The Wisdom in Watching Our Words

Proverbs 17:27 Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.


Being in a merchandise return line is quite an experience. As people make ready to defend their reason as to why they are returning their item, it’s fun to observe. Some come to the counter with a simple explanation, “I would like to return this!” They may get asked the reason for the return, but some just smile and repeat they just want to make the return. Others come with a well-rehearsed, long, detailed explanation of the very convincing reason for their return. Now there are a few that, for some reason, have made up their mind they need to use aggressive and strong words to assure their return will be accepted and receive their money back. It was this last type that caught my attention as I was in a return line.


The line was long, and a person a few people in front of me was obviously agitated. The line was not moving as fast as she would like. She muttered under her breath, yet loud enough for those around her to hear her say, “Come on! Can’t you hurry this up?” I was not sure who she was addressing, but with multiple heavy sighs, a few audible “Aaahhs!,” and some eye rolls, she made it clear she was not happy. As she approached the counter with a furrowed brow and pursed lips, she hoisted up her item and barked out, “I want to return this for a full refund, no store credit!” The young adult behind the counter looked up at her and as a smile came across his face, he gently and respectfully apologized that she was not satisfied with her purchase and began processing her return. He thanked her for her patience and even made some small talk as he asked her the reason for the return. As they interacted, her tension seemed to subside and as she left I think I actually saw a smile on her face. I thought, wow!; I just witnessed the Bible proverb that says…

Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

This employee was well trained on the wisdom in watching our words. He was polite and did not answer back with the aggravation the customer was forcing on him.


Oh, it’s easy to pop off when others are flinging all kinds of intense words at us. Yet there is wisdom in being careful with our words. We are challenged in the Bible book of Proverbs to watch our words.

Proverbs 13:3 Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life: he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

Proverbs 15:4 A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

Proverbs 21:23 Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.

Proverbs 16:24 Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

Proverbs 10:19 When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent


So yes, we are to be careful with our words because they are powerful. In the Bible book of James, we are reminded that our tongue, our speech, can cause much damage (see James 3:1-12). So we are to be wise with our words, to think before we speak and to consider how those words might come across.

Proverbs 15:2 The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.

Proverbs 12:18 There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Proverbs 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.

A ‘fitly’ spoken word is a well thought out bit of knowledge, like a proverb, given at the right time. The idea here is to be careful and think before we speak. Sometimes not saying anything is the wisest move at the moment.

Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.


Yet, when we do use our words, let’s be wise. I wonder how different our interaction with others would be if we choose to be like that employee and carefully chose our words? There is wisdom in watching our words.


Church can be a great place to let our speech be seasoned with God’s good grace. If you don’t already have a church you regularly attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. We are in the midst of a teaching series going through the Bible book of Proverbs. Our website has all the information you would need: It would be great to see you.


Seeking to be wise with my words along with you,



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The Wisdom in Telling the Truth

Proverbs 24:26 Whoever gives an honest answer kisses the lips.


A while back, I was in the checkout line at one of those big hardware stores and struck up a conversation with a new young employee. He was stocking those displays of impulse products like candy, cool little flashlights, zip ties, and fun items that are on each cash register aisle. Well, he was thrilled at his new job and looking forward to earning money. He was also very excited at all he was learning about hardware, tools, and home improvement. It was fun to see his enthusiasm. Well, as I was moving on in the line and my conversation with this new employee was ending, a very-much-in-a-hurry customer came up to this new employee and asked where to find a product. The new employee stood up with a smile, looked the customer in the eye with confidence, and without hesitation said, “Aisle 54.” The customer scurried off saying, “Thank you, I am in a real hurry.” I was really impressed at this young employee’s knowledge. The new employee watched the customer walk off and went back to his restocking and said, “I have no idea if that’s the right aisle, but I smiled, looked him in the eye, and spoke with confidence like my boss said.” Yes, I thought, but what about the training to be truthful! That customer is going to be even more frustrated if she was led down the wrong way.


