Good Friday 2013

Good Friday [web]I love how our Cedar Springs Ministerial Association churches collaborate together to share the love of Jesus in our community! I know God is pleased with the harmony that exists between all of these churches.

We are collaborating again this year for a combined God Friday service. This year’s service will feature music from a worship team made up of individuals from many of our churches, sharing Communion together, and I have been asked to deliver the message. The theme this year is “Take heart! I have overcome the world!”

The service will take place at The Springs at 7pm on Friday, March 29.

Please join with others in our community as we reflect on the amazing sacrifice Jesus paid for us all.

Love The Sinner

Love the sinnerIf anyone sees his brother commit a sin… he should pray…. (1 John 5:16, NIV)

The King James Version says this a little more poetically, “If any man see his brother sin a sin.” The Greek does not have the indefinite “a” in front of sin, and the verb tense makes this an ongoing process, so it’s probably more accurate to say it like this: “If anyone sees his brother sinning sins.”

The Apostle John is head-over-heels in love with Jesus. So time and time again his counsel is for us also to fall more in love with God, and to demonstrate this by loving others. There is no more loving thing we can do for someone sinning sins than to pray for them (see also Galatians 6:1 and James 5:19-20).

John doesn’t ask us to catalogue their sins; otherwise he would have said “a sin” or even “their sinS.” We are not to be the sin police trying to document each and every infraction! Instead, when we see a brother or sister with a lifestyle that is separated from the love of God, we need to pray for them.

I think John might ask us to pray that they would see the love of God so clearly that the love of sin would become cold and pale and unattractive.

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