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  • TFRStaff 3:01 pm on 2016-01-05 Permalink | Reply
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    Why do we love Jesus? 

    A new lesson in English and Dutch has been added to the Old Paths Archive: “Why do we love Jesus?

    http://www.oldpaths.com/Archive/Davison/Roy/Allen/1940/064-Jesusloved.html

    “Waarom hebben wij Jezus lief?”

    http://www.oldpaths.com/Archive/Davison/Roy/Allen/1940/064-Jezusgeliefd.html

    Thank you very much to those who sent a response to my question: Why do you love Jesus? I quoted some of the replies (anonymously) to enrich the lesson.

    May we all grow in our love for Jesus during 2016,

    Roy Davison

     
  • Glenda Williams 3:29 pm on 2015-10-11 Permalink | Reply
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    Advice applicable for all 

    I enjoy keeping up with friends on the Internet. Facebook has been a very enjoyable experience for me. I don’t do Twitter or any of those other popular sites.

    This past week I saw an excellent scripture reference come across my desk that I wanted to share with you.

    Diane Stark wrote the following and titled it “Crushes.”

    When my daughter had a crush on a boy, I asked her to place his name in 1 Corinthians 13:4-6.

    She did. Sean is patient and kind; Sean does not envy or boast; Sean is not arrogant or rude. Sean does not insist on his own way; Sean is not irritable or resentful; Sean does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.

    She frowned. “I saw him pick on another boy in the hallway. I guess he wasn’t very kind.” She began to rethink her interest in him.

    This verse has not only given my daughter greater discernment about others, but it also has helped her reflect on her own behavior. I asked my daughter to substitute her own name into that passage. Then I explained that when we become more like Jesus, we become the right type of person for someone else to like.”

    I think this is excellent advice for our children, or anyone, to try. We might like to insert our own name in the scripture and see how we measure up and if we are the right type of person for someone else to like.

     
  • TFRStaff 8:22 am on 2015-10-03 Permalink | Reply
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    Children of Your Father 

    By Steve Vice, Forest Park Church of Christ

    It is only natural that children want to be proud of their parentage and ancestry. It would be discomforting for most to know that they were the offspring of the mass murderer Pol Pot, or the son or daughter of the serial killer Ted Bundy. It is not something most would put on a tee shirt and wear proudly in public. (More …)

     
  • John T. Polk II 9:49 pm on 2015-07-09 Permalink | Reply
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    7-10-2015 Re-Enactment or Remembrance? 

    The Apostles, inspired by the Holy Spirit, preached to the Jews in Jerusalem that “Jesus of Nazareth” had been: “delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it” (Acts 2:22-24 NKJV). We can read, study, and learn the lessons of the cross of Jesus Christ. No re-enactment can adequately portray it. “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26 NKJV). But no one should hate the Romans for doing it! Love Jesus for the memory. History is not to promote hate, but to learn.

    This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

     
  • Eugene Adkins 7:21 am on 2015-03-31 Permalink | Reply
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    You didn't have to, but thanks! 

    In the context of stating that he had learned to be content in whatever physical state he had found himself, Paul relates this thought:

    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

    We’re more than familiar with that thought. It’s been the theme of sermons, it’s been stitched on purses and it’s been painted on walls.

    But how about the thought that comes immediately after. The one that says it’s more than just the thought that counts. The one that says:

    Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress.” (Philippians 4:14)

    When it came to the help that was sent by the church at Philippi to the encumbered apostle who thought so much of them (Philippians 1:3-5), Paul, in a roundabout way, was saying that they didn’t have to do what they did, but what they did made him very happy.

    Perhaps this thought should be the theme of as many sermons, should be stitched on as many purses and painted on as many walls as well.

    The church at Philippi, along with Paul, had the right mindset – they were doing things out of love, and not necessarily out of necessity. And such a way of doing good works is still the model that will cause many more to say with a smile of their face, “You didn’t have to, but thanks!”

