Power in Love Part 1

As we now are in the holiday season, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I thought it would be a great time to discuss a topic of much importance, the power of love.

Have you ever noticed how much Jesus speaks of love in that which He shares with us? Do you believe that Jesus speaks so much about love because He realizes the magnitude of power which is present when love exists?

I would like to share a few passages in the next several days which reveal the power of love.

I wish to begin with a scripture passage which is undoubtedly known by any true Christian. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NIV I believe herein we have the epitome of love. Our creator, our God, loves us so much that He has a perfect plan wherein we can be saved and have eternal life with Him. This love came with a cost, the shedding of the innocent blood of the Heavenly Father’s only Son. Without this sacrifice that Jesus made on our behalf, our lives would have no true value. We would be lost forever from our first to our last breath. We would live only to die. Do you think our creator had that in mind for His creation?
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Introduction to TULIP 1 of 6

Introduction:
This is the introduction to a six-part collection of articles explaining Calvin’s Reformed theology. The acronym used to describe this theology is known as “TULIP.” Therefore, as an introduction this is article one. Article two will address the “T” in TULIP, article three the “U” in TULIP, article four the “L” in TULIP, article five the “I” in TULIP, and article six the “P” in TULIP. The acronym TULIP is also recognized and referred to as The Five Points of Calvinism: each point being one of the letters in TULIP consecutively. The Five Points of Calvinism, or the terms used for the TULIP acronym if you prefer, are as follows: T stands for total depravity, U for unconditional election, L for limited atonement, I for irresistible grace, and P for perseverance of the saints. The definitions and some of the Scripture references Calvinists use to defend their position are as follows:
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The Debt has been Paid

THE DEBT HAS BEEN PAID
By J. S. Ramkissoon

For every lamb that would have been slain;
For each child with the spirit of Cain’,
The debt has been paid.

For the heart that is heavy with pain;
For the face on which tears leave a stain,
The debt has been paid.

For every trip to the priest you would have to make;
For each false accusation you will have to take,
The debt has been paid.

For every tongue that rises up against you;
For the depression, hovering over you,
The debt has been paid.

For every hanging face from shame and disgrace;
For the burdensome guilt that you wear on your face,
The debt has been paid.
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Living Life as an Example

“I like your Christ, but I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Introduction:

Sadly, it seems that Christians today are better recognized by what we are against than what we are for. It is true that there are many things God has called us to turn our backs on, but I think we should be recognized by what we are for. I think we should be living examples to both unbelievers and fellow Christians as well. Following is a handful of characteristics that I believe the bible teaches that Christians should be known for:

One – LOVE: 1 John 4:8, “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love” (ESV).
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