It is a very cold day here in Jacksonville. The only good reason to be outside was to go to church!
We celebrated the Lord’s Supper today in both of our morning worship services.
I was glad to have all of our guests in worship today, especially the interns from the local 2nd Mile Ministries of Jacksonville.
The music was good today.
I resumed our Family Matters series with a message, entitled, “Live-In Love: What the Bible Says about Cohabitation” (Hebrews 13:4).
I gave three reasons why it is wrong for Christians couples to live together without being married. The reasons were taken from Hebrews 13:4:
- We must honor the sanctity of marriage (Heb. 13:4a)
- We must practice sexual purity (Heb. 13:4b)
- We must face the consequences of sin (Heb. 13:4c)
Praise God for those who were added to the church.
I typically counsel cohabiting couples to repent and one of them move out. I extended a special “amnesty” program today. For any couple that wants to do right and get marriage, we are a church will help them prepare for marriage. 15 couples took me up on our offer today.
A big shout-out to our Outreach Pastor, R. Bryant, for leading my Bible Study Fellowship class today so I could me with the couples that are interested in participating in the mass wedding on May 4.
Holy Week is just a few weeks away. Can’t wait.
The Miami Heat defeated the New York Knicks this afternoon, 99-93, to win their 14th straight game, tying a franchise record.
LeBron James is the MVP. Again. You can give him the trophy now.
Did Magic Johnson really offer LeBron James a million dollars to participate in the NBA dunk contest?
The Clippers loss to the Thunder today in Los Angeles. Is this a foreshadowing of what will happen in the playoffs?
The best buzzer-beater you will ever see!
Are you watching the History Channel’s The Bible documentary tonight?
How was your Sunday? How did your teams do this weekend? Join the conversation in the comments section.
The Most Important Commandment
And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this:‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions. – Mark 12:28-34 Armies win…