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From The Pastor

February 9, 2018 | by: Rev. John Hartman | 0 comments

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From the Pastor

A trapeze artist was being interviewed when the reporter asked about the importance of the net underneath him.

The trapeze artist said, “Obviously, it keeps me safe, but let me tell you what it really does for me.  It makes me a better performer.”

The reporter asked, “What do you mean?”

The trapeze artist said, “It’s very simple, because the net is there, I feel secure.  And because I feel secure, I’m willing to risk more.  I’m willing to try an extra turn, – or an extra twist.  I’m willing to try a trick I wouldn’t try at all, but that security releases me to reach my full potential.”

We might think of God’s love in a similar way. 

We are only going to be able to love others out of the experience we ourselves have received through God’s love.  Knowing God’s love is sort of like having a net beneath us.  It allows us to be bold and risk even more, and to go for that extra turn or twist. 

As I conclude my sermon series this Sunday on The Power of One Another, we need to remember that “Loving One Another” begins by our understanding and experiencing God’s own love for us through Jesus Christ!  After all, we can only give as much as we have received.  And the unconditional love we have received from God fills us, satisfies us, frees us, and gives us the courage to go out and love others.  

 Quote of the Week

"God bestows His blessings without discrimination. The followers of Jesus are children of God, and they should manifest the family likeness by doing good to all, even to those who deserve the opposite.”  F. F. Bruce

Post Super Bowl Quote 

 “I wouldn’t be out here without God, without Jesus in my life.  I can tell you that first and foremost.  I don’t have the strength to come out here and play this game like that.  That’s an everyday walk.  We have struggles as people. That’s just been my rock and my family.”  

Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl winning Quarterback