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Monday Memo - September 15

How I Know God Loves Me

Dr. H. A. Ironside used to tell of a woman who came to him and said, "I don't have any use for the Bible and for all this Christian superstition. It's enough for me to know that God is love."

He said to her, "Well, do you know that?"

She said, "Of course I know that, I've known it all my life."

"Well," he said, "do you think that everyone knows that?"

"Oh, yes," she said, "everyone knows God is love."

"Well," he said, "do you think that woman over in India, who is persuaded by her religion to take her little child and throw it into the river as an offering to the crocodiles, has any concept or idea that God is love?"

She said, "Well, no, but that's mere superstition."

"Do you think that the person in Africa, bowing down to his idols of wood and stone, trembling with fear lest they should strike back at him and destroy his crops and take away his children and even injure his own person, do you think he has any idea that God is love?" he asked.

She said, "No, but in every civilized country we know that God is love."

"Well," he said, "how do we know that? How do we know that God is love? Do the ancients teach this? Do the other religions of earth teach and show that God is love? Do you know that the only reason we know that God is love is because He sent His Son and manifested Himself as love? The book that tells about the Lord Jesus Christ is the only book in the world that contains the idea that the God behind all created matter is a God of love. Creation reveals His power, His greatness, and His might, but there is nothing in nature that says, 'God is love.' The only way we know this is that God manifested His love in the giving of His Son."

God alone is the source of true unfailing love, the only kind that meets the claimant hunger of the heart. As we wrapped up our series Indispensable with the message Your Move, let me urge you once again to keep making the choice to grow in the reality of God's love and in the greatest of all tasks, expressing His love to others.

PS - Grace Equip Saturday (this Saturday, September 20th) will be a strategic step for you to grow in God's love and loving others. We will look more closely at the need for transformation in our Ultimate Journey. Understanding God's role and our role in personal spiritual growth is foundational to a transformed life. I hope you will consider coming. You can learn more and register online - please register by Tuesday, September 16th. Also, Grace Equip Saturday is not limited to adults! There will be a unique Equipping experience for children involving fun outdoor activities, such as an obstacle course and scavenger hunt. This time is open to all children whose parents are in the class (please include their registration with yours at the above link).

Tim Bowers
Staff Pastor   



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