Back to the Basics: Keeping Heart

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on January 4, 2011
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Notes:

1 Thessalonians 1:3 Faith, hope, and love are the most basic indispensable aspects of our spiritual life. Without them steadfast in our hearts, life falls apart.

Faith


Hebrews 11:6 Without faith it is impossible to please God.

Matthew 21:21 and 22 With faith we can move mountains.

Ephesians 2:8 Faith is our part in the graceful relationship we have with God.

Hope


Hebrews 6:19 Hope is the anchor of our soul.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 We do not lose heart during difficult times because of hope.

1 John 3:2 and 3 The hope is our polestar guiding us to righteousness and holiness.

Love


Matthew 21:37-41 Love is the greatest commandment of all.

John 13:34 and 35 Love is our distinguishing characteristic.

1 Peter 4:8 Love is above all.

1 Corinthians 13:13 The greatest of all
We must fight to keep these three active in our daily lives.

Faith


Romans 10:17 Faith starts with hearing the truth, and misinformation causes faithlessness.

James 1:21 Study of the Scriptures is essential to gain and maintain faith.

James 2:14-26 Real faith always has corresponding works − one of which is prayer.

Hebrews 11:13-16 Keep focus on God not self, circumstances, or situations.

Hope


Hope is made strong by biblical information, and it is diminished by wrong or no information.

1 John 3:1-3; Hebrews 11 - True hope influences behavior. Hopers pray.

Psalms 37:3-7 Delight in Yahweh, and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Love


John 3:16 Accepting Godís love for me inspires love for Him and others. The Scriptures define and remind us to love. Ignorance of the truth has caused the love of many to grow cold.

James 1:26 and 27 Real love has corresponding actions.

Psalms 34:3-6 To remain loving, focus on God and not self or others is vital.



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