Love Took My Hand

03/16/2014

I find it fascinating that immediately after posting Be A Good Example, I decided to type in DreamPrayAct.com as I do to visit this quality writer. I feel deeply pulled to share this! He signs this rare post (another gem worth waiting for) “Grace and peace” which is exactly what I feel Mark embodies. He writes, “God bless you, my friends, with the knowledge that God is for you and with you, and that indeed God is Love!”
Blessings to you Mark. Please allow me to pass along this amazing poem, sung by a parishioner inspired by one of your sermons. Ripples of Love always spread the farthest, and continue to spread. You are a fine role model indeed. With loving gratitude, Gina

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Twelve years ago, on the Second Sunday in Lent, at the church I was serving in Los Osos, California, I preached a sermon titled, “Love Took My Hand.” The sermon was based on the very familiar text of John 3:16, which reads, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” I have subsequently preached a revised edition of this sermon in my current church in Santa Maria, California, because so many people have responded positively to its underlying message of grace and hope!

The scripture text is almost too familiar. People of all stripes think they know clearly what it means. But my approach in the sermon was to make the words of John’s gospel very personal for myself and my listeners. I wanted us to consider how God searches for…

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