 02, 2015

That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.  For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!  (II Cor. 4:16-17, NLT)
 
We’ve learned this week about Paul’s incredible perseverance, prompted by his attitude, love and resilient spirit.  Something else that deeply motivated him was his perspective.  He kept his mind on eternal things.  Do you?
 
It’s hard to think about dying when we’re busy living, isn’t it?   But perhaps we’re not really ready to live, if we’re not ready to die.  The reality is that from the moment we’re born, the process of dying begins.  The toboggan-ride down the slope of time makes its descent in earnest to the bottom of the hill.  Someone has said, “The statistics on death are quite impressive--one out of one people die.”   In the time it takes to write this devo today, many people will finish their journey in this world and face the next.  It’s inevitable.  
 
I like the NIV translation of vs. 16, “... Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”  I heard a spokesperson for people with disabilities say one time, “There are three types of people in the world: 1) Those who are born with disabilities, 2) Those who develop them through age or injury and 3) Those who are temporarily living in healthy bodies.”   If you’re living in a healthy body today, remember that it’s only temporary; we’re all wasting away, and life is very short.   That perspective can motivate you, as it did Paul.  “Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” (Colossians 3:2, NLT).  Good advice.  Perspective changes everything, but most of all, it will change you.  
 
Questions to think about:
  • What are you doing with the time you have that has eternal value? 
  • If there really is a heaven and hell, could anything in life be more important than helping others know God?

Gary Black
Campus Leader - Richmond Road

2 Corinthians: The New Ministers - Wednesday

Posted on Wed, Jul 01, 2015

All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory  (II Cor. 4:15).
 
We’ve been talking this week about Paul’s perseverance in the midst of difficulties.  We’ve considered his resiliency and positive attitude; today let’s think about his love.  He was willing to suffer so much because He loved so deeply.  
 
In 1987, eighteen month old Jessica McClure fell into a 12” wide well in Midland, TX.  America held its breath as rescuers tried to save little Jessica, trapped twenty-two feet beneath the ground.  The rescue involved dozens of first responders at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars.  After 58 harrowing hours, workers were able to descend into a fragile, parallel shaft they’d dug, then rescue her.  What motivated them?  Love.  It’s what makes the human spirit unique.  It endures whatever is necessary for another’s well-being.
 
Paul endured unbelievable hardships (Read II Cor. 11:23-28).  “All this is for your benefit,” he said.  He loved them that much.   Jesus had the same heart for us.  His path led to a Cross.  It was His way of saying to the world, “This is how much I care.  This is how valuable you are.  This is because ‘I love you’.”
 
Love is always the best motivator...in our homes, families, churches, and even in our workplaces.  A school teacher may say, “I’m weary.  I need a vacation,” but then she’ll return and keep serving kids, because she loves them.  A wife may grow disenchanted with her marriage, but only love will draw her back to a place of commitment.  A nurse may say, “I’m tired of low pay, demanding patients and long hours,” but then she remembers her vows to serve and presses on.  A policeman may said, “I’m tired of the abuse and ridicule, I’m gonna quit.”   But then he remembers the needs of the innocent and keeps going.  
 
“All this is for your benefit…” Paul said.  That’s what love always says...and does.  

Gary Black
Campus Leader - Richmond Road

2 Corinthians: The New Ministers - Tuesday

Posted on Tue, Jun 30, 2015

We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. (II Cor. 4:8, NLT)
 
Over the past several months we’ve had a lot of potholes around Lexington, caused by a devastating winter.  Sometimes, difficult seasons in our lives bring challenges too, leaving “potholes” in our souls that take time to repair; yet they can also bring opportunities.
 
In 1873, William Thompson, owner of a Californian vineyard was devastated by a drought and faced financial ruin as his grapes just shrivelled up on the vine.  But he picked them anyway, took them to market advertising them as Peruvian delicacies.  We’ve been eating raisins ever since!
 
