Tuesday, May 31, 2022

You Are Not Forgotten – Purity 745

 You Are Not Forgotten  – Purity 745

Purity 745 05/31/2022   Purity 745 Podcast

Good morning,

Today’s photo of a man looking down into the waters on the shores of Howard Beach underneath the setting sun comes to us from a friend who is vacationing in Florida and captured and shared this scene of his son testing the waters this past Sunday. 

I did take artistic license with this photo as I cropped out a silhouette of an older couple who was off to right to emphasis the solitary figure with the downward gaze and the setting sun over his shoulder to emphasis the them of today’s encouragement: that you are not forgotten.  

Yesterday, I marched in the Memorial Day Parade in remembrance of those who died for our country and in support of the good work, my father in law does with Operation Adopt a Soldier (  

When you walk in the Spirit, where we are continually reminding ourselves of God’s presence and of His wisdom for our lives, the meaning and purpose of our lives becomes  seen in its proper perspective. Our lives, all of them, are part of God’s grand narrative, what man calls history.  When we know who God is and recognize His sovereignty we understand that He is control and there is no such thing as coincidence and that the things that happen throughout time and space, through out history, are somehow part of God’s overall plan and will for the earth.  

God knows all, sees all and directs all towards His purposes. What may seem utterly chaotic to us is all part of the grand narrative that God is writing and will one day culminate in the return of Christ. 

Okay, but until then we just do our lives and while they can seem pretty mundane and repetitive at times, if we are walking in the Spirit we can see God’s hand in both the setting and the action of the :”days of our lives”.  The beauty of creation is always there remind us of God and sometimes the things that happen in our lives indicates that God is working and hasn’t forgotten us.   

Little did my wife, my step daughter, and I know it at the time but our decision to march in yesterday’s Memorial Day Parade was an answer to prayer of sorts and a reward for the faithfulness to those serving the non-profit organization we were marching with and for each of us, in a way.  

Running or serving in a volunteer organization can certainly test one’s patience and faith in what you are doing.  Because it is volunteer, nobody is getting paid and nobody has to show up. Just because you are volunteering for a good cause doesn’t mean that others are going to be motivated to join you, nor does it guarantee that anyone will support your efforts at all.   

As someone who has been there and done that with various volunteer efforts in the past, I know how much the organizers of an event appreciate the donations they receive and especially appreciate it when people actually show up to volunteer for attend a fundraising event for a cause.   

Since Covid-19 and as we steadily move forward in a Post Christian society, there seems to be less participation in community events and less involvement in volunteer efforts.  Before we arrived to join the others at the parade, one of the organizers was greatly concerned that they would not have enough people to carry all of the flags they wanted to display to adequately give honor to the various branches of military services and causes Operation Adopt A Soldier wanted to represent. 

Apparently in years past there was an abundance of volunteers to man all the positions but yesterday, those in charge weren’t sure if they going to be able to swing it so they began a count of the volunteers as they arrived and began hoping that they wouldn’t have to change their plans and make due with less.   

But as the saying goes, God is right on time, and as our small group joined the others there was an audible expression of thanks given as our participation was “just enough” to fill all the spots.  

I don’t know if my father in law in the others went to God in prayer or not, but they were rewarded for their faithfulness to their good cause all the same as they received just enough help to accomplish what they wanted to do to honor the dead and give respect to our country’s service men.     

And as it turned out, we were rewarded too. Not only did we get to stretch our legs on a beautiful day in May, but we were used for a cause that was bigger than ourselves. We were used to demonstrate our nation’s desire to remember those lost and support those who were actively serving and may be called to sacrifice their lives in the cause of freedom. 

My wife, TammyLyn, was honored to carry the flag for the United States Marine Corp, to not only honor the Marines that gave their lives for our country but also as a personal tribute to her daughter Rachel, who is actively serving and deployed overseas.  

My stepdaughter Elisabeth, with her cousin Maddie, carried the banner for Operation Adopt a Soldier, with the dual reward of serving a good cause that supports servicemen but also honored her grandfather as the nonprofit’s founder.  

