If you’re a cat you do it by head butting, rubbing up against legs, and giving a dead mouse.
If you’re a dog you do it by leaning, licking, and shaking/wagging your booty.
If you’re a horse you do it by blowing air in someone’s face and then following them.
Just as different animals show love differently, so do different people. God made us to love and be loved but let’s face it “this love thing is complicated”! Done right, it lifts us up! Done wrong, it tears us down! That’s why God sent His Son Jesus to show us the right way vs. the wrong way to express and experience love. Join us this Sunday as we start a new series called Love Like That based on a brand new book by Christian Psychologist Dr. Les Parrot. Over the next six Sundays we will be learning how to make an affection connection by learning the relationship secrets of Jesus. In week one we will examine Ephesians 5:1-2 and other passages and discover four things God’s guys need to know about “true love”. In addition, we want to encourage you to see Pastor Jimmy and sign up for one of our many six week small group studies that will be going through the Love Like That book and video series. Small group studies are a great way to make and strengthen friendships and learn how to show and grow love like Jesus did and does.
OK, my friends, time to let you go! I hope you and your crew have a wonderful weekend, and that you’ll come by on Sunday as we begin our new all church Fall campaign. This is a terrific and timely topic for a world that desperately needs more wag and less bark so why not invite a friend to join you? I am looking forward to learning how we as a church and we as individuals can show the “love from above!”
Sure Do Love You,
P.S. Thanks again for joining us at our town hall meetings over the past few weeks. Please continue to pray with us about God’s perfect plan for North Ridge as we prepare to vote next Sunday (September 30th) on our proposed Better Together merger proposal with Scottsdale Bible Church. This Sunday our elders will once again be available to answer any questions you may have after all of our services.
Some Of This Coming Week’s Scripture Passages: (Your One-A-Day Vitamin)
Ephesians 5:1-2 Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with Him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of Himself to us. Love like that. (Message)
Proverbs 20:6 Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find?
Luke 16:13-14 No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus.
Matthew 22:36-40 Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
1 John 3:16-18 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
1 John 2:15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.
John 13:34-36 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.”