1 Corinthians 13:4-7
“Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things,” 1 Corinthians 13:7.
If my son comes home from school tomorrow and tells me he has an A in science, I am going to believe him. Why would I believe him? Since he is my son and I love him, I want to believe him and I would absolutely love for that to be true. I want him to do his best and make good grades, and if he thinks he is doing well, I want to celebrate his success. But, what will happen when he brings home his report card and his grade in science is not an A? Will I love him any less? If my love were dependent upon his performance, then it would not be love at all, would it?
Of course, to love someone means we must be willing to put up with mistakes and failures. That is why, in verse 7 of 1 Corinthians 13, it states that love “beareth all things” and “endureth all things.” The strength of our love is tested when the recipients of our love are less than lovable. Think about it. It is easy to love someone who loves you back and makes life easier for you. As long as everything is going smoothly, love flows freely. But, what about when things do not go smoothly? What about when my child brings home a bad grade? It is in these moments when love is difficult and the genuineness of our love is tested.
The purpose of love is to strengthen the other person, helping him to realize his full potential as a child of God. That does not happen overnight, and there are many bumps along the way. Love believes all things and hopes all things, but it also endures all things.
JUST A THOUGHT
Will you show loyal love today?
FEMA roots started sixty-years ago
1961 – David L. Cummins was pastoring in an industrial suburb of Detroit, MI when he was severely tested as to whether he would stand on his Baptist convictions, or compromise over what many would consider an insignificant issue. Those days were the height of the “cold” war between the U.S. and Russia when the media and movies were warning of the fall-out from a nuclear attack. Many citizens were building bomb shelters in their back yards and equipping them in case of an atomic attack. Against that background, Pastor Cummins was asked by the city officials to represent the community in a government sponsored training school, geared to train religious leaders in preparation for a possible nuclear attack by the Soviet Union. He consented and attended such a training session in classes daily, at Sheepshead Bay, NY, with about forty other clergymen for a week. On one occasion, after an attack, a young lady asked the pastors to give the “last rites” to her dying child. The instructor asked for a show of hands those who would be willing to do so. Cummins was the lone dissenter claiming the time honored Baptist doctrine of “soul liberty.” From then on he was ostracized by the others. This is the kind of treatment that preachers can expect, who refuse to go into the world religious system that will include all religions. [This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. pp. 521-23]
Not the Length but Depth that Counts
1835 – Henrietta Hall Shuck, raised in a godly home, sailed with her husband Lewis for missionary service in China, along with twenty-two other missionaries. She was but a teen bride, the daughter of Col. Addison Hall of Merry Point, Virginia. Henrietta was saved in a Baptist camp meeting and baptized at thirteen years of age. At sixteen she moved to Richmond Virginia where she met Lewis Shuck who was studying theology and later married. After leaving Boston their ship stopped at Calcutta, India and then on to Amherst in Burma where the Shuck’s were able to visit the grave of Ann Judson whose life had provided great inspiration for Henrietta. Finally they reached Singapore where they would study the Malay language, and then it was on to Canton, China, and to Hong Kong to minister after it was ceded to the British in 1841. Within four months, two chapels had been built and dedicated and before long there was a third. By Sept. of 1844 there were thirty-two boarding students. On Nov. 26, Henrietta became very ill. The doctors could not save her, and in the early hours of the following morning, she fell asleep in Jesus. Only ten years after she had begun her work for her Lord whom she loved, her work on earth was over. It’s not the length but the depth that really counts.
[Majorie Dawes, Great Baptist Women (London: Carey Kingsgate Press Limited, 1955), p, 75. This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. pp. 509-11.]
