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Many of you already choose to give your tithes and offerings online. Now is a great time to consider doing so if you aren't already. We are encouraging you to listen to the Holy Spirit and trust the Father when He says that He will do more than we can ever ask for or imagine.
Updates for the week of October 19th
"Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow." Isa. 1:17
This same thought is expressed in the New Testament as well in James' description of true religion.
"Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you." James 1:27
I heard an old pop song the other day that goes, "What the world needs now is love sweet love. It's the only thing that there's just too little of."
We have been focusing on how the right hemisphere of our brain is what makes relational connections with people and with God. People who have experienced trauma have difficulty understanding, receiving and giving love.
Think of the people God highlights in Isaiah and James...the oppressed, fatherless and widows. These are three groups who typically do not have someone to love and care for them. Along with advocates and resources, they need love.
The oppressed are people who feel trapped. Beyond social and political oppression, this can also include oppression from addictions that control their lives, or mental health issues, or spiritual bondage.
The fatherless can be expanded to include those with "A" trauma, as we've discussed, from never receiving the love they needed from a parent or significant caregiver.
The widow not only includes women whose husbands have passed away, but also men who lost their wives, as well as victims of divorce, neglect, abandonment, or abuse.
All of the people in these situations are missing unconditional love. They need people to see beyond their pain and wounds, to see them through God's eyes of love. We that have experienced God's grace and unconditional love have something these poor individuals have never had. Imagine never feeling completely loved and accepted just as you are.
Keep this in mind when you have the choice to be angry and dismissive toward others. You may encounter someone who has not benefited from the love of God that we sometimes take for granted.
We are carriers of that "love, sweet love" Hal David wrote about and Burt Bacharach set to music.
"God always makes his grace visible in Christ, who includes us as partners of his endless triumph. Through our yielded lives he spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere we go." 2 Cor. 2:14 TPT
Let's spread that sweet fragrance of God's love whenever and wherever we get the opportunity.
Sunday, I will continue our series, "Transformed." We will look at what may be the most important word in the Bible. Don't miss this important teaching Sunday, at 9:30 or 11:00 am.
Sunday, childcare and Kid City will be offered in both services.
We are going to start some online studies covering various books and topics during the months of December and January. These groups will meet via Zoom. This will be a great way to grow in your faith and keep your focus on God.
Join Tana Cook on Tuesday mornings at 7:00am via Zoom as she leads us in an interactive journaling experience where we will explore our life events, especially our interior life, including our thoughts, feelings with God. This process will help us become aware of God’s compassionate presence in the painful as well as mundane moments of life. For more information or to sign up, email .
I will be leading a group diving a little deeper into the impact of neuroscience and spiritual growth through Jim Wilder's book, "The Other Half of Church". If you're interested contact me at .
Scott Miller will be leading a discussion around a great book, "One Thousand Risks" by Chad Johnson. Learn how to take bigger risks of faith. For more information contact .
The rest of the groups will be announced next week and start the week of December 6th.
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612 N. High School Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46214.
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Have an awesome week as you walk with Jesus.
In Christ's love,
Tony & Lori