     
  • John T. Polk II 2:51 pm on 2015-03-18 Permalink | Reply
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    3-17-2015 What Non-essential Follows Faith? 

    When Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV), there are people who say, “You are saved at the point of faith without being baptized.” Paul told Timothy “faith and love” are in Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 1:14 NKJV), do these same people say “love” is non-essential? “having faith and a good conscience” (1 Timothy 1:19 NKJV), is a “good conscience” non-essential? Paul was “a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth” (1 Timothy 2:7 NKJV), is “truth” non-essential? A “good minister of Jesus Christ” is “nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine” (1 Timothy 4:6 NKJV), is “good doctrine” non-essential? A false argument that tries to get of baptism for salvation also rules out: love, a good conscience, truth, and good doctrine!

    This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

     
    • Mercy McCulloch Hasselblad 6:17 pm on 2015-03-18 Permalink | Reply

      What about the thief on the cross? He wasn’t baptised, but Jesus said he would see him in paradise. Are there special circumstances where baptism is not essential to salvation? I didn’t get baptised until I was 16, and I came to Christ when I was 12, and knew Him very closely for all those years in between. Does that mean I knew God without being saved? Is that possible? These are honest questions, I’m still trying to work out in my own heart if baptism is absolutely essential. 🙂

      • Johnny Polk 1:06 pm on 2015-03-20 Permalink | Reply

        Mercy,
        Thank you for your sincere question, which is often asked. Before Jesus died on the cross, He could save anyone on any terms, for He was God in the flesh (Matthew 9:1-8), but after He was raised from the dead, He gave His terms for salvation (Mark 16:15-16), and never changed it for anyone, not even Saul of Tarsus (Acts 22:1-16).
        Since John the Baptist preceded Jesus in preaching the coming kingdom (Matthew 3:1-6) and Jesus continued that message (Matthew 4:17, 23-25), no one may say for certainty that the “thief on the cross” definitely “wasn’t baptized,” since he might have been, but then condemned for thievery.
        If you “think” you were saved at age 12, but not baptized until age 16, then you may have been confused by false ideas. Before he was baptized, the Apostle Paul (then Saul of Tarsus) “thought” he “must do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth” (Acts 26:9-15). It’s possible to believe a thing to be true, when it is not. To help our spirit know what we must do, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). This is how “the Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:16-17), not that He endorses whatever we do, but that we do what He has written for our obedience of faith (Romans 16:25-27).
        There are people who believe in Jesus, but do not follow through with complete obedience (John 12:42-48). My prayer is for you to complete your obedience and keep Jesus set apart (“sanctified”) in your heart (1 Peter 3:15).
        May God bless you.
        Johnny

        • Mercy M Hass 3:07 am on 2015-03-22 Permalink | Reply

          Hey Johnny! Thanks for your reply! Spurred by your answer, I was listening this morning to a sermon by a man I respect, John Piper. http://www.desiringgod.org/sermons/what-is-baptism-and-how-important-is-it#full-audio
          Among other things, he makes the analogy that baptism is like the rings in a marriage. It’s a “sealing of the deal,” if you will, a public expression of something that happens between you two and God. He concluded that baptism is a very important expression, for a Believer, but does not exclude them from being a Believer if they’re not baptized. Based on everything Piper says in this sermon, and my own experience and study, I’m going to agree with his position. I know people, even close friends and strong believers, who would disagree with me on this. But one thing I like about Christians is that, while disagreeing, we can still live in fellowship. 🙂 I know that I was saved when I put my faith and trust in Jesus Christ, even though I wasn’t baptized until years later. God’s presence was there, and His Spirit filled me. I was a super-thoughtful, depressed kid trying to figure out the meaning of life, and when God presented Himself to me, I took Him and have known Him from that point on. At the right time, God put me under the conviction that I should make this public expression of faith, and I did. But I don’t count the beginning of my faith to be my baptism.
          I like the analogy of a marriage that Piper makes in this message, though. The exchanging of rings is a public declaration that you are married. But those rings aren’t what makes you married. If someone got married and made vows before God, but didn’t exchange rings, they are still married. Rings are important, it’s really important to make the public declaration. But if you haven’t, that doesn’t make you less married.
          It’s not a foolproof analogy, ha ha, but it struck a chord with me. 🙂 To sum it up, I do believe baptism is important, but it can be an important step in obedience, but NOT necessarily essential to salvation. 🙂

