Lots of people traveling this month. From SJCampos, Jorge, Paula and Daniel are out until Aug., Valeria and her two were gone last week and today. From Taubate, Humberto was sent by his commander off somewhere and his mission, or whatever they call it, keeps getting extended.
Tonight at Taubate we had a family from Rio visiting; they are vacationing up in the resort city of Campos do Jordao, Brazil’s little Switzerland, as its called, 1 1/2 hours from us here. But we’ve never been there, very expensive they say.
We came home for lunch. We’re were going to take Haroldo out for pizza tonight, after his birthday on Friday, but he wanted to put it off, since he’d had a big late lunch. So we came back to SJCampos and I treated the ladies to BK at ValeSul Mall.
For today’s sermons I took the binary stars of 1 John, “God is light” and “God is love” and used them in Taubate and SJCampos, respectively. I often work from short outlines, a word or a phrase for each point, so that’s what I offer you tonight, as a starter for your class or sermon. (OK, last minute I added some explanations to the second one.)
GOD IS LIGHT, 1 John 1:5-10
- Revealing light;
- Separating light;
- Purifying light.
GOD IS LOVE, 1 John 4:7-21
- Its nature (v. 8, 16): God’s love isn’t an accessory of his person;
- Its manifestation (v. 9, 18): Love shows itself in action;
- Its initiative (v. 10): Love doesn’t wait for the other to act; see Rm 5, “while we were yet sinners”;
- Its advance: God’s love is not contained within himself; in us it will overflow our relationship with him to include his family.