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  • Your Valentine | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    legend has become greater than the facts surrounding Valentine s day as February the 14th has become a day in which we express our love and our friendship to those whom we love in our lives Whatever the historical origins Valentine s Day has become an opportunity to do and to give nice things for our family and friends to let them know that we love and care for them For Christians one of the most important verses of the Bible speaks of God s gift of love to the world John 3 16 says For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life The word for love that is used in this verse comes from the Greek word agape The Greek language has three words for love First is the word eros which in the ancient world was characteristic of a type of esthetic love Now it has come to mean a romantic love Second is the word philia which is a type of love that is shared between friends A reciprocal love With philia a person loves because they are loved in return Then the Greek language uses love in terms of agape Agape moves beyond sentiment or affection and speaks of a sacrificial love which seeks nothing in return This is the love of God that is expressed in John 3 16 It is the gift of God s love given to the world and to everyone who will believe in Jesus not because we have deserved earned or have merited such love but because it is the very nature of God to love us to redeem us and save us from our sin We know that love comes to us

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  • A Fool and His Folly | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    always done it when faced with our current issues of assisted suicide and gay marriages Previous generations had to wrestle with slavery mixed marriages divorced and remarried people and women in leadership The consolation is that someday a future generation will look back on our difficult time and wonder what all the fuss was about when it seems so obvious what is true and right and God s will for His Church The above verses are a reminder that the word of God is living and active We read the bible with one another and with the Holy Spirit It requires wisdom and an understanding of the situation to know when to answer a fool and when not to answer a fool These two verses were written together to remind us the importance of context when searching for meaning A book I read recently said we must take Jesus words seriously but not literally The message of His words is far more important than the words themselves We agree that Jesus is serious about removing avoiding all the things that cause us to sin when He said If your right eye causes you to stumble gouge it out and throw it away But if someone did that literally we would consider that a sign of mental illness not holiness or devotion God did not leave us alone to muddle throu gh what He really wants us to do He gave us the Holy Spirit to comfort us with the gift of wisdom and this promise If any of you lacks wisdom you should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault and it will be given to you James 1 5 Caroline W Share this entry Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Share by Mail

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  • A Gift for the Ages | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    small box with a gift card addressed to our family from God It is the first present opened on Christmas morning when we re all there as a family and we talk about the greatest gift we ever receive is God s gift of Jesus on Christmas morning We then take the figurine of Jesus and place Him in the vacant manger spot in the nativity scene on the table the kids all take turns opening the box and we continue the tradition to the present time Gifts played an important role in the first Christmas when Jesus was born The most well known gifts are probably those from the 3 Magi who travelled a long distance to seek out the special King of the Jews As recorded in Matthew 2 11 On coming to the house they saw the child with His mother Mary and bowed down and worshipped Him Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold incense and myrrh The shepherds on the hills around Bethlehem the night Jesus was born came to the stable where they found the baby Jesus They didn t bring expensive gifts of material objects but rather gifts of faith praise and worship for the saviour of the world Christ the Lord as was told to them by the chorus of heavenly angels Christmas is definitely a time of gift giving to bless those we love care for May we also reflect on and freely receive God s greatest gift of all time that is offered to us all Jesus Christ Emmanuel God with us As recorded in Ephesians 2 8 For it is by grace you have been saved through faith and this is not from yourselves it is a gift of God not by works so

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  • A Weighty Wait | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    of a child Lev 12 2 4 6 the presentation of the firstborn to God Ex 13 2 12 16 and the dedication of the firstborn into the Lord s service 1 Samuel 1 2 As Mary and Joseph strode into the temple it is unlikely that they would have attracted much notice They were an obviously poor couple carrying their meager sacrifice of two doves rather than the more expensive lamb of an affluent family Nothing in their dress or demeanour would likely have stood out Yet an elderly couple in the temple are able to recognize the eternal in the everyday You see both had been faithful servants of God for many years Simeon a prophet is described as just and devout on whom the Holy Spirit rested He had been assured by God that he would see the Lord s salvation before he died and so he had been patiently waiting these many long years Anna a prophetess had been a widow for some 84 years and had devoted herself to prayer day and night in the temple Theirs had been a long wait A lifetime of waiting Yet despite their weighty wait we learn from this scripture that they waited well They were productive in studying the scriptures in prayer and in worship We don t hear complaints or temper tantrums They never abandoned hope that the promise would be fulfilled Despite their advanced years they became better not bitter And then one ordinary day a young couple beginning a fresh journey with a new babe met the old couple near the end of their earthly journey The old embraced the new and rejoiced It was the end of the beginning Submitted by Debora L Share this entry Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on

