PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
February 14, 2019
It’s February 14th, and I’m wondering how many of you have bought your Valentine’s cards, flowers, candy, made reservations at your favorite romantic restaurant . . . It is amazing how much money is spent on Valentine’s Day. According to the National Retail Federation, the total spending on Valentine’s this year is expected to top $18.2 billion!
St. Valentine’s Day was originally a holiday, which celebrated one of two early saints named Valentinus. It became associated with romantic love by Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th Century. And by the 18th Century in England, people began expressing their love for one another by giving candy and sending greeting cards, known as Valentines.
While it is wonderful to express our love to one another by sending Valentines or giving candy, the most important love we can imagine is the love God has for us. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Because God loves us SO much, we are called to “love the Lord our God with all [our] heart and with all [our] soul and with all [our] strength and with all [our] mind . . . and then we are called to love our “neighbor as [ourselves]” (Luke 10:27). This is known as the Great Commandment.
In order to love the Lord with all our heart and to love our neighbors, the Spirit of God must remove the debris in our lives. He must “prime the heart.” When I was a young boy I watched my dad work on engines – small and big engines. Oftentimes an engine needed to be primed in order for it to start. I can remember that my dad had to start a pony engine on a bulldozer to get the main engine running. The main engine had to be primed.
In the same way that engines sometimes need to be primed, we need to prime our hearts. We are susceptible to all kinds of subliminal messages. And that is why worship, Bible study, Christian hymns and choruses, teaching, and fellowship with other Christians are so important. When we gather for worship we need to have our personalities (hearts) primed, in order that we can make positive decisions.
Jesus declares in John 7:37-38: “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Life always follows a river. It is amazing. You can be in a dry and arid area, but if you come to a stream you will find vegetation and life. Jesus is saying, believe me, infuse me into you and I will cause life where there has been debris and death. And, then, wherever you go life will spring up.
A man back in 1993 proved empirically that by listening to Mozart’s Sonata for 2 pianos in D major a person would do better on an IQ test. Even if you pumped the sound of this Sonata into a mother’s womb, the child would be brighter and more intelligent.
It is the same way in relation to allowing God to get into our heart. When we allow God to become a part of the core of our being, we will function better. So, we need to practice and keep at it – we need to take the spiritual disciplines (reading the Bible, prayer, fellowship) and allow God to make us a river of life. God wants to use the uniqueness of you to be a river of life. God wants to prime your heart (personality). God wants to pour himself into your life.
We can either be a life-taker or a life-giver. And it is my prayer that we at Hope Community Church will be life givers. It is my prayer that our instantaneous reactions will be to give life and to be generous with all that God has given us.
How is God using you to be a life giver – in all your relationships? There are thirsty people all around us, and God desires to use you today. Will your immediate responses be generous and life-giving? That will be the BEST Valentine we can give!!
Advancing Native Missions
Join us on March 5 for the first installment of our new Tuesday Evening Series!
We’re excited about this opportunity for faithful local Christians like you to expand your global perspective. It’s free, and we look forward to seeing you! Invite a friend to come with you!
“The Most Important Verses in the Bible”
-How does the culture we live in shape what Bible passages we turn to?
-What verses have motivated the life-changing work of missionaries around the world?
-Voices from your international brothers and sisters
“When Jesus Speaks to a Woman”
-How does the Bible talk to and about women in places where they are marginalized?
-Stories from faithful women on the mission field
March 5, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Advancing Native Missions
10460 Critzers Shop Rd.
Afton, VA 22932
THIS SUNDAY- This Sunday, Pastor Glen’s message will be, “A Thousand Years = One Day,” based on 2 Peter 3:8-9. Please read the text prior to the service. Nursery care and elementary classes are provided in our regular rooms on the Chapel floor during the worship service this Sunday.
Also this Sunday, a Gideon representative will join us to share. A free will offering will be taken to support their ministry of distributing Bibles.
Adult Sunday School class - Join us, in our study of the letters to the Corinthians, in the Chapel on the Sunday School floor, immediately following the worship service. We are now studying I Corinthians 12-14 for an in depth study of the gifts of the Holy Spirit as they relate to God’s people individually and the church today. Come join the discussion.
ComfortCare Baby Bottle Campaign - Please remember to return your bottles to the church by THIS SUNDAY, February 17th.
Beth Laughlin’s Memorial Service - The service will be at 2:00 p.m. this Saturday, February 16th at the Church of the Brethren in the main Sanctuary. Beth Laughlin’s caretaker, Carolyn Taylor, would be interested in serving as caretaker of a disabled family member in their home. She would prefer the Waynesboro area She would be available four hours per day.. Her phone number is (540) 943-0971.
We’re Hiring - Hope Community Church is seeking a Youth Ministries Intern to lead a dynamic youth program. Those interested should contact the church at (540) 471-4551.