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July 25, 2011

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faith hope and love

by Andrea O'Connell

I’m feeling a little under the weather tonight – exhausted mostly.  And, I just lost all the data in my iPhone as I was trying to update the software.  I figured out how to restore it, I think.  The phone seems to be righting itself.  It’s taking a long time, though.   I’d be lost without my iphone…. I have faith it will straighten itself out….

Anyway, I don’t have the energy to write tonight.   So, I’m leaving you with a passage from Corinthians, that I have loved since I was a child.

One of the bloggers here, Faith, shared this passage today.  And, I remembered how much I loved it, and how it made me feel to read it.

I am not one to read the bible, or go to church, or pray very much.  But I do have faith – in love especially.

In truth, I have only read pieces here and there from the bible, never the whole thing.

My bible is Shakespeare, poetry, and good fiction.  My personal God lives in everything and everyone, and of course, in Nature.

The interesting thing about this passage – no two versions of it are alike.  There is a vast differences from one version to the next.   I kind of like this version:

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.  For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.  For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.   ~ 1 Corinthians 13 (NIV)

I have a great story for tomorrow, by the way…. you’ll love it!

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  1. Jul 25 2011

    My favorite Scripture passage, too. My God isn’t in everything but He is the creator of it all. He is Love and His sacrifice as Christ Jesus on the cross is proof of it.

    Rest up, Andrea!~

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  2. Jul 25 2011

    Every single time I read this passage my vision becomes blurred, my heart aches, and I smile, because I know, I’ve been touched by God, and I do see his handiwork everywhere I choose to look for it! I highly recommend the book, ‘The Shack’. You can decide for yourself, whether fiction, or nonfiction. Either way, a good read, it really opened my eyes & ears. The bible, then became, real to me, ‘The Living Bible! ~love & peace to all, and to all, a good night!

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    • Jul 26 2011

      Forgive me but The Shack blasphemes the only true God. Read at your soul’s peril. Sorry to have to say it but its because I care and do not want anyone to be led astray by this book.

      http://www.discerningreader.com/book-reviews/the-shack

      We need to be careful of the god we make in our own image that we do not worship that fraud! 😯

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      • Faith
        Jul 26 2011

        Thank you so much,I’m a student of the Book and lead a ladies study group of the Book. For me this is the passage that says it all.

        There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling;
        one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
        one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
        Eph. 4:4-6

        Men do not reject the Bible because it contradicts itself, but because it contradicts them. –Unknown

        May I respectfully suggest,if your car has an alarm and your home doesn’t,keep the keys close by your bed at night. I sure hope you never need to sound that alarm,but it’s there if need be.

      • Jul 26 2011

        You are a teacher of the Book? Yet you did not recognize the errors of The Shack? Hmm. You aren’t the only “Christian” that has not made the discernment.

        My favorite Scripture:

        For this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Your Son, Jesus Christ, whom You have sent. John 17:3

        Many false teachers have taught the Book-it doesn’t impress me. What is scary is the eternal ramifications for leading people to believing a false god as though he/she were the true God.

        You said that The Shack opened your eyes to the Living Bible? That brings to mind that Satan comes as an Angel of Light (enlightenment-false enlightenment). Be a Burean! Please! There are Apologetics websites that can help in that.

        Speaking the truth in Love only!~

      • Faith
        Jul 26 2011

        Sorry you’ve misunderstood. I haven’t read or even heard of the book The Shack. I have about 10 translations of the Book on my laptop none of which is the Living Bible, I mainly use the NKJV, but also at times use the KJV,ASV,NASV.

      • Faith
        Jul 26 2011

        I also have faith that God is NOT female,and I’m really not interested in impressing anyone in this world.

      • Jul 26 2011

        So sorry! I thought you were the one who suggested The Shack for reading. My ‘pologies!

      • Jul 26 2011

        😳 😳 😳

      • Faith
        Jul 26 2011

        Not a problem! It was RahRah who mentioned The Shack.