Now just a few days ago, I was in a different big hardware store, and I was that frantic customer with little time and needed to get something fast. I asked the nearest employee where I could find this product. Immediately, looking me in the eyes with a smile and with confidence he said, “Aisle 22.” Perfect, I thought. I went right to Aisle 22 at the other end of the store and as I walked down the aisle it was not even the type of parts I needed. I walked up and down the aisle a few times, thinking I had missed something, getting a bit frustrated because my time was short. I was going to ask another employee, but did not trust what they might say, so began my own search. Good thing it did not take me long to find what I was looking for. As I headed for the self-checkout registers I was wondering, was this guy just mistaken or did he purposely not tell me the truth. I will never know, but I do greatly appreciate the truth.


The Bible has encouraged us to be truthful.

Ephesians 4:25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.

Zechariah 8:16 These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another; render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace;

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.


Sure, sometimes it’s difficult to be honest and truthful, yet there is a wisdom in telling the truth.

Proverbs 12:17 Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit.

Proverbs 14:25 A truthful witness saves lives, but one who breathes out lies is deceitful.

Proverbs 12:22 Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.

Abomination means detestable, abhorrent. It’s the hateful feeling a parent has towards a deadly snake that could hurt their innocent child. God does not hate us, He loves us (see Psalm 86), yet God does hate or abhors the evils of this world (see Proverbs 6:16-19 for a list God’s top 7) because they do cause great devastation, frustration, pain, and hurt. Yet there is wisdom in telling the truth.

Proverbs 12:19 Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

Proverbs 14:25 A truthful witness saves lives, but one who breathes out lies is deceitful.


Yes there is wisdom in telling the truth. Let’s be that truthful blessing to those around us!


Church can be a great place to grow and learn to be more truthful. If you don’t already have a church you attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. We have just started a new series going through the Bible book of Proverbs helping us to gain from God’s truthful insights. Our website has all the information you would need: It would be great to see you.


Seeking to live out the wisdom of being truthful along with you,




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Work Wisdom from the Ant

I was in my yard and noticed a trail of ants on the ground heading towards my patio table. The trail led to a group of these busy little creatures working hard to hoist up what looked like a piece of hotdog one of my grandsons had dropped the night before at a family BBQ. What amazed me was how intensely they were working. None of the ants were standing off to the side waiting to be invited to join in or too entitled or important that they were waiting for someone else to get the job done. They just seemed to look for an opportunity to jump in. None of the ants were looking to a crew chief to tell them what to do or when to do it. They just figured it out. They all seemed to be in touch with each other depending on another to step in and do what was needed at just the right time. I was impressed at their diligence, their determination, and their daring to go after what needed to be done.


The Bible actually points to the ant as an example of a wise worker.

Proverbs 6:6 Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.

Now, not that we are all lazy people who are not working like busy ants, but if we want to excel in our work, be it working at home, in an office, at a summer job, with our school work, loving our families, fixing up our homes, keeping our yards, cars, rooms, offices looking nice and functional, we could learn a thing or two from the ant.


Now the Bible book of Proverbs is a book of good, godly truths, bits of life-knowledge and know-how, that when applied or lived out we are expressing wisdom. So in this example of working ants, we can glean some helpful truths to apply to life.


The first work wisdom from the ant is in developing good relationships with others.

Proverbs 6:7-8 Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.

They work as an interconnected team trusting and depending on each other. Relationships like that in the human world take effort and initiative to learn names and about each other’s lives, to have fun together, to help when needs arise, and to care about each other’s well-being. When we do we actually work better.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!


Another work wisdom from the ant is that ants are a diligent bunch who always seem to be on a mission, working their purpose, not idol, but engaged!

Proverbs 30:25 The ants are a people not strong, yet they provide their food in the summer;

Genetically programmed by God to provide food for themselves and their families, they all get involved. It’s all too easy for us not to make plans and just let life happen. Yet the good truth here is to engage life, make plans and go for it.

Proverbs 21:5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.

Proverbs 16:3 Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.


