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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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I was 18 years old when I met Jesus.  A friend invited me to a small Baptist church about 10 miles from my home.  I was Methodist at the time and had never really heard the salvation story.  Or, if the pastor presented it, the Holy Spirit didn't speak to me.  It was raining that night (Sunday) and a tree had fallen down over the only road to the church.  I was relieved,  I hadn't really wanted to go, I was just pleasing my friend.  When I arrived back hone, I called him.  He said that was okay, the special speaker would be back the next night.  So that Monday evening, August 8, 1966, I had an encounter with God.

 

The speaker was Joseph Arnett (now deceased) and he was conducting a revival meeting.  I didn't know what that was at the time.  But that night, for the first time in my life I knew what it meant to be lost.  I smoked at the time and was ashamed of how I smelt.  I had a long sleeve yellow shirt on and I knew that I really smelled bad.  When the invitation was given, I wasn't going to miss out on receiving eternal life, no matter how bad I smelled.  I asked my friend if he wanted to go up, but he said no.  Nobody else went forward that night - but I did - at 7:30 in the evening I became a new creation in Christ.  And my life has never been the same since.

 

I worked for the state of Pennsylvania at the time on a road surveying crew.  When I got home each night from work, all I wanted to do was read my Bible.  I had never wanted to do that before.  But it became my Guide and my Friend.  It has been that ever since.  Now, 53 years later, I have produced my tribute to God's Word, "Through the Bible . . . as It Happened."  You can read see the video of my story and the details of this book at:

 

A year after I was saved, I landed at Cedarville College, Cedarville, OH (now Cedarville University) and began studying God's Word in a formal setting.  The disciplines I learned there have served me well throughout the years. The Lord has shown me that the Scriptures contain everything I need for ordering life properly.  And, isn't that what He wants to do with us once we are born again?  I have found throughout my Christian life that God has always placed people in my path who I needed just at that time.  And there are so many of them.  There may be some in this Christian forum.  I hope so.  How good God is to totally take care of His children.

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How wonderful the Father God Almighty is!  We are so blessed to have salvation, because of Jesus Christ our Lord. Thank you for testimony its always amazing how God reaches out and saves people. Welcome to CF.

 

I believe when we first are saved and for the rest of our life loving to read the Bible should come naturally. I love the Bible!                      

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