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“Love is in the air, everywhere I look around. Love is in the air, every sight and every sound...” It isn’t just the occurrence of Valentine’s Day that’s left Jesus House awash with warm feelings of love and affection; from the start February was designated of ‘Love In Action’ month, with members of the congregation encouraged to make a life of love a priority in this and future years. The highest priority in the expression of this ‘Love in Action’ was the pursuit of a deeper and more genuine relationship with God, devoting time, energy and passion to our communion with our Creator. In addition to this relationship - better yet, upon the foundation of this relationship - we were also encouraged to extend this love to those in our immediate and global communities. There aren’t many greater examples of this that we could find than the Health and Social Care Team’s Medical Mission to Kenya, which is our cover feature in this edition. Please take the time to read Shade Olutobi’s detailed report, and enjoy her stunning photography, and determine in your heart to make a difference in the lives of those whose paths are destined to cross yours. As you can see, this edition is awash - I’m sure I’ve used that word already - with articles about love: Love as the backbone of faith; love in heavenly economics, love for the lost, falling in love with the Father... We’ve even adopted a red look and feel wherever we felt we could get away with it, such is our commitment to love. Seriously, though, I’m not going to bore you with my own take on love; the team and our contributors have done a fantastic job of that. Instead I’m going to leave you with, what for me was a thought-provoking and insightful expanded interpretive translation of First Corinthians 13:4-8. Next month, we’ll probably be talking about love again, though not as overtly, because isn’t that what Christianity is about? Next month will also hopefully see the return of In The Crucible, which will be returning to its rightful place (this page). Till then, I leave you with an excerpt from Sparkling Gems from the Greek: 365 Greek Word Studies for Every Day of the Year, by Rick Renner. God bless you. “Love patiently and passionately bears with others for as long as patience is needed; Love doesn’t demand others to be like itself; rather, it is so focused on the needs of others that it bends over backwards to become what others need it to be; Love is not ambitious, self-centred, or so consumed with itself that it never thinks of the needs or desires that others possess; Love doesn’t go around talking about itself all the time, constantly exaggerating and embellishing the facts to make it look more important in the sight of others; Love does not behave in a prideful, arrogant, haughty, superior, snooty, snobbish, or clannish manner; Love is not rude or discourteous – it is not careless or thoughtless, nor does it carry on in a fashion that would be considered insensitive to others; Love does not manipulate situations or scheme and devise methods that will twist situations to its own advantage; Love does not deliberately engage in actions or speak words that are so sharp, they cause an ugly or violent response; Love does not deliberately keep records of wrongs or past mistakes; Love does not feel overjoyed when it sees an injustice done to someone else, but is elated, thrilled, ecstatic, and overjoyed with the truth; Love protects, shields, guards, covers, conceals, and safeguards people from exposure; Love strains forward with all its might to believe the very best in every situation; Love always expects and anticipates the best in others and the best for others; Love never quits, never surrenders, and never gives up; Love never disappoints, never fails, and never lets anyone down.” ‘Lanre Iroche

Contributors Abiola Obileye Edel Meremikwu Wole Olufon Hannah Abu Ayomiposi Obileye Beatriz Skau Akin Akinyemi Chibundu Onuzo Tinuke Akinbulumo Nadia Osho-Williams Gerard Bakana Bimbo Alonge Dilichi Lawal Kunle Oyetayo Dr Toke Oke Tosin Ajanaku

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Pastor Agu Irukwu

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Outflow  

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