Young At Heart Luncheon – February 2024

On Tuesday, Feb. 13 – HCC hosted its monthly Young At Heart lunch. More than fifty meals were served at the event. Elyse Lewis shared about the Hadley Township Historical Society’s new book “The History of the Hadley Mill.” Pastor Matthew Coleman shared a devotion on love – speaking, showing, and knowing it. He also led a discussion on opportunities to bless our community.

Love vs Romance – Which Do We Want To Share On Valentine’s Day?

As we approach Valentine’s Day, our minds are filled with thoughts of romance. But – what is romance? The Oxford Language Dictionary defines it as, “the feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love” or “a quality or feeling of mystery, excitement, and remoteness from everyday life.” While excitement and mystery may seem attractive, remoteness definitely lacks some appeal. But what about love? As we look at the Bible, we realize that there should be very little mystery when it comes to the type of love (agape) that God desires us to display. This unconditional, sacrificial love is not supposed to be mysterious. Neither is it supposed to be remote. And to that end, the Bible is filled with qualities of this love that should be demonstrated. Of course, our minds return to 1 Corinthians 13. In that short chapter – we see what we should expect from love: patience; kindness; protection; sacrifice; selflessness; dependability; among other traits. Love is meant to be easily recognized. In fact, our memory verse for the month of February reinforced this. John 13:35 states, “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” As believers, our love should be so obvious that it allows people to see it and associate us with Christ. This February, let us purpose to live a life of love that is not mysterious – difficult or impossible to understand or know. Instead, let us live a life of love that is obvious – demonstrating our faith in Christ and our care for each other.

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    John 14:6 "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
    Psalms 16:11 "Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." Psalms 119:105 "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."
    Psalms 51:10 "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me." 2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
    Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11:6 "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."
    Acts 3:19 "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord," Ephesians 2:8-9 "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."
    John 16:13 "..when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: ... : and He will show you things to come."
    John 8:12 "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."