And I got to carry the flag for the POW’s and MIA’s with its somber epitaph that states “You are Not Forgotten”.  I felt honored to carry it because this flag was created in a response to the prisoners of war and those missing in action during the Viet Nam War, in which my Father served in, and I know that the cause that this flag represents, that none of our service men would be left behind, is near and dear to hearts of all who have loved ones in the armed forces.   Although there was some celebratory aspects to yesterday’s parade, I was humbled and solemn underneath the weight of what that flag represented: the loneliness of being a prisoner in a foreign land and the fear and uncertainty surrounding the missing.    

I’m sharing a link to an article about Congressman Sam Johnson who wrote a book about his experience as a POW in Viet Nam and how His Christian Faith was instrumental in His survival.  In his book Captive Warriors-- A Vietnam POW’s Story he relates how God sustained him through the long captivity of torture and pain, and the emaciation he endured. (  The article shares some of Sam’s story and the power that presence of God can have in our lives.   The article states that:

“One of Sam’s favorite scripture verses is Isaiah 40:29-31:  "He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary."

So as we start, or continue another work week, let’s recognize the truth that God has not forgotten us and that if we seek Him we will not only find Him but we will see His presence has never left us and He is at work in all the things that surround us.   

So let’s keep walking and talking with God. Let’s reach out to Him, everyday to thank Him for not forgetting us and to receive His wisdom, His strength, and His love.


Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verse is:

Romans 12:19 (NLT2)
19  Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the LORD.

Today’s Bible verse reminds us that we are not to take revenge and that we are to trust the Lord to repay the injustices of the world.

In light of the horrors and injustices of this world, the world teaches us to not get mad but to get even, by exacting revenge in retaliation for things done against us.  

Now I would like to be clear here.  Justice and revenge are two different things.  God has ordained governments and societies to be the agents of justice and they should be utilized to serve justice. Revenge is taking justice in our own hands and can be clouded by our overwhelming emotions and lack of insight at the time.

People who are upset can and do make mistakes and the consequences of hastily seeking revenge can result in more injustice and pain and suffering.   

So should we bring people to justice? Absolutely.  Should we seek revenge? Not according to the word of God.

And I know that may be a difficult pill to swallow and it might cause us to start seeking Bible verses to support our vengeful cause, in

Exodus 21:23-25 (NLT2)
23  But if there is further injury, the punishment must match the injury: a life for a life,
24  an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, a foot for a foot,
25  a burn for a burn, a wound for a wound, a bruise for a bruise. 

But we as Christians do consider the whole counsel of God and recognize things changed with the advent of Jesus Christ.  The Bible is a progressive revelation and we really have to consider what the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies, Jesus Christ has to say and we shouldn’t use Old Testament verses to cancel out New Testament principles.  

Jesus taught us to forgive others.  He said in:

Matthew 6:14-15 (NLT2)
14  “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.
15  But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.

So if we refuse to forgive, it may indicate that we haven’t put are not “followers” of Jesus. 

Christ also taught mercy, telling those that were ready to stone a woman caught in adultery to consider their own sin before casting the first stone and then directing the woman who found mercy to go and sin no more. 

So, likewise, we who have found mercy and the forgiveness of our sins should not seek revenge and trust that the Lord will either extend His mercy and forgiveness to those who seek it or will repay those who have done evil and not sought reconciliation.   

So take your complaints of injustice to the proper authorities and pray for justice to be done on the earth. 

But take your hurts to the Lord to be healed and go to Him to help you to forgive as you are commanded.  And of course, trust that no matter what happens on this planet broken by sin, the Lord sees all, knows all, never forgets, and will do what’s right.  

Our not seeking revenge, is one of the ways we can demonstrate that we know the Lord and trust Him. In spite of our pain, we are to draw close to God and trust Him to repay the injustices of this world.



As always, I invite all to go to where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk. 

Today we continue sharing from John Piper’s “Don’t Waste Your Life”.  

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase John Pipers’ books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available on many websites for less than $5.00.

If You Come With No Interest or Knowledge

Not everybody comes to this chapter with a clear and driving passion for the glory of Christ among the unreached peoples of the world. Most of us are pretty parochial and ethnocentric and narrow, and even sometimes self-centered and racist, in our way of life. We hardly ever even think about the global, multinational, multiethnic, multi-linguistic cause of God, and what God’s passion and purposes are for Guinea and Indonesia and Tanzania and Thailand and Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and Turkey and Czechoslovakia and China and Siberia and Japan and Cameroon and Myanmar and the Somali or the Hmong or the Dakota or the Ojibwa of Minnesota.

