Songs & Scripture: “One Thing Remains (Love Never Fails)” (Brian Johnson, Jeremy Riddle, Christa Black)

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Jesus Culture made this song popular, and for good reason!

However, originally the song was written by Brian Johnson, Jeremy Riddle, and Christa Black, so my thanks go to them for a heart-moving and truth-saturated worship song.

I’ve changed it up by linking some of the verses to the NIV version because that version more closely follows the song lyrics.

Higher than the mountains that I face (Psalm 46:1-3)
Stronger than the power of the grave (Acts 2:24-27, Romans 6:9, Hebrews 2:14-15)
Constant through the trial and the change (Numbers 23:19Hebrews 13:8, James 1:17)
One thing remains (x2) (1 Corinthians 13:13)

Your love never fails it never gives up it never runs out on me (x3) (1 Corinthians 13:7-8, 2 Timothy 2:13)

On and one and on and on it goes…

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The Way God Intended

Song of Songs 8:6–7

Recommended Reading: Genesis 2:18–25; Matthew 19:1–9; Hebrews 13:4

This passage, perhaps as powerfully as any other in the entire Bible, defines and describes for modern readers God’s intentions when he invented and defined the institution of marriage.

Marriage as a concept lies deep within our collective psyche. Preschoolers role-play the family unit as part of their playground fun. Preteen girls dream of the day when they’ll walk down the aisle in a flowing white gown. Matchmaking businesses and Web sites thrive as people look for that elusive one perfect person to know and love for the rest of their lives. The vast majority of adults who live in Western cultures either are, have been or someday intend to be married. Such hopefulness in the face of a consistent 50 percent divorce rate! And yet, despite the well-publicized antics of the Hollywood set, marriage remains one of the key building blocks of family life and society as a whole.

And that’s just what God intended. The language in this passage is powerful as it speaks to the implications of marriage. One scholar has said that this passage “characterizes marital love as the strongest, most unyielding and invincible force in human experience.” Now that’s saying something! Despite the failure of individuals, the bar of God’s expectations for marriage is set sky-high. And note the implications of the last part of verse 7: True, lasting marital love involves deep integrity on the part of both parties. To paraphrase: “Money can’t buy me love.”

The power of marriage lies in the power of a promise, sealed with God’s stamp of approval, that one man makes to one woman. The promise to love another person “until death do you part” is as deep a commitment as one can make in this life. As one pastor put it, “The power to make and keep a promise is one of the strongest in the world, for it brings the promise maker within a millimeter of what it means to be like God, who makes and keeps his promises to his people.”

True, enduring, lifelong commitment is God’s expectation for marriage, and it has been since the Garden of Eden. That’s not to say that God expects us to be perfect as we relate to one another; we are, after all, still living under the effects of sin. But despite our failures, the goal for the respect we are to show toward the institution remains the same, “for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave” (Song of Songs 8:6).

To Take Away

  • Are you married? If you answered yes, how does your marriage stack up to God’s expectations for the institution?
  • If you’ve never been married, what is your perspective on what this passage could mean for your future?
  • If you’re not married now but have been in the past, how can this passage influence your opinions and actions?

 

Reference: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Gen.2.18-Gen.2.25,Matt.19.1-Matt.19.9,Heb.13.4

Why Christians should never Marry Non-Christians By: Dave Willis

Apart from your relationship with God, there is no moreimportant and more intimate relationship in the universe thanthe relationship of Marriage. It is a beautiful gift, designed byGod, to bring one man and one woman together in a physical,emotional and even spiritual bond. What I’m about to say might offend you, but as your Brother in Christ, I love you enough to offend you with the Truth, so heregoes…If you are a Christian and you are dating a Non-Christian, you need to break up! If you are already married,that is a completely different scenario, but if you aren’t married, I can say with Biblical certainty that God’s Will is NOT for you to commit your life to someone who is not following Him. Don’t take my word for it, listen to what God says on thesubject…

 

“Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers…How can abeliever be a partner with an unbeliever?” 2 Corinthians6:14-15

 

“The men of Judah have defiled the Lord’s beloved sanctuary by marrying women who worship foreign gods” Malachi 4:11“

 

You are not to give your daughters in marriage to their sons,nor are you to take their daughters in marriage for your sonsor for yourselves. Was it not because of marriages like thesethat Solomon king of Israel sinned?” Nehemiah 13:25-26

 

This Bible has a lot more to say on this subject and I encourageyou to study it on your own. This brings up some importantquestions that you might be asking…

 

1. But I really “love” this person. Isn’t that enough? No.

God is love and God loves you. He wants what is best for you.You might need to read just your view of love and marriage from what we see in Romantic Comedies to what we see in God’s Word. If you are willing to disobey God for somebody you want to marry then what you feel isn’t real love.

