Paul converted people in Caesar's household (Phil 4:22). It didn't matter the circumstances. (He was on trial for his death) He chose to live for something greater than himself. We must do the same. Kingdom of heaven is the treasure in the field and we must give up everything we have to find it otherwise we will lose everything.
Nicole shares how her love for her African kids and their lostness is a glimpse of how God feels for his lost kids. But God is relentless in bringing them home just like in the parable of the lost sheep and the prodigal son show the tender and loving God he his.
Sheryll describes the uniqueness of Jesus; who he is and his characteristics. The question is though doe we know him as these things. Jesus can be different things to us for different situations. We need fresh encounters, an injection of awe as we reflect on him. She asks the church to do an activity of reflecting on who God is for you.
God constantly demonstrates his love for us but he can't make us love him. This was the problem with the history of Israel going after other lovers. We do it too and any object of love above God is an idol. Our prayer needs to be; God expose my lovers and increase my love for you.
Tony looks at 2 Thessalonians1 and compares the church at Thessalonica to us. Growing in faith abounding in love is the reputation we want. Tony also asks the question; what is love? verse 11 explains it: "Doing his works of goodness inspired by faith."