We all need a little more ingenuity and creativity in our lives.  Paul was no different.  Though “perplexed,” he refused to be driven to despair.  He looked for a path forward.  Yesterday we talked about his resiliency.  Today let’s consider his attitude.
 
No one, even God, can control our attitude.  We alone decide whether there’s opportunity in adversity, or a reason to quit.  So much of what we call success depends on attitude.
  • Michael Jordan was arguably the greatest basketball player in history.  Did you know he was cut from his HS team?  
  • The artist, James Whistler, wanted to be a soldier, but he failed his chemistry course at West Point and turned to art instead.  He later wrote, “If silicon had been a gas, I would’ve been a Major General, instead of a painter.”   
  • Wesley wanted to be a missionary.  After failing miserably working with Native Americans, he moved back to England and founded the Methodist church. 
These men, like Paul, learned to look for something positive, even in defeat.  They didn’t just endure difficulties, they used them as a springboard to something better.
  • Application:  Do you endure life...or enjoy it?  Do you allow pressure to make you better...or bitter?   Resentful...or resilient?   It’s your choice, my friend, and no one can make it for you.
  • Ask God to help you find a path forward.  I assure you...He will.

Gary Black
Campus Leader - Richmond Road

2 Corinthians: The New Ministers - Monday

Posted on Mon, Jun 29, 2015

Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way, we never give up.”  (II Corinthians 4:1, NLT)
 
I once read about a bus (and driver) from a NYC transit company which went missing. After a week of searching, they located the driver and vehicle at a Miami beachfront hotel.   Apparently the driver just took off!  “I’d had it with cold weather, my life was in shambles, and one day when the last passenger stepped off, I just took off driving and ended up here,”  he said.
 
Ever feel that way?  “What if I just quit, checked out of the marriage, job and responsibilities and headed West, became a cowboy and lived off the land?   Perhaps you remember the movie, “City Slickers” back in the 90s.  The plot was similar!
 
Despite the many pressures that Paul experienced in his ministry, he persevered, even though he despaired for his life on occasion (II Cor. 1:8).  As we think through II Cor. 4 this week, I want to highlight some of the reasons Paul stayed in the game and why we should too.  
 
1. He was resilient.  Twice in this chapter he says, “We don’t lose heart.” (vss. 1,16 NIV).  He had an uncanny ability to bounce back in adverse situations.  “... We get knocked down, but we’re not destroyed” (vs. 9).    
 
Perhaps the greatest running  back in NFL history was Walter Payton, who played for the Chicago Bears.  In his amazing career he accumulated over nine miles of rushing yardage, despite being knocked down every 4.6 yards!   Payton, like Paul, was resilient.  Both men refused to let circumstances crush their spirit.  Both men had bruises...but God uses our bruises to make us stronger.  Adversity introduces us to ourselves and reveals our true potential.
  • For thought:  Are you facing something in your life today that makes you feel like quitting?   Let me encourage you to stay in the game.  Why?  Because you can’t win if you quit.   Think about that, then keep going.  The circumstances may not change, but you will.  That’s worth the struggle.  I promise.

Gary Black
Campus Leader - Richmond Road

2 Corinthians: The New Covenant - Friday

Posted on Fri, Jun 26, 2015

For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
 
 
There are a lot of people in the world who are enslaved.  Some are physical slaves, others are in emotional bondage, and others are enslaved to regrets of the past. God desires us to be free!  The gospel message is taking hold of the freedom that God came to give us.  When we are free we are able to better understand the love the Father has for us and to engage in the relationship He desires to have with us.
 
Recently, I was able to hear the story of a young lady that understood physical slavery.  She understood what it meant to have freedoms taken from her as she became a human trafficking victim at the hands of her father. Today, she has a growing understanding of the love of her Heavenly Father and is walking in her new found freedom.
 
 
The Holy Spirit is at work in our lives each and every day.  Are you aware of His activity in drawing you closer to Jesus?  The Spirit is guiding our paths, showing us things about ourselves to give to Jesus, prompting us to pick up the phone and check on a friend, reminding us of the Father’s love for us each day, and much, much more.  
 
