St Patrick’s Day is not just a holiday to celebrate Irish culture. It is a day to remember the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The light of God came to a whole nation of people because of Patrick’s desire to take the gospel to Ireland. Sixteen hundred years ago, Patrick was stolen from his home as a child and made to live as a slave to tribes in ancient Ireland. Through a miracle of God he escaped and returned home to ancient Britain. Why would he go back to the land of his captivity to help the people who cared nothing for him?
The story of Patrick confronts us with the question, “How is your love for others?”
Do you only love the people you like? Are you willing to forgive the people who have failed to love you? Can you, like Jesus did, love the unlikable? St Patrick’s day is a reminder for us to love like Patrick because Patrick loved like Jesus. Be encouraged as Evan shares how Patrick’s story can inspire to love God more and love others well.
Scripture references: 1 John 4:7-21; Romans 5:5-11; John 3:16; Matthew 22:35-40
God desires that we delight in him. So many problems in the world would be solved if we delighted more often in him. God promised that if you “Delight yourself in the Lord…he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4). As you delight in God, your desires begin to reflect his desires. The desires of your heart will align with His desires. One of the primary desires God has for his people is to be unified together. At times we must agree to disagree but a group can still unified in disagreement because the foundation that holds the unity together is a love for God and commitment to love each other. The secret to unity is to listen for God’s desires; to desire him and always be willing to align with his desires.
Listen as Sherry shares experiences in her life that confirm delighting in God brings forth the desires of your heart.
Join other women of Eastern Montana for the 2018 all women’s IF: Gathering video conference. Starting Friday, March 9 at 6:30 PM, be a part of a two day event that will “equip women with gospel-centered resources, events, and community so they may learn more about who God is and disciple other women right where they are”.
Life’s Journey is partnering with other Christian fellowships in the area to make this event possible.
The event costs $25.00 and will include snacks on Friday, a soup bar on Saturday, door prizes and a live worship band.
To register, contact Stephanie Crook at 740-0709 or message Life’s Journey (@lifesjourneymt) on Facebook for more information.
When: March 9 (6:30-9:30 PM) and March 10 (9:00AM-3:00PM) Where: Colstrip CPRD, 110 Park Ave, Colstrip, MT Cost: $25.00
To find out more about IF:Gathering nation wide, check out ifgathering.com.