Over the last year, Mary and I have been watching a fun TV game show called “To Tell The Truth”. It was big back in the 60s and has recently been reprised. As the game begins a dramatic true personal story is read like “I recently set the world record for most nachos consumed in an hour”. Then 3 people come out (the record holder and two imposters) and answer about 8 questions from celebrity panelists who must guess who is the real deal and who are the two that are lying. About ½ the time they get it right and about ½ the time they get it wrong which reminds us that truth can be difficult to detect.
While truth can be difficult to detect, it can be even more difficult to select. When I choose to be truthful about me or someone else, I raise the risk of rejection. That’s scary! But the good news about truth is that it also raises the prospects of connection not just rejection. Jesus treasured truth in relationships. He revealed his true thoughts and true feelings and as a result changed the world. What can we learn about the relationship between love and truth from Him? Join us this Sunday for week five of our series called “Love Like That”. As we look at the story of Jesus and the woman at the well (John 4), we will discover five things God’s guys must do to love like Jesus and create more authentic relationships. It’s going to be great lesson on love so be sure to invite a friend!
Okay. I better let you go. I sure do appreciate you taking the time to let me share what’s on deck for this Sunday. This has been a great series and I know all of us have learned a lot. I hope you and your crew have a wonderful weekend and I can’t wait to see you on Sunday.
Sure Do Love You,
P.S. Next Friday (October 25) is our huge community outreach Family Fall Festival. We need a little more candy (which you can drop off on Sunday) and a lot more volunteers. If you can volunteer for a 2 hour shift you’ll have a ton of fun and help us serve our community as it comes on campus. If you can volunteer, sign up on Sunday at the table in the lobby or click here now!
Some Of This Coming Week’s Scripture Passages: (Your One-A-Day Vitamin)
1 John 4:17-18 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
John 4:7-9 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give Me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to Him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can You ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)
Matthew 11:2-6 When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask Him, “Are you the One who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of Me.”
Psalm 123:3-4 Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us, for we have endured no end of contempt. We have endured no end of ridicule from the arrogant, of contempt from the proud.
Matthew 6:5 And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.
Proverbs 27:5,6 Better is open rebuke than love that is concealed. Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy (NASB)
Matthew 18:15-17 If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.