If there is an area of your life where you feel bound, God wants you to release that to Him.  He hears your prayers and is at work in answering them.  Cast any concerns or burdens that you have today to Him.  
 
Father, thank you for the Holy Spirit and His activity in my life. I want to be free today and ask that you take my concerns and give me the peace of knowing You are able to handle them better than I ever could.  Thank you for Your love today and Your relentless pursuit of making me looking more like Jesus.  Amen 

Michelle Frank
Guest Experience Director - Harrodsburg Road

2 Corinthians: The New Covenant - Thursday

Posted on Thu, Jun 25, 2015

But the people’s minds were hardened, and to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, the same veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ.
 
 
My husband and I went to a used car lot as we needed to purchase a vehicle at a reasonable price.  We got in the car to test drive it and noticed a piece of tape near the speedometer.  There was a light underneath it as if it was trying to cover something up.  I picked at it and noticed it was covering the check engine light that was lit up.  Obviously, we left that car lot due to concern that if the owner was covering the check engine light that other forms of deception might be at work as well.  
 
I heard a speaker once say “deception can be very deceiving.”  That is a very true statement.  Have you ever tried to instruct someone in a better way and they would not listen? Maybe you have given marriage advice and all the person could see was the failures of their spouse.  Maybe you raised your kids in the fear of the Lord and they still chose the paths of the world.  
 
 
Paul states there is a block with people until that veil of darkness is lifted.  They cannot see the truth regardless of how effective it is being communicated.  We continue to speak the truth because we are not sure when that veil will be lifted.  However, sometimes if you are like me I want to physically rip that mask away from them so they can see the truth.  God reminds us that our impatience with people does not represent His heart and our obedience is all He is asking.  
 
God wants people to know the truth more than we want it for them.  A good reminder is that we all have blind spots where we ignore the truth.  Daily we need to ask God to open our eyes to areas we are blinded in and allow Him to be Lord of that area as well.  
 
Challenge/Prayer
  • Is there someone in your life that has resisted hearing the truth that needs surrendered to God today?
  • Is there an area of your life that is blinded and needs a veil lifted?  Are people telling you things but they are not being received.  It could be God speaking through them.

Michelle Frank
Guest Experience Director - Harrodsburg Road

2 Corinthians: The New Covenant - Wednesday

Posted on Wed, Jun 24, 2015

The old way, with laws etched in stone, led to death, though it began with such glory that the people of Israel could not bear to look at Moses’ face. For his face shone with the glory of God, even though the brightness was already fading away.
 
 
I remember when my children were young and they were transitioning from training wheels to a bike. I can remember how confident my son felt with the training wheels and did not want to move to the bigger and better bike. He was so nervous. We told him that if you have fun now,  just think how much fun you’ll have when you take those training wheels off. He finally believed that the new way is so much better and he took off!
 
We can see the comparison Paul was making in this passage. He compared the old way and the new way---old way: love of law, new way: law of love. Paul wanted the church of Corinth to see the glory of the new covenant. 
 
Much like what Paul was saying to the church of Corinth, in this new ministry, the glory of God’s presence and power does not fade away as it did with Moses, but increases more and more until we shine with the very radiance of Christ.  2 Corinthians 3:7-11
 
Moses needed a veil to cover his face to protect others from seeing God’s glory and to hide that fading glory. Paul, however, exercised freedom to preach the gospel, knowing that the message of Christ,  the present expression of God’s glory, does not have to be veiled. We now can walk in this hope because the Spirit changes us to be formed more and more into Christ’s image. 
 
Living under the law of love awakens us to a new day under this new covenant. 
 
Today, let’s pray together:
  • Take some time this week and write out a prayer
  • Reflect on the inheritance that comes from living under the new covenant
  • Record your prayers/thoughts

Michelle Frank
Guest Experience Director - Harrodsburg Road

2 Corinthians: The New Covenant - Tuesday

Posted on Tue, Jun 23, 2015

Are we beginning to praise ourselves again? Are we like others, who need to bring you letters of recommendation, or who ask you to write such letters on their behalf? Surely not!
 