  3. Jul 26 2011

    Whoa, Sherry! Slow down, woman! I believe, you may be confusing posts, books, & people. Thank you for standing up & speaking out. I agree with you 100% with what you said, we do, indeed, need to be careful. Discernment is a gift available to us all, all we have to do is ask! Thank you for the link you provided. I have read the longest book review ever, and can agree to an extent, but also beg to differ. Which prompted me to reseach the self-proclaimed, “evangelical blogger, editor, writer, book author, self-taught web designer”, who OWNS the website, which claims, non-profit statis, which also sells his book. His degree, BA, History, from McMasters University in Canada, (which is a very interesting research school, that also offers, 3yr, 4yr, 5yr, BA degrees in 6 academic fields). One link I found a claim, which he states, he earned his “BA, History in just 3yrs”, not a lie, but misleading all the same, to the American public eyes. His doctrine? Calvinism. His seminary? none. His theological studies? none

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    • Jul 26 2011

      So you noticed! D-oh! lol

      But I still stand by what I said. This is for you~

      My favorite Scripture:

      For this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Your Son, Jesus Christ, whom You have sent. John 17:3

      Many false teachers have taught the Book-it doesn’t impress me. What is scary is the eternal ramifications for leading people to believing a false god as though he/she were the true God.

      You said that The Shack opened your eyes to the Living Bible? That brings to mind that Satan comes as an Angel of Light (enlightenment-false enlightenment). Be a Burean! Please! There are Apologetics websites that can help in that.

      Speaking the truth in Love only!~

      This book reviewer isn’t the only one warning Christians about this book. Many Christians are being led astray by this book even though it is fictional. It has NO business being in Chrisstian bookstores. None.

      Oh, I’m Reformed Baptist Calvinist in my beliefs. A different theology is one thing but it is heresy and eternally dangerous when it leads to a belief in a different god instead of the only true God.

      Sure, our relationship with Jesus is personal but it is also not to be hid under a basket or denied through saying nothing to those who are perishing or in error. I just thought I’d state my opinion to your next comment since I’m here.

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  4. Jul 26 2011

    *Correction* The Shack (PURELY) fiction. I read, for leisure, NOT as a learning tool, but for pleasure. It did help ME to undestand, and gave ME a clearer meaning, (which the reviewer gave MERIT to). The Holy Bible is the only word of God that I use to study His word. I say this with all due respect, it is my humblest opinion, religion is a very intimate & personal walk that each must choose on their own. Free will is a godly gift to all. ~RahRah, with love

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  5. Jul 26 2011

    *Correction2!* I highly reccommend (another good read), The Shepherd of the Hills, by Harold Bell Wright. (Sherry, you are a delight! Stay strong, Woman! Are you from Tx. by any chance? you could be a pistol in bible studies!)

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    • Jul 26 2011

      Now about this book, The Shepherd of the Hills…j/k! :mrgreen:

      I’m from Illinois. I have been a pistol in Bible Studies since the first one I attended in an Assembly of God church (which, after six years of attendance, I found out was in horrible error-this is why I get a bit paicky when it comes to false teachings). Not all AOGs are in error/heretical, btw.

      I was challenged in my last church, (Calvary Chapel based-Chuck Smith from Mesa, CA) to prove that Joyce Meyer was a true teacher of God’s Word. I lost the challenge but gained a wealth of an education about discernment and apologetics. There is a gift of discerning spirits, good and evil, but discernment takes study and practice. That is what the Bureans did on a daily basis-showing whether the teachings of their day were true or not.

      Okay, putting the pulpit away…*slide…slide…sqeeeak,slide…*

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  6. Jul 27 2011

    Oh my, Sherry, I am laughing so hard, I am snorting! Its been so long overdue, I think I broke something. What is it that northerners’ say? “You are a Hoot!”. You are a breathe of fresh air & it has done me good! ~Hugs! p.s. now, about that R.A.D. class? please?

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