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Lent Means Love

Even those who were raised in the church and enjoy the Lenten season and like the traditional observations of Lent, comment that most Lenten services are dark and filled with Law. After all, we supposedly put Christ on that cross. Law. But we actually didn’t. Christ chose that cross for us. Love. We all need to be reminded that this season is not about what we give up, it is about what has been given up for us. Love. But there are still deeply held traditional views that Lent should be about the self-reflection of our sinfulness, more disciplined practice for our Christian lives, and penitence because the whole Lenten season culminates with our Savior dead and buried in a tomb. No matter how we try to spin it, it is the Law that brings death. Only love can bring life. Given these observations, we are making a modest shift in our own observance of Lent and reclaim it as a season of love.

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Love Means Freedom (FA)

1 John 3:4-6

What makes Good Friday good?

Love Means Freedom (CG)

1 John 3:4-6

What's been keeping you from all that God wants to give you? Good Friday is how God removed that barrier - because Good Friday is all about God's love, and "Love Means Freedom."

Love Is Filled With Hope (CG)

1 John 3:1-3

The hope of Palm Sunday - our hope is built on the love of Jesus for His Father as He does His Father's will. Our hope is built on the perfect love of God the Father, which enables us to do the one thing for which we were created - to be in a relationship with God and with each other.

Love is Filled with Hope (FA)

1 John 3:1-3

What you are hoping for in the future, actually transforms your life now! Dig into 1 John 3:1-3 and see the beauty of how "Love Is Filled With Hope."

Love Means New Life

1 John 2:28-29

When life just isn't quite right...
Remember Jesus. Remember His love. Remember that "Love Means New Life."

Love Lives Forever (CG)

1 John 2:15-17

Will you lose everything that you love? It doesn't have to be that way. You can take hold of a life that really lasts because your God loves you and "Love Lives Forever."

Love Lives Forever (FA)

1 John 2:15-27

Wouldn't today be a beautiful day if you shared with the people around you the one thing that not only touches our hearts, but makes this life and the next worth living? One thing will do that. The kind of love, God's love, that will last forever!

Love Is Meant to be Lived (CG)

1 John 2:9-14

Givers of light and love. That's our role. How do we get started? By receiving light and love from God Himself!

Love Is Meant to be Lived (FA)

1 John 2:9-14

What does God's love have to do with your life? Everything! Dig into 1 John 2:9-14 to see how "Love Is Meant to Be Lived."

Love Hates Lies (CG)

1 John 2:1-8

God loves you too much to be okay with you settling for a fake life. Not only does He want you to have the real deal, but He is where you find real life.

Love Hates Lies (FA)

1 John 2:1-8

God wants you to love the world, not for it's lies... but because you know the truth, and the world desperately needs it!

Love Lives in the Light (CG)

1 John 1:5-10

You're not really living if you're "living" in the dark. Thankfully, you can step out of the darkness because "Love Lives In the Light."

Love Lives in the Light (FA)

1 John 1:5-10

"Lord, bring me into Your light, that I might experience Your life and Your love!"

Love Means Returning to Dust

Genesis 3:17-19

The one thing you probably never thought to repurpose....

Watch this year's Ash Wednesday message to learn how God repurposed death because "Lent Means Love."