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Welcome to Faith Family Christian Center

A place where you can truly come as you are and be loved.

Whether you are investigating the claims of Christianity or you already have a strong and vital relationship with Jesus Christ, Faith Family is a place you can call home. We welcome a casual atmosphere where people are at home in a T-shirt and jeans or wearing their "Sunday go to meeting" best.

We believe that Jesus Christ has provided a way for people to live with peace and hope, even in a world where there seems to be neither . . . We would love to help you experience the hope that only He can give.
 

Come join us this weekend at Faith Family Christian Center
and discover the God you are looking for!

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Faith Family Christian Center
2203 38th Ave
Longview, Washington 98632
360-425-2440
Fax: 360-425-0292

John 13:1

It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.


Beginning with this 13th chapter and continuing through the 17th chapter Jesus is with the disciples in the upper room for the Passover feast, and then they walk through the city of Jerusalem and make their way to the Garden of Gethsemane on the mount of Olives. During the course of the evening Jesus did several things to express his love – and ultimately surrenders himself to be crucified for the sins of the world. But the first act of love was when he took off his outer garment, got a basin of water and began washing the feet of the disciples . . .


In this 13th chapter of John, Jesus gave a “new commandment”. John 13:34

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.



So what is “new” about that commandment? It seems to me that when Jesus had been asked about what the greatest commandment was His response had been to love God with all your heart, and all your soul and all your mind, . . . And the second . . . Love your neighbor as yourself. Love had been a command since the days of Moses some 2000 years before the gospel of John was written.


Looking at the Greek word for “new” in this context, it doesn’t mean new in the sense of most recent or different. It is more along the line of “fresh” . . . I give you a command to love one another out of the context of a fresh commitment to love each other.


Jesus command was “fresh”in the sense that it was no longer about loving just your neighbor – believers were now going to be brothers and sisters in the family of God . A family thing is more intimate than a neighbor thing.


Secondly, Jesus freshened up the command to love by raising the bar . . . the Old Testament command was to love your neighbor as yourself . . . the fresh command is to love as Christ has loved us. That is a totally self-sacrificing love – living for the good of others.


Thirdly, Jesus indicated that when we love like he loves it would have a fresh impact on the world . . . people will know that we are followers of Jesus by the way we love each other. Our strongest testimony to the fact that Jesus died and rose again will be our love for each other.


Two more thoughts to ponder today:

1. Love was not a “suggestion”. It is a commandment.

2. People don’t go where the action is, they go to where the love is. (Jess Moody)




Suggested Readings To Read Through The Bible In A Year

Wed.  March 16, 2011   Num. 21-22, John 13, Psalm 68:19-35, Proverbs 16

Thur.  March 17, 2011   Num. 23-24, John 14-15, Psalm 69:1-15, Pr 17

Fri.     March 18, 2011   Num. 25-26, John 16-17, Psalm 69:16-36, Proverbs18

Sat.    March 19, 2011   Num.27-28, John 18, Psalm 70, Proverbs 19

Sun.   March 20, 2011   Num.29-30 , John 19, Psalm 71:1-16, Proverbs20

Mon.  March 21, 2011   Num. 31-32, John 20-21, Psalm 71:17-24, Proverbs 21

Tues. March 22, 2011   Num. 33-34, Acts 1, Psalm 72, Proverbs 22


 


 


 

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