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Love Your Neighbors

This past weekend my family and I were in Portland, OR. We rented a house near the location of the event we were attending. This neighborhood is close to the city as well as close to a lower class neighborhood. The street our house was on and a few blocks either way is one that is filled with homes that are being renovated. You know within a few years this part of the area will be transformed into a more middle class to upper class neighborhood.

My parents and I decided to take a walk and do some exploring. It was fun to look at all these beautiful old craftsman style homes as we walked from one block to another. The further away we got from our block the more I noticed things started to change. The streets started to become littered with trash, I did see someone use the church steps as a restroom and a drug deal. We’d walked so far that we didn’t realize we’d made the transition from one neighborhood to another.

As I directed my 73-year-old parents back to our house I started to look at the environment I was in. There seemed to be a lot of hurt in the eyes of many I passed but I didn’t take the time to love on anyone as we wandered back to the neighborhood our house was in. It wasn’t until I read this passage that I was reminded of what we need to be doing for our neighbors.

We need to love our neighbors. Love them even if they don’t live in the most desirable neighborhood. Love them when they are living out of their car and using whatever they can as a restroom. Love them when they feel the need to fill the void they feel with drugs that give them a temporary fix. Love them when they annoy you. Love them when they hurt you. Love them when you’d rather not.

Why? Because Jesus loves them. Because if you Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind that your heart would also be open to loving those around you.

“And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'” Matthew 22:37-39

Krista Jones – 9-12-17


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Crown Him With Many Crowns

This morning I want to share a hymn that I remember singing in church when I was growing up. I grew up in a hymn singing church. We had a piano on one side of the church and an organ on the other. It wasn’t until the early 80’s that praise music was introduced and we started to shift away from hymns.

I now go to a church that rarely sings good old-fashioned hymns. Every once in a while one will pop up during worship but then it is always tweaked just a little to make it more modern. Sometimes I wish we could sing hymns like we use to like in this video.

Here are the lyrics if you’d like to follow along:

Crown Him with many crowns
The lamb upon the throne
Hark! How the heav’nly anthem drowns
All music but it’s own!
Awake, my soul, and sing
Of Him who died for thee.
And hail Him as thy matchless king
Thru all eternity

Crown Him with many crowns [x2]

Crown Him the Lord of heav’n
One with the Father known
One with the spirit thru Him giv’n
From yonder glorious throne
To thee be endless praise
For thou hasat died for me
Be thou, O Lord, thru endless days

Adored and magnified [x2]

Crown Him with many crowns

His glories now we sing
Who died and rose on high
Who died eternal life to bring
And lives that death may die

Crown Him with many crowns [x6]

Music by St David’s Praise choir
Hymn written by Mathew Bridges

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Forgive & Forget

This morning we will be reading a portion of scripture that will remind us of the importance of forgiving and forgetting. I know this is hard for some of us. Hard because the hurt lingers. But what I’ve learned, or I should say still learning, is that when we cling to past hurts we allow unforgiveness to seep into our hearts. Once this happens it can turn to bitterness and resentment. This, my friends, will only bring more pain into our lives.

I’ll let God’s Word speak for itself. Read Matthew 18:21-35.

Krista Jones – 5.26.17

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September’s Memory Verse

Peace is what this world is crying out for and peace is what we, as believers, should be promoting. My bible study notes say of this verse, “In so doing [promoting peace], they reflect the character of their heavenly Father and so are called ‘sons of God.'”

Remember to review last month’s verse and start to tie it into this month’s verse. I’ll post it below the current month’s verse on the right hand side of the blog.

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Psalm 55

Yesterday we listen to a worship song that talked about coming to the altar of the Lord with our burdens. Today we’ll be reading through Psalm 55 about casting our burdens up the Lord.

But I call to God, and the Lord will save me. Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he hears my voice” (verses 16-17).

Please read Psalm 55.