Today we started a new series call K.I.S.S. which means Keeping it Short and Simple. Today, and the next 4 weeks will be dedicated to the following topics.
God loves us. That’s for sure. Walter was anything but short and simple about explaining God’s love for his creation and I am hardly equipped to go through everything he discussed, but I will try to hit the highlights.
He started with The following verse:
The LORD passed in front of Moses, calling out,
“Yahweh! The LORD!
The God of compassion and mercy!
I am slow to anger
and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations.
I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin.
But I do not excuse the guilty…”
This is our God. He promises all these things, and has consistently held to these promises since the beginning of time.
Walter then talked about…
- Love Acts (Gracious):
- God creates/gives life. Genesis 1:7
- God protects/keeps. Genesis 28:13-15
- God liberates/heals. Luke 4:16-19
- God relates truthfully. John 1:42
- God saves/delivers. Luke 19:10
- Love Waits (Compassion, Slow to Anger)
- God does not coerce/manipulate. Matthew 23:37 & Romans 10:12-13
- Love Communicates (Showing Steadfast Love)
- God Speaks the Language of the Beloved. John 1:14 & John 13:4-5
- Love Disciplines (Forgiving/Yet not Excusing)
- God Shapes/Teaches/Guides/Corrects. Hebrews 12:5-8
- Love Lasts (Showing Love to a Thousand Generations)
- John 3:16
So, pretty much we were all over the Bible today. And, what it shows is that no matter where you look in the Bible, you can find God’s love for his creation. He closed with this.
Love as God…Has Loved, is Loving, and will forever Love…You.
But there was more.
He then talked about an initiative he, and some other churches in our area have been working on for well over a year called Rise up St. Pete. We are looking to bridge the gap between the different socio-economic blocks in our city. For many years we have built up walls. We’ve been segregated. We have ignored each other’s problems and it has divided our city. Rise up St. Pete seeks to knock those walls down. It aims to bring the community together spiritually, to help the youth of this city receive the best possible education, and to erase the race issues that have plagued this town for decades. It is a big undertaking, but God has put this on Walter’s heart. And when Walter gets a call from God, he answers.
Walter also announced today that my friend, and the youth pastor of our church, will be moving on at the end of the month. I have known for several months now and am sad to see my friend leave, but understand why it is time for him to go. Unfortunately, he will be moving out of state to start the next journey/adventure of his life, but it’s only a 17 hour drive to see him. Yeah…we will be flying.
Happy Sunday. Get some rest. God loves you.