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a church in pursuit of God, with a passion for

people

PO Box 491150 Leesburg, FL 34749 www.vcfleesburg.com Email: vcfleesburg@embarqmail.com Office: (352) 365-2594 Fax: (352) 365-2594

Randy Gideons . Lead Pastor . Warehouse Church

Progress Continues at The Warehouse!

very Sunday our new facility feels more like home. Due to the diligent work of many individuals wonderful transformations continue day after day. Here is an update on our continuing building program: Currently, John James is building our new stage. What...a stage? Well, it is only 8 inches in height, but when it is finished it will be 32 feet by 22 feet. John is doing a great job making 4x8 foot sections of stained birch plywood portable system. Jay Coulson & Team have been improving the lighting in the Living Room. And by the way guys...your sound is great and keeps getting better every week. A new media center is being assembled that will house all of our equipment that produces the video presentations for the Living Room. It will be located at the current reception area located by the sound production room which currently houses both the sound and video electronics. Coming this fall the new Cafe center will open. Yes, the area used now will become the information / reception center and a much larger cafe counter will be located at the opposite end of the cafe area. At that time we will begin using the Kuerig Pro-beverage system that will feature Starbucks coffee, Tazo tea, etc...

Derek Striker is overseeing the preliminary stages of building a regulation size volleyball court. There are plans for a basketball court to appear on existing parking lot concrete also. When cooler weather arrives and the finances are available there are plans for an outdoor playground for our children that includes a fenced area in the backyard and our back porch for a covered area. The fence has been donated and we will notify the church as things proceed. Sonia Shearer and Team having been setting up the area that houses the food for those in need. We were recently blessed with out first freezer. Do you have a late model chest freezer you would like to donate? Notify Sonia. This is just part of what is in the works to make this a great Christian community center. Thanks for your continued giving to the church and the church building program. Randy

Check out Randys blog on the Warehouse website. www.vcfleesburg.com

SMART Goals
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14) ATTAINABLE: Goals must not be too easy or too difficult. Running a marathon (26.2 miles) when Ive never ran a block is difficult. Yet, if a goal is too easy it will not be motivational. A smart goal would be to increase my running time each week by 10%. RELEVANT: Goals need to make sense. If you have knee problems and love swimming, then setting a goal to run a marathon is not a relevant goal. It has to work for YOU. TIME BOUND: If you dont set a time goal it is easy to say I will just skip this today. The one thing that helped me to stay active and run 3 times per week was to sign up for a local race date to run 3.1 miles. It is important to approach goal setting with a prayerful attitude. I would hate to get to the top of a mountain only to find I climbed the wrong mountain. In closing, I will paraphrase Pauls words: My brothers and sisters, I havent arrived. But the one thing I do, I am forgetting my failures, lack of planning and lack of focus. Although it is not always easy, I am putting one foot ahead of the other in the right direction. I am endeavoring to know the great things God has in store for me, and with the strength and wisdom He provides, I will make it my aim to lay hold of them until the day he calls me home.

hat was your New Years resolution? I want to challenge you to review your resolution or goals for 2011. It is time to dust off that list, evaluate it and press on. What are you able to check off of your list? What do you still want to accomplish? I must confess that it took me awhile to remember where I put my list. As I thought about my lack of focus, I remembered something a wise friend once told me. He said to keep your goals list in a place where you know you will review it regularly. Since He reads his Bible daily, he keeps his goal list in the front it. Forgetting what is behind, I PRESS ON to recreate my list and I will put it in a place where I will review it regularly. As I recreate my list, I am going to make sure my goals are SMART goals. Smart goals are: SPECIFIC: Saying I am going to read my Bible more is somewhat vague. Deciding to wake up 30 minutes earlier every day to read one chapter of Matthew is specific. Saying I am going to exercise more is vague. A specific goal would be to walk three days per week. MEASURABLE: Measurable goals also allow you to evaluate your progress and can be subjective or objective. A subjective measurement may be to feel better but an objective measurement could be to decrease a pants size.

