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WHAT SAYS “LOVE” BETTER THAN…

By December 4, 2013 No Comments

CHRISTMAS WHAT SAYS LOVEMost people know about JOHN 3:16 – from signs held up at football games to memorized verses in Sunday School (“God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son.” John 3:16)

That’s a powerful declaration and it has profound implications at Christmas and all year round.

As Bob Goff says, “Love does.”

Love And Giving

The Hebrew word for “love” is “Ahava.”  Its also the word for, “I give.”

To love is to give. To give is to love.

“By this we know love, that He (Jesus) laid down his life for us…” (1 John 3:16)

4 Ways Love Gives Year Round

1. Benevolence

What happens when you’re a single parent to five children and you lose your job? Generous people step up to help pay for re-training and keep food on the table and a roof over your head.

What happens when you’re pregnant, your husband breaks his leg, you give birth prematurely, your baby requires a long hospital stay and you have no transportation? People step up to make you meals, and drive you to the hospital to be with your new born.

North Pointe’s crisis care ministry led by Trish Benson steps in when the rest of the world steps out.

Better than anything else, giving says “love.”

2. Village of Hope

For thirteen years now people from North Pointe have been sponsoring HIV/AIDS orphans in Harare, Zimbabwe. Homes, a medical clinic, a K-12 School, a farm and a community center have been built as a way of sharing the love of Jesus through generosity.

Those donations make everyday feel like Christmas in the life of a child.

The kids say, “Thank you for loving us!”

3. Rainbows Ministry

Death. Divorce. Despair. In the life of a child these circumstances are devastating.

Over the past ten years at North Pointe we have helped more than 300 families with elementary-aged children, who have experienced death or divorce in their family, through our Rainbows support group.

Rainbows is offered free to families. The trained volunteers give their time, skill and care in offering hope and healing.

Our volunteers are awesome!

Thank you for lovingly serving.

4. Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree

I serve on the Board of The Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree Foundation. 1000’s of hours are given each year by hundreds of volunteers to present the Singing Christmas Tree.

Our Foundation donates all of the net proceeds to local charities, organizations and children in need.  In addition to working with established local and global non-profits, the Foundation also supports individual causes throughout Edmonton as a way of bringing Christmas year round to children in need through gifts, food and music education.

To date, over $750,000 has been given to charities such as the Edmonton Food Bank, and Santas Anonymous.

We have also partnered with World Vision to raise awareness of how generosity can make a big difference in the lives of children.

Generosity’s Voice

Giving and generosity empower even the most quiet among us, with a voice.

Giving makes sense – “It is more blessed to give than receive.”  (Proverbs 11:24)

The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.

Generosity changes everything.

APPLICATION: What examples of generous giving have you seen? Please leave your comment below.


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Bob Jones

Author Bob Jones

Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 25 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 36 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three gorgeous daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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