So I don’t assume that you come to this chapter with a clear and resounding interest in the really great news of the world—which the media never report—namely, the spread of Christian truth and faith among the peoples of the world on the way to a God-wrought consummation that will make all of world history look like what it really is—a brief prelude to the everlasting, all-glorious kingdom of Christ. I don’t assume you come with your heart enthralled with God’s great global purpose. So I simply want to let God tell you, in his own words, about his priorities.

All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you. For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations. (Psalm 22:27–28)

Then there are Old Testament prayers:

Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy. (Psalm 67:3–4)

Then there are Old Testament commands:

Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! … Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.” (Psalm 96:3, 10)

Then there is the great New Testament Commission from the risen Christ:

Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18–20)

Then there is the apostle Paul’s great life of utter dedication to this mission:

I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation, but as it is written, “Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand.” (Romans 15:20–21)

Then there is the magnificent picture of the final outcome of God’s purposes in history:

And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you [O Christ] to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” (Revelation 5:9–10)

A Summary Statement of Faith on Missions

From these and many other Scriptures, I have been impelled over the years to think and preach and write about Christ’s great global purpose called missions. Several years ago the elders of our church drafted a statement of faith to guide us in the education of our apprentices and in the selection of new elders. Paragraph 13 of that document summarizes our sense of what missions is:

We believe that the commission given by the Lord Jesus to make disciples of all nations is binding on His Church to the end of the age. This task is to proclaim the Gospel to every tribe and tongue and people and nation, baptizing them, teaching them the words and ways of the Lord, and gathering them into churches able to fulfill their Christian calling among their own people. The ultimate aim of world missions is that God would create, by His Word, worshippers who glorify His name through glad-hearted faith and obedience. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever. Worship, therefore, is the fuel and the goal of missions.

Even Civilians Love to Follow the Triumphs on the Front Lines

This is the big picture. Christ came and died and rose again in order to gather a joyful, countless company for his name from all the peoples of the world. This is what every Christian should dream about. I say this carefully, in view of what I wrote in Chapter 8 about secular vocations. It is crucial that millions of Christians fulfill their life calling in secular jobs, just as it is crucial that during wartime the entire fabric of life and culture not unravel. But during wartime, even the millions of civilians love to get news from the front lines. They love to hear of the triumphs of the troops. They dream about the day when war will be no more. So it is with Christians. All of us should dream about this. We should love to hear how the advance of King Jesus is faring. We should love to hear of gospel triumphs as Christ plants his church among peoples held for centuries by alien powers of darkness.

This is God’s design in world history—that people from all nations and tribes and languages come to worship and treasure Christ above all things. Or as Paul put it in Romans 15:9, “that the Gentiles [all the peoples] might glorify God for his mercy.” There can be no weary resignation, no cowardly retreat, and no merciless contentment among Christ’s people while he is disowned among thousands of unreached peoples. Every Christian (who loves people and honors Christ) must care about this.[1]

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[1] John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2003), 159–163.

Monday, May 30, 2022

You are Not Alone - Remembering the Dead, Caring for the Living - Purity 744


You Are Not Alone - Remembering the Dead, Caring for the Living – Purity 744

Purity 744 05/30/2022    Purity 744 Podcast

Good morning,

Today’s photo of a solitary figure standing next to a lighthouse on the shores of Lake Ontario at dusk comes to us from a friend who took an unexpected turn after a late day hike at Beechwood State Park yesterday and found themselves visiting nearby Sodus Point where they captured this scene.  

Well, It’s Monday again, but unlike most Mondays, today most of us will not be heading into work this morning because today is Memorial Day, where our country will honor those who not only served in the armed forces for our country but who paid the ultimate sacrifice by dying while serving.  

To make clear the purpose of this holiday, it should be stated that in a sense it is not a holiday for the living, it is for the dead.

As much as we respect and admire those who are actively serving, like my step-daughter Rachel in the Marine Corp, or those who have served previously and who are still alive, like my Father, Matt, my brother, Michael, and my brother in law, Steven, or who have gone now on to eternity, like both of my wife’s grandfathers, Memorial day is “a day to honor those who were killed in or as a result of participating in battle.”   