These ants set out to complete a task. Those tasks have significance like bringing in food for the family; for work wisdom from the ant is to see the meaning in our work. Yes, our work needs to provide an income, but it most likely is a lot more like getting to know others, learning new skills or perfecting them, bringing success to a business, serving a need, and more. It’s easy to get lost in the task and forget the meaning behind our work.


Though the ant is among the smallest of creatures, they do possess a large amount of wisdom. They’re even wise enough to put some dropped food to use. I think there is much to learn from these amazing little insects.


Church can be a great place to learn of God’s great truths and gain wisdom. If you don’t already have a church you attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. We have just started a new series going through the Bible book of Proverbs helping us gain from God’s insights. Our website has all the information you would need: We would love for you to be with us.


Seeking to work wisely like the ant along with you,



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The Wisdom in Listening

I went out for a quick lunch today. Being by myself, I noticed the interactions of a few couples. One couple was having some intense discussions in the parking lot near their car. She said to the guy she was with, I assume her boyfriend or husband, with her hands thrust down by her side, “You just are not hearing me!” “Oh, I am hearing you loud and clear, you just are not listening to me!” as his arms flew up in air with frustration. Her arms moved from her sides to a tight folding of her arms with a very furrowed brow and eyes in a strong stare looking down to the ground. There was silence for a few moments and I quickly walked by trying to look discreet. I am not sure all that transpired as I walked to my car, but I heard laughter and saw them walking hand in hand to their car. As I was getting in my car, I saw another couple in the car across from mine. She had thrust open her car door, looking like she was both hurt and mad, fighting back tears. Since the car was facing my direction, I could see the guy in the car. He was in the driver’s seat, hands gripping the wheel, staring straight ahead. He did not move. She looked back at him in the car and said something, but he kept staring. She just kept looking at him, I think waiting for a response. He said nothing, did nothing, just kept looking straight ahead. I was curious to see how this drama played out, but I had started my car and was backing out. As I glanced back, she was still looking at him and he was still looking straight ahead. I left wondering what happened, seeing two couples apparently struggling in their communication. As I drove on praying for these unnamed couples with their unknown issues, I found myself praying for their communication and that they would truly hear each other because there is great wisdom in listening.


Actually God desires for us to grow in our listening skills.

James 1:19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.

To be quick to hear is to truly listen. Too much in conversation we are more eager to get our point across than to hear what the other is trying to say. What we need to do is ‘hear’ what people are saying. That word ‘hear’ in the above Bible verse means to receive and understand the information the other is speaking. It means entering into a conversation hungry to learn what the other is trying to communicate. This kind of hearing takes practice and instead of formulating arguments or responses as someone is talking to us, to listen intently trying to extract meaning out of what is being said. Sometimes it helps once the other has paused in what they are saying to put what they said in your own words and say, “It sounds like you are saying…” and fill in what you think they are saying. That’s called active listening. It means we listen twice as much as we speak. I believe it’s why God gave us two ears and one mouth so we would listen twice as much as we speak.


When we choose not to listen and hear what others are saying, making up our own mind as to what people mean by what they say, we venture into being kind of foolish.

Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.

That word ‘listen’ is an interesting word in Hebrew. It’s the word ‘shema,’ Shema means a lot more than just the taking in of words or listening. It means to examine, heed, even obey. It is key in our faith with God as we are to ‘shema’ the words of God. If you would like to hear more about shema check out the Bible Project on Shema ( God desires for us to ‘shema’ Him, but also ‘shema’/listen to advice, for we can easily slip into foolishness.

Proverbs 18:2 A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.

Proverbs 18:13 If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.


Now the wise work at listening and listening well.

Proverbs 1:5 Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,

Proverbs 19:20 Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.

Proverbs 25:12 Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear.


So here’s a challenge this week. Seek to apply the wisdom in listening and in our conversations truly understand what the other person is trying to say.


Church can be a great place to listen to God. If you don’t already have a church you attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. We have just started a new series going through the Bible book of Proverbs and you might find it interesting. Our website has all the information you would need: We would love for you to be with us.