 

2. But doesn’t God want to me keep dating this person so I can lead them to Jesus? No. There is a much better chance that they will lead you to bed. I’m sure you have good intentions, but God never intended you to be a dating evangelist.

 

3. But we’re so compatible! We have so much in common? Isn’t that enough? No. If the most important relationship in your life is Jesus and the most important relationship in their life is something else, you’ll be pulling in two separate directions. That is an irreconcilable difference that trumps thefact that you really like the same movies and music.

 

4. So I should just break their heart and my own? Yes. If that’s what it takes. Too much is at stake to do anything else.You need to trust the broken pieces of your heart to God and know that He is pleased when our faith leads us to tough choices. As for your boyfriend/girlfriend, keep praying for them and believing that God will reach them. Before you jump into a new relationship, make Jesus the first and foremost relationship in your life and then trust Him to bring the right person in the right time.

 

5. What if I can’t find somebody else? Trust God. Pray and be patient. God will often ask you to wait for His Best, but He will never ask you to settle for anything less than His best!

 

6. What if I’m already married? Pray. Pray for your spouse and for yourself. The Bible is clear that if your spouse is willing to stay married, then you should stay married.

 

The bottom line is that we should all be willing to trade in our own opinions and our own feelings for God’s Truth.Following Him means that we are willing to trust Him evenwhen our feelings and emotions are telling us to do somethingelse. Know that God has good things in store for you.

 

“For I know the plans I have for you declares the LORD; plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

The Jesus Memo

 “I don’t know how many of you have heard of The Skit Guys, but I really like them. Their videos are really deep, and they get their point out well. The video I want to reflect on is called The Jesus Memo.” –  fourtwentynineblog


There’s hurt in the world. A lot of it. When someone is hurt, they hurt someone else, who hurts someone else, who hurts someone else, and so on. And believe it or not, you are part of this cycle. But what if we decided to reverse the cycle? What if we decided to stand up to it?
It’s time for us to stop and reflect, to be honest with ourselves. There have been times when we felt like an outsider. There have been times when people have made fun of us.But, whether we’re in 1st grade, 6th grade, high school or college, we need to ask God to lead us so we can speak up for those who don’t have a voice. Be kind. Love others. Be kind toeveryone, because their day is probably worse than yours. Don’t just use your words. Use your actions. Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve.  Look for the person with no friends, you know who they are. Be their friend, they’re waiting for you. Today can be different. Today will be different.

Be Jesus to everyone. After all, it’s not about being a good person. It’s about being like Christ.

Link to the video: http://skitguys.com/videos/item/the-jesus-memo

Joy! to Your World! A Countdown to Christmas (Day 19)

The Magi specialized in astronomy which is the study of the stars. These learned, cerebral men were not Jews – they were pagan astrologers from the East. Today we would term these wise men “diviners” or “magicians”. They are probably the types of people that you and I would stay away from today. Perhaps, in the 21st Century, we would call them “humanists … “the left side of academia” … “weirdos”.

 

These magic men came to King Herod asking where they could find the new king, because it was their ultimate plan to worship Him who was born King of the Jews.

 

King Herod became perturbed at this news and gathered the scribes and priests to figure out where the Messiah was to be born. These leading church scholars of the day were able to quote to King Herod a prophetic word from Micah that confirmed that the heaven-sent Ruler would be born in Bethlehem.

 

King Herod then called for a second meeting with the Magi and sent them to Bethlehem, telling them to let him know when the Messiah was found because he also desired to come and worship this new born King.

 

Was King Herod actually going to worship Jesus? Absolutely not! King Herod was plotting to kill the Baby who had come to bring peace on earth! The worship of King Herod was mere lip service. His heart had no intent of worshipping the Christ Child, even as his mouth formed the evil lie meant to manipulate the plans of the Magi.

 

What is your plan this Christmas? Will you only give him your lip service? Will you say that He is Lord while acting quite a different way?

 

Christmas is a time when the motives of our hearts are laid bare. Will you worship Him with only your mouth … or will your heart and your life join in the high praise that He deserves? Only you can determine this type of worship. You choose whether to worship Him with lip service alone or bring to Jesus, the Baby in the manger, the worship that is accompanied by a lifetime of loving actions.

 

Oh come! Let us adore Him!

Mateo 2:1-8

I’ve been reading the Joy! to Your World! A Countdown to Christmas Reading Plan at YouVersion.com. You might enjoy it, or one of the many other plans that are available. Check it out.