That’s pretty specific so I am sharing the link to article on on the blog today ( that makes that distinction and shares some historical facts of why we have the day off today.  

So even though we may enjoy the day off by having a barbecue or doing other fun activities, and we should because I believe the Lord gave us life to enjoy it and live it “more abundantly”, the reason for the today’s holiday is a solemn one.

We are to remember that people have died in the service of our country and that our freedom in America has wasn’t a free gift. Our freedom in America was obtained and is maintained because there were those who were willing to fight and die for it.   

So although we could and should thank those who are actively serving or who once served and are now veterans, or want to fondly remember those who once served, but survived, and since have died, that is not what today’s holiday is for.

If they understand the meaning of the holiday, active service personnel and veterans are not expecting your thanks today, although I am sure they would appreciate them. 

No today’s holiday’s specific purpose is to remember the horrors of war and the lives that were lost in them.  We are to remember the dead, to try imagine the cold hard reality of what it must have been like to die in a war, and to deeply appreciate the lives that were sacrificed for our nation and the lives we enjoy in freedom because of them today.  

While this day casts our imaginations back to previous wars and conflicts where American lives were lost, it also comes with the hope that such horrors of the past are not repeated but paradoxically the holiday is celebrated with the certainty that as long as there is evil in the world the sacrifices of lives in the support of freedom will continue.  

So today, my family and I will take some time to honor the lives that have been given but will do so as part of an organization that seeks to support the men and women who could possibly be remembered next Memorial Day.  

My Father In Law, Cliff Seguin, is retired but dedicates his time serving as the Chairman of Operation Adopt a Soldier ( which is a non-profit organization that he founded in 2003 that provides support to U.S. Soldiers stationed worldwide by sending care packages through the generous assistance of volunteers from the Saratoga, Albany, Queensbury, and Clifton Park, NY areas.    

I am proud to be marching in the Glen Falls Memorial Day Parade todayto remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice as part of an organization that supports U.S. service men and women who are actively serving our country.

While remembering the dead by placing flags on fallen service member's graves at Saratoga National Cemetery yesterday, Operation Adopt a Soldier also serves the living.

Operation Adopt a Soldier sends care packages to men and women who are actively serving and also work with returning members and their families during deployments and after the service members return.

The very real problem of feelings of isolation while serving and the difficulty in adapting to life after military service is reflected by the fact that military suicide rates are at an all time high. ( I am sharing links on the blog today for the USO that documents how they are trying to help and from veteran’s crisis line that veteran’s in crisis can use to get support. ( because even though today’s holiday is meant to remember the dead, we should always be obedient to Christ’s call to love our neighbors as our selves  and care for the living.

 Years ago, I visited the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco where I visited a memorial near the bridge that honored all four branches of our armed services. A tour guide or something at the memorial explained that for many the Golden Gate Bridge was the last thing in America that many service men saw before being shipped out overseas and how many of them would never return.  At the time, the thought of it gave me chills as I realized how exciting, scary, and lonely you could have felt when being shipped out never knowing if you would come home again.  

I shared today’s lighthouse photo because I want everyone to know, whether you are serving, have served, or have never served, that our lives are precious and that there is a God that loves and cares for each and every one of us and that no matter what situations you may be going through or how you may feel this Memorial Day, you are never alone and no matter where your travels take you, you always have a home in God’s kingdom.   

While we could be distant from friends and family at various times in our lives, God is always with us and available to give us strength, guidance, and love. For anyone serving in the military or who is dealing with their own personal battles in life, God word tells us in:

Deuteronomy 31:6 (NKJV)
6  Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you."

In this passage of scripture, Moses who couldn’t go with them, was encouraging the nation of Israel, that the God who led them through 40 years in the wilderness would continue to be with them as they entered the promise land. Even though the prospect of going into unknown territory without knowing if they would live was scary, the Lord spoke through Moses to tell the Israelites, and us, to not be afraid and to always trust God’s presence in His people’s lives.  

Our God is faithful and ever present and when we accept the new life that He has available through faith in Jesus Christ, we become his people and we can realize just how faithful and present He is.  