Tonia Hayes is an ACE certified Personal Trainer

ITS THE JOURNEY

can remember growing up taking long trips to Indiana. As a child, it seemed as if we never got there. In reality, it was only about 18 hours but it was an eternity for me. I hated the thought of getting back into that vehicle after fueling up because I knew it would be hours again (when the fuel ran out) before we could stand up and move again. I would sit in that hot back seat and imagine I was already at my cousins house where we could eat normal food and walk and run and play. Looking back, Scott and I probably made that trip feel like 36 hours to mom and dad. As we rode through state by state, we would ask; are we getting closer? Dads patent answer was always; Son, every time that tire goes around, we are getting closer. Believe it or not, that didnt help much but Richard Lights sons did not dare question the answer. We just endured the countless miles of solitude. All those miles did give me an opportunity that I didnt take advantage of back then. You see, we live in small town, USA. We didnt get out much because there was no need to get out much. Driving 1200 miles north gave me an opportunity to drink in the various terrain shifts along the way. I have since started paying attention to the little things along my driving routes. The kinds of grass that grows, the size of trees, the types of trees, the color of dirt, the consistency of dirt, food sources of animals, kinds of wildlife, ponds, rivers, lakes, industry in other small townyou get the picture.

I now remember more about the journey to and from my destinations than I do about the destination once I arrive. I remember the picturesque landscape of the Carolinas. I remember the red Georgia clay. I remember the cool mornings of a Tennessee cabin in the mountains as the sun crested the trees. I remember the small waterfalls along the sides of the roads in Kentucky. I remember the horrible roads in Indiana. I remember the biggest corn fields I have ever seen in Indiana. All of those things were seen along the way to where I was actually heading. This is where I want to break off and try to give you some insight in life. We all walk various roads. We all walk through our own trials. We all have to endure things that are insanely painful. My question is, what are we missing along the way just by looking for the end of the trial? Did you miss someone in the same predicament that you could have helped? Did you miss the person that could have helped you because you were just focused on the final ending? Consider this, as you are walking through your trial, pick up your head and look around. You might see the reason you are going through the trial and not have to repeat it. If you keep your head down and only focus on YOU, well, you might have to repeat it because you walked right by the reason you were there to begin with. Remember folks, on this side of eternity, its the journey; not the destination.

Is there something special about your name?"


Abra Coulson ~ It means "mother of many nations." Guess that means lots of kiddos! Aimee Anderson ~ My full name is Aimee Rebecca Anderson, and since I am a sucker for name meanings and derivatives, I know that Aimee is Latin for "Beloved", and it also means "Friend" in French. Rebecca is Hebrew for "Bound, or faithful to God," and Anderson means "Son of Ander". Ander is a form of Andrew, which is Irish for "Brave and Courageous". Rebecca is my mommas name too! Chip Sims ~ I was named after my father Guy. When I was 6 weeks old he died from an accidental gunshot. Because my mom couldnt bring herself to call me Guy, an Uncle suggested Chip off the old block and Ive been called Chip ever since. Jeff Light ~ Only to my mom, dad and I. Rebekah Thornell ~ Captivating, servant of God. Kelly Mahoney ~ The name Kelly means "Warrior Maiden". Fact is, my dad named me Kelly Ileen Mahoney so he could call me KIM! He promised to name his first girl Kelly and was in the dog house for two years because he didn't. Elias James ~ My name means Pirate Ninja. Sandy Lindsay ~ Sandra is from Alexandria! The meaning is derived from Alexander the Great. He was a "conqueror of mankind". I know this from "name" books only. As far as I know it was a name Mother liked. Brenda Sims ~ My sister was allowed to name me. Little did my parents know that my aunt took her aside and told her to name me Brenda Lee. I guess it's better than Paula Faye which was the original choice! Sonia Shearer ~ Oh my, are you ready for this? Greek origin, are you sure you want to know this? It means...Wisdom. Hysterical!

by Brenda Petersen

Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.

ince the song," Let the River Flow", was sung during service one week, I have had that song in my head. God has been speaking to me through that song. Breaking down the above verse Anyone who believes: ANYONE = any person at all. ANYONE = a person of some importance. BELIEVE = to have a conviction that (a person or thing) is, has been, or will be engaged in a given action or involved in a given situation: BELIEVE = to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so. If you're anybody, you'll receive an invitation. Okay, ANYONE? Drug dealer, alcoholic, abuser, dead beat dad, manipulator, etc, etc. ANYONE is to be welcomed through the doors of the Warehouse. They may come & drink: DRINK = to take water or other liquid into the mouth and swallow it.

