The Calvary Call
Last Sunday I spoke about the Christian view of love. As is often the case, there were a lot of things I would have liked to share but could not fit them all into one sermon.
For me, talking about love always makes me think about the other fruits of the Spirit. These are the work of the Holy Spirit inside of us, making us more like Jesus. You can find the Apostle Paul speaking about them in Galatians 5:22-23. While the Holy Spirit is the only one who can grow these within us, we’re called to commit to living them out each day.
This is something from Max Lucado that I’ve found very beneficial as a reminder and commitment to living out the fruit of the Spirit each day.
The Fruit of the Spirit
I choose love…no occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.
I choose joy…I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical…the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.
I choose peace…I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live.
I choose patience… I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I’ll invite him to do so. Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clinching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.
I choose kindness…I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God treated me.
I choose goodness…I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one. I will be overlooked before I will boast. I will confess before I will accuse. I choose goodness.
I choose faithfulness… Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not question my word. My wife will not question my love. And my children will never fear that their father will not come home.
I choose gentleness…Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice, may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.
I choose self-control…I am a spiritual being. After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal. I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy, I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ. I choose self-control.
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek his grace. And then, when this day is done, I will place my head on my pillow and rest.
All committees and pastors are to submit their budget requests to the church office or the trustees by September 17th. If you have any questions, please see one of the trustees.
Threads, Hope & Love is in desperate need of boys’ jeans sizes 5 through 14. They are stocking school clothing for fall and have hardly any of the boys’ sizes. If you can help, please drop them off at Threads anytime. They can be set by the front staff door or our regular donations days are Tuesday and Wednesdays 11-6. Questions, call Cindy 309-303-0205.
You are invited to join us for our mission meal on September 24th. As always, we ask that you bring a side or dessert to share.
Please remember, while we have changed our name to Calvary Community Church, please continue writing checks to Calvary Evangelical Mennonite Church until we have our name changed with the bank.
As the Lord leads you, please bring in Canned Soup for the month of September and we will deliver it to WHIP.