February 8, 2023

Rhonda Patterson
"I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong – that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith...I am obligated to both Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are at Rome."
Romans 1:11-12, 14-15

After reading the apostle Paul’s letters, no one would ever say he lacked zeal!

From my earliest days at Cypress, one of the most notable things I experienced was sincere, authentic encouragement in my faith. In the safety of community, we learn and grow together, we celebrate and mourn together, we pray and meet needs together, and so much more. In all of it, our faith is the common thread that binds us. Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” As our love for God and each other grows, we long for others to know Him all the more. Enthusiasm is contagious! It’s in our nature to share when we’ve found a good thing…a restaurant, a movie, a great deal…how much more when the treasure we’ve found carries such deep joy, peace, and eternal significance.

Father, we ask that You would continually stir our hearts with compassion, longing, and eagerness to see those around us come to know the great news of the gospel of Jesus our Lord.