A Worthy Endeavor

1 Corinthians

Faith, hope and love abide, these three, but the greatest of these is love.”  I Corinthians 13:13

There are no more beautiful and few better-known passages in scripture than this one. The culmination of the ultimate description of Christ-like love, Paul draws into a nutshell the list of things that really matter, the things that matter most whether or not we possess and demonstrate. Excelling in each of these virtues is a real challenge; in fact, few can boast of excelling in any of the three, let alone a simultaneous trio. Experience has taught me that it is much easier to see and feel the absence over the presence of the crown jewels. No faith in God, self, or others. No hope, especially in circumstances beyond our control. No love to mark the tenor and tone of our human interactions. That picture is easy to see, even when the view is in the mirror.

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In the Image of God

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
“So God created mankind in his own image; in the image of God he created them.”
“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Jesus Christ.”
That’s all I have to say about that.

Respond Faithfully

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Each week I get to sit down and write about something that is on my mind. Usually it has to do with the world occupied by the good folks of FBC St. Pete. More often I get to share general thoughts, insights, encouragements, and challenges that apply to most anyone who peeks in. The audiences and agendas usually overlap. But for the next few weeks, I want to have some family conversations with the people I get to love and lead. We welcome others to stick their heads in the blog room and look in, but I’ll be talking to my people about the life and ministry we share. It is a privilege exceeded only by the relationship, mission, and faith which we share.

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