Beloved Breakthrough family,
It’s a new week and I am very excited about what God is going to do through Jesus in your life! I want you to know that I LOVE you and there is nothing you can do about it. Please enjoy this BREAKTHROUGH entry…

The final thing that my growing faith teaches me is that God is LOVE! Amen. Not only that God IS; not only that God is, but God is NEAR! There is so much anguish in life, so much misery unmerited, so much pain, so much downright reflective hell everywhere that it sometimes seems to me that it is an illusion to say that God is LOVE. When one comes into close grips with the perversity of personalities, with studied evil-it might be forgiven one who cried aloud to the power over life-human life is stain-blot it out! I know all that.

I know that this world is messed up and confused. I know that much of society stretches out like a gaping sore that refuses to be healed. I know that life is often heartless, hard as pig iron (ya’ll aint ready). And yet, in the midst of all this, I affirm my faith that God is LOVE! Whatever else God might be it is still LOVE!

BIBLICAL WISDOM
“God is LOVE, and those who abide in LOVE abide in God, and God abides in them.” 1st John 4:16
QUESTIONS TO PONDER
• What about the realities of our world might lead YOU conclude that “it is an illusion to say that God is love?”
• What about the realities of our world might lead YOU to conclude that God is LOVE?
• How does our faith that God is LOVE shape our perspective on the realities of this world?
Family more than anything I desire that we grow to embrace LOVE on God’s terms. I have come to realize that God’s LOVE terms are far more embracing than any we can personally think of. This week it will be through LOVE we accomplish ALL things! Let’s L.I.V.E. but first let’s embrace the first principle of our vision… LOVE!

Prayer for our week… “God of LOVE, this week let me follow you by loving myself, my community, and my congregation of St. James. AMEN.”