LOVE INC……………..It is Valentine’s Day this Sunday! We are going to be celebrating in a special way as we connect with one of our partner ministries at Peace, Love INC.

Did you know that the Peace family donated $2,300 to Love INC. just last year? Wow. Come this Sunday to worship to find out more about this worthy organization. To better prepare your hearts, I share the description of Love INC’s ministries:

“More than 500 calls come into the Love INC. office each month. Many are requests from people who are elderly or disabled seeking help with housework, grocery shopping or transportation. Some are from people who can’t afford adequate furnishings, home repair, or household and personal hygiene supplies. Others are overwhelmed with health crises, family issues or emotional distress and simply need someone to pray with them.

Love Inc. consists of 48 partner churches and 1500 volunteers. Love INC. offers more than a dozen “GAP ministries” to help fill in gaps in services and resources in the community that are not currently or sufficiently being met.”

WAR ROOM TONIGHT…………..Come at 6 pm for a delicious lasagna dinner (thanks Sandi!). Bring a salad, side dish, or dessert to share and a drink for yourself. After dinner, we will be watching the movie, War Room. We’ll start the the movie at 6:45 for those of you who will not be able to come for dinner, but would like to see the movie.

WIRED WORD………….We will be taking a break from The Story for the season of Lent. This means that we will be covering Wired Word topics during our adult Sunday School hour. Brad will be back leading us as we take on some highly relevant topics and connect them to Scriptures. We will gather in the sanctuary at 9:45 and begin shortly thereafter. Check out the information below as you better prepare for discussion!

Brothers Declare “Life Is Good” in New Release
Brothers Bert and John Jacobs recently released the story of how their bare-bones start-up T-shirt Life Is Good company began and grew into the $100 million enterprise it is today.
The two brothers were the youngest of six children in a lower-middle-class Bostonian family. When they were in grade school, their parents nearly died in a car accident that left their father disabled and angry. But every night at dinner, their mother Joan invited her children to name something good that had happened that day.
That simple act changed their perspective and directed their lives. It kept them from adopting what John calls “a victim’s mentality” and helped them look for the positive every day, even when things were tough. They learned that with courage, they could choose to be optimistic, even in difficult circumstances. They write, “That optimism was something that our family always had, even when we had little else.”
So they built their business on their mother’s philosophy, which is restated on their website: “Life is not perfect. Life is not easy. Life is good.”
The idea that life is fundamentally good seems to fly in the face of a lot of news and rhetoric we hear these days. Bert writes, “… negativity has shaped our perceptions of reality.” As an example, he points to our healthcare system, which has been described as “flawed” or “broken,” in spite of the fact that the average lifespan of a Bostonian today is 78 years, compared to 29 back in the 1700s. In other words, you see what you look for. Beauty (or ugliness) is in the eye of the beholder.
“Each one of us has a choice,” Bert continues: “to focus our energy on obstacles or opportunities. To fixate on our problems, or focus on solutions. We can harp on what’s wrong … or we can cultivate what’s right with the world. What we focus on grows.”
So the brothers invite their employees regularly to “tell me something good,” not only to improve morale, but to generate vision, new ideas and opportunities that come from optimism, which they claim “is not irrational cheerfulness or ‘blind’ positivity, [but] … a pragmatic strategy [that] … empowers us to explore the world with open arms and an eye toward solutions, progress and growth.”
More on this story can be found at these links:
Brothers Who Cofounded A $100 Million Company Say This Question Their Mom Asked Every Night At Dinner Is What Inspired Their Business. Yahoo Finance
Bert Jacobs’ 15 Life Is Good Tips for Business Success. BeInkandescent
Purpose Statement. Life Is Good
The Big Questions
1. Are you someone who usually sees the glass as half full or half empty? What are the advantages and disadvantages of viewing the glass as half full? as half empty? Can you change your viewpoint? Would you want to? Why or why not? How would you accomplish such a change?
2. Compare/contrast the message on the Jacobs’ website (“Life is not perfect. Life is not easy. Life is good”) with the message of the Bible. Is there a difference between positive thinking and the gospel? If so, what is it? How does the “Life is good” message relate to the message of Jesus?
3. The Jacobs brothers make a point of saying that the “Life is good” message is not specific to any particular religion, that it is a message all can embrace. Does that make it superior to the Christian gospel in any way? What is missing, if anything, in the “Life is good” message?
4. How would you answer someone who says, “I have good news and bad news. Which do you want to hear first?” Explain your preference.
5. Some say you can’t appreciate good news until you’ve heard what the bad news is first. What is the “bad news” that the gospel (“good news”) of Jesus addresses?