where love is alive 

A January 2013 article in The Washington Post stated that the Inuit dialect spoken by Native Americans in the Nunavik region of Canada includes over fifty words for “snow.”  For example, there are distinct words referring to softly falling snow, snow that is good for driving a sled, wet snow, and powdered snow. It seems that every nuance of snow receives its own unique term..xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx  (http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/there-really-are-50-eskimo-words-for-snow/2013/01/14/e0e3f4e0-59a0-11e2-beee-6e38f5215402_story.html)

In total contrast to this is that our English language has only one word for “love” which we use for any degree of attraction and/or devotion. Therefore, a list of things we “love” can cover a wide variety of items, people, or experiences.

To say that we “love” someone or something is to say we are connected to that person or thing at the deepest level of our ability. Thus, to say “I love pizza” is to say I delight in the taste of pizza as much as I am capable of delighting in any food item. To say, “I love football” is to say I connect with this activity as much as I am capable of connecting with any sport. To say, “I love you” to a person is to express as deep a union with an individual as you are capable of giving to that person.

Therefore, expressing our devotion as “love” is to communicate our highest bond. Remember how Paul states in closing the thirteenth chapter of First Corinthians (the “Love Chapter”): The greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13b).  In short, nothing trumps LOVE.

Of course, supreme in the listing of ones that I love are my Savior, my wife, my children, my family, and my “extended” family. But near to the top I must include that I love our church!  Yes, as much as I can love any organization of people, I love this congregation. And by loving the church, I share a common connection with Christ who “loved the church and gave Himself up for her to make her holy” (Ephesians 5:25b-26a).

In this Sunday morning’s worship time, we are going to share about how we express our devotion to the church that we love. I will talk about some of the needs of the church where your love can be expressed in tangible ways.  And I hope that everyone who LOVES North Cleveland Baptist Church will be in attendance.  See you here!  Jay





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