This Sunday, Valentine's Day, Lee and Warren looking forward to sharing with you Scripture that focuses on "love." Starting with a reading of 1 John 4:7–21, we'll briefly look at: 1) God's love for man; 2) man's love for God; and 3) man's love for one another.
The class will be invited to discuss various relationships in which love is involved and then give at least one supporting Scripture for each. Our aim is to help you understand God's love for you, then encourage you to reciprocate that love to God, as well as toward your brothers and sisters.
Preview the love passages we'll cover this Sunday by looking at this short video, then clicking the following six thumbnail images to enlarge them and read their captions.
We hope you'll join us for this special class. Click the Start arrow to watch this inspirational video . . . .


For a printable poster of The Father's Love Letter, click here.

The Father's Love Letter . . . to You

The Almighty God is our loving, Heavenly Dad! He created the heavens and the earth with the power of His Word, taking the time to knit each one of us in our mother's womb.
The One who made heaven His throne and the earth His footstool, invites each of His little ones to visit with Him in His glorious presence any time, day or night. The One who makes nations tremble and holds the hearts of kings in His hand, wants His children to come close to Him to hear the beating of His heart. What an awesome privilege we have to be called children of God!

Our Prayer

Father: You are the Almighty God. Yet, You are the Father that each of us has been looking for all our lives. We thank You that the Bible is, in fact, Your love letter that you addressed to us. We receive Your gift of love, expressed through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We pray that none of us will ever leave this place of intimacy, having become rooted and grounded in Your love.
Thank You for making us a co-heir with Your Son, Jesus, in Your glorious inheritance. It's in Jesus, through Jesus, and by Jesus, that we come into Your throne room with the assurance that you love us and have, without question, accepted each of us as Your loving child. Amen.

Your teachers in the faith,


 

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No matter where we are, or where we've been, God welcomes us back with His love.
In fact, He does even more. As the parable of the "prodigal son" tells us, God actually
runs out to greet us when He sees us returning to his loving presence. We can never
"blow it" so badly to keep God from loving us dearly, forgiving us when we repent
and ask to begin again.
What grandeur of light, water, mountain, and God's children! What a marvelous way
to be reminded of the Lord's strength, power, creation, and love.
The love that God promises to give us — our existential need to be loved —
comes to us reliably, and we know that we are loved.
These poplar trees glow in the early morning and late afternoon light. They also
grow rapidly when watered, just as we grow spiritually when we let our roots grow
into the fertile soil that the love of Christ continues to give us. Thank you, Lord!

It's clear from Scripture that God loves you and wants you to love Him,
as well as your brothers and sisters: 1 John 4:7–12<<Click to read this passage) 7Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

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John writes of love, "And so we know and rely on the love that God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him."
Apostle Peter commends, then commands, his readers in this reassuring passage:
"Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love
for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart."