Sunday, February 27, 2011

Msg: What is Love? You Give Love a Bad Name

   When it comes to love, we can find a lot of ways to get it wrong. These first three weeks in this series at Park, we are looking at how we get love wrong sometimes and how to get it right. Next Sunday we wrap up the series on ways Jesus got it right. Jesus taught that it wasn't by what we say, but by how we love one another that people will really know we are followers of Him.
   So, how is your love an attitude in action? Today, we look at the end of Hebrews to learn about love. We are admonished to love one another like brothers, and different ways that might look like. We are encouraged to entertain strangers, never knowing when one might be an angel. Brotherly love also means remembering those who are mistreated and the sanctity of marriage. Finally, we look at brotherly love and how that is a part of living content with what God has blessed us with. Near the end of the message we looked at a video from Jars of Clay encouraging us in how to show our love. To close, we looked at the words Jesus spoke about the difference between those who said they knew God, and those who showed it by their love to those around them. Show yours today.

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Msg: What is Love? Love is a Battlefield

Love is something you know when you experience it - something we should all be sharing. Just like a picture is worth a thousand words, most people pick the picture instead of the words. Love is an attitude in action, not just an emotion. And that love becomes a battlefield when we forget what true love is, and begin to want what looks like it would be best for us instead of the best for the other person. Paul in the Bible spoke of this in 1 Corinthians 13, comparing what love should and should not look like. Today we look at how those play out today. Love is an attitude in action, and it has to be shown.

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Msg: What is Love? Can't Buy Me Love


   What can you do the day before Valentine's Day besides talk about love. Lot's of people think they know what love is, especially long haired musicians.  But I've learned that the best source for learning about what love truly is and how it is meant to be shared is found in the Bible.  For fun each week in this series, I'll be starting by showing some vintage video clips from songs that shaped my thinking about love and using song titles for each message title. (Send me an email at pastorjohn@parkub.org if you want to see them)
    In this first week, we build the foundation the rest of the series will build from. In John 13:35, Jesus tells his disciples, "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." Not the things we say, but how we live. And when it comes to God's love, we can't buy it, but we sure can give it away. At the end of the message, we gave away a little incentive to help people do just that. May you be inspired to do the same today.

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Sunday, February 06, 2011

Msg: Life Is Temporary: Choose Today

   Many people live life thinking there will always be more time to make a change in their life or to make a difference in their world. We miss the urgency to make the change right now. This week we open up with a parody by the Right Now organization called "Maybe Later." Click here to watch that video.
   Today, we look at the end of the teaching Jesus did on that day we have been studying from Luke 12. Jesus says that He did not come to bring peace, but division. Jesus brings conflict - you must make a decision as to whether you believe in him or not, you can't just ignore him. You must make a choice. And remember, life is temporary, so what do you choose today?

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