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October 23rd, 2014

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Chris Guzzardo
The Superiority of Love
Chris Guzzardo
May 5th, 2010

“Now abide faith, hope and love, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor 13:13).

Without love we are nothing!  Let these words from Paul strike our hearts.  We can prophecy, but if we don’t have love we are nothing (1 Cor 13:2).  You can have the greatest revelation of the scripture, but without love you are nothing (1 Cor 13:2).  You can become a martyr, but without love it profits you nothing (1 Cor 13:3).  You can give all you have to the poor, but without love it profits you nothing (1 Cor 13:3).  You can have the greatest faith the earth has seen, but without love you are nothing.  It doesn’t say we have nothing, it says we are nothing.

With this in mind I am taking time to focus my heart on letting God love me again and again.  This is the prerequisite to walking out the first and second commandment (Mat 22:37-40).  I am praying simple prayers like, “Tell me again that you love me, tell me again that you want me.” As I am writing this I am reminded of a recent good time of fellowship with a family that I am friends with.  The father was complimenting and praising his wife in front of me and what she said in response was so encouraging.  She said “He praises me like this every day, and it never gets old.” This father and bridegroom was walking out nourishing and cherishing his earthly bride as Jesus the Bridegroom does the church (Eph 5:29).  If this earthly bridegroom praises his bride daily, how much more does our heavenly bridegroom Jesus desire to nourish us and cherish us daily? Let’s let Jesus love us and may it never get old!

It is easy to get unfocused on the first commandment.  Whether it is the cares of life, or the deceitfulness of riches or just Bible studies on other topics, I am noticing that it is easy to get away from the simplicity of devotion.  Oh that we would be a people who stay near to the heart of God and His immaculate love and enjoyment of us and do all that we do from this place.  St. Augustine said “Love God and do what you please.”

I believe the Lord is releasing grace for us, the church, to come back to the simplicity of love.  Grace to enjoy God enjoying us and to enjoy Him and others as the overflow.  David understood God’s delight and it overflowed to the whole church around him.  He said “As for the saints who are on the earth, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight” (Psa 16:3).

Are we learning to love? Let us be those who allow God to love us and be those who love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength as the primary way we live our lives (Matt. 22:37).

Calendar

Healing Rooms
10/26/2014 3:45pm - 4:45pm

If you are wrestling with physical sickness, a chronic disease, a painful injury, or a heavy emotional burden, then there is good news for you. God's Word says that He is exceedingly kind and loves to heal (Psalm 103:1-5). During His earthly ministry, Jesus healed all who came to Him (Matthew 4:24). God has promised that the prayer of faith will restore the one who is sick (James 5:15). Therefore, we want to stand with you in prayer and faith, believing God to perform a healing work in your life.

Our Healing Rooms will be held from 3:45 - 4:45 pm on Sunday evenings weekly.

Appointments for personal ministry can be made starting at 3:30 pm on a first-come, first-serve basis. This personal time of ministry will typically last 20 minutes with one of our Healing Rooms ministry teams.

Prophecy Rooms
10/26/2014 3:45pm - 4:45pm

At IHOP Atlanta, we desire to encourage and strengthen believers through the prophetic ministry. We have prophecy teams that are trained to hear the heart of the Lord for people and to minister His words of encouragement, edification, and exhortation (1 Cor 14:3). It is our prayer that believers will be strengthened in their faith and have a clearer understanding of how God feels and thinks about them after receiving ministry in the prophecy rooms. If you desire to encounter God's love for you in practical way, we encourage you to sign up for a ministry time in our prophecy rooms.

The prophecy rooms are open on Sundays from 3:45-4:45 PM. Appointments can be made 15 minutes prior. They are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Appointments typically last 10 minutes and are recorded for your convenience.

Encounter Service
10/26/2014 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Each service incorporates prophetic worship, Biblical teaching, prayer, and ministry times. Each service is geared to call individuals to a depth of the knowledge of God, intimacy with Jesus, urgency for the hour, and the Sermon on the Mount lifestyle. Through proclamation and impartation, each service is focused on providing a place for encounter with God for the individual, as well as generating a shift in the spiritual atmosphere over the city of Atlanta. Immediately following the service, there is an Information meeting for anyone desiring more information regarding IHOP Atlanta.
Healing Rooms
11/2/2014 3:45pm - 4:45pm

If you are wrestling with physical sickness, a chronic disease, a painful injury, or a heavy emotional burden, then there is good news for you. God's Word says that He is exceedingly kind and loves to heal (Psalm 103:1-5). During His earthly ministry, Jesus healed all who came to Him (Matthew 4:24). God has promised that the prayer of faith will restore the one who is sick (James 5:15). Therefore, we want to stand with you in prayer and faith, believing God to perform a healing work in your life.

Our Healing Rooms will be held from 3:45 - 4:45 pm on Sunday evenings weekly.

Appointments for personal ministry can be made starting at 3:30 pm on a first-come, first-serve basis. This personal time of ministry will typically last 20 minutes with one of our Healing Rooms ministry teams.

Prophecy Rooms
11/2/2014 3:45pm - 4:45pm

At IHOP Atlanta, we desire to encourage and strengthen believers through the prophetic ministry. We have prophecy teams that are trained to hear the heart of the Lord for people and to minister His words of encouragement, edification, and exhortation (1 Cor 14:3). It is our prayer that believers will be strengthened in their faith and have a clearer understanding of how God feels and thinks about them after receiving ministry in the prophecy rooms. If you desire to encounter God's love for you in practical way, we encourage you to sign up for a ministry time in our prophecy rooms.

The prophecy rooms are open on Sundays from 3:45-4:45 PM. Appointments can be made 15 minutes prior. They are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Appointments typically last 10 minutes and are recorded for your convenience.

Encounter Service
11/2/2014 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Each service incorporates prophetic worship, Biblical teaching, prayer, and ministry times. Each service is geared to call individuals to a depth of the knowledge of God, intimacy with Jesus, urgency for the hour, and the Sermon on the Mount lifestyle. Through proclamation and impartation, each service is focused on providing a place for encounter with God for the individual, as well as generating a shift in the spiritual atmosphere over the city of Atlanta. Immediately following the service, there is an Information meeting for anyone desiring more information regarding IHOP Atlanta.
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