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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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  1. 3 points
    RevT
    Oh Please...not this half-truth again. I am a convert from Orthodox Judaism, and a Lutheran Pastor. Thus, I think I am a bit of an expert on this very topic, as I had to struggle with it for a long time. For a start, let me fill you in on a little secret- find me just ONE Christian teacher from the 16th C who was especially kind to the Jews or Judaism. Just one. OK, let me save you some time, there aren't any, other than one- Martin Luther. Luther was a man of his time, born into a Church that had no love for the Jews or Judaism- and he actually wrote works in praise of the Jews! Bet your "Hebrew Roots" teacher didn't tell you that one, did he/she? Yes, go and search for a copy of "Jesus was born a Jew" and you'll soon see that it goes against the grain of every other Christian teacher of that time. Luther was bold enough to praise the Jewishness of Jesus at a time when the Church was still praying anti-semitic prayers every Easter Vigil. Did you know Luther was good friends with the Jews in his neighborhood? He discussed Hebrew with them too. His works are filled with praise for their language and culture, but not their doctrine. But as time went on, things changed for Luther. Conflict with the Emperor and the Catholics heated up the political and religious landscape. This led to an incident that few know about. Enter Anton Margaritha- son of a rabbi and Jewish convert to the Evangelical (Lutheran) faith. He writes the infamous book Der gantze Jüdisch Glaub (The Whole Jewish Belief) in which he pretty much calls out the Jewish religion as blasphemous and anti-Christian. He sent a copy to Luther and I believe it's pretty clear that it influenced Luther (this is what happens when converts play the "I can teach you about Judaism and the Bible because I'm Jewish card" on Christians but really know nothing about Judaism themselves- I'm looking at you, TorahResource, First Fruits of Zion etc). So, a Jewish convert led Martin Luther astray regarding the Jews. However, the Jews didn't put up with this slander and managed to get Margaritha thrown in jail and eventually exiled from the Kingdom. It's most likely Luther saw this as a further attack on the Reformation by both the Jews and the Romans and the result is "The Jews and their lies"- the retaliation of an aging and war-weary Luther. It's a complete 180 backflip on the earlier works of Luther. It is largely against the Jewish religion, but is clearly out-of-line and unsanctified when it comes to the Jewish people. It is clearly anti-semitic on certain points. However- it's not his last word on the Jews. I bet your Hebrew Roots teachers aren't telling you that either. In Luther's last sermon, he pleaded with Christians to treat the Jews with Christian charity (be careful to find the correct translation of this if you are going to try to find it- there's lots of apocryphal stuff out there). It was clear that God was not finished with Luther's heart, and that is something every person should desire. But I will say this - Lutherans do not follow Martin Luther. Our Confessions are penned by many authors, and the source is the Holy Bible. Plus, Lutheran doctrine seeks to be that of the first Christians, but this claim is backed up, not left as a mere assertion. We back up our claims. On the other hand, Hebrew roots teachers are false teachers. They claim to be like the first Christians, yet the evidence clearly demonstrates that they are in fact like the first heretics. They are confused about the mitzvahs (mitzvot- laws) of Israel, they are confused about both the Old and the New Testaments and they are guilty of making light of God's holy word by their over-the-top "Hebraic" cosplay. They seek an authority to teach that they have not received. This is sinful.
  2. 2 points
    Silas
    Everything's faster in Minnesootah. Its too ccccold not to move quickly!
  3. 2 points
    William
    Same here. Free health care contributes to the death rate of the unborn. I'd be "more willing" to pay in a free health care system that did not fund the murder of the unborn. I am willing to bet that the more accessible and less expensive abortion is, the higher the abortion rate. God bless, William
  4. 1 point
    wfredeemed009
    That's great! Man to be honest I don't think I've been below 8% and that's when I used to average 2 and 1/2 hours of tennis a day, but 3% , that's commitment. It's a good thing your shoulder is better. I stopped doing shoulder presses , because I'd always injury myself. I probably did them wrong 😆.
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    David Lee
    Hi @harijobs, if we always reap what we sow, what will the eternal outcome be for any/all who have sinned in thought and/or in deed in this life before a Holy God? Also, the Bible tells us clearly that God chooses to bless both the righteous AND the unrighteous .. Matthew 5:44-45, and that He is the Justifier of the "wicked" .. Romans 4:5. If "Karma is everything", why isn't God playing along? ;) Thanks! --David "God causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous" Matthew 5:45
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    William
    How do you explain all those Apostles that suffered and died horrendous deaths after speaking truth for Christ Jesus' name sake? God bless, William
  7. 1 point
    RevT
    You've got to be joking. The whole world is anti-semitic. Hitler used Luther as a convenient tool on an complicit populace who were already prejudiced against the Jews. If you think Luther was the first German anti-semite, or the most influential, then you've got a lot to learn about European history. The foundation for Hitler's holocaust happened way before Luther was born. In fact, a lot of Jews I know blame the Apostles. Some state that Jesus turned John into a self-hating Jew, as John is clearly the most "anti-semitic". Or perhaps the Prophet Ezekiel- his words against Israel- in particular Jerusalem- are pretty rough. Just face it, anti-semitism is part of world history, and Luther was born into it. Did you seriously just link to Bereans Online??? Those people are meshuggah (crazy)! They claim to be hasidic and to have a Torah understanding of Orthodox Judaism- yet they are also Calvinist. That's absolutely ludicrous. They wouldn't know frum if they had shabbos with the Satmar Rebbe. (translation: they wouldn't know Torah observant hasidic/orthodox Judaism if they had a Friday night dinner with the chief rabbi of the Satmar sect) No one believes in Replacement theology as taught by Hebrew Roots bozos. They've invented a red herring and straw-man theology used to entice people to leave Christianity and their own Christian roots.
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    anupamas2
    May their Souls rest in peace. May God grant the victims strength to forgive the wrong done to them and overcome their grief and make the people involved in these terrorist activities to realize their mistake and come back to God. Amen.
  9. 1 point
    wfredeemed009
    It's easier to preach 10 sermons than to live one -unknown
  10. 1 point
    wfredeemed009
    1John 4:19 in Dr Seuss version : red fish, blue fish, God first loved you fish. Ha ha 😆
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    theophilus
    This list is taken from The Unauthorized Guide to Choosing a Church, by Carmen Renee Berry. 10. The church bus has gun racks. 9. The church staff consists of senior pastor, associate pastor, and sociopastor. 8. The Bible they use is the Dr. Seuss version. 7. There is an ATM in the lobby. 6. The choir wears leather robes. 5. The worship services are BYOS (Bring Your Own Snake). 4. There's no cover charge, but communion is a two-drink minimum. 3. The pastor regularly attends meetings in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. 2. The ushers ask, "Smoking or nonsmoking?" 1. The women's quartet are all married to the pastor.
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    William
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    Knotical
    Hey, number 10 is a must, especially if you live either in an overly rural area, or near a lot of liberals.
  14. 1 point
    William
    Martin Luther said some horrible things towards the Jews out of his frustration. When his efforts at conversion failed, he grew increasingly bitter toward them. On the topic of Replacement Theology, there's a difference between Covenant and Replacement Theology. If anyone wants to understand the Covenant perspective of Israel: https://www.christforums.org/forum/c...-new-testament https://www.christforums.org/forum/c...d-not-replaced God bless, William
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