        • RichardS 12:05 am on 2015-03-23 Permalink | Reply

          Since the “thief on the cross” was saved before the new covenant had taken effect it doesn’t make any difference if he was baptized or not. According to Acts 19:3-5, the baptism of John the Baptist would not have been valid after the church was established.

      • Eugene Adkins 4:07 am on 2015-03-23 Permalink | Reply

        Mercy,

        I would encourage you to realize that the scriptures never make the analogy that Mr. Piper does pertaining to baptism only being the sealing of the deal in a covenant already agreed upon, particularly in comparison to a marriage, and therefore encouraged but unnecessary to the relationship. On top of that, I would point out that the Bible teaches that one is sealed with the Holy Spirit after our submission to God through baptism – not before (Acts 2:38).

        Salvation is enjoyed when we agree to God’s terms of the covenant that he offers (which places baptism before salvation – Mark 16:16) and not through any other “vow” that we make which may be contrary to his will. Keep in mind that analogies aren’t needed when plain scripture has spoken (Acts 22:16; Revelation 1:5; Galatians 3:26-27; 2 Corinthians 5:17).

        God bless as you study his word.

        • Mercy McCulloch Hasselblad 7:16 am on 2015-03-23 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks for the detailed response! I do think baptism is important, I just don’t believe, based on a plain reading of the Word, that you’ll go to hell if you put your faith in Jesus, yet we’re not baptised. There’s too many other verses that simply say, in essence, if you put your faith in Christ, you will be saved (Jn 1:12, Jn 3:16, Jn 3:36, Jn 5:24, Jn 20:31, Rms 10:9, Rms 10:13, Acts 2:21, Acts 16:31, 1 Jn 1:9, 1 Jn 5:11-13, etc.). Now, one point I’m not sure about is if you have to be baptised in order to be filled with the Holy Spirit. But I don’t think it says anywhere. 🙂 Again, I agree that baptism is important, but I don’t think it’s an issue of salvation, based on the fact that so many verses talk about salvation, and the ones that talk about baptism don’t seem to make salvation conditional upon that. 🙂

          • Eugene Adkins 9:06 am on 2015-03-23 Permalink | Reply

            Let me ask you more question(s) to help you understand that when the Bible talks about necessary faith it’s not talking about faith alone:

            1) Does a person have to repent to be saved? (refer to Acts 17:30 and Luke 13:1-5) If your answer is yes, and I hope it is, then does it mean repentance is not necessary to be saved because Paul didn’t say anything about repentance in Ephesians 2:8-9?

            2) Must a person call upon the name of the Lord to be saved? (refer to Romans 10:13 and 1 Corinthians 1:2) If your answer is yes, and I hope it is, then does it mean calling upon the name is not necessary to be saved because all you have to do is believe according to the other scripture references you gave, save the Romans 10:13 reference. The reason I ask this one is because I believe you may have failed to notice that “calling upon the name of the Lord” is not the same as belief. All you have to do is look at Romans 10:14 to see that a person must believe then they can “call upon the Lord” (see Acts 22:16 for an example of calling upon the name of the Lord – something that is necessary for salvation according to the very scripture list that you provided, but also something that is separate from belief according to Paul himself in 10:14).

            3) Lastly, (which takes us back to the original point/question you had) did Jesus place salvation before or after baptism in Mark 16:16? And please note this was a command given to the apostles that was meant to be obeyed and applied to the universal gospel they were called to preach (meaning all Jews and Gentiles who would be saved)…and also a command given well after the scene with the thief in Calvary.

