Christmas gifts not only meet needs or desires, they also express relationship between giver and recipient. God wants you to know Him, and uses two actions to introduce Himself at Christmas.
Christmas is about gifts and giving. Paul says love is the greatest gift; and today you will see that is true. First John repeats the theme of love, conveying a critical truth we celebrate at Christmas: Love builds relationships. Let’s discover three ways love builds relationships.
If you remember S&H Green Stamps, you are familiar with the concept of redemption! Synonyms for redemption include “ransom,” “bargaining,” “trading,” and “deliverance.” As we look at Ruth’s situation, we learn deliverance comes at a cost.
The commandment to love others is one of the greatest obligations we have, according to Jesus’ own testimony. Today, Deacon Mike Beyelia shares how that love is lived out in the lives of those who follow Jesus.
Paul finishes his letter to the church by reminding them of the ability they have to continue by looking forward with confidence, with hope. This hope gives them a strong future to anticipate. Paul’s message is clear: spiritual stamina rest in hope!
Our series in 1 Thessalonians continues. As good as happiness may be, stamina is built on preparation and patience. Spiritual stamina requires a strong life, one lived out lovingly. Today we discover this strong life has three major components: obedience, difference, and influence.