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Upcoming Events
JUL

30

SUN
Youth Discipleship Training
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
JUL

31

MON
Joshua Code Study for Men
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Men come join us for a short devotional and lunch. We would love to have you!
AUG

01

TUE
Women's Bible Study
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Come join us for a devotional and lunch in the Family Life Center. We would love to have you!
AUG

02

WED
JAM (Children's Choir)
5:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Children 1st thru 5th grade are invited to attend Children's choir. We meet on Wednesday's
Youth Ministry
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Project B.O.B. (Books of the Bible)
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
children's program for children ages 1st to 5th grade.
Adult Choir
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Join us upstairs in the choir room and be a part of the Adult Choir.
Fruits of the Spirit
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
3yrs. - Kindergarten
Bible Search

The Degree of Love

    In the book of John 15:13 is found this scripture: “Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for a friend.” Jesus Christ is and will always be the perfect example of one who gave the maximum amount of love. Many Christians have not reached the minimum degree of love; could it be because they’re expecting to receive instead of giving?

   Steve Goodier shared the story that took place in Egypt. A company of soldiers had been traveling from Malta to Egypt. They were about to turn in for the night. Wet and drenched from the rain, they were all exhausted.

   A young private knelt beside his cot in prayer; his sergeant took offense to his display of devotion. Throwing his muddy boot he struck the young man on the side of the head; the soldier was stunned, looking over at the sergeant, he smiled, closed his eyes and continued to pray. 

   Outraged by his passive actions, he picked up the other boot and struck the soldier again. The young man’s face stung; but worse was the sting of humiliation on the part of the sergeant.

   It wasn’t until after the sergeant was sleeping the young private paid him back. When the sergeant awoke, he found his muddy toots cleaned, polished and standing neatly beside his cot.  

   He replied, “This young man’s deed was the reply to my outlandish behavior, and it truly humbled me as a leader.”

   This, of course, wasn’t the maximum degree of love, but it was love. God doesn’t expect us to go the max as in the case of the young Christian.  Or does He?  He  does expect us to prepare by growing into that capability.

   Prepare today by smiling at a stranger. Hold the door for a fellow shopper. Visit a nursing home and do some volunteer work. Then complete the day by reading all of John 15.

 

Rev. Bobby C. Ashley

12/13/16