 
I recently was asked to write a letter of recommendation for a friend who needed a reference for a scholarship. It was pretty easy to share about all the great qualities this young lady has. This letter would be read by school officials to get a good grasp on this prospective student. In this letter, they would capture some pertinent information on this student. Because of the relationship I had with her, I could share freely.
 
As Paul writes, in this new ministry, ministers don’t present “letters of recommendation” that have been chiseled out of stone because their credentials are the lives of people who have been transformed by their work. 2 Corinthians 3:1-3
 
 
We cannot work-up the transformation that Paul is talking about. It is the result of a miraculous work of God’s power in our lives which allows us to live boldly and with hope. Essentially, we do not need a letter of recommendation; our very lives become that letter; what others will read and come to know about Christ Himself. Not only are our lives transformed; the lives of us, as the church, become living examples of God’s transforming work to imitate Him to the world.
 
The Spirit of God writes this message on our hearts. As we are changed by this new ministry; this new covenant, we are never the same. As a church, much like Corinth, we see the vital importance and role of the church--this letter, written on our heart, becomes the message which is the hope we have in Christ. Our joy as a church is the lives of people who are being transformed. 
 
This week, let’s pray and reflect together:
  • Pray for ways to live out the example of God’s transforming work in your life
  • Reflect on the mission of the church
  • If you were to write a letter about your journey with Christ; what would others glean from your story

Michelle Frank
Guest Experience Director - Harrodsburg Road

2 Corinthians: The New Covenant - Monday

Posted on Mon, Jun 22, 2015

Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing.
 
 
It is unreal how certain smells evoke certain emotions. I love the smell of a campfire, a cookout, the ballfield, and smelly cleats! All make me reflect on this season of summer with my family and friends. It is amazing how certain aromas can bring a remembrance of certain sentiments--all which make me smile and stir up such great memories.
 
As we dig in Scripture, Paul shares his heart through this letter. He longs for the church in Corinth to stand the test and be obedient in everything (2 Corinthians 2:9). He also expressed his gratitude to God for how Christ, through us, spreads everywhere the aroma of the knowledge of Himself.  
 
As we see in this passage, the new covenant demands a new ministry. In this new ministry, ministers lay down their lives for Christ, and though some smell death, others smell the fragrance of life. We come to experience that in all things, God through His Son, leads us in victory. 
 
From a military standpoint, as Paul gives this snapshot, when a victorious Roman army returned home, the captives marched in parade with the victors. The flowers along the path smelled life-giving for those who experience victory but represented the aroma of defeat for the captives.  2 Corinthians 2:14-16
 
Because we operate under this new ministry, we now carry life! This life gives off the aroma of Christ. And as we carry out this life-giving aroma, may others see Jesus! The purpose of this new life in Christ is for us to receive and reflect to others. And what an emotion of gratitude is this! 
 
This week, let’s take some time to reflect on these questions:
  • Does my life model for others what it means to imitate Christ?
  • Do I demonstrate loving actions that flow from a willingness to give up my rights for others?
  • How has the aroma of life transformed me? How is it transforming me?
  • Who in my life needs to experience this life?

Michelle Frank
Guest Experience Director - Harrodsburg Road

1 Corinthians: Unforgettable Love - Friday

Posted on Fri, Jun 19, 2015

I have always wanted a family of my own. I loved my family of origin. There were five kids, and there was always some sort of fun (or mischief) going on. So the thought of a family of my own was exciting. When I married Greg, at the ripe old age of 39, I got two bonus kids right away. Teenagers. Talk about diving into the deep end! 
 
I love those kiddos. They have brought immeasurable joy to my life. I know they didn’t spring from my body, and none of my DNA runs through their veins, but they are mine. I’d give either of them a kidney! 
 
