My dad tricked me when I was a kid. In hindsight, I should have figured out his scheme a lot sooner than I did, but I was a kid, I fell for it. Here’s how it went down… One day my dad led me into our backyard where a massive tree stood enclosed in a large wooden box filled with dirt. Standing at the foot of the tree he pointed at the dirt and said “Tricia, right now this is just a box of dirt, but you’re going to turn this into a garden.
In what seems like a lifetime ago now, I used to work as an Educational Assistant in one of the toughest elementary schools in Oshawa. The principal of that school was an older man named Bill. Bill was in his final years of education and instead of riding off into the sunset in a cushy school, because after all he had earned it, he chose to work with some of the neediest students in the city.
In February, my daughter’s teacher sent home a list of children in her class so that we could send Valentine’s Day cards to every child. Your school Valentine’s Day experience may have been the same, but mine was very different. I’m not saying the old way was better, but when I was in elementary school you earned your valentine!!
Have you ever heard the saying, “Love is blind?” Maybe at a wedding or the advice of someone who has been in a marriage a long time? This phrase points us to believe that when you love someone you are blind to the mistakes they make, to the ways in which they don’t measure up, or the shortcomings they may have. It tells us that loving someone is to only look at and focus on the good, rather than seeing the worst.
The Bible describes the love of God as immeasurable, unfathomable and relentless. It describes God as love! The best evidence to support the Bible’s claim is that the creator God was born in this world a created thing, a man. The sole purpose of that action was to save us, save me and save you from the very thing that separates us from God, our tendency to rebel against the God who made us. The remarkable thing is not only did He die for our freedom, He also died so that we could know this love, that know one can explain, in increasing measure for the rest of our lives.
Are you ready? Overflow 2017 will be May 19-21, and we will again be taking over the City of Waterloo! Our theme for this coming year is SO LOVED. The May long weekend will be here before you know, so get excited!
Here is the highly anticipated song list for #OFLO16. We know a lot of people and youth groups love getting this list in advance so they can become familiar with the songs that will be sung at the conference. So here you go: listen, learn, share, and enjoy! (Songs subject to potential change).
(Click the link above to see the list!)
Are you ready for OVERFLOW 2016? We are taking over the city of Waterloo on MAY 20-22 for a weekend of worship, life-change, and fun. The May long weekend will be here before you know it, so get ready!
Our theme for 2016 is MADE FOR MORE....
It's hard to believe that Overflow was already a week ago! We hope that you and your group had a life-changing time at the event. We want to hear about what God did in your lives: email firstname.lastname@example.org with your testimony!
In case you haven't heard, OVERFLOW 2016 will be May 20-22 in Waterloo. Mark it on your calendars now, and don't miss it!