Love Is Devotionals

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“Love Is…” Devotionals

LOVE IS ImageLove is at the core of everything we are as followers of God and His Son. God gave the world an example of perfect, unconditional love through Jesus’ death on the cross, and it is our calling as disciples of Jesus to reciprocate that love to God and to have this same love for others. But how do we do this? What does a love like this look like in us? As we live in a world with a shallow, provisional and selfish definition of love, we must look to God’s Word for an explanation of what love truly is.

In the letter of 1 Corinthians, Paul paints a practical yet challenging picture of the love we must have as God’s people. LOVE IS… Devotional Series includes 15 devotionals from 1 Corinthians 13, each expanding on a different aspect of true love. Each devotional has scriptures for study, meditation and action. The verses for study are those that introduce the concepts of the day and can be expanded upon with cross-references, commentaries and other study tools. Those for mediation are great scriptures to pray through, and those for action provide practicals we can apply to ourselves as we move forward in our day. We hope this study series on 1 Corinthians 13 will help teach our OC Campus Ministry what it means to truly love God and one another!

Covenant Relationships 3

Written by Marshall Mead on . Posted in Spiritual Growth

Covenant Relationships 3

This is the 3rd and final installment of the Covenant Relationships sermon series. In Part 1 we saw the need to recommit to one-another discipling relationships that call us higher in our walk with Christ and transform us into more than we could achieve on our own. In Part 2 we talked about the tools to work through conflict, to overcome hurt, and restore trust when relationships break down. Now let’s talk about the rewards of Covenant Relationships. When you commit to one another and make an emotional investment, you are then able to draw from the benefits of these genuine friendships within the body of Christ. Yes, the Bible calls us to one another relationships and that should be enough motivation for all who strive to live as Christians. However, when we begin to count the rewards we receive when we strive to build and maintain covenant relationships, we would be silly to try to tread down the narrow path without them. We are blessed to have friendships in Christ that make life rich and fulfilling.

Covenant 2

Written by Marshall Mead on . Posted in Spiritual Growth

Covenant Relationships 2

Reconciling and Repairing Relationships

In part 1 of this series we saw the need to recommit to one-another discipling relationships that call us higher in our walk with Christ and transform us into more than we could achieve on our own. One of the barriers in all such relationships is the inevitability of conflict to arise. The temptation is to withdraw, take a step back, and then protect our hearts from the possibility of being hurt again. Instead, we need to learn how do we work through conflict, to overcome hurt, and restore trust. How do we forgive one another from the heart? And how do we become friends again after such periods of disagreement? This is the subject of the 2nd installment of Covenant Relationships.

Covenant Relationships

Written by Marshall Mead on . Posted in Spiritual Growth

Covenant Relationships

The New Testament has dozens of “one another” scriptures that bind us together in the body of Christ. What a great and exciting responsibility God has given us to carry them out! Love one another, instruct one another, agree with one another, submit to one another, encourage one another, offer hospitality to one another…and on and on! One way to fulfill these commands is entering into and maintaining one-on-one discipling relationships. Others may call it mentorship. We are not unfamiliar with these terms but we are always trying to improve on the IMPLEMENTATION of such a structure of relationships within the church. This sermon series entitled “Covenant Relationships” embarks on this task: a call to recommit ourselves to one another discipling relationships such that they become an effective device for personal growth and a vehicle in which the church can fulfill these many “one another” commands. The Biblical backdrop of this series is a study on the relationship between David and Jonathan found in the books of 1st and 2nd Samuel. The hope is that these relationships become even more – that they become deep, rewarding friendships that call us higher in our walk with Christ. And ultimately, we believe it is God’s desire to continually transform those in the church into the image of Christ! Let us pray that our one another relationships continue to serve as a fashioning tool to help achieve that goal.

Covenant Relationships

Family Devotionals 3

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Family Devotionals 3

Family devotionals are a very important part of building faith in our family.  They help parents and children alike!

Today’s Family Devotional Video features Julio Vescovi, a member of our church in Irvine, sharing ideas about what has helped his family in doing their devotionals. As our children go through different chapters in their lives they face new and different issues and challenges.  This video will help you ground your family in the word of God instead of just letting life happen as it comes.  We hope that you will find this episode encouraging, motivating and inspiring!

To view all of the family devotional videos you can visit our Family Devotionals Page. Enjoy!

– Mitch Gonzalez

Julio Vescovi

The Dependable Dozen

Written by bob on . Posted in Marriage, Spiritual Growth

OK.  Here they are…hot off the press–the Dependable Dozen of what works in a marriage.  Thanks to the Youth and Family Ministry for their help in putting these together.  Use them and watch your marriage grow! They are in no particular order. We came up with these after a great public reading of Ephesians 5:21-33 by Kimberly and Jay.

  • Listen to your spouse.  That means not talking and not interrupting while your partner is talking.  It is amazing how much better conversations and conflicts in your marriage go when you observe this simple rule.  It’s not easy, especially when you feel misrepresented and misunderstood.
  • Communicate about schedules.  Pretty simple, huh?  But how often  do married couples not communicate about the week’s business–who needs to be where, who is going to give rides, who needs to get paid what, etc., etc., etc. Talking through these things on a weekly basis will do amazing things for your relationship.
  • Express Your Feelings.  Instead of showing anger, share your feelings. Make sure if you do have a positive feeling toward your spouse that you go out of your way to express it. Communicating on a feeling basis will draw you closer and help avoid bitterness.