So if you haven’t already, make the ultimate sacrifice with your life by placing your faith in Jesus Christ and making the daily decision to trust in and follow the Lord for the rest of your days.  

Our lives are precious, and God doesn’t want us to lose them. Through faith in Christ, He made a way to live with Him forever. 

In Matthew 16:24-25 (NKJV) Christ said:
24  … "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
25  For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.  

We find life eternal in Christ alone. So on this day that is dedicated to those who have died in battle, let’s honor their memory but let’s learn the lesson of the brevity of this life and make sure that we are fighting for the new life and ultimate freedom that is found in Christ alone by showing the love of God by serving the living and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ while we are here on earth.


Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verse is:

Psalm 58:11 (NLT2)
11  Then at last everyone will say, “There truly is a reward for those who live for God; surely there is a God who judges justly here on earth.”

Today’s Bible verse reminds us that God is a just judge and those who live for Him are rewarded.     

As awesome as that Bible verse is, I would remind everyone who seeks the wisdom of the word of God to always check the context of scripture before you draw conclusions from it or share it with others.

Those so inclined could see the mention of “reward” in this verse and decide to boldly “stand on the word” “to name and claim” their “reward” and try to force the Lord’s hand to bless them or to  “speak into being” the object or circumstances of their desire.      

To avoid the “prosperity gospel/ word of faith” heresy, I just like to remind people that God is in charge and that while He may choose to bless our prayers with fulfillment, we, while made in God’s image, are not “little gods” and we do not “speak things into existence” and that we should not take Bible verses and try to twist them to do our bidding.   

Today’s verse is a perfect example of the importance of knowing the context of scripture.   Psalm 58 is a short psalm that speaks of man’s wickedness and the psalmist’s desire for the Lord to avenge them by severely punishing their enemies!  

The preceding verses give us an idea of the theme:   

Psalm 58:9-10 (NLT2)
9  God will sweep them away, both young and old, faster than a pot heats over burning thorns.
10  The godly will rejoice when they see injustice avenged. They will wash their feet in the blood of the wicked.

Whoa?!? Rejoice as both the young and old are swept away! Let’s wash our feet in the blood of the wicked!  

Yikes! So be careful in cherry picking verses that speak of rewards. We have to know what the word says and use it appropriately, and not think too highly of our selves to think we can have the Lord do our bidding by saying the “right words”.

But today’s verse and psalm 58, does give us hope, that evil will be punished and the righteous, those who are made righteous because of their faith in Jesus Christ, the only way we can be righteous, will be rewarded.  This can happen circumstantial through God’s providence as he influences world history to move men to stop wicked men and governments on the earth, but it is also promised when Christ returns to rule and reign.  

When love comes to town, there will be hell to pay. For when the God who judges justly sends Christ back to earth, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess the Jesus Christ is Lord. 

For the wicked, those who reject Jesus, they will confess that He is Lord in defeat and bitterness as they will be separated from God for all eternity in a place that is described as outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 

But those who have put their faith in Him, they will declare Jesus Christ as Lord triumphantly and rejoice. When that day comes, the saints will echo the sentiments of today’s verse in the NKJV that says:

Psalm 58:11 (NKJV)
11  … "Surely there is a reward for the righteous; Surely He is God who judges in the earth."


As always, I invite all to go to where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk. 

Today we continue sharing from John Piper’s “Don’t Waste Your Life”.  

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase John Pipers’ books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available on many websites for less than $5.00.

Alive to Christ and Dead to America

Judson’s conversion was not immediate. But now it was sure. God was on his trail, like the apostle Paul on the Damascus road, and there was no escape. There were months of struggle. He entered Andover Seminary in October 1808 and in December made solemn dedication of himself to God. On June 28, 1809, Judson presented himself to the Congregationalists for missionary service in the East.