If from Christ, living waters flow, and if ANYONE can come to our church, then of Christ may the ANYONE drink, imbibe, take in and benefit from the healing powers of the water, be it spiritual, physical, emotional. If they SWALLOW it, take it in, it has the power to heal! River flow: Flow = to issue or proceed from a source (Christ) to circulate: blood flowing through one's veins, Christ flowing, running through ANYONE'S veins, can that be possible? ANYONE can come into our church and what? DRINK of the living water? A river never takes in of itself and settles, its ever FLOWING, MOVING; GIVING OF ITSELF, less it stagnates. Then I started to think about how a river flows from a smaller source to a larger one, from a trickle to a stream to a river to an ocean... I WILL JUST LEAVE YOU TO DWELL ON THAT ONE. There is so much more to this study, this word from God, but stop for this moment, ask GOD, he can tell you what your part in this is. My prayer is this... let them, the ANYONES, FLOW into our church, let us train them up and send them out, let us DRAW, as from the WELL of the LIVING WATER that FLOWS, and POUR it out on others. YOUR WILL BE DONE FATHER.

Every Sunday ~

averagejoes Caf
Free continental breakfast served from 9:30am to 9:50am Contact: Renee Stoffel @ 253-2465

Every Sunday @ 3:00 ~


ZUMBA FITNESS Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party thats enjoyable and healthy. Warehouse Annex Instructors: Tonia and Amber Wilnau Contact: Tonia Hayes 636-5361

THEWAREHOUSE

BAND

Contacts: Aaron Symonds @ 330-1928 Mela Striker @ 365-1006

Every Sunday @ 4:30 ~


Warehouse Annex Cost: $5 class or $15 month * Scholarships Available Contact: Myra Harbaugh (941) 720-3444

WAREHOUSE NURSERY - PRESCHOOL We believe in ministering to the needs of even our littlest members. Our qualified teachers create a positive experience that introduces nursery and preschool children to the love of Jesus early on. Contact: Jill Porvaznik @ 793-1326 WAREHOUSE KIDS Warehouse Kids is for all boys and girls in Kindergarten through 6th grade. We provide a combination of games, interactive characters, and fun filled songs capture kids attention while showing them that living for God is the best way to live! Contact: Ron Sellers @ 787-0385

2nd & 4th Sundays ~

S T A T U R E Youth Group @ 12:30pm


Warehouse Annex Contact: Neal Hayes 365-1496 Next Meeting: Oct 9 & 23

2nd & 4th Sundays 3:30pm ~

CREATIVE ARTS Ministry Class Drama! Dance! Pantomime! Sign language! Flags! Ages: Middle school to adult Warehouse Living Room Contact: Barbara Smith 315-1400 Next Meeting: Oct 9 & 23

Every Monday @ 3:30pm ~


Kids Creative Movement Class K thru 6th Grade Warehouse Annex Cost: $5:00 (Scholarships Available) Contact: Barbara Smith 315-1400

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Every Tuesday @ 5:30pm ~


Revelation Fitness Warehouse Annex Cost: $5 class or $15 month * Scholarships Available Contact: Myra Harbaugh (941) 720-3444

Young Adults of 18 to 29 years old gather for fellowship and different activities. Ultimately, Elevation's vision is to give young adults a platform to fellowship, to serve, to do life together. Contact: Vance Harbaugh (941) 720-3912 DONT FORGET!! 1st Sunday of the month we will collect the "Change Cups". For those of you who need to pick up one of our "red" cups we will have some on Sunday. Your spare "change" helps those in need in our church and our community.

Every Thursday @ 6:30pm ~


Beth Moore Study The Inheritance Warehouse Annex Contact: Cheryl Moser 787-0789

2nd & 4th Friday ~

Harp & Bowl - Worship & Intercession


Warehouse Living Room Fellowship at 6:30; Harp & Bowl at 7:00 Contact: Cliff Cochran @ 483-3140 Next Meeting: Oct 14 & 28

*Revelation Fitness and Holy Yoga Classes can be combined monthly for $25 Note: Our Fall Picnic is coming up soon...still researching the best date! We will keep you posted. Check out our web page at www.vcfleesburg.com for everything on the calendar this month.