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  • Content ….in ALL circumstances | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    be a sad truth of human nature that we so readily focus on our shortcomings our problems our failures and our disappointments that we overlook the many blessings and daily comforts in our lives Indeed sometimes we scarcely notice or give thanks for what we do have At present I am reading a book called Life without Limits by Nick Vujicic that convicted me of my own lack of gratitude and complaining spirit You see Nick was born without arms AND legs He has two small feet the larger of which he calls his chicken drumstick As you can imagine Nick faced many challenges growing up teasing and bullying at school concern about being a lifetime burden to those he loved despair about his future Yet Nick learned to focus more on what he DOES have than what he is lacking Today he is a sought after speaker and evangelist who has brought hope to others in the more than 24 countries to which he has travelled The Apostle Paul was also no stranger to hardship He had a physical humiliating physical ailment was imprisoned for his beliefs was shipwrecked beaten knew hunger thirst and more Yet through it all he learned contentment as he leaned on Jesus as his source of strength If today you are undergoing a trial I encourage you to look for the hidden blessings Perhaps you can reach out to others in similar circumstances and share the hope you have in Christ Focus on what is right in your life and build on that while trusting God to take care of whatever is wrong Wishing you peace beyond all human understanding Submitted by Debora L Share this entry Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Share by Mail Glenbrook supports The Open Door

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  • Discover the Cross in Crossword | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    crossword clue answer drew me to scripture and in particular the first chapter of John s Gospel where in verses 1 and 2 it says In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God He was with God in the beginning Verse 14 of John 1 says The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us We have seen His glory the glory of the One and Only who came from the Father full of grace and truth Who is the Word described in all the verses from John 1 above The word answer is Jesus just like in the crossword puzzle I recently completed You may ask why Jesus is the answer for the clue biblical saviour The answer is found in scripture in John s Gospel chapter 3 verses 16 17 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through Him Jesus is God s one and only Son identified in John 3 above By God s grace Jesus paid the penalty for my sins and your sins through His death by crucifixion on a cross but most importantly through his resurrection from the dead He defeated death took the penalty for our sin so that when we believe in Jesus our sins are forgiven and we ll experience eternal life When you see or complete a crossword puzzle think of Jesus who is is what He did for us all on the cross and what He freely offers you My prayer for you is that you ll discover the true cross

    Original URL path: http://www.glenbrook.ca/discover-the-cross-in-crossword/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Do You Want To Hear A Story? | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    when young When you read and think about the Bible do you conclude that it is just a collection of stories some of which are enjoyable some are difficult to grasp and some which make you shudder in disbelief at the events In reality though the Bible is just one story and that can be summed up as the story of what God has done in creation what humanity has done to sabotage His creation and what God continues to do to restore His creation The main character in the story is God and we humans only play supporting parts It is a story of what God has accomplished rather than a story of what we need to do Jesus entered the world that we inhabit as God incarnate and carried the burden of everything that went wrong This is a good news story Everyone loves to hear good news from many different sources Good news picks you up when you are feeling down Good news produces a sense of well being in your life and hope for the future When we take time to read Scripture do we remember that this is Gospel i e Good News It has been said that there are two ways to read the Bible One is to say I need to try harder which is how you might respond to good advice The other is to say Thank You Lord and that s how we should respond to good news What is even more wonderful is that even as we thank God for his goodness to us Jesus himself a glorified human being is even now interceding with the Father on our behalf This isn t just good news This is the best news ever Prayer Thank You Lord for the best news

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  • “Doing What is Just and Right” | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    Immediately following the author lists the administrative appointments that helped David consolidate his power In the history of politics it is at this point that even the best intentioned of leaders can fall prey to the temptations that come with power where those who once opposed oppression themselves become the oppressors Now firmly in control it would be very easy for David to settle scores to dish out a little payback This is not what happens however Instead we read that David did what was just and right for all his people v 15 Chapter 9 gives us an illustration of what just and right meant for the new king There David asks a remarkable question Is there no one still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show God s kindness 9 1 NIV One of the few remaining descendants of Saul was Mephibosheth a son of the crown prince Jonathan who had suffered a childhood accident that had left him unable to walk By seeking out Mephibosheth and bringing him to court 2 Sam 8 1 13 David extends protection to one who was doubly disadvantaged As a descendant of Saul Mephibosheth might well have been considered a potential rival to David Additionally as a person with a significant physical disability from a now decimated clan the son of Jonathan had limited economic and social prospects In extending kindness to Mephibosheth 2 Sam 9 1 David clearly establishes himself as one who rules with a view to caring for the vulnerable Later the prophets would build on David s reputation as they looked forward to a future king whose coming reign would restore justice Jer 23 5 6 When we think of justice we often think of how we can get those in power to

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