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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. Redleg

    Democratic Socialism

    Maybe we should invite our Social Democrat neighbors to a local Jonathan Edwards VBS? Church Kicks Off Fun-Filled 'Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God' Themed VBS BABYLONBEE.COM SPRING VALLEY, NV—While many churches choose a pre-made VBS theme with fun, colorful characters and a cartoonish setting, Church of the Desert Hills today launched its own proprietary Vacation Bible School, dubbed “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” The exciting event promises to be filled with fun crafts, interactive games, and daily skits […]
  2. Redleg

    Democratic Socialism

    This is satire? :-)
  3. J. D. Greear Elected Youngest Southern Baptist President in Decades Christianity Today The popular North Carolina megachurch pastor takes over amid significant membership declines and a public reckoning over abuse cases. Kate Shellnutt June 12, 2018 3:00 PM J. D. Greear stepped out of the 2016 election for president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) in the third round of voting. But today, it only took one ballot for thousands of delegates to elect him to the helm. Greear, a 45-year-old whose North Carolina megachurch has become a missions juggernaut, beat out former seminary head and SBC statesman Ken Hemphill by a margin of 69 percent to 31 percent at the 2018 annual meeting in Dallas, becoming the denomination’s youngest president in 37 years. Several pastors and fellow leaders cheered his election, saying Greear’s victory signals a “new day in the SBC” and leaves them “optimistic about the future.” [...] He's seen as somewhat of a bridge-builder between generations—and between younger, Reformed and Calvinist leaders and “traditionalists” who believe in an Arminian view of salvation—having studied at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) under one of the most historically prominent leaders in the denomination, Paige Patterson. (In recent weeks, as controversy surrounded Patterson—forcing him out of seminary leadership and off the annual meeting agenda—Greear has had to make his own statements condemning abuse and addressing the backlash against his mentor.) Source: https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2018/june/jd-greear-elected-southern-baptist-president-sbc-2018.html
  4. Does not matter if Acts 7 is a vision or not. It was a revelation from God and Stephen saw the Risen and Glorified Christ. If we see Christ we see the Father.---He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? No reputable scholar believes the Luke 23:43 comma controversy. Koine Greek has no commas. The translators have been consistent with other "Verily" statements of Jesus. For example: Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” It's consistent but the comma has to move for you to make your theology work. Yes Jesus's spirit/soul went to paradise that day because He said He would be there with the repentant criminal. That's pretty simple actually reading the text. On consciousness, that may be a different subject, but Paul does tell us that after our moral bodies die believers will be present, at home actually, with the Lord.
  5. More than a vision. Stephen was confident his spirit or inner man would be taken up by God. This was something to be confident in given the following: Luke 23: NASB 39One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” 40But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41“And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” 43And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” [...] 46And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT.” Having said this, He breathed His last.
  6. Wow in your attempt to teach a need for purgatory you stumbled on the heresy of soul sleep. Sorry that happened.
  7. Hi Zeland! I guess we need a bit more information. Are you speaking of the intermediary state in which St Paul speaks of in 2 Corinthians 5, that is absent from the body (our mortal bodies) present (our souls or inner man) with the Lord? Or do you speak of us as resurrected in our glorified bodies as you mention Revelation 21, which is after the Resurrection? Thirdly, how would either case be a subject of a sinful presence before our Lord? Thanks.
  8. Redleg

    Idiot of the Day

    Or the latest Rush Limbaugh newsletter. 🙂
  9. Redleg

    The Revelation its ice crystals.

    How is it determined the cosmology book explaining Heaven is fully accurate? Is it the opinion of the website owner that Heaven is part of God's material creation of the universe?
  10. Redleg

    Idiot of the Day

    I guess 'demons' only fly coach. Was wondering why coach was so miserable and people tended to hide in the lavatory when I pulled out my Bible to read.
  11. Thank you brother for sharing your past lessons. This sure does bring the thread back to a sobering discussion. Might I ask how long it took you before returning to the Lord's Table and what interactions did you have with the pastoral team to help bring you back?
  12. Just getting here so please excuse me if already answered. I believe the answer to the 'additional teachings' is actually reinforcing what should be done and the Corinthians were not doing it. So we get this peek at what wrong looks like and get the opportunity to see how an apostle of Jesus Christ 'righted' the ship: 1 Corinthians 11: NKJV 17 Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse. 18 For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it. 19 For there must also be factions among you, that those who are approved may be recognized among you. 20 Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper. 21 For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk. 22 What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you. 23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes. 27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 30 For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world. 33 Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. 34 But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order when I come.
  13. Not a theologian but a nice good swing at the plate there. 🙂 My church is of the Reformed tradition. The service leading up to the Lord's Supper is a time of examination. If we are at odds with God's ways, which means we are knowingly disobedient, I would refrain from the Table. Although there is no command for such we can derive from the NT we should be in 'communion' with the brethren and not in opposition to them or God. Make sense? Now for sins. We all to some degree struggle with sin. Do we come to the table seeking God's grace or do we come to the table in rebellion. Think that is a matter of the self examination before joining the brethren in the Lord's Supper.
  14. Saw this on the news last night: With the advent of the 7oth anniversary of the state of Israel – and Donald Trump's Jerusalem Declaration – 'The various Holy Temple movements produced a unique coin to mark this momentous event. The specially minted coin serves as a commemoration and symbolizes the thanks due to the Almighty for the beneficence bestowed upon the Jewish people – and, indeed, the whole of mankind. The unique coin, which will find its way into homes and institutions the world over, is a portent to usher - God willing, the period during which the new Temple will be restored. The beautifully designed engraving announces the “Trump- Balfour- Cyrus Declaration”, to express we are part of a historical and divine process towards the recognition of all mankind of the Historical role of Jerusalem. The converse side of the coin constitutes an engraving of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and a prayer that this coin will be used in a new era in the Land of Israel, when the Temple will be rebuilt. The Temple Coin – Mikdash Educational Center

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