Love is not god; God is Love.

Dear Mosaic Boston Family,

Each culture is dominated by its own idols.
The Vikings had Odin, Thor, Freya and Loki.
The Greeks had Zeus, Artemis, Aphrodite, and Eros.
Hindu deities include Brahma, Saraswati, Lakshmi, and Vishnu.

We have Significance, Affection, Comfort, and Control. These idols contaminate our souls with spiritual toxins. Over the course of this year's Lent season, we are working to identify and dismantle these idols from the alters of our hearts to purify our worship of the one true God, the only one Who satisfies. We aim to detox our worship. 

This week we will study the idol of Affection. This idol goes by many names: romance, intimacy, but most often, simply "Love." As each culture has its own set of idols, each also has its own shrines and priesthood. Our culture's most powerful priesthood includes musicians. Just take a cursory look at the Billboard's Top 100 song list. At any point, it's dominated with songs about love articulated in religious language. We are indoctrinated with the claim: Love is god. These "priests" teach us to rest all of our hope for happiness on love. We are taught that without a romantic relationship, our lives are meaningless; without romantic love and affection, we are somehow incomplete.

Case in point, Ed Sheeran's song "Perfect" (currently #3) with the following lyrics:
"I found a love for me...
I have faith in what I see
Now I know I have met an angel in person
And she looks perfect
I don't deserve this
You look perfect tonight"

Like every idol, this one overpromises, underdelivers, and always breaks our heart. 

Join us tomorrow as we look at the story of Sampson, perhaps the physically strongest person in all of Scripture, who was slain by the idol of affection. You can read up on the story here. See you tomorrow!

Praying for you!
Pastor Jan

Announcements:

Understanding Your Teen
Sunday, March 11, 9:30 a.m.
Culture changes so rapidly it’s hard to keep up. If you’re a parent of a teen, or teen-to-be, join our youth leaders this upcoming Sunday morning as we try to better understand Gen Z culture, and its effects on their social and spiritual lives. Located in the downstairs youth room.

Marriage 101 Seminar
Saturday, March 17, 1 p.m.
Are you seriously dating or recently engaged? Our next pre-marital seminar is coming up, and we have space for one couple available! RSVP to admin@mosaicboston.com

College Lunch
Sunday, March 18, 1 p.m.
If you are a college student, join other students from around the city for pizza, fellowship and a career panel.

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Good Friday Service
Friday, March 30th, 6:30 p.m.
Mosaic Boston will join several other Boston churches for a Good Fridayservice at Tremont Temple Baptist Church. Visit MosaicBoston.com for more details.

Songs for Sunday. If you would like to know what we'll be singing on Sunday (so you can be ready to sing your heart out!) you can find the playlist here

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