Paul often linked three great Christian qualities as he did here: "Your work of faith, labor
of love, and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ." In his first letter to the
Corinthians, he wrote of love's superiority over faith and hope. Love clearly has the edge,
but it falters apart from hope and faith.
Without faith that Jesus is the Christ, the only Son of God, church folks lose their sense
of direction and purpose; the church's work is blunted. Apart from hope in the
resurrection with Jesus, people give up and quit their efforts. Every follower of Jesus
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There’s that old rhyme associated with weddings, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in her shoe.” These were the things the bride was supposed to wear to her wedding to ensure prosperity and good luck.
John the Baptist gives us a great example of how to be a friend. Many times, when someone new comes along people get scared their friends will like the new person better. This happens to kids and adults. Bullying often stems from the fear that someone else will steal friends away. A bully sees the only line of defense as making fun of the new kid. They hope by ruining their reputation their friends won’t want to be friends with the new person, and the bully can keep all their friends to themselves.
Jackie thought Miss Potter looked something like a turtle. She was rather large, and slow and ponderous, and her neck was very wrinkled. But Jackie liked her, for she was kind and fair, and she never seemed to mind even when some of the children were quite unpleasant to her.
Call To Worship John the Baptist exclaimed as he saw Jesus: "Look, here is the Lamb of God!" Two disciples heard him and they followed Jesus. We have come this morning to worship Jesus, the Lamb of God; let us also be prepared to follow him as faithful disciples. Come, let us worship.