            I hope these questions help you to see that when the Bible mentions faith/belief (and it alone) being necessary to salvation, it uses it as a synecdoche (meaning a single part that stands for the whole that is required for our salvation) for the New Testament plainly warns that faith alone is a faith that fails to be save us (James 2:17; John 12:42-43). A faith that saves is a faith that obeys the commands given by God (James 2:21-22), which includes, for us on this side of the resurrection, baptism (again see Mark 16:16).

            I have enjoyed the conversation, and I appreciate the respect that you have shown in your replies. I hope the same can be said from your perspective. Perhaps John will reply too, but if not, I would just encourage you to continue study out the points that he and I have raised.

            • Mercy McCulloch Hasselblad 3:41 pm on 2015-03-25 Permalink

              When you call upon the Lord and put your trust in Him, to me that shows you need Him and realise you’re in sin. A person who loves God will do their best to serve Him with their actions, which, in turn and to others, shows that something has changed.
              That’s my simple view. 🙂 it’s like 2 am here, lol, so my brain isn’t really working 😉 I’ll think about what u said, though 🙂

    • John T. Polk II 3:00 pm on 2015-03-25 Permalink | Reply

      Mercy,
      Piper’s analogy of “baptism” with “wedding rings” misses the point. Baptism is the wedding ceremony! “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection” (Romans 6:4-5 NKJV). According to Scripture, no one has entered Jesus’ death before baptism, and there is no resurrection to a new life without being baptized. God’s glory that raised Jesus from the physical grave has not acted in anyone who “believes” they have been saved before being baptized. Only by burial in baptism has any sinner been “united together in the likeness of His death.” The “wedding” (uniting “together in the likeness of His death”) takes place in baptism, whether or not there are any “wedding rings” exchanged! This being the case, one wonders what Piper would consider to be “rings!”
      But if your opinion is to follow someone else’s opinion rather than the inspired Word of God, then, Mercy, you are on your own, without Jesus Christ, for “not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends” (2 Corinthians 10:18 NKJV). Christians are those who have “received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 4:1-2 NKJV). God gave commandments through the Apostles’ written word (John 17:20) and we must obey them. “But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 1:17 NKJV), and not yours or Piper’s opinions.

  • John T. Polk II 11:24 am on 2015-02-12 Permalink | Reply
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    2-13-2015           Love Invests 

     If it takes jewelry for a kiss, candy for a smile, or flowers for a hug, your marriage needs fixing. Love doesn’t come down to one day a year. Love is a commitment, for love “does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil” (1 Corinthians 13:5 NKJV). This applies to both husbands and wives! It is not just up to the man to put life into the marriage. Love is not a burden or a pain, but a consideration, for “love does no harm to a neighbor” (Romans 13:10 NKJV).  Marriage seems to be unpopular, because it is based on love, and love requires commitment and consideration. “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3 NKJV).

    This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

     
  • John T. Polk II 8:23 pm on 2015-02-09 Permalink | Reply
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    2-11-2015           Unqualified Love of God? 

    The only verse many people accept is “God is love” (1 John 4:8 NKJV). They think that means “God loves me regardless of how I live.” They could not be more wrong, for Jesus Christ also said, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him” (John 14:21 NKJV). Sinners want God to love them as they are, but David said of God, “The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; You hate all workers of iniquity” (Psalm 5:4-5 NKJV). God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4 NKJV); and “now commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30 NKJV).

    This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

     
  • Glenda Williams 7:54 am on 2015-02-01 Permalink | Reply
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    Granddaddy told me… 

    Granddaddy Felix T. Bryant died at the age of 91 years. I was 21. Granddaddy was on his death bed in their little low income apartment. I visited them often and made sure mother got to be with them regularly. One night I was visiting my grandparents when Granddaddy said, “Be sure you read Ephesians the fifth chapter before you marry.” “I will Granddaddy,” I replied. Nothing more was said about it on that occasion. I went home, opened my Bible to Ephesians chapter 5, and read it. I made a note in my Bible that Granddaddy had asked me to read that chapter before marrying. He was a sick man. He talked out of his head from time to time. It wasn’t long until I went back to visit him again. There he was, a tall, thin man, lying on his back on his bed. I was seated at the foot of the bed. He knew I was there. He said, “I bet you haven’t read Ephesians chapter 5 yet.” I was so glad to reply, “Yes I have, Grandaddy.” And that was it.

