Thursday, February 16, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Valentine’s Day -- Celebration of Love
Communion - the Memorial of God’s LoveRom 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Our communion bread tells the story of God’s Love.
It is a round loaf – God’s love is without end.Rom 8:39 ..”nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
It is without leaven - Jesus was without sin , the Perfect Lamb1Pe 1:19 “but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”
It is made with salt – flavour
Jesus life ‘flavoured’ the world with God’s love
If we partake of Christ we become the salt this world needs
Mat 5:13 "You are the salt of the earth..”
It is made with Grain – “Bread of Life” – Jesus is our Bread from HeavenJoh 6:33 “For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."
It is made with Water – Jesus is our Water of LifeJoh 4:14 “but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life."
It is made with oil - symbolic of the Holy SpiritRom 5:5 “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
The loaf is pressed and baked , suffering – Jesus suffered for us
He was willing to suffer that He could help us in our sufferingHeb 2:18 “For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.”
The loaf is pierced – as Jesus’ body was pierced for usJoh 19:34 “But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.”
The loaf is broken - until the loaf is broken it cannot give life1Co 11:24 “and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me."
Happy Valentine’s Day to you, my dear reader -- may your life be filled with love of family and friends
and the greatest Love of all -- God’s love for you !!!
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
I know we all have a funny bone but I believe there must also be such a thing as a curious bone and mine is a little larger than most !
- He was a Christian
- He was respected and valued by Paul
- He ministered to Paul
- He travelled with Paul
- He was a friend of Timothy and went on mission trips with him
- He was the treasurer of the city of Corinth