He met Ann that same day and fell in love. After knowing Ann Hasseltine for one month he declared his intention to become a suitor. He knew that the life he was about to embrace would not only be dangerous and dirty, but also distant. He never expected to return to America. He did only once, thirty-three years later, then never again. Ann went with him and died in Burma. Here is the letter Judson wrote to her father asking for her partnership in missions:

I have now to ask, whether you can consent to part with your daughter early next spring, to see her no more in this world; whether you can consent to her departure, and her subjection to the hardships and sufferings of missionary life; whether you can consent to her exposure to the dangers of the ocean, to the fatal influence of the southern climate of India; to every kind of want and distress; to degradation, insult, persecution, and perhaps a violent death. Can you consent to all this, for the sake of him who left his heavenly home, and died for her and for you; for the sake of perishing, immortal souls; for the sake of Zion, and the glory of God? Can you consent to all this, in hope of soon meeting your daughter in the world of glory, with the crown of righteousness, brightened with the acclamations of praise which shall redound to her Savior from heathens saved, through her means, from eternal woe and despair?

Her father let her decide. She said yes.

God does not call us to ease, but to faithful joy. He is closing in on some of you, smiling and with tears in his eyes, knowing how much of himself he is going to show you—and how much it will cost. As I write, I pray that you will not turn away.

Pity for People and a Passion for Christ Are One

If you have pity for perishing people and a passion for the reputation of Christ, you must care about world missions. One of the burdens of this book is to show what life looks like when you believe that you dare not choose between the motives to love people and glorify Christ. They are not separate motives. Acting on one includes acting on the other. Thus, if your aim is to love people, you will lay down your life to make them eternally glad in God. And if your aim is to glorify Christ, who is God incarnate, you will also lay down your life to make people eternally happy in God.

The reason for this is that any good-hearted goal, without the desire to give people eternal joy in God, is condemnation with a kind face. Love always wants what is best for the needy, and what’s best is enjoying God fully and forever. Similarly, any effort to honor Christ that does not aim to make him the all-satisfying Treasure of God’s treasonous subjects is complicity in the revolt. God is only praised where he is prized. We pay our tribute to him when he is a Treasure to us. You cannot love man or honor God without doing both. This single passion—to see that Christ be glorified as perishing people become eternally satisfied in him—drives the great global enterprise we call world missions.[1]

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[1] John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2003), 157–159.

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Bible Study with the Cincotti's - Love - 05/29/2022

 Today's Bible Study, Authored by Arthur Cincotti. 05/29/2022

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“And now abide faith, hope, and love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”  I Cor. 13:13

Our Trinitarian God exalts His own character by giving us equations of threes. Three is an interesting number because it requires three legs, or points of contact to form a firm footing.

Three elements of a love relationship, I believe, are choice, sacrifice and trust; and they are always reciprocal.

If you consider our relationship with Christ:

         Choice: “Even before He made the world, God loved us and                     chose us…” Eph 1:4

                       But we also made a choice also, “whoever calls on                     the name of he Lord shall be saved.” Rom. 10:13

         Sacrifice: “For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for                         us.” I Co. 5:7 and “who for the joy that was set                         before Him endured the cross.” Heb. 12:2

                          But we are called to, “present your bodies a living                     sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God,” Rom 12:1

                          And to bring a, “sacrifice of praise into the house                      of the LORD.” Jer. 33:11

         Trust: We are called to, “Trust in the LORD with all your                  heart, And lean not on your own understanding.” Pro. 3:5

                    “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though                    God were pleading through us” II Cor. 5:20

But there is a problem with love, a purpose for love and a presence of love.  

The problem with love is that it can be easily faked or sentimentalized.

         I Jn. 4:20 says, “if someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates is brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?”

James is more particular when he says, “With (the tongue) we bless our God and father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Ja. 3:9

Finally, Paul says, “though I bestow all my foods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love...I Cor. 13:3

From this we see that we can be double minded with our love and down right deceitful by demonstrating a form of love without truth.

The purpose of love is that we would be like God. I Jn. 4:8, “God is love.” I Jn. 3:2 goes on to say, “but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” And finally, I Jn. 4:16 says, “we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.”

Dr. Michael Heiser is fond of saying, “God want’s a family” Any good father want’s his kids to be like him particularly in their noblest attributes.

The presence of love brings us back to the word “abide”.

We see it all over these verses in I Jn. The dynamic of abiding speaks of a presence in the present tense; hear and now. “And now abide faith, hope, and love…” I Cor. 13:13

We can’t give out of an empty bank account. I Jn. 2:5,6, “But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”

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