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.

Summer Bible Study in the Gospel of Luke

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  • Tue / Thu @ Hughes Landing 11:30am – 12:30pm
  • Starts week of June 25th
  • Bring your lunch, your bible, and a notebook and pen
  • Check out the Study Syllabus

 

Contact Brandon James for more info and a calendar invitation

goto/ekklesia

 

Join us this summer for a 5-week study in the book of Luke. We’ll watch Luke videos from The Bible Project, then discuss the life of Jesus from epiphany and birth through his crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension. We’ll also pray – so bring your requests and make ready to lift up your brothers and sisters!

 

Ekklesia is a community at Hughes Landing gathered around faith in Jesus. In addition to studying scripture together, we also pray for each other and for our workplace.

Oilfield Christian Fellowship

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Oilfield Christian Fellowship (OCF) is an international organization that began in 1991 and promotes Christian fellowship in the oil industry. They hold monthly luncheons in 17 different cities, offer help with Bible studies, mentoring, and prayer and provide Oil Patch Testimony Bibles in various languages for distribution to oil patches around the world.

OCF has a Bible App that can be found on your smart phone, tablet or Amazon TV by searching “Oilfield Bible”.  The App has testimonies in 4 languages, a Bible in over 1,200 languages and links to their website, twitter and Facebook accounts.

OCF has a Chapter that meets monthly in the Woodlands about 5 minutes from the Houston Campus. They meet on the third Thursday of each month just up the road from the Campus at the “Church Project”, 295 Sawdust Rd.  This is the old Kroger at the SW corner of Sawdust and I-45 S.  The meeting starts at 11:30 and is over by 12:45.  They meet each month except July and December.

Each month they have a guest speaker and a meal.  If the attendee doesn’t eat, the meeting is free.  Otherwise a RSVP gets the person in for $16.00 .  Paying at the door is $25.00.

 

They also have a meeting at Houston First Baptist Church on I-10 at 610 on the first Wednesday of each month (no meeting in July or December).

Learn more at www.oilfieldchristianfellowship.com

 

To sign up for the Woodlands luncheon  click this link https://give.cornerstone.cc/oilfieldchristianfellowship+ocfwoodlandluncheon

Catholic Faith Study: Sin, Redemption and the Meaning of Life

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 The Catholic Faith Study (CFS) will begin Series #3 (in 3 parts) entitled “Sin, Redemption and the Meaning of Life.

In this series, we will cover God’s original plan of life and love for the human person.  We will examine the questions that reside in the depths of the human heart . . . “Do I have a purpose?”, “Why do I have to suffer?”, “What is the meaning of life?

In our class, we will learn that there are consequences to sin, but that God loved us so much that He did not want us to perish as a result of our darkened hearts. It is the hope of the resurrection that we await through Jesus Christ, our savior.

 We will use the Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and other Church documents to help us understand the answer to these questions.

Join us on 3 consecutive Thursdays beginning June 14, 2018 at 11:30am to 12:30PM on Skype or a conference room that is TBD.

 Contact Henry Avila to be place on a distribution list or for the conference room number.

 People of all faiths are welcome!

 

Create Your Own Study or Chapter

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Bible Study Principles & Guide

 

Create Your Own CCEM Chapter

  • Leverage (and live) CCEM Mission, Vision and Values
  • Consider CCEM Chapter resources needed for planning & coordination. This may include:
    • Organizing group discussion, prayer, studies, etc.
    • Time commitment outside of work hours
  • Per Guidance for Religious Activities in the Workplace secure local HR no exception
    • HR Online for Managers. If you do not have access to this portal, Contact CCEM
    • A minimal level of incidental personal use of the internet or e-mail is acceptable (see examples)
  • Enable appropriate platform (external host, limited email use) to enhance communication/engagement
  • Comply with Site specific guidance when communicating with others (digital & physical options)
  • Work with Management & HR to ensure Site is a place where Christians can appropriately express their faith
  • CCEM desires to remain as a non-Company Sponsored (ERG) organization

