Amazing Love Community
when I get to heaven, I'm gonna run and run and run and
never stop! And my feet and legs and knees won't hurt. I'll
just run down those streets of gold…"
told me this just last week when church was over. I understood
his meaning. Because of his disease, Jonah's legs, knees,
ankles, and feet hurt so badly that he often stays in his
wheelchair. He gets so tired of the pain and swelling. Truly
Bible study on that Sunday morning was about heaven. The
children listened carefully. First of all, we talked about
what WOULDN'T be there…
no suffering, no darkness, no sin, no churches, no lamps
or candles or flashlights, no death, no fear…
we talked about what WOULD be in heaven…
love, perfect peace, streets of gold, the tree of life,
the light of God, angels, praise, God Himself and His Son,
the Lord Jesus…
a believer? Have you given your life to Jesus? Do you know
that He is the only Way? The world will tell you differently.
False religions will tell you differently. Satan, the enemy,
wants to deceive you into thinking it's not true. But Jesus
is the only way.
said to Him, "Lord, we don't know where You are going,
so how can we know the way?"
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the
No one comes to the Father except through Me.
struggle with believing this, ask God to show you the truth.
He will! I'm speaking from experience. In college I went
through a deep crisis of belief…wondering if God's Word
was true…if God was really real.
ask Him to show you what's true…what have you got to lose?"
a college friend suggested.
So I did.
God didn't reveal Himself to me overnight, but as I persevered
in prayer and continued to seek Him -- reading His Word,
going to church, listening to the testimonies of other believers
-- He confirmed in my heart so clearly that His Word is
true and that indeed, Jesus is the only way. I never doubt
His existence now. It was an experience I will not forget.
struggle with doubt or disbelief, seek Him. Ask Him to show
you what's true. What have you got to lose?
IS ALREADY your Lord and Savior, then you know you are going
to heaven someday. What a blessing to have heaven to look
forward to! I could see the longing on Jonah's face as I
taught the Bible lesson on that Sunday morning. And in those
moments as I looked around the table at the children of
our church, I thanked God for the little "pieces of
heaven" that He has given us on earth. We have so much
to be thankful for!
I am so
thankful for our new baby church. Six months ago, we didn't
even know that we would be helping to birth a new church!
Isn't God amazing? Just when you think all is lost, He has
I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord,
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to
give you hope and a future."
you know that Ken, under extreme and ungodly pressure, resigned
as pastor of a traditional church here in St. Louis, just
a few months ago. It was an awful experience. Our family
was so different, even from the start, and the bond that
forms among a true family of believers was never there.
What happened at this church was tragic. Thankfully, we
felt like God protected us and removed us.
the midst of so many trials and tribulations, God still
brought amazing people into our lives. These people have
stuck with us in hard times, prayed for us, cried with us,
been patient with us, encouraged us, and most importantly?
in His awesome plan, has been carefully molding and shaping
our little family of believers together and this past week,
as we have begun to form an official congregation, God has
given us a name.
Love Community Church
God impress this name upon our hearts?
of the love.
the moment I walked in here, I have felt loved," said
doesn't seem to matter to anyone here about my past,"
said another, "I just feel loved and accepted."
joy to be with a group of people who are so accepting and
loving of others! We are all different -- a diverse community
of believers -- but we have a common bond, the bond of love…the
bond of Jesus. We are a true family -- all colors, all ages,
from different backgrounds and different struggles. We just
belong together. It is what Jesus intended for His bride…the
a little bit of heaven on earth.
long ago, I spoke at a church on the other side of St. Louis.
The church building was in a large neighborhood. The parking
lot was big, but mostly empty. All of the people there were
elderly. When I walked in, they were not too eager to meet
a new face. But once I introduced myself, they were kind
enough. The church building was neat and clean. It smelled
of old things. It smelled of emptiness.
thing we lack here in our church is children. There are
just no children around here!" one lady mentioned to
me during lunch.
As I pulled
out of the parking lot at the end of my time there, I drove
back through the neighborhoods surrounding the large old
church building. Children were everywhere! They were walking
dogs, playing basketball, and chasing each other through
the streets. They were children of a different color.
me think of that childhood finger play…
the church, here's the steeple.
open it up…
but where are the people?
the love? Oh church, have you forgotten your purpose? Do
you know why the Father created you? He just wants you to
love people -- the people created in His image. Oh
church, where is your amazing love? If you love them, they
will see Jesus in you. They will not be able to resist!
new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved
you, so you must love one another.
By this, all men will know that you are my disciples, if
you love one another.
little community of believers may have a name, but we have
no building. Maybe that's a good thing. We have met in parks,
on playgrounds, in homes, in workplaces and offices. We
have met new people in every location. We have no traditions,
no set standards, no agenda. We are all sinners, most of
us saved by grace -- some are still seeking salvation. We
all have struggles. We share sorrows. We celebrate each
weather gets colder we will no longer be able to meet outside.
Where will we go? We don't know. We don't have a building.
But we have each other. We have the Lord Jesus.
have Amazing Love.
We are all one
body, we have the same Spirit, and
we have all been called to the same glorious
future. There is only one Lord, one faith, one
baptism, and there is only one God and Father, who
is over us all and in us all and living through us all.
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