A Foundation of Love…

In the middle of one of their more memorable disagreements, a man jumped up from the table, grabbed two sheets of paper, and said to his wife, “Let’s make a list of everything we have on our minds right now.” His wife started writing furiously. He glowered at her for a few minutes, and then wrote on his paper. She started writing again. He watched her, and every time she stopped, he would start writing again. They finally finished. “Let’s exchange papers,” he said. They gave each other their lists. “Give mine back,” his wife sheepishly pleaded when she glanced at his sheet. All down the page he had written:

“I love you, I love you, I love you.”

There is a sense in which ministry is our way of saying to the world, “I love you, I love you, I love you.” Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor of Willowcreek Community Church, says, “When a building is being constructed, the groundwork is critically important. if the foundation is faulty, the whole building will be unstable. If the foundation is solid, the building will be stable and stand firm under stress. The same is true when building loving relationships. We need to have a solid foundation on which to build. If we don’t, the whole structure of the relationship is in danger. If we have a solid base of love, we can experience deep and meaningful relationships.” (Bill Hybels)

Well, as you know, last week, we laid the concrete foundation for the newhope home! We literally laid that slab of concrete on hundreds of verses of Scripture and buried a Bible underneath the teaching platform. (Thanks to all the newhopers who sent verses)

Will you join me today in praying that God will keep laying a solid foundation of love in and through newhope church? Make no mistake about, as we build this building, what we are saying to the world is the same thing that husband said to his wife – I LOVE YOU. I LOVE YOU. I LOVE YOU.

The Bible says this:

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not 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 have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, 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 perfection comes, the imperfect 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 childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor 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.” (I Corinthians 13)

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