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January 29, 2017, 2:02 PM

Pastor's Post - February 2017

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

With Valentine's Day upon us, I wanted to take a moment and give Cupid and Valentine their due. In classical Greco-Roman mythology, Cupid is the god of love, or more accurately the god of lust and desire. Originally he was pictured as a slender, winged youth, but in time he began to be pictured as a chubby boy. His weapon of desire is a bow and arrow that instantly induces uncontrollable desire in all hearts he pierces.

How odd it is that Cupid should be associated with Valentine's Day!

Saint Valentine was a Christian that was imprisoned and executed for his faith in Rome on February 14th, 273. Instead of an uncontrollable lusty desire, Valentine is remembered because of his letters explaining God's love to the daughter of his jailer. Legen has it that Valentine healed the little girl of blindness and then, before his death, shared the love of Jesus with her in a series of letters of "Valentines."

These two images of love couldn't be more different. One is selfish and shallow, the other is sacrificial and giving. This Valentine's Day, take a moment and choose the kind of lover you want to be.

"Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends." - John 15:3

In His Love,

Pastor Matt

 


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