4th Friday ~

Older Gents @ 11:30am


Older Gents is an opportunity for men over 50 to meet for lunch and enjoy great conversation over a variety of topics that affect all of us. Golden Corral, North Leesburg Contact: Leo Lenschow 429-2563 Next Meeting: Oct 28

Saturday, 10/15 @ 3:00pm~

Love & Marriage

Jeff & Sue Myers home 41737 Kendra Lane, Weirsdale Love & Marriage and Kid's Church are having a Fall Festival from 3:00pm to dark. Hay ride & games for kids and parents. Meat & Beverage provided. Bring a salad or side dish to share. Please sign up at the info table. Contact: Brian Sellers 504-6221 Next Meeting: Oct 15

(Isa 58:7 - 8) Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter-- when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. I want my light to break forth like the dawn and my healing to come quickly and I really want the Lord to be my rear guard!!! I know as well as anyone that the economy right now isnt the greatest but...as we give to those who have less than us we have the promises of God that he will sustain us. He does it because that is who he is. We now have a freezer and can handle meats. We prefer smaller packages of meats if possible as those are easier to distribute.

For the month of October we will be concentrating on canned fruit. Peaches, applies, pineapple, mixed fruit, any kind of fruit would be great. We dont receive much fruit for whatever reason and it is a refreshing change from corn and green beans. Thank you for all of that you do to help our community. If you know of someone who needs something you may contact: Sonia Shearer @ 352-408-7192 or the church office @ 352-365-2594 God Bless, The Storehouse Team

You can give an offering also. Just make a memo to Storehouse.

What Inspires You?

n different seasons of my life, different things have inspired me. When I was a kid there was nothing like a neighborhood baseball game. I excelled in the sport. Dropping a fly ball never occurred to me. If I wasnt the captain of a team I usually was a first pick to be selected based on my ability at the plate to hit the ball. The neighborhood changed when we moved because of my Dads promotion. It required the family to leave the small town I had spent thirteen years growing up in and all the team players of my life. Here no one played baseball. Whenever girls got together, they talked about boys. Each would have their own inspiration on who their dream boy was. I had not played this game before but just as in baseball I became efficient in fielding Mr. Perfect. This held my attention throughout high school. Travel was my inspiration once I graduated. I wanted to see the world. What no longer inspired me was my hometown in the Midwest. At eighteen I went to work for American Airlines to facilitate my new dream. Chicago was nothing like any of my previous experiences in my young life! There is never so lonely a place as that of realizing a goal in your life that is unfulfilling. When God began to speak to me in my late 20s I remember asking Him this: Please dont make this like everything else I have done in my life that left me alone, empty and uninspired. The good news for me is He honored this desire in my heart.

For thirty-four years now God has inspired me. There is no adventure worth having if He is not in it; I dont mean stand-off in the distance as a spectator either. He is the motivation of my heart. He is the substance in me that gets me through the darkest night. He is my very present friend in fellowship in the circumstances of my life.

"Inspirational Fellowship in Bahrain" Finding others who have this inspiration in their lives are the great treasures in the Nations of my life. What inspires you? Sandy Lindsay P.O. Box 702015 Saint Cloud, FL 34770-2015 Phone: (813) 714-8999 Website: www.spiritualmeat.com email: spiritmeat@yahoo.com

by John & Julie Macrae Your Kingdom Come- Yes, but how...

hen a victory is won, the army still has to occupy the land. Only then can rebuilding and restoration commence in a peaceful environment. Workers come to invest in the future of the nation sometimes for many, many years before any noticeable difference is seen. But one thing is for certain the more workers there are the greater the effect and the faster it will happen. Its always been the case. When we reduce the investment, we reduce the chances of success and undermine the victory and also the lives that were sacrificed for it. When God sacrificed His son for us he claimed the victory for us. And Jesus told us how to occupy the land for Him. He told us everything we need to do to make the Kingdom of God an everyday reality here on earth. But He also warned us that the prince of this world would be here - There are few of us that would deny he is here! But unlike the army of occupation whose job is to hold the ground while reconstruction is underway we, the army of soldiers and workers that Jesus chose seem quite happy just to sit and watch the enemy steal it all away. Why are we not prepared to occupy the land? Why do we allow the enemy to run rampant? Are we afraid that the victory is only temporary and the enemy might one day put us on trial for our faith? Are we just hedging our bets so if we were arrested for being followers of Christ, there would not be enough evidence to convict us? Or perhaps we haven't fully and passionately adopted our citizenship of the Kingdom of God as we should? We have personal salvation so we're OK, right? That's it done, dusted, sorted, fixed and finished! Now I can move on

