Monthly archives: February, 2019

God Loves You! Valentine’s Weekend

A number of churches on a Sunday near Valentines Day focus on that “God Loves You,” a time to share how God loves us all!

It goes without needing to say it, but this should happen not only every Sunday, but everyday.

It is a good time to make the connection with young children that God is the ultimate when it comes to defining and understanding love.

1 John 4:7-21 New International Version (NIV)    God’s Love and Ours

7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.

10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

Here are several audio stories on love and relationships …

Dave’s love is obvious for all that his wife Kim brings to the world to share with him and others. Listen to him tell in his own words on Passages about Kim …

Sometimes what appears to be love can be misleading and a problem. Mary is a young woman who shares about an abusive relationship and her needing to break it off to find healing. Listen to Mary share her situation on Survivors …

A college student has the experience of a lifetime in having his mom go to school at the same time that he does and at the same school. Listen to Sherry talk about this time with her son and the fun they had together. Listen to Sherry on Passages …

Rachel had a rough relationship she worked through as a teen and is now married with a child having learned about love and life. Listen to Rachel share here story on Passages …

Here is a special treat when it comes to God’s love! A half-hour of jazz music on “Friendship” by Jeff Kellam, award-winning media producer and Presbyterian minister. Enjoy!

Healthy relationships with each other and the good Lord makes for a special Valentine’s Day weekend!
God loves you and we do to at Presbyterian Media Mission. Hug a special person today!


Football on Our Minds!

Here are some stories of football and hunger that lead us to one of the biggest days of sports and food/snacks of the year! Super Bowl LIII is an upcoming football game between the two-time defending American Football Conference champion New England Patriots and the National Football Conference champion Los Angeles Rams to determine the champion of the National Football League for the 2018 season. Sunday, February 3rd, 2019, will be the Super Bowl with the big game of feeding our appetite for sports and food, as we reach out to care for those in need of food in our communities across the nation.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Bowl_LIII

A simple prayer: “Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat” is inspiring a youth-led movement to help hungry and hurting people around the world.

This prayer, delivered by Brad Smith, then a seminary intern serving at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC, gave birth to an idea. Why not use Super Bowl weekend, a time when people come together for football and fun, to also unify the nation for a higher good: collecting dollars and canned food for the needy? Youth could collect donations at their schools and churches in soup pots, and then send every dollar DIRECTLY to a local charity of THEIR choice.


https://souperbowl.org/welcome 

As you care for those around you, by not just giving this weekend, but all year long to help those in need and less fortunate, remember these stories as you do!

Stories of faith, football, and hunger from Media Mission:

Are you and I the problem with hunger? Listen to what Ron knows about plate waste by clicking on the audio button below …

A humorist sports story that captures the truth about the need to learn how to block in football! Click on the audio button below to hear this story told by Carl …

Giving handouts to people in need of food is important, but to be confident they are able to prepare the food, is a question that needs answered says Otis. Click on the audio button below to hear what Otis has to say …

The Walter Payton Award will be given out this weekend! One of the greatest NFL players on and off the field, Walter Payton was special. Listen to what John has to say about Walter on Passages …

Many refugees in the world suffer health problems that often is a result from hunger and lacking clean water to drink. Listen to Bill tell what he experienced …

A special era in the NFL is shared by All-Pro Defensive Back Mel Blount who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the 70s. Listen to Mel talk about those glory days! Click on the button below.

Here is a fun and spirited song called “Big Joe” by the late David Bailey who has inspired thousands in looking at themselves and their relationship with each other and God.  Enjoy!

Please help out those in need of food in your community! Give to your local food bank.  Thank you!
The PMM Leadership Team and Passages Production Team

Walter Payton Award winner will be announced this evening!

NFL announces nominees for Walter Payton Man of Year award

The NFL announced today the 32 nominees for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide. Representing the best of the NFL’s commitment to philanthropy and community impact, each of these players was selected as his team’s Man of the Year and is now eligible to win the national award.