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Sunday Recap for February 18, 2018:
Take Courage!

Mission Highlight: Thank you Seng, for sharing the Mission Highlight, which referred to the start of Lent, Valentine’s Day and the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, all happening on  the same day. For those of you who missed it, an edited reflection on what Seng shared is found in our From Your Pastors blog. 

Father in heaven,

In this season of Lent, tragedy, and the search for true love, help us take our eyes off ourselves and keep them on you and what you are doing in the world. Help us remember that when we are too busy preparing a way forward for ourselves in  life, we cannot prepare the way for you to do your work in us and through us. We cannot prepare the way of the Lord Jesus and attend to his reconciling work in the world, and we cannot remember our part in this work.

Help us also to remember that true love must first die to false notions of love and must die to self first, that love may be seen to live in serving others, whether they are immediately before us, or beside us, or near us, or further away from us. Lead us to serve others first by first seeing them the way you see them: precious, bearing your image, worth sacrificing for.

Help us remember that the greatest good we can offer to another is you – the knowledge of you, the power of your Word, the power to be transformed and become more like your son Jesus Christ, and to do as you have shown us in him. Help us to lay our lives down for them, not because we are spiritually or in any other way superior to them, but because we are no better and we are no worse. For we are worth as much as we are loved, and by you we are loved beyond the worth of men.

Help us remember to look to you, and away from ourselves; help us to follow you in your love for human beings, and help us to love them by pointing them to the source of all love, by pointing them to you.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Question #5: What else did God create?
Answer: God created all things by his powerful Word, and all his creation was very good; everything flourished under his loving rule.
Link to this Week's Sermon: Take Courage!” (Ephesians 3:1-13)
“Our world is crossed and recrossed by barriers of one kind and another, and our life is scarred by the animosities cherished by one side against the other. But in Christ these barriers must come down—iron curtains, color bars, class distinctions, national and cultural divisions, political and sectarian partisanship. It is not difficult to rephrase, in terms of the divisions of modern life, Paul’s declaration that “in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free” (1 Cor. 12:13).  (F.F. Bruce) 
“No, no, we are not satisfied and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream…I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood…I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” (Martin Luther King Jr.)
Main Idea: Take Courage!

Sermon Application Questions / Sermon Slides
This sermon series: Built Up In Love

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