    A small comment, yet a powerful one, from the lips of a dying man. A comment that brings back the memory each time the book of Ephesians is mentioned or seen.

    What did I get from this encouragement from someone I loved dearly?He knew what Ephesians 5 was all about. There was a message he wanted me to hear straight from the word of God. He could have told me, I’m certain, but he wanted me to read it straight from the inspired Word.

    There’s an example in all of us, no matter what time it is, no matter what age we are, no matter where we are. We are setting and leaving our example in the minds of those we meet along life’s pathway. The Bible says “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks,” and we know it to be true. Whatever is on our mind, in our hearts, it is that of which we will speak. Granddaddy knew his Bible. Many are the memories I have of him sitting on the low platform yellow rocker that was much too small for his tall, thin, frame. His legs were crossed and both basically reached the floor. Across his lap lay his open Bible. He knew the Book, but more than that He knew the Author. His heart was filled with the word of God, and therefore out of it flowed the words of life. He left me a wonderful example, and one that I have, and forever more, will carry with me, sharing it all along the way with those who will hear.

     
  • Ron Thomas 7:00 am on 2014-11-24 Permalink | Reply
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    ETHICS 

    In Romans 12 the Holy Spirit, writing by the hands of Paul, addressed the spirit of the saint in a tough world. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1). The approach of each saint is to present oneself to the Lord in all that we do; the NKJV calls this one’s “reasonable service,” while the ASV says it is one’s “spiritual service,” and the ESV a “living sacrifice.” Whatever term is used the point is clear: one is to serve God, and this is the saint’s ethical basis. So, “let love be without hypocrisy” (12:9). This means that we are to love as the Lord loves us. This is easy to understand, but difficult to apply. The reason it is difficult is because we might be moody, the other person might be less than lovable, we might not know the meaning of the word love, or we just don’t want to do so. Whatever difficult reason in front of us, it is our obligation to move it out of the way and to do as the Lord did and does. RT

     

     
  • Ron Thomas 10:00 am on 2014-11-21 Permalink | Reply
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    Family and Friends Day 

    Jesus is a friend to all those who love Him, just as He wants to be the Savior to all those who obey Him. A friend is defined in the dictionary one attached to another by affection or esteem. If you would like to be a friend to Jesus, as He very much wants to be a friend to you, then all of us at Highway will do what we can to help you be a “Friend to Jesus.” Hymn # 699 is a song about being a friend to Jesus, and we are to Him because He is a greater one to us.

    The word “family” is a word that has associations and a much deeper meaning than the word “friend.” for some people, unfortunately, the word “friend” has more meaning than the word “family.” It seems that some came from families that never really developed as the Lord desired. Whatever might have been in the past, all who are members of the Highway Church of Christ are members of the Lord’s family. The word “family” in our context of today is for the friends of Jesus to be a member of the Lord’s family. Our family and friends day is about relationships one with another and an occasion where all can worship the Lord in peace, love, spirit and truth.

    Thus, on this day, our friends and family guests are the honored ones in our presence –as we honor and worship the only One who is the Creator of us all.

     

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 6:00 am on 2014-11-15 Permalink | Reply
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    Where love is not, there hatred is; for the heart cannot remain a void.

    Bengel
     
  • Ed Boggess 8:37 am on 2014-11-11 Permalink | Reply
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    Larry Young is a researcher at the National Primate Research Center at Emory University in Atlanta. He studies the neurobiology that underlies pair bonding — what the world calls love. In the journal Nature in 2009, he published an article that claims “love” is the result of a biochemical chain of events. He claims that in the future people will be able to take pills to improve their love and social bonding.