Prepared by Dr. Greg J. Dixon
Four hundred years invested by one family
Shanghai on Fire
1937 – Japan attacked Shanghai. Stephen Josiah Goddard, the son of a long line of American missionaries to China returned to the US with his wife Elizabeth, only to return in Nov. of 1939. As the threat of war escalated, his wife and son went back to the states. His plans for a furlough fell through on Dec. 7, 1941 when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and he found himself a fugitive from the Japanese army. Eventually he was flown in a DC-3 over the mountains of western China and Burma, known as the Burma “Hump”. From Calcutta he boarded a Liberty ship back to America after zigzagging from ocean to ocean to escape Japanese and German U-boats, arriving back in America on Nov. 2, 1943, and casting anchor near the Statue of Liberty. Goddard continued his missionary work at the end of the war. All five generations of the Dean-Goddard family dedicated their lives to Chinese missions. There was, “William Dean, the pioneer; Josiah Goddard, the translator; Francis Wayland Goddard, the Doctor; Josiah Ripley Goddard, the evangelist; Stephen Josiah Goddard, the teacher and businessman.” Altogether over four hundred years were invested by these men and their families, that the Chinese might know the Gospel of the grace of God. [Francis Wayland Goddard, Called to Cathy (New York: Baptist Lit. Bureau, 1948) This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. pp 442-444] Prepared by Dr. Greg Dixon
God gives us purpose. God is the purpose. We must come to the realization that God does things with a purpose in mind. May we always search for that purpose.
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In a publication called Sightler Publications of Greenville, S.C., additional confirmation has been given of the historic meeting between Rev. John Leland and James Madison, the Father of the US Constitution. The Baptists of Virginia, along with Patrick Henry, initially stood in opposition to the ratification of the constitution. Our forefathers feared a constitution that did not provide safeguards against limiting the powers of a centralized government. Without clear assurance that government could impose a “state church” upon the entire nation! With Leland’s mind and Henry’s oratory they were sure to defeat the ratification of the constitution when it came before the Virginia state convention if they were elected delegates from Orange Co. When Madison, also from Orange, Co. was told by Joseph Spencer that the Baptists opposed ratification he went to see Leland at his house. Madison agreed, that if elected to append a Bill of Rights to the constitution, including a First Amendment to prevent of an official “state church.” Leland withdrew his name and threw his support to Madison for delegate. Ratification was by 19 votes, 187-168. Two witnesses confirm that such a meeting did take place between Rev. Leland and Madison, George Nixon Briggs, a Baptist and Gov. of MA, who spoke to Leland in 1837, and John Strode Barbour, a native of Orange, Co. This is Chronicled in an article by Samuel Chiles Mitchell, Prof. at the U. of Richmond, which appeared in the Religious Herald of Oct. 18, 1934, entitled James Madison and His Co-worker John Leland.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. IIII: Cummins, pp. 37-39.
A group of professors has debunked the research of a sociologist, finding that children with heterosexual parents do better in school than those raised by homosexuals.
Dr. Douglas Allen, Burnaby Mountain professor of economics at Simon Fraser University, tells OneNewsNow that he, Dr. Catherine Pakaluk of Ave Marie University, and Dr. Joseph Price of Brigham Young University took a look at a large study conducted by Stanford sociologist Dr. Michael Rosenfeld that found no difference between children who are reared by heterosexual parents and those raised by homosexual couples. The three found a mistake in the research that completely alters the outcome.
“It turns out the children from these homes don’t do as well. They’re about 35 percent more likely to fail a grade,” Allen reports about youngsters raised by homosexuals.
But homosexual households, adds Allen, are not the only ones that prove problematic for children’s educational success.
“If you grow up with your parents cohabitating, but they’re heterosexual, you’re about 15 percent more likely than [those with] same-sex parents to make normal progress through schools,” the professor explains. “If you have a never-marriedsingle mom, you’re about 23 percent more likely to make normal progress through school compared to growing up in a same-sex household.”
According to Allen, every time a study that claims no harm to children raised by same-gender couples is released, it has been successfully disputed when put under a microscope.
“The gold standard is to have married, heterosexual parents,” Allen concludes. “I mean, every study pretty well finds that. It doesn’t matter what dimension you’re looking at; there’s no question — the gold standard is having two parents, married, opposite sex.”
The study was published in the peer-reviewed journal Demography. Since it is available by subscription only, Allen suggests finding a library that subscribes.
Allen is an award-winning teacher and a member of the Ruth Institute Circle of Experts.