with what I want to do. Maybe not... In fact, definitely not. When we choose to fully embrace the culture of the Kingdom, we choose to stand up. We are a visible presence in the world just like the soldier we play our part in the reconstruction and restoration of the world. There is nothing armchair about God's plan for you and me. There are plenty of armchair skeptics, critics, cynics, doubters, failures, addicts, and complainers in the church don't be dragged into their lounge His will is being done outside, in His Kingdom by ordinary people like you and me! We all pray, don't we, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done? Randy recently asked us to read the Gospels its all in there. Jesus talks at length about the Kingdom of God and what its like to be a worker there. He talks with passion, love, compassion for people not Himself others. His heart is broken for everyone what will break ours? What will it take to propel us from our armchairs? Please really read the Gospels but with a question in the back of your mind Where do I fit in, where can I make a difference, what is your will for me? Come out of it with your sleeves rolled up ready for action, ready for sacrifice, ready to make a difference and with the same enthusiasm, shouting and cheering as we have for our favorite football team Our team is bigger, better, more fun, has far more potential and will bring more peace than any football team... Ranting in love... :)
Stay updated with our friends John & Julie Macrae as they travel and spread the news of Jesus Christ! www.blog.mailasail.com/amazinggrace

What exactly is Baptism? Identification with Christs death, burial & resurrection. A sacrament practiced by Jews and the early church. Romans 6:4 (NIV) We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. Was Baptism important to Jesus? Yes. Jesus was baptized in water AND the Holy Spirit. Mark 1:8-10 (NIV) At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. (emph added)

Was Baptism part of the Early Church? Yes. It is a sign & fruit of true repentance, which means turning away from us and towards God. Acts 2:38 (NIV) Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Should we still be baptized today? Yes. If you are interested in being baptized please call the church office.

01 Ray Didley 03 Barbara Smith 05... Kim Coulson 06 Chris Ponds 08... Curtis Vanorder 08 John James 09 Kevin Varnum 09 Lucas James 10 Breah Ponds 11 Sarah Blum 12 John Smith 13 Neal Hayes 15 Chip Sims 16... George Aldrich 17... Jeff Coulson, Sr. 17 Jeff & Jennifer Light 17 Tim Walleker

17 Torrey Bennett 18... Leah Bennett-Deuel 19 Stacey Hairston 19 Tonya Sturgess 20... Gage Anderson 22... Gabe Fielder 22 John Nathan Smith 22 Marisela Robles 23... Jake McDonald 23 Stephanie Dakin 23... Vincent Mahoney 25 Emily Crawford 28 Amy Schaller 28 Dylan Leiva 28 Tori Haines 30 Kelley Gideons

There is a Better Way

want to share an example of love demonstrated. Many years ago, Betty and I were sitting in one of many UMass Medical Centers waiting areas. I felt the presence of love so strongly. An elderly lady who I would guess to be well past 75 impressed us. Her two granddaughters were laying all over her and just loving on her. It was so sweet. We were delighted by the relationship that no doubt had developed though many years. You might think there is nothing unusual about this and I will admit you are right although in our present society it is getting less common all the time. I mention to her that was so good to see. This grandma responded with a thank you and a nice smile. Then she said something that resonated in my soul all day. When you love on God, He responds to you as her granddaughters had responded to her. God is all over you with His love. And God cannot get enough of your love. I love this picture! God cannot get enough of our love. This concept is hard to grasp because it is the opposite of what we assume to be true. But now I want to lay out a far better way (of love) for you. If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but do not love, Im nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak Gods Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, Jump, and it jumps, but I dont love, Im nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I dont love, Ive gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, Im bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesnt want what it doesnt have. Love doesnt strut, Doesnt have a swelled head, Doesnt force itself on others, Isnt always me first, Doesnt fly off the handle, Doesnt keep score of the sins of others, Doesnt revel (take delight in) when others gravel (cringe in fear), Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled. When I was an infant at my mothers breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good. We dont yet see things clearly. Were squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it wont be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! Well see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us! But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love (1 Corinthians 12:31, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, Message).

