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From the Pastor's Desk

“For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt." On this Valentine's Day, we are reminded that God did not choose us because of how great we are, but because He loves us.

God is not just loving, He is love (1 Jn. 4:7-8). Love is not a description of God. It is the essence of God. The quality of His love is the unselfish giving of oneself for the highest good of another. It is not the whim of mere sentimentality or romanticism, but a steadfast choice to be "other-centered." Divine love is the "diamond" of God's nature.

God is passionate in His affection for us. It is a shame that society has cheapened the word "love." It colors our understanding. Love is how a couple feels about one another after 50 years of faithful marriage. But it is also used to describe a cheap, one-night stand. We need to reclaim the understanding that true love is what made Jesus willing to die on the cross for our sins (Jn. 15:13). That is love! Happy Valentine's Day!

Pastors Mark & Jennifer

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