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Expressions of Lent

Apr 3rd, 2017 | By Ava M. Gardner, Blog Lead

Expressions of Lent

Monday, April 3, 2017
John 8:1-11

Practice love not condemnation

In John 8:7 when Jesus was tested, using a woman caught in adultery, Jesus wrote on the ground, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." No one was sinless, or worthy to cast a stone against the woman. Given the same situation today, we would not be able to cast a stone. We may also have been the person to be stoned. Condemning someone else also condemns you. Sometimes in our lives, we also would not be able to cast a stone at a sinner, because all of us have sinned, and have come short of the glory of God. Let us accept Jesus' gift of love and forgiveness, and go as Jesus commended the woman to do. "Go now, and leave your life of sin.

Georgina Olakanye, Booster Club

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
John 8:21-30

Loving God's Way

As we go through our everyday lives, we try to embrace God's love in everything we do.  We believe that God's unconditional love is with us and is for us all the way, right or wrong, good or bad.  His love is indescribable and without limitations; it's  free and it is all around us; we only have to open our hearts to believe, and it's ours.  We also believe that God wants us to fellowship with one another so we can develop the skill of love His way.  Love cannot be learned in isolation.  We must test our love by being around people, who are irritating, frustrating, imperfect, and annoying, without allowing them to cause undue stress on our patience.  Loving God's way is much more than words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself with action.  We believe that if you have the opportunity to help someone, just take the time to do it. No matter what we say, what we do, what we believe, or what we accomplish, we are bankrupt without love.  The greatest love of all is found in John 3:16.  That's God's Love!

Deaconess Lue Ella and Trustee Theodore Beal, NHBC  Food Ministry

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Scripture: John 8: 31-42

We draw life from the truth of God

In the journey of our Christian walk we acknowledge that Jesus is the truth and His Word will set us free. As believers, we know how important it is to take time in our daily lives to study the Word of God. We can say with confidence that since we come from God... to know Jesus, to love Jesus, to follow Jesus is the way to God. It is in God that we find true happiness, freedom and peace. The only way to know the truth of that statement is to experience it personally. We encourage all to allow the Holy Spirit to permeate your being and embrace what God has in store for you. Be open to living your life in a way where His love can affect those who do not know Him and be an example of His love. During the season of Lent, challenge yourself to not just abstain from a particular food or behavior, but to be diligent in knowing more about Jesus.
In the Gospel of John it is stated that, "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God". We believe if you remain in His Word and live it, everything else falls in place.

Deacon Randell and Deaconess Sharon Simmons, Sports Ministry

Thursday, April 6, 2017
John 8:51-59

What it means to be a spiritual being

Just being "spiritual" does not necessarily mean that you have a relationship with God. It only implies that you have a belief in a "higher being or power". This is a vague acknowledgement of God spoken by many people today. They do not realize that they are not only denying God, but also discounting His word. Jesus wants us to not only acknowledge God in our praise and worship, but to have a personal relationship with Him. We must first read and acknowledge His Word. Secondly, we must trust and obey Him. During this Lenten season, we must re-dedicate ourselves to trusting and obeying the Word of God.

Karen Moham, Children's Department

Friday, April 7, 2017
Scripture:  John 10:31-42

Are my actions reflecting a true image of GOD?

The scripture reading of John 10:31-42 speaks of the religious leaders wanting to stone Jesus for as they called it, "blasphemy".  In Jesus' words, John 10:36, "Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the son of GOD?"  They even used scripture to support their allegation. (Leviticus 24:16).

Reading this passage makes us think of how are we reflecting GOD's image.  Do we allow criticism, ridicule, and ugliness of the world interfere with our journey?  Some people point out others' flaws to feel better about themselves.  Others simply want reassurance.  When we feel tempted to compare, we stop
and look at Jesus Christ.  His example inspires us to do our very best and we find that His loving acceptance comforts us when we fall short of our goals.  One of the hardest things we're reminded of is Jesus' command to love others as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:39).  When we do feel critical of someone, we sometimes stop and make a mental list of that person's positive qualities.  It doesn't work all the time, but we must learn to continue to practice.  We're doing better now than we did 10 years ago!

Ira /Delores Martin, Sunday Church School

Saturday, April 8, 2017
John 11:45-46

You and I are God's living breathing temple

We look around every second or minute; we are a living miracle of God's grace and most of all his unconditional love.  God gave us His son, Jesus, to die for us and set us free from sin.  The greatest miracle ever
given is endured even today.  We are the living breathing temple in a very confused and troubled world
today.  He breathes life into us when we are awake, and sleeping, day and night.  He answers our prayers daily.  Communication to God is always open to us.  He heals our diseases; he gives us comfort when needed.  You are and I are God's living breathing Temple.  We tell others about the miracles in our lives through testimony of his grace and everlasting love.

Mella Dee Warren, President, Health Ministry

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