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Half the Old Testament is the word Remember. No, that’s not true. It’s 48%. I just rounded up. As Israel forgot, so do we. Today’s insert is a simple reminder of some of the standards we work to maintain as we sing for the Lord. My prayer is that you […]

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TOF Sunday Feb 24, 2013

February 28th, 2013

Love, or Not?


Do you love God? 

Of course, Bro. Ryan. He saved me.

Sure. Everyone says they love God. But do you really love God? I’m not talking about being thankful for your salvation. I’m talking about a life-changing, no-faking it kind of love. THAT kind of love should drive everything you do as a Christian.  

If you’ve been around the Teens of Faith very long, you have probably heard me say more than once that the Christian life is not a list of do’s and don’ts. It’s not a checklist you follow. It’s not a drudgery.

When you have a true relationship with God, everything else takes care of itself. Sure, we have certain rules and dress codes and things for church activities or camps, but we wouldn’t necessarily need a rulebook if everyone loved God as deeply as they should.

Loving God is self-sacrificial. Have you sacrificed anything lately? Loving God means you don’t want to hurt others. What did you post this week? Loving God means you hate sin and love righteousness. Love covers basically everything. When you passionately love God, you’re not forced to read your Bible because you have to. It’s a joy! When your love for God is in the right place, you don’t do your BIBS just so you can go on the Alaska trip, you do them because you want to understand and apply God’s Word to your life! Loving God means that you recognize and repent of your own passive-aggressiveness and rather try to edify others with your words. Loving God means that you simply have a spirit that says, “Whatever God says to do, I’ll do it with all my heart.” No excuses. No lying. No faking it. True, real love.


Love God. Love others. Do right.  -Bro. Ryan



CAMP REGISTRATION SUNDAY – March 10 (2 weeks away!) Please have your permission form and $50 registration fee ready on that day, and see if others you know can come too!


PICTURE/VIDEO SCAVENGER HUNT – Saturday, March 9, 12:30 – 3pm Bring smartphones to email me photos/videos as you go. NEEDED: Drivers.

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