OCC Daily Connect:
Loving Your Neighbor
Coronavirus Edition, March 30, 2020
Physical-Distancing, Socially-Vigilant
INTRODUCTION: Please read entire email

In this edition we have included:
1. A new devotion: Loving Your Neighbor (sermon recap)
2. Fireside Chat Event Info: Tuesday, March 31st, 7:00-8:00 pm
3. Some amazing 
FREE resources (and one worth the price)
4. A simple life hack

1. Encouragement from the Word: Loving Your Neighbor
by Pastor Todd 

In yesterday’s sermon, Paul reminded us that God commands us to keep loving our neighbor a top priority for us as believers according to Romans 13:8-10. In order to keep that command a top priority, Paul states:

1. Loving others is never-ending (vs. 8a): It is unending like a debt that is never paid off. Not too worry, the supply to “pay” this debt comes from God who more than abundantly supplies us with His own amazing love (1 John 4:7-21; Romans 5:5).

2. Loving others sums up the law (vs. 9): According to Jesus and reaffirmed here by Paul, love is behind every moral command God gives us. Love helps us remember and simplify what God calls us to do by filtering our actions through two questions: Is what I’m about to do loving toward God? Loving toward others?. The law also provides guidelines that help define love so that love becomes something other than what God designed it to be.

3. Loving others is the fulfillment of the law (vs. 8b, 10): Loving others is the end goal of obedience keeping us from becoming cold legalists and/or simply disobedient children. Loving others defines us as believers (John 13:34-35; I John 3:10).

At the end of the sermon, our benediction from 1 Timothy 1:5 said:

“The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”

This pure heart, good conscience and sincere faith come the gift of salvation in being united with Christ and in growing more like Christ as we “aim to love.”

Here’s another reminder that stirs us to love:

“Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you…” (1 Thessalonians 3:11–12, ESV)

Make it your prayer to “increase and abound in love for one another” as you “aim to love.” How will you love your neighbor this week?

In case you missed the sermon, you can listen to it here: The Priority of Love

2. OCC FIRESIDE CHAT: “Large Small Group & Prayer Event”
When: Tuesday, March 31: 7:00-8:00 PM
What: Interactive gathering, discussion, prayer – bring your Bible!
Where: Online using Zoom – click this link on Tuesday to join us
       New Login: https://zoom.us/j/934450482
Who: All OCC – looking forward to seeing each other – the whole family is invited!

Here are some helpful links as you navigate being home:

Family Worship 101by William Boekestein
Here’s a great article for families in lockdown and not on lockdown.

25 Ways to Worship God on YouTube by Bret McCracken
Great list of YouTube songs for times of family and/or personal worship while in lockdown
(Note: I’m not a fan of Hillsong United but the other 24 are great).

Have you seen either of the two American Gospel documentaries?
They are worth the time spent in watching them – especially since you are “stuck” at home. They are not FREE but they are worth the price, too!
Click here for viewing or more information. 

What is one way you can love the neighbor(s) that you are sharing a housing with? If you are single – what is one way you can love a neighbor though physically distant?

Contact Any of Us with Prayer Requests or questions:
 Todd Burgett: todd@orchardcommunity.org
Jeremy Wong: jeremy@orchardcommunity.org
John Gould: jgould@orchardcommunity.org
John String: jstringer@orchardcommunity.org
Lisa Burgett: lisa@orchardcommunity.org
Sue Ertis:  sue@orchardcommunity.org