I have not arrived and Im not where I need to be, but I have changed and by the grace of God, Im made perfected in Christ Jesus. I have favor with God because he loves me so much. Love never fails, Love isn't disruptive, Love isnt complacent, Love isn't patronizing, Love isnt apathetic, Love is disturbing and Love is unsettling. We are to live deeply in Christ and His fellowship. Holiness first through repentance and then love will flow your way. Sins are forgiven in Jesus name when you ask. As you get the little things cleared away, it is so much more comfortable being in His presence receiving His love. The more you are connected, continuously basking in His love the more personal He becomes. You old timers in the Lord knows this, the Eternal One who settled it all, once and for all, is ready to give you rest such vitality and assurance. The Glory and the Love! Did I tell you God is Love? Love is the nature of God not a gift. The more you soak in Love the more you will find it oozes out of you. You cant give it away if you dont have it and if you have it, you cant help giving it away. Love is the nature of God not a gift. The more you soak in Love the more you will find it oozes out of you. You cant give it away if you dont have it and if you have it, you cant help giving it away. Prophet Bob Jones who at one time was connected with the Kansas City Fellowship says God asks only one question. Have you learned to love? This is a process. As sons and daughter of the kingdom, we will be given the opportunity to love at divine times. In addition, the more the divine appointments the more that faith builds. It takes love to get faith working, faith is the response to Gods Word and Love. The more you experience Love the easier it is to give it away and receive Love. My beloved friends let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experience a relationship with God.

Everyone who loves is born of God and experience a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesnt know the first thing about God, because God is love so you cant know him if you dont love. This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage theyve done to our relationship with God. My dear, dear friends, if God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other. No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us, and his love becomes complete in us perfect love! This is how we know were living steadily and deeply in him, and he in us: Hes given us life from his life, from his very own Spirit. Also, weve seen for ourselves and continue to state openly that the Father sent his Son as Savior of the world. Everyone who confesses that Jesus is Gods Son participates continuously in an intimate relationship with God. We know it so well, weve embraced it heart and soul, this love that comes from God. God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that were free of worry on Judgment Day our standing in the world is identical with Christs. There is no room in love for fear. Wellformed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life fear of death, fear of Judgment is one not yet fully formed in love. We, though, are going to love love and be loved. First we were loved, now we love. He loved us first. If anyone boasts, I love God, and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he wont love the person he can see, how can he love the God he cant see? The command we have from Christ is blunt: Love God includes loving people. Youve

got to love both (1 John 4:7-21, Message). When I first started with the Salvation Armys Inmate Program, I taught a bible study to a group of men. One day I asked them if there were a commodity that they could dispense at will, what it would be. After some thought, they unanimously decided the first commodity was love. They could even sell this it was in such demand. The second was peace. Jesus love gives a life of genuine peace, joy and happiness. He loves us enough that he cannot allow us to stay the same spiritually. Only as we walk in righteousness can we hear his heart beat heart talk. When we listen to a radio that is not perfectly tuned into a given station, we will hear static. Other voices are in competition with the spoken words on the radio waves of a station we want to come in clear and strong. The airwaves must be clean of other sounds for this given receiver. There are many waves or voices out there but anything other then this wanted reception is considered static.

Anything or any love other than the love of my Father God is displaced if He is not held foremost in esteem. First, as we receive His love all else will fall in proper order. We can love and be loved because He first loved us. Secondly when I am in perfect communication, (reception is good) with my Father of love, I then can share the love He has given me in abundance. Love is the peace and rest God has for you and me. He wants us to rest in His love. Trust that He will always come to our aid as a father to a hurting child, yes, in spite of our inadequacies. There are receivers out there that need to hear this clearly. Is that you?

Check out Leos blog on the Warehouse website at www.vcfleesburg.com

Celebrating the Season