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What’s Love Got To Do With It?

by Pastor Brenda ThomasBible for Blog Post

I’m sure many of you recognize that title from a famous song released in early 1980’s. The song says that, “Love is a second hand emotion.” No slam intended on the author who wrote it, but for the born again believer, love is not just a feeling or an emotion.

What’s love got to do with being a Christian?! EVERYTHING! We love because we were first loved by our Heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus. The Bible says, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. And of course most of us can quote:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

The God kind of love, Agape Love, is not a natural human love. It is not fickle, based on people’s actions, or on circumstances that present themselves. The Bible also tells us that the God kind of Love “never fails!”

Guess what, that same Agape Love resides in you, if you are a Christian!

“And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Romans 5:5

The love of God is not in our heads, it is in our hearts! People around us don’t need our opinions or criticism, and certainly not our judgment. The world is full of hurting people who do not have a clue as to what is going on. We are bombarded constantly with bad news: hurricanes, floods, fires, and shootings. It could cause one to say, “What is going on?”

You and I may not have all the answers for the tragedies happening around us, but we should not be ashamed to offer people the hope we have in our Lord Jesus. It is our joy, responsibility and privilege to reach out with the Love of God; and to give an answer as to why we have hope! God is Love and God is Good! That is the Gospel, which we preach! Love should motivate us to witness, serve and certainly pray.

I encourage you to listen to this entire message in the Media section of our website. Look for Lord Teach Us to Pray, Part 3: What’s Love Got To Do With It? on Sunday PM, September 17, 2017.

Real Summer Fun!

by Pastor Brenda Thomas

Many equate summer time with kids out of school, days off from work, trips to visit family, vacationing at your favorite spot, walks on the beach, picnics in the park… the list of summer activities could go on and on! Summer is supposed to be fun, right? It is great to enjoy nice weather and spending time with family and friends. I personally loved the special “Grammy Time” I had these past few weeks with all three of my sweet granddaughters!

But I want to highlight some “Fun” events that take “Fun” to a new level. Fun that is out of this world! There is no greater joy than extending your hand to touch a life with the love of Jesus. I am so proud of our Church family at HBCC for participating in three major Outreaches this Summer.

In July, over fifty people from our Church joined hundreds of other Christians participating in San Francisco City Impact. What a blessing to minister to those living in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. Countless numbers of lives were touched with the love of God through prayer, receiving free food, hair cuts, manicures and pedicures, medical attention, games for the children and even grooming for their pets! What a joy to see God’s love in action! Now that is fun!

CITY IMPACT BLOG

We just finished two more outreaches this month. Our church always has a booth at the Zucchini Festival in Hayward, CA. This year we continued to let our light shine in our community and had the opportunity to pray the Salvation Prayer with 144 people. There is no entertainment or activity that compares to the joy of leading someone to Jesus; what fun!

Last weekend, we held our annual “Operation Outreach.” This event includes games and crafts for the children, a free hot dog lunch for all attending, bags of groceries for each adult and, the highlight of the day, every child gets a backpack filled with school supplies! Close to 200 backpacks were given out, 150 bags of groceries were distributed, and 145 adults and children received Jesus into their hearts! It is hard to describe the smiles and grateful hearts, but as they say, “A picture is worth a 1,000 words!” Some of the event was captured in the pictures below.

BLOG 2015 GAMES

BLOG 2015 BACKPACKS

Pastor Mark and I want to say a big thank you to all who made these outreaches possible! So many of you participated through your prayers, finances and giving of your time. May you never forget the impact your actions had on the lives touched, and may your heart be ever filled and flooded with His joy and goodness!

You are loved,

Pastor Brenda