Last week, I used an app on my iPad that determines which parent the child is most like. You upload your photos, click, and voila! the app tells you which parent the child is most like. Quite scientific, I’m sure. Here’s the interesting part: Our son, Dustin, is 24% Greg and 76% me! Likewise, Brooke was 48% her father, 52% me. Ha! Blood lines, schmood lines! I win. 
 
The road to this place in our blended family has not been without potholes, pitfalls and plain old hard work. It has been long and winding. It has taken us places we would rather not have gone. And it has delivered us to amazing heights and joys as well. 
 
Of this I am certain: I would never want to travel it with anyone but Greg Hatton. And I would do every single bit of it again to arrive here. 
 
I pray that, at the end of my days, it is said of me: She loved Jesus even more than that man and those kids and grandkids. She wore herself out for the passion of her Savior, the joy of her redemption, and the work of the Kingdom. May it be said of you as well.
 
Because, friends, love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (1 Corinthians 13:7). Now get out there and really live! 
  • Today, make a list of those people for whom you are grateful. Determine to love them with an understanding of what real love is -- Jesus’ fully alive, compelling, hair-on-fire kind of love! 

Rebecca Hatton
Care Support Leader

1 Corinthians: Unforgettable Love - Thursday

Posted on Thu, Jun 18, 2015

I know it’s naive. But I didn’t think it was possible to love my husband more than I did on the day I married him. We were positively foolish about one another! What I’ve discovered in the fifteen-plus years since, however, is that what I felt that day was puppy love compared to how I feel for him today. That love has deepened and grown stronger through our shared experiences and challenges and joys of living life together. More than I could have imagined as that young bride. 
 
Listen, I was so naive, I didn’t think we’d ever disagree, either. Okay, maybe delusional would be a better word to describe me here! He, on the other hand, was much more realistic. So when the day came for our first real “donnybrook” as he calls them, my shock was overwhelming. I was pretty certain I was staring into the face of pure evil! Okay, maybe dramatic would be a better word to describe me here! 
 
But what has stood the test of time is a love that has roots. 
 
And so it is with loving our Savior, Jesus. What begins as an understanding grows into an unveiling. The closer we grow to Jesus, the more we look like Him. The deeper our faith, the more we behave like Him. Where there once was secret sin, new thinking weeds it out. Where there once was deception, truth filters in. Before we know it, we don’t even resemble the person we used to be.
 
That’s what happens when Love takes over, friends. Because Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth (1 Corinthians 13:6). And every minute of every day, it grows deeper and stronger. 
 
And someday, the Bible says, we will all “with unveiled faces” (2 Corinthians 3:18) look Him right in the eyes. Oh, what a glorious thought! 

Rebecca Hatton
Care Support Leader

1 Corinthians: Unforgettable Love - Wednesday

Posted on Wed, Jun 17, 2015

When I fell in love with my amazing husband, I couldn’t stop thinking about him. The things he said or did thrilled and delighted me. Seeing him made me smile. With all 28 teeth showing! Joy bubbled up and out of me. That tall, handsome goofball had me in knots -- to the point that other people noticed something was different about me!
 
I was powerless to hide that love and live as though it wasn’t happening. Hmmm. Does the love of Jesus do the same in us? Does it make us want to say and do good? Have we become powerless to do anything less than demonstrate that love fully?
 
In his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul describes an all-consuming, uncontainable, hair-on-fire kind of love: For Christ’s love compels us … (2 Corinthians 5:14). That’s what the word “compels” implies -- a love beyond our ability to put a lid on, to manage. 
 
