At our last meeting, we had interested members from the "Generations" Bible Study (Mainstream Fellowship) join us as well as other visitors to come along to encourage those caring for memory impaired loved ones.
Paul Twiss encouraged us from The Word.
II Cor.4:16,17 on the enduring Hope we have.
"Therefore we do not lose HEART. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction (weightless trifle), which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal WEIGHT OF GLORY (far outweighing any suffering)."
In understanding of how we can go on in life, we were encouraged to LOOK at three aspects of LOOKING for HOPE.
1. Look for things that are not transient. Have an
2. Look forward to the Glory. Meditate on the fact
of its certainty.
3. Look forward with the understanding that life's
trials are preparing us for that Glory.
"In His goodness there is a reason for God bringing all of life's trials all together and know that it is for our future glory."
There was some discussion about Hospice and "End of Life Issues" at the last meeting. Here is the link to the Dr. Keith Essex article on the topic, that was mentioned as a good resource for the Biblical view. http://www.tms.edu/tmsj/tmsj11j.pdf
We were also reminded to contact our pastors and elders at Grace when facing difficult decisions. They will help us navigate through unique situations with love and a Biblical perspective.
Jeremiah 31:3 - The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, [saying], Yea, I have LOVED thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
Romans 5:8 - But God commendeth his LOVE toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
1 John 4:8 - He that LOVETH not knoweth not God; for God is LOVE.
1 John 3:16-18 - Hereby perceive we the LOVE [of God], because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down [our] lives for the brethren.
1 John 4:7 - Beloved, let us LOVE one another: for LOVE is of God; and every one that LOVETH is born of God, and knoweth God.
John 14:21 - He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that LOVETH me: and he that LOVETH me shall be LOVED of my Father, and I will LOVE him, and will manifest myself to him.
Romans 13:8 - Owe nothing to anyone except to LOVE one another; for he who LOVES [a]his neighbor has fulfilled the law.
"The debt of LOVE remains with us permanently and never leaves us. This is a debt which we pay every day and forever owe." --an early church father
"Think for a moment about the BALANCE of PAINFUL and JOYFUL things in your life. Think of how, by God's grace, you are managing your problems. And consider how it could be worse. Were it not for God, it would be." Joni Erickson Tada
Our Theme for February is LOVE
Our NEXT MEETING IS:
Saturday, February 22nd
We look forward to a devotional time around God's word, worship in song, and breakfast as a group. Then we have a time of sharing for updates, needs and prayer time. Our Loved Ones are welcome to join us for all or part of the meeting but volunteers are available to assist them on a walk, on a walk or in the next room during the sharing time if desired.
A light breakfast with healthy options will be served. If you would like to contribute, contact Sarah Dougherty at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you!
Giving Attention to Prayer
Let us take heed that we pray for others also. Let us beware of selfish prayers – the prayers which are wholly taken up with our own affairs, and in which there is no place for other souls beside our own. Let us name all whom we love before God continually. Let us pray for all – the worst, the hardest, and the most unbelieving. Let us continue praying for them year after year, in spite of their continued unbelief. God’s time of mercy may be a distant one. Our eyes may not see an answer to our intercession.
The answer may not come for ten, fifteen, or twenty years. It may not come until we have exchanged prayer for praise, and are far away from this world. But while we live, let us pray for others. The greatest kindness we can do to anyone is to speak for them to our Lord Jesus Christ. The day of judgment will show that one of the greatest links in drawing some souls to God, has been the intercessory prayer of friends.
- J.C. Ryle
"Pray that the one you are praying for will have the measure of health that will best glorify God. Pray that when set aside by ill health he will learn the lessons God has for him and draw upon divine resources. Pray also for safety in travel, financial provision in keeping with God’s plan for him, and proper use of the time and money God entrusts to him." OMF International
Joy in the Journey
a word from our Pastor...
"The Bible never defines LOVE. It never defines LOVE in terms of abstracts, in terms of attitudes, in terms of feelings, in terms of ideology, it never defines LOVE, it only describes LOVE...in action. Because LOVE is not an abstract. LOVE is not a feeling. LOVE is not really an attitude. LOVE is a deed. LOVE is an activity. And to support that, I want to point out something to you that you wouldn't know unless you were aware of the Greek, but in verses 4 to 7, where you look at the normal scriptural rendering of this, and it says: "LOVE is patient, LOVE is kind, LOVE is this, LOVE is not that, LOVE..." and what you read in English are adjectives. But in the Greek there are no adjectives here, these are all verbs. And verbs describe...what?…action."
"LOVE is not something you describe with adjectives. LOVE is something you describe with verbs because LOVE is only described, it is not defined. LOVE is only LOVE when it acts. And that's the way it's presented in the Word of God. So, the Bible never defines LOVE, it only describes it. And the description here is most beautiful. In every one of the fifteen perfections of LOVE, in verses 4 to 7, there are fifteen different perfections to fill out its description, but in everyone of them a verb is acting. "
The Qualities of True Love, Part 1
1 Corinthians 13:4a-c November 07, Sermon by John MacArthur
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 trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. LOVE never fails.
"You will have no test of faith that will not fit you to be a blessing if you are obedient to the Lord. I never had a trial but when I got out of the deep river I found some poor pilgrim on the bank that I was able to help by that very experience."
- A.B. Simpson