Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
What’s love got to do with it?
Before you read this note any further, I want to invite you to do something.
If you have a Bible program on your computer, or app on your phone, that allows you to do a word search, look up “love” (you can also use an ‘old fashioned’ concordance).
As you do, notice how many times the word “love” appears in the New Testament.
Then check out how many times the word “love” appears in the Epistle to the Hebrews.
Take a few minutes right now to do this . . . I’ll wait for you!
Ok . . . so what did you find?
You likely discovered that “love” is found six times in Hebrews.
Then, if you looked further, you would have discovered that only one time is the word “love” used in reference to God’s love for us. And this is in 12:6 where we read that, “ the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”
Now, this seems very odd to me!
There is no mention of Christ’s love for us.
There is no mention of the fact that God the Father loved sinners and, therefore, sent His Son to save them by dying on the cross!
We don’t see love connected at all to our salvation. . . not even once!
And this appears strange because it is in this amazing book that the ministry of Christ as our High Priest is so uniquely and powerfully set forth!
Why, in a book about the sacrifice of Christ for our sins is there no mention of “love”?
There is no statement to the effect that Jesus loved us, and died for us because of it?
“Love” in disguise!
Well, as we will see this coming Lord’s day, Hebrews may not tell us that we are loved as much as other New Testament books do. Yet, it shows us what love does in a way that is surely unique among the inspired Scriptures!
Our sermon text for Sunday will be Hebrews 2:4-9. And I would invite you to read and meditate upon this passage for a while this weekend.
And as you do, see if you can discover God’s amazing love in disguise. See if you can uncover what it is that love does! And then, we will all know for sure what love’s got to do with it!
Time Change This Saturday Night
Just a reminder that it’s that dreaded weekend when we ‘Spring Forward.’ Be sure to adjust your clocks accordingly before you go to sleep on Saturday night.
I love you all so very much!
These are upcoming events and activities over the next few days at Christ Presbyterian Church.
Order of Worship:
You can access this week’s Order of Worship by clicking here
If you’d like to sing the songs with your family beforehand, the songs for this week are:
O Worship the King – Hymn 2 v. 1,4-5
The Precious Blood
Be Thou My Vision – Hymn 642v. 1-2,4-5
Why So Heavy
Resources for Further Study:
Pastor Mike has posted a list of books on a variety of theological topics that you might find useful. Check out the list by clicking here. You can also find this list from the About Us menu on the web site home page.
Transportation for Ms. Terry:
We are so thankful for all of you who have volunteered to bring Ms. Jean Terry to worship each week while the Terrys are out of town.
Please sign up on our list HERE.
Contact Kim Fohrell if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Tuesday, March 17 at 10:00 AM the Senior Fellows will pick up Bags of Blessings supplies at SAM’s on South Parkway. Carpools will leave church at 9:15 AM.
On Monday, March 23 at 2:00 PM the Senior Fellows will attend the IMAX presentation “Winter Skies” at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. For more information, contact Jack Loose at 256-881-8953 or email@example.com.
Women’s bible studies and monthly fellowship lunches are on-going. Check the church website for dates and times.
Our women’s luncheon is Thursday, March 5 at 11:30at Timber’s Edge Clubhouse.
There will be a wedding shower for Lauren Tepool on Sunday, April 26th from 2-4pm at the home of Sarah Burgess.
As you know, we have chosen July 13-16 for our VBS week this year. The theme is Olympics! It will be a wonderful time learning about Christ. I am planning to send out my volunteer need list the first of March. Please start praying about what you would like to volunteer with. I need as many as 40 volunteers to make this happen. I cannot wait to see all the people God raises to work with us this year!
The men are meeting at Panera at Bridge Street on Tuesdays at 6 AM to study Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion. If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Continuing each Sunday at 5:30pm , the Career/Singles group will meet at the Daughtry’s house at 5726 Jones Valley Dr, 35802. Email them to get involved.
Youth Bible Study for Middle and High School continues March 15 from 4:30-6:15 PM.
Check this space for info about our next RUF snack signup!
Second Sunday Lunches:
Please click this link to sign up to help with the Second Sunday Lunch, THIS Sunday, March 8.
The menu is Jambalaya, Salad, Bread and Tea. No seafood will be in the Jambalaya.
Save the date for the Spring Picnic on Sunday, April 5th at 4 pm at Monte Sano State Park. More details will come out next month, but for now, mark your calendars.
Have you noticed the beautiful flowers in the narthex and sanctuary? The Flower Guild places the flowers weekly. If you would like to assist in that ministry, please contact Donna Henry or Virdia Jastrebski.
Healing: Please pray for the health of the following individuals: Ramona Edwards, Pat Galecki, Bill Dent, Jacky Haynes, Steve Terry, John Baxter, Bill Cowley, Larrabee Kirkland, Elizabeth Holton, Janet Chou, and Nolan Osmer.
Expecting: Please pray for the Brackins, expecting in March; the Elliotts, expecting in May; the Libertos, expecting in August; the Elys, expecting in September.
Ministries: Please pray for the following missionaries and ministries: Seth and Jessica Lewis (Ireland); Steve and Rita Williams (New Zealand); Noah and Karleigh Stephens (Thailand); Vinnie and Molly Athey (RUF at UAH); RUF at Alabama A&M; Ken and Angie Burnett (FCA); Franky and Alaina Garcia (church plant in Canada); Dieter Paulson (church plant in Scottsboro, AL); The Huntsville Pregnancy Resource Center.
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