Seeking to engage the wisdom of listening along with you,



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Making an Intentional Connection this Summer

“It’s SUUUUMMERRRRRR!,” came the cry of an elementary student as he ran out from his class the last day of school. I live just a few houses from an elementary school here in Cypress, CA and witnessed the cascade of happy students as they ended a year of school and started their summer. This particular student came running through the little park next to the school with a hand full of papers in one hand and his backpack jolting from one side to another as he ran. The call of joy that “It’s summer!” came from a face lit up with the wide eyes of joy and a huge smile of delight. As he greeted his mom with a hug, he said, “I can’t wait to go to the Great Wolf Lodge.” The Great Wolf Lodge is an indoor water park and resort in Garden Grove. As I walked by, I also heard parents and kids anticipating their trips to Disney World, camping with friends, church family camp in the Sequoias, going to visit their parents and grandparents in another state, and one was going to visit family in Korea. As I passed by hearing of all these trips and family adventures, I was encouraged and challenged as people were making an intentional connection this summer. They were making choices to intentionally connect: connect with family, connect with friends, connect with adventure, connect with nature, connect with God, and connect with fun. I was inspired and encouraged to make my own intentional connections this summer.


Summer is a great time to connect and reconnect. Yes, it takes some intentionality. Most plans don’t just happen. Trips need to be planned. Time needs to be set aside. Details need to come together and all that takes some intentional planning. Sure, it is a bit of work, but well worth the memories created and relationships built.


This idea of intentional connections is something God encourages us to bring into our lives. God created this amazing world to enjoy as it reveals much about Him.

Romans 1:20 For His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

As we stand on the edge of the Grand Canyon or look up at Half Dome in Yosemite or see the grandeur of the Sequoia Redwoods, the power of the waves on the beach or the dazzling clear night sky of the mountains, we gain a greater view of God.

Psalms 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.  

Making the intentional choice to enjoy God’s creation is a great connection.


Intentionally connecting with friends and family builds the bonds of relationship and love.

Romans 12:10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

Proverbs 27:10 Do not forsake your friend and your father’s friend…

Exodus 20:12 Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

Proverbs 17:6 Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.

1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.

It’s taking time and making time to have a BBQ, meeting up at the beach or the movies or a game night, planning time to interact and enjoy the moment telling stories, talking sports, and learning of what is going on each other’s lives. Making the choice to engage others is a great intentional connection.


It is also good to make the intentional choice to rest this summer. With many people taking vacations, part of that time it is good to rest.

Hebrews 4:9 So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God,

Matthew 11:28 Come to me (Jesus), all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Making the choice to pull aside and rest by taking a nap, reading a book, sitting at the beach, or taking a walk around the lake reflecting, processing, or just enjoying the sounds of nature, whatever is restful is a great intentional connection.


In all this it is also good to connect with God.

Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

1 Chronicles 16:11 Seek the Lord and his strength; seek His presence continually!

We connect with God through prayer. He loves the sound of our thoughts, through reading His Word, the Bible, and through attending church. Making the choice to connect to God is an amazing intentional connection. By the way, if you don’t already have a church you attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. Our website has all the information you would need: So let’s make some intentional connections this summer.


Seeking to be more intentionally connected this summer along with you,



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Savor the Moment

Ecclesiastes 3:13 also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.


My wife and I were out for some ice cream a few weeks back and as we were waiting for our delectable delight I noticed two young kids each about to receive from their parents a huge ice cream cone with multiple scoops. Their eyes were both wide waiting to enjoy this treat that would not only make their taste buds dance with joy but bring bright smiles and laughter. However, as they were handed their desserts, amidst their squeals of joy, one grabbed the cone and began to inhale it taking big bites that made my teeth cringe. Then, he began licking up the sides of the cone as not to miss a drip while forming the scoops of ice cream into one, curled-top mountain. His intensity and focus was ferocious as each lick syphoned off huge portions. The other child was quite different. At first, he did not even take the cone from his mom’s hand. He stood up with an expression of awe and looked all around the cone, eyeing each scoop and the texture of the cone. His mom had to place it in his hand before he would take it. Still he stared it up and down as he let the drips of ice cream land on his hand gripping the cone. After his dad wiped the face of his brother who was more than halfway done and wearing much of the ice cream feeding frenzy all over his face, the father leaned over and said, “What are you waiting for? Enjoy it.” The son answered back without losing eye contact with his treat and said, “I am. I know it’s going to taste as good as it looks.” Then he took his first, long, calculated lick. With eyes closed, he put his head back and swallowed slowly with a big satisfied smile. His expression almost had me tasting his ice cream. This kid knew how to savor the moment!