 

CCEM Houston Campus Background

  • Kicked off in Oct 2014 with objective of creating a framework for Christians in the workplace to meet, communicate events, and interact with each other
  • Coordinated by a Core Team of volunteers complying with HR, Law and P&GA guidance
  • Since its inception has grown organically to over 870 members (2Q18)
  • Serves as a central hub for Christian activities, bringing visibility to its members through the following:
    • Website (external) – Bible Studies and related events highlighted
    • Publishing Quarterly Newsletters
    • Events (bring your Bible to work day, National Day of Prayer, Christmas Social, etc.)

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CCEM Financial Update

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Thank You CCEM Members!

Since its inception, CCEM has been an employee run and sponsored community. All community planning and events have been performed by individuals on their personal time and using their personal resources. Many of you have donated your time, talents, or contributed financially over the past year and we would like to say thank you for being a part of what God is doing here on the Houston Campus!

We want CCEM to be a community where all feel welcomed and valued. Our main purpose for each event is to bring the community together in fellowship; to encourage and build the Body of Jesus here on campus. We do not hold fundraising events, nor do we ever solicit for financial contributions.

However, some of you have reached out to us and donated financially to help support CCEM events out of the generosity of your hearts. We are very grateful for this and once again say, thank you! We want you to know that all of your funds go directly towards CCEM events here on the Houston Campus. The CCEM team does its best to be good financial stewards with the resources you have entrusted to us, endeavoring to use each dollar efficiently. In the spirit of transparency, we want to share with you our 2018 Financial Plan and Budget so you know where your financial contribution is serving in the CCEM mission.

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You are never required, or expected to give to CCEM in order to participate in any event. However, if the Lord has led you to financially support CCEM, contributions may be submitted in three easy ways:

  • Donate electronically via Zelle (included in your mobile banking app) to the account ccemlist@gmail.com Please follow this donation with an email to John R Dillon and Garrett Shaw indicating how much was donated.
  • Write a check to John Dillon and submit it to Garrett Shaw (John Dillon is the accountable financial steward. Garrett Shaw is independent verification)
  • Cash Contributions may be given to either Garret Shaw, or John Dillon. Follow up each cash donation with an email to both Garret Shaw and John R Dillon

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Please note: Donations to CCEM are NOT tax deductible

 

 

Encountering Him

Encountering Jesus

We take comfort that there is peace and freedom in the presence of our Lord.

Topic:               Encountering Him

Dates:              Wednesdays – June 6 | June 13 | June 20 | June 27

Time:                12:00n – 12:50p (Bring Your Lunch)

Location:         TBC

 

Contact Abi Adigun to get added to the invite

Ladies Bible Study – Detours: The Unpredictable Path to Your Destiny

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We are pleased to announce our new Ladies Bible Study which will start May 23 and run through June 27. Details are below and we look forward to having many of you join us. Ladies Bible Study: Detours: The Unpredictable Path to Your Destiny, by Tony Evans.

Find hope in understanding that the sudden or seemingly endless detours in life are God’s way of moving you from where you are to where He wants you to be.

The biblical account of Joseph clearly demonstrates that God is at work even when life seems to be going wrong. Even today, it’s easy to wonder why God would allow calamity to happen or if He’s in control at all. Whether through uncontrollable circumstances or the pain of personal relationships, everyone has experienced unforeseen changes in life. This study helps believers navigate detours that may take you through trials, injustice, and even betrayal. You will be comforted and encouraged when you learn to rest in God’s redemptive plan and the hope found in God’s sovereign will.

This is a six-week video based bible study and while the study guide and book are not a necessary requirement to attend this bible study, they are recommended to deepen your growth. The study guide offers a personal study that provides five days of bible study and learning activities for individual engagement between group sessions. The study guide and book can be found at most book retailers including Lifeway and Amazon.

6 Weeks: May 23 – June 27

Wednesdays: 11:30 – 12:30

To be invited to the study contact Marilyn Devereaux-Ruffin

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