Moreover, 1 Corinthians 13:5 describes it this way: It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
 
This week, I’m challenging myself to gaze deeply in the mirror, and hit my knees in repentance. I want to grapple with anything in my heart that hinders me from fully loving Jesus, loving others and living the life He died to give me. Let’s journey this road together, friends. Here’s what I’m asking myself today:
  • Is there any habit or practice in your life that could bring dishonor to you, your family or the Kingdom of God? Surrender brings relief. Lay it at the foot of the Cross. And leave it there. 
  • Are you committed to having your own way? In the end, you may get your own way, but you will likely be alone. Seek to bring peace in all your dealings. 
  • Do you struggle with a short fuse? Does a sense of general disappointment often rob you of joy? Would other people describe you as a person who is hard to please? 
  • Are you a grudge-holder? Is there any hidden (or not so hidden) resentment toward anyone past or present? 
Tough questions, to be sure. Wrestle intently, wise friend. 

Rebecca Hatton
Care Support Leader

1 Corinthians: Unforgettable Love - Tuesday

Posted on Tue, Jun 16, 2015

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. 
 
The early Christians had much to figure out. In Christ, the Jews moved from a system of spiritual performance -- The Law -- to resting in His grace. Gentiles transferred pagan lifestyles and believing in many gods, to worshiping the one true God and learning to do what would please Him. Is it any wonder they were often corrected by the Apostles?
 
Add to this mix the power of the Holy Spirit in the Church -- gifts. It added yet another dimension to the practice of their faith. When Paul teaches them about spiritual gifts, it’s likely they began to practice them from old ways of thinking, right? Aren’t you glad we’ve got it all figured out now? Ha! 
 
We still struggle with some of the same issues, don’t we? But at the root of it all, if what compels us isn’t love, what plays out is never as Jesus intended.
 
Do you have that kind of love in your heart? One that is patient and kind, one that has no jealousy, boasting, pride or rudeness? It can’t be manufactured. It must be received from Jesus Himself. So dig deep, friends. Get ready to clean out the closet. But really … get ready to lose control. In a good way.
  • Is there any jealousy lurking in your heart? Ask God to expose where that is directed, and to give you courage to remove it.
  • Is there anything you are taking secret pride in? You know what pride precedes, right? Time to lay it on the altar of God’s love.
  • Do you boast? Do you believe that your own strength is enough for you? Release that need to be right and instead do what is right. 
  • Deep breath here. Are you rude? Are your words kind and affirming or harsh and critical? This is perhaps the toughest place to begin correction. But a tongue that is not tamed by the compelling love of Christ is indicative of a heart that is far from Him. 

Rebecca Hatton
Care Support Leader

1 Corinthians: Unforgettable Love - Monday

Posted on Mon, Jun 15, 2015

I get all ooey-gooey when the subject turns to my grandkids. I think about those little dudes and the dudette all the time! We’re blessed that they live close by, so I show up on their doorsteps quite regularly and snatch them away. They are totally at home at what they call “The Mimi House.” We play all weekend, and on Sunday, I fill them full of chocolate chip cookies and Red Bull, and send them back! #kiddingnotkidding
 
Once, when we considered putting our house on the market, the eldest, Jack, actually sat me down for a “talk.” 
“Mimi, I need to tell you sumping (that’s kid for “something”).” 
“What’s up, baby?”
“I don’t know about you selling this house.”
I wasn’t even aware he knew we were considering it! Thinking he was concerned we might be far apart, I replied, “Now, Jack, you know if Mimi moves, she will only move closer to you.”
He pondered this for a second. “Well, that might be okay,” he said. Then, spreading his arms wide and gesturing toward all of his surroundings, he put a bow on it. “But this is our house!”
 
Matter settled. We’re staying put. I love those little munchkins more than I can express! 
 
But even that love pales in comparison to the love I have for and receive in Jesus Christ. And that’s the love I’m called to demonstrate before a wary and skeptical world. But it’s Jesus who reminds us that the kind of love we show one another is what will overcome the greatest critic’s doubt.
 
Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.
 
This week we’ll focus on how to love like Jesus so we can live like Jesus. It might require us to examine our old patterns of thinking and align them with His. Get ready to love like never before, friend.
  • Has knowing Jesus changed the way you think about some things?
  • In what ways have you learned to love others better as a result of knowing Jesus? 
  • Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 before tomorrow. 

Rebecca Hatton
Care Support Leader


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