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This is Love 5.0

By October 7, 2013 One Comment
Just 5 days to go and YC will be upon us. Over the next 5 days as we make final preparations I will be dropping you a few notes along the way to hopefully take a fresh look at God’s love with the help A.W. Tozer, well known theologian, pastor, and author who passed away in 1963 but who’s works still resonate in the church today. Tozer said this:

“From God’s other known attributes we may learn much about His love. We can know, for instance, that because God is self-existent, His love had no beginning; because He is eternal, His love can have no end; because He is infinite, it has no limit; because He is holy, it is the quintessence of all spotless purity; because He is immense, His love is an incomprehensibly vast, bottomless, shoreless sea before which we kneel in joyful silence and from which the loftiest eloquence retreats confused and abashed.” (AW Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy, p.98)
I can’t think of a better place to start this week but gazing into the the “incomprehensibly vast, bottomless, shoreless sea before which we kneel in joyful silence and from which the loftiest eloquence retreats confused and abashed”. In order for this theme of God’s love we have to start with look into the face of the originator, the author, the creator of this incredible love.
On the Friday of our first YC in 2000 Matthew Wright and I left the insanity of the final YC prep and took the winding drive up Signal Hill on one of those often rare but beautiful “not-a-cloud-in-the-sky” St. John’s fall afternoons. Matt was serving as our prayer coordinator at that time and from our perch overlooking the seemingly endless Atlantic ocean we prayed a prayer from Psalm 24:7-10:

“Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory enter. Who is the King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty; the Lord, invincible in battle. Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory enter. Who is the King of glory? The Lord of Heaven’s Armies—he is the King of glory.”
Fourteen years later we are still standing in awe of the incredible wave of God’s glory that crashed on the shores of our province. The most important thing that happened was not when it came, or how it came, but WHO came. The King of Love came and guess what? He’s coming again! So this week “look full in His wonderful face” and stand in awe of a love so vast it reached and still reaches to you and me. This week listen for his footsteps, pursuing us and pursuing a generation. He is coming. Let’s get His house in order!

Author Dean Brenton

Executive Director of Ministry Development & Strategic Initiatives PAONL, YCNL Director, Pastor, Husband, Dad, Diakonoi, Christ-follower.

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  • Kathy says:

    Personally, this year’s theme could not be more well suited for this season in my own life. I have never felt more loved by God and have never felt more motivated to be His love in the earth. It’s going to be amazing!!! I can’t help but get goosebumps anticipating the power of His presence in that arena, where so many have come seeking His glory, purpose and love! Come on, Friday!!

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