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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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    Are there any TV preachers that you watch?

    If anyone is interested in hearing from a Lutheran voice, I'd recommend Brian Wolfmueller: https://www.youtube.com/user/Wolfmueller1
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    Lurtheran rosary?

    I have seen it referenced in videos as well, but have never met anyone who actually does it. I'm guessing it's a pretty small number of Lutheran individuals who utilize the modified rosary in their personal piety. Ive never seen it referenced in any Lutheran historical documents or denominational material. It appears more to be a grassroots adapting of Catholic piety.
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    Poll Question: Creationism, OEC or YEC?

    I'm YEC myself. I can't remember where I first heard someone bring up the miracle of Jesus turning water into wine in the midst of this discussion, but it's always been helpful to me. When God creates something miraculously, understanding that miracle with the structure of the natural process supporting it will make us draw logical conclusions that don't necessarily have to be true for the miracle. For example, Jesus can turn water into wine with just his word. He declares it to be and it is. He speaks it into existence. However, it would be easy to look at the wine from a "natural" perspective and say, "this wine must be *x* number of days old because we know the fermenting process takes this long. And *x* type of grapes must have been used based on the alcohol content of the wine....... etc." A miracle done by God can allude to appearance of age when you overlay the understanding of the "natural" process over it; however, God simply spoke it into existence. Not sure if that helpful for anyone else, but it's been helpful for me.
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    Greetings

    Hey everyone, I've been looking for a forum that appears to have solid discussions and this forum stood out. I am a Confessional Lutheran, but it has taken me awhile to get where I am. I grew up evangelical, then explored the Reformed Arminian traditions, embraced Calvinism for a short time, then explored Anglicanism and Eastern Orthodoxy. I eventually stumbled across Lutheranism and found my home. I look forward to getting to know everyone and participating in the discussions!
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