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  • Everyone gets a free 8x10 portrait just for coming and being photographed.
  • No pressure options are available for portrait packages.
  • Portraits will arrive in time to be given at Christmas.
Photos will be taken Tuesday, Oct 13 thru Thursday, Oct 15, from 2-9PM; and Thursday, Oct 22 and Friday, Oct 23 from 2-9PM, and on Saturday, October 24 from 10AM to 5PM.
For clothing, we suggest solid colors and long sleeves and that families dress in coordinating colors.  People can bring meaningful items such as musical instruments, sporting equipment or hobby items.  Pets are also welcome to be in the photographs.
If anyone has difficulty making reservations online, please call the church office at 772-283-8343.
https://www.securedata-trans14.com/ap/newhopefellowship1/index.php?page=10.  This is supposed to be the link to put on our website to get people to the place where they can sign up for reservations.




In this matter of God’s love for us and our love of each other, there is a chasm between our understanding of love and His.  In fact, when God loves us we very often do not recognize it as love.

Now the problem lies in the fact that I am looking for His love to resemble what I so often give and receive from others and which we both may call love.  But His love will not look like our diluted versions.

In loving us God does not stop at the lower levels of what we may desire.  He goes on to the higher levels of what we actually need.   And in doing so He gives us more love than we may actually want!  As C. S. Lewis phrased it,

“...the intolerable compliment, by too much love, not too little.”

In a phrase: God’s love has an agenda.  He is out to make of us more than we are even capable of desiring.  He has picked a destiny beyond anything we could ever “think or imagine.”  And of course, when He puts us on the rugged trail that climbs to these dizzy heights, we complain that His love doesn’t feel like love at all—this isn’t what we wanted!

There are times when the Family of believers is called on to love each other with this same exacting love—a love which will not settle for moral and spiritual mediocrity.  It is a love that reproves the wrong, instructs in the truth and then assists to healing and greatness.

This love calls us to embrace God’s passionate agenda for each other.  And like our Lord, we are called on to risk rejection and mocking from the very ones for which we are laying down our lives.

But if I can trust my own experience, I believe it is the teachers, for example, who really cared about us, who cared enough to demand we do our very best work—that really cared about who we became—that we now look back to with gratitude.  Having matured, we understand, now, what we did not understand then.  And we are grateful for the stiff training they imposed on our then ungrateful and ignorant passions.

It is to these—not to the soft and indulgent who flattered our egos and stroked our wants, for fear we would not like them—that we give the awards for impacting lives.  After all, we now know they put us ahead of their own comfort and popularit —sacrificial love—to produce the best in us.  

And it is this kind of reflection of God’s love with which we must all be ready to help each other.  But before we can, we must learn to desire it in its purest form from Him.  We must let Him love us, “too much.”

... Pastor Gary

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