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Sexual Revolution: 50 Years Since Humanae Vitae

Come view the new documentary on the outcome of the free-love experiment of the last century set against the backdrop of Paul VI’s groundbreaking encyclical about love, sex, and marriage.

Contact Mia Ihsan for more details

See the trailer at the following link: https://sexualrevolutionmovie.com/

Viewing Location: St. Andrew’s Discipleship Center
Prince of Peace Catholic Community
19222 Tomball Pkwy
Houston, TX 77070

http://www.pophouston.org/

Schedule / Date and Time (CDT): November 3, 2018
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

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Catholic Faith Study (CFS) Series on Audio

Did you miss the Catholic Faith Study (CFS) Series? You can now check them out at the audio-links below!

Sin Redemption & the Meaning of Life

Christian Prayer & Spirituality

The Four Last Things: Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell

The Existence of God

 

A Love Unlike Any Other

love1If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

(1 Corinthians 13: 17).

 

1 Corinthians 13 maybe one of the better known passages in the Bible. Undoubtably you have heard this passage read at a wedding or maybe even seen it on a Hallmark card. When you read it, you may think about a relationship with a significant other and how to apply the wisdom in these words to that relationship. Thats because this passage provides such a beautiful picture of what the definition of love is, it is completely justified (and encouraged) to be used and studied in the context of a relationship with a significant other. However, would you be surprised if I told you that when Paul wrote these words, the context had nothing to do with a romantic relationship?

Paul is writing this letter to the church at Corinth in response to troubling circumstances the church was facing. There was division in the Corinthian church and one area of debate centered on which spiritual gifts were the most valuable. Paul corrects them and explains that love is the most important aspect and without it, their spiritual gifts cannot produce fruit for the Kingdom.

Whats even more interesting is the word Paul uses for the term love. In Greek, there are several words which could be translated love. Philia is a word that would normally be used to express a friendship/brotherly type of love (i.e. Philadelphia). However this is not the word that Paul uses; he use the word agapē. Agapē is used 116 times in the New Testament and the majority of those references are tied to the love of God for us. The Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible notes that, “Agapē means to love the undeserving, despite disappointment and rejection.”[1] That is a powerful type of love, and a powerful instruction from Paul.

Applying the message Paul had for the Corinthians, we as Christians need to have an agapē type of love for people. A love that transcends a conventional understanding of what it means to love. Furthermore, this love of people should not end at the church. We need to love all people the same way that God loves us. Jesus tells us to love our enemies in Matthew 5:44 using the same root word (agapaō).

So the next time you get angry, or upset, or feel as though you are being unfairly treated, remember our call to love in an agapē way. That does not mean as Christians we are to be pushovers, but that does mean that our actions and reactions should be seasoned with salt (Colossians 4:6) because apart from love, nothing we can say or do, no matter how great our spiritual gifts, will bring maximum glory to God; we are nothing without love (1 Cor. 13:2).

By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have [agapē] for one another. (John 13:35)

 

            [1] R.E.O. White, “Love,” Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1988), 1357.

Christmas Social

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Add the event to your calendar – Christmas Social EventX

You’re invited to our 2017 Christmas Social!
Join us for fellowship – lunch to be provided.

Don’t forget to bring your donations for our Youth Clothing Drive. Donations will be taken to Angel Reach, a Montgomery County United Way agency, who supports former foster youth. Clothing sizes from newborn to young adult sizes are needed.

CCEM events are financially sponsored through volunteer employee donations. If you do not plan to attend the event, please unregister using Event-X so other members can participate and food is not wasted.

Marriage – “Becoming One”

Study/Event Name: Marriage – “Becoming One”

Contact Name: Jeff Topoleski

Contact Email: jefftopo@yahoo.com

Description: This is an external event located at Trinity Klein Lutheran Church and taught by a pastor who is passionate (and quite entertaining) about equipping couples for success in the Biblical marriage. Though originally designed for pre-married couples, it is outstanding, fun, and equally applicable to married couples. No affiliation with this church is required at all!

For more info and to register: https://www.trinityklein.org/becoming-one/

Share with any pre-married couples or married couples who need or want an engaging refresher!

Location: Trinity Klein Lutheran Church
5201 Spring Cypress Road
Spring, TX 77379
(just west of Kuykendahl and Spring Cypress intersection)

Schedule / Date and Time (CDT): October 13 – 7:30-9:00 (snacks provided)
October 14 – 9:00-4:00 (lunch included)

Harvey Help – Thank You!

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Thank you for attending our 3rd annual Bring Your Bible to Work Day “Bible Jeopardy” event, and for donating to the Montgomery County Women’s Center! Our donations were delivered to smiling faces on Friday afternoon.

If you did not have an opportunity to bring donations, you can visit http://mcwctx.org/get-involved/donate-online/ to donate online. Be on the lookout for our Christmas Donation Drive!

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