    But I beg to differ with Dr. Young. I suppose there is a kind of love that is based on feelings and these are undoubtedly linked to a biochemical chain of events. But that is not the love that God commands us to have toward our fellow man at all. Biblical love is a command that can be obeyed. It is a choice that we consciously make. Several months ago a wife came to our house and talked to Elaine and me. She was ready to end her marriage and divorce her husband. Why? “I don’t love him anymore!” I asked, “What does love have to do with it?” She said, “You can’t live with someone if you don’t love them, can you?” We told her “Of course, you can” and talked to her about the commitment she made to him before God and her responsibility to fulfill her vow. I challenged her to go back to him and treat him as if she loved him, to make it an experiment. She came back and talked to us again a few weeks later, and we continued to encourage her along the same lines. Then we didn’t hear anything for a few months until she posted a message on Facebook. Here is what she wrote:

    “After a few months or years of being together, the euphoria fades. Your spouse’s idiosyncrasies, instead of being cute, drive you nuts. At some point, you ask, ‘Am I with the right person?’ This is when relationships break down. The key to succeeding in a relationship is not finding the right person, it’s learning to love the person you found. People blame their partners for their unhappiness and look outside for fulfillment. It comes in all shapes and sizes: infidelity, hobbies, excessive TV, abusive substances. But the key to succeeding is not finding the right person, it is learning to love the person you found. Sustaining love is not passive, you have to work on it day after day. It takes time, energy and effort. Love is NOT a mystery. There are specific things you can do with or without your partner. Just as there are physical laws of the universe, like gravity; there are laws for relationships. If you apply these, the results are predictable. Love is therefore a ‘decision’. Not just a feeling. Remember: God determines who walks into your life. It is up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay and who you refuse to let GO!”

     
  • Ron Thomas 7:00 am on 2014-09-26 Permalink | Reply
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    "Going to Church" 

    “Going to church” is not a matter of going to the building as some sort of check off list. It is not a matter of “works religion.” Gathering together with the saints is much more than that. The saints in the 1st century did so (Acts 20:7), and Paul exhorted the saints in Corinth to do the same (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 4:17). Those who love the Lord won’t be any place but where the Lord desires, and for the reasons the Lord desires.

    Here are some points for your consideration:

    1. Matthew 16:13-19. Jesus “built” (established) His church.
    2. Ephesians 1:22-23. Jesus is the head of His church, His body.
    3. Ephesians 4:4. There is one body (church).
    4. Ephesians 5:23-32. The church is the saved. Paul wrote to the local body (in Ephesus); he did not delineate between the local, visible, invisible, and/or universal church.
    5. Hebrews 10:19-31. After a lengthy discussion on the differences between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant, the Holy Spirit gives a number of exhortations in this section: a) the saints are to draw near with a true heart (10:22), b) the saints are to hold fast their confession (10:23; cf. Romans 10:9-10), c) the saints are to consider one another (10:24), d) the saints are not to forsake (abandon) the assembling together (10:25); this is your “go to church” if you will. With this in mind: e) to sin willfully is to crucify the Son of God afresh (10:26), f) it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (10:31).

    With these things in mind – what’s hard to understand? For one who doesn’t want to understand, maybe it’s the heart that is hard.

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 10:50 am on 2014-08-19 Permalink | Reply
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    Love the main point 

    You probably don’t know that I have a little online biz card and now mini-blog, to which, because of ease of posting, I’m adding my UPLift material and Cloudburst Poetry comments and background. So today, the designated day for an offering of the former, you get this:

    http://randal.us/love-at-the-peak

    Love at the Peak. On 1 Corinthians 13. I hope this material will become part of a book, second in the series to my Choose!. Time will tell. May you be lifted up today by this little sample.

     
    • Beth Johnson 10:43 pm on 2014-08-19 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! I do appreciate the study and the new way of getting it out to people. Keep up the good work.

      • Randal 4:37 am on 2014-08-20 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Beth!! I pray it might be helpful in some small way.

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