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The Greatest Sentence That Was Ever Written

The Greatest Sentence That Was Ever Written “ God is Love . ” 1 John iv. 8 . My subject is the greatest sentence that was ever written. Of course, that sentence is in the Bible. All the greatest sentences are in the one Book. The Bible has a way of putting more in a single sentence than other writers can put in a whole book. Yet there are some who would tell us that the Bible is no more God’s Book than other books. Either they have not read the Bible, or they have read it with their eyes closed. This sentence has in it but three words. Each word is a monosyllable. One word has four letters, one three, and one only two; yet these nine letters, forming three monosyllables, contain so much of truth that the world bas been pondering it for eighteen centuries, and has not got to the bottom of it yet. Whole volumes are dedicated to the exposition of this wonderful sentence—thousands of volumes. 1 John iv. 8, "God is love.” That is the greatest sentence that was ever written.


ON BEING THE PEOPLE OF GOD Dr. Girma Bekele [PhD, Political Theology] is Leadership and Missions Consultant, and an Adjunct Professor of Missions and Development Studies at Wycliffe College in the University of Toronto, Canada. He has worked in Relief and Development both as practitioner and consultant. He and his nurse wife, Genet Geremew, reside in Toronto with their three children: Yonathan, 11, Mahilet, 9 and Eyeol, 2. They worship and minister at the Ethiopian Evangelical Church in Toronto and are also active at a local English-speaking church. ETHIOPIANCHURCH BLOG recently interviewed him on account of his new book, The In-Between People : A Reading of David Bosch through the Lens of Mission History and Contemporary Challenges In Ethiopia [Wipf & Stock, 2011]. Following is Part I of the interview: ETHIOPIANCHURCH: Congratulations on your book “The In-between People”. So who are the In-Between People? Why this particular title? Dr. Girma: Thank you. The In-Between Peo

To Gain Christ

  Losing All To Gain Christ ... John Sung himself believed that he was not converted until he went through a spiritual crisis in America many years later. When he was nine years old [1910], a revival occurred in Hinghwa, China. Within a month there were about 3,000 professions. On Good Friday morning he heard a sermon on “Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.” The preacher contrasted the sleeping Disciples with the fearlessness of Jesus. Many people wept with grief at the end of the sermon. Among the mourners was John Sung, the nine-year-old son of the Methodist preacher. It seems to me that John Sung “dedicated” his life to Christ but was not truly converted at this time. Like my former pastor, Dr. Timothy Lin (whose father was also a preacher), John Sung began to preach and help his father by the age of thirteen. But, also like Dr. Lin, he had not yