September 21, 2003

Steve Thiessen - “Becoming Human”

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Steve Thiessen spoke on “Becoming Human,” using some ideas from Jean Vanier. We cannot grow spiritually if we do not address our humanity, and we cannot be truly human if we do not learn to love. Steve then listed seven things that love means. Love means that we need to reveal our love (e.g., parents should reveal to their child that they love the child, that the child is worthy of love). Love means that we try to understand people (e.g., a child may act out or engage in self abuse, either of which can be a form of communication that we need to try to understand). To love means to communicate (e.g., when I, as parent, make a mistake, I need to name what happened, or another example is that we need to utter the words, "I love you" to spouse, children, best friends). Love means celebrating people, which in turn honors them and builds them up. Love means to empower, to help someone grow to maturity, to become what they have the inner talents to achieve. Love means to be in communion with another, giving and receiving. Finally, to love means that we need to forgive, even if deeply wounded. This may require unconditional love. Steve challenged us to accept the call to be fully human, and to be like our God of love (1 John 4:7), to move from judging people to loving them unconditionally. [JEK]


Passage: Acts 24-28
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Speaker: Steve Thiessen
Worship Leader: Janet Boldt
Song Leader: Evan Kreider
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