I actually kind of envy that savor-the-moment kid. Much of my life I have rushed through like the first child wolfing down his ice cream, and did not savor some of the moments of my life. I’m not sure why I am like that. It probably has to do with my crazy life growing up. Regardless, I find it all too easy in our instant, rushed, got-to-get-on-to-the-next-thing world not to take the time to savor some of the moments of life.


We are actually encouraged in the Bible to make time to enjoy, to savor the moments of life. In the Bible book of Ecclesiastes, a book written by King Solomon, the wisest man that ever lived besides Jesus (see 1 Kings 3:1-15 to find out why), we are challenged to enjoy and savor life.

Ecclesiastes 5:18-19 Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot. Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God.

Ecclesiastes 8:15 And I commend joy, for man has nothing better under the sun but to eat and drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that God has given him under the sun.

Life is short, and God provides for us wonderful experiences that we should not just breeze by, but soak in, celebrate, and revel in the joy of it all. I still remember the father/daughter dance at both of my girls’ weddings. I just wanted to make time stop as I beheld the beautiful women our little girls had become and the joy of them now starting their own family. That memory will always hold a precious place in my heart.

Ecclesiastes 2:24 There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God,

I think Solomon was into fine foods and the enjoyment of a good meal. God gave us these amazing taste buds to let the foods we eat bring us joy, and so why not savor the beverages, foods, and desserts out there.


One key in all our savoring is to let God guide us. Kind David, Solomon’s dad put it this way:

Psalm 23:1-5 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Following God opens great times to savor the moments of life. Life can get so busy. Why not make some time and take some time to savor the moments. There may be some great joy waiting for you! I think I want some ice cream now!


Church can be a great place to savor some moments with God. If you do not already have a church where you attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. Our website has all the information you would need


Seeking to savor the moments of life along with you,



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Let Your Light Shine

Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others…


I saw one of my grandsons do something amazing the other day. No, it was not pushing up to the piano and playing one of Bach’s symphonies, nor was it standing up and reciting the Gettysburg Address from memory, nor was it jumping up on a skateboard performing all kinds of flips and handstands. No, what my grandson did was shed the light of love to another person. We were out on a walk and as we walked by a person who was looking kind of down, my grandson went up to say hi (this person was someone we both knew, so no ‘stranger-danger’ here). My grandson seemed to notice they could use some attention, so he went up and struck up a conversation. The person smiled and after sharing a few compliments and exchanging a few smiles, we walked on.


I’m not sure if that little shining of the light of love had any impact on that person, but it impacted me. I was so proud of my grandson’s sensitivity to do what he could to show care and empathy to another. He was living out the wonderful encouragement Jesus gave in the Bible to love others…

Matthew 22:26-39 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He (Jesus) said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.


John 13:34 A new commandment I (Jesus) give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

I was also a bit convicted by my grandson’s letting the light of love shine, for though I loved this time hanging out with him, I was more interested in getting home so I could get back to my list of things to do! I was not thinking of sharing the light of love because I was too wrapped up in my agendas and had not put sharing the light of love on that list. Yet, that is something God asks of us.

Romans 12:10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

Galatians 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brothers, only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

1 Peter 4:8-10 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:


As we live out these ‘one-another’ challenges, we let the light of love, Jesus’ love, shine out. When we do, we bring God glory and people are blessed.

Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

I wonder what kind of impact we could make if more and more people would add letting the light of love shine to their everyday lives. Let’s give it a try!


Church can be great place to learn about God’s great love and how we might share that love with others. If you do not already have a church where you attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. Our website has all the information you would need


Seeking to let the light of love shine along with you,



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