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Monday, February 16, 2015

Thoughts from the weekend

Thoughts from the weekend:
Debbie and I had a great Valentine's Day dinner together!
She is the "love of my life!"
I, like you, believe that everyday should be a Valentine's Day!
Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, "Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails."
Love is a choice.  It's not a feeling - it is a choice.  I choose whether or not I am going to love you.  Feelings can lie; we can never go by our feelings. 
Our feelings always follow our actions. 
If you want to feel kind; act kind.  Your feelings will always follow your actions.
At the same time, the Holy Spirit (in conversations with Him) can restore those feelings that you once had for your spouse (or in any relationship).
Choose to love.  Ask the Holy Spirit for help.  Act in love.
We are thankful for the faithful volunteers in our church who minister with Royal Family Kid's Camp.
I was touched by the video testimony of Samantha, yesterday (a product of RFKC).
Thanks especially to Bob and Carolyn Ferrari - we love and appreciate you!
I encourage you to reach out to the newer people who are attending our church - as you walk through the foyer - make it a point to initiate a conversation with someone new!
I am thankful for our head ushers, Tom Kirchner and Jon Gerstenkorn.  Guys, you are doing a great job!  They can always use more ushers on their team - please feel free to contact them if you would like to serve in this ministry!
I talked to two guests last Saturday at Upward Basketball - and are thankful that a challenge was given at halftime about starting a relationship with Christ.
Remember:  There is no greater testimony than our church family's ability to love, accept and forgive everyone around us, "as is."
If you are reading this, and do not have a church that you call "home" - please know that you are welcome at Stone Church - "as is."  Don't worry about your past, the way you dress, or even what you think or say - you are welcome.  We love you.
Love you all.......

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