Reflections Week of 4/3/16

Different members of our church family write these reflections each week to go along with the message preached the previous Sunday. It is our hope that these reflections help you to get in to your Bible throughout the week and be challenged by the word of God.
Read 1 Cor 13
  This is the famous “love” chapter of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. Before you flash back to the last time you were at a wedding and heard this passage read, think about this: we have nothing without love. Paul talks about spiritual gifts, and faith to move a mountain, and without love these things are nothing. And it’s because of the way love acts (v4-8). Paul says everything else will fade away but real, true, love will never fade away. And how could it? The Gospel is love, and the Gospel will never diminish. Love is vital to living more like Christ on a daily basis. Because, if we don’t have love, we have nothing.
Question for Reflection: Think of ways this week you didn’t act in love. Why didn’t you? What could you have done differently? Starting today how can you show love more regularly?
Read Joshua 1:1-9
  #spoilers ahead… After Moses passes away Joshua is called on to lead God’s people. In this opening chapter, God commissions Joshua and tells him how he will be successful. In verses 7-8 God tells Joshua to focus on the law which Moses gave, it will be the best way to lead the people. The best way for Joshua to be strong and courageous, is to live according to the law. It’s in living out the law that Joshua will be able to lead God’s people to the promised land. God reminds Joshua that he will be with him always as he strives to lead. It’s that encouragement we need to do the same thing Joshua was called to do: be strong and courageous and pursue living out the heart of the law, which is to love God and love our neighbors.
Question for Reflection: What are the things that keep you from being “strong and courageous”? Do you think that God’s advice to Joshua could help you this week?
Reflections written by Pastor Tim Gioia
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