by Fenton Moorhead

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"Finding the Love that Never Fails" - 8-16-98

By Pastor Fenton Moorhead

"Father in heaven, we focus on your love, that you so
loved you gave what was most dear and priceless to you. You
gave your very best, you gave your only Son. You gave Him,
not to a life of privilege, ease and comfort, but to a life
of sorrow, a life of pain, a life of suffering, and the
suffering He experienced was the full expression of your love
for people, that people matter to you, that God so loved the
world He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him
should not perish, but have everlasting life.
"We thank you that your love sacrificed that others
might have love that lasts, that never fails. Teach us that
quality of love this morning, in Jesus Name, amen, amen."
You follow in the outline that's provided in your
bulletin there's some help for us here. It begins with a
verse of scripture from the Old Testament. Repeatedly the
Old Testament expresses to God's people, Israel, that God
loves them. Not because they were large or deserving, but
that God chose them and loved them as a special treasure. He
had a purpose for their lives, and He made a covenant with
And so the love that never fails is an everlasting love,
it is a covenant love, it is a binding commitment that God
makes, and this is because of who God is. It is the only
love that God knows, a loyal love. Jeremiah 31:3, "I have
loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with
loving kindness."
And so Israel, when they would turn their backs on God,
and they would rebel, and they would go into captivity, if it
were in Egypt or in Babylonia God would love them, He would
draw them, He would redeem them, He would not turn His backs
on them.
So here we see this kind of love. And this love is very
different from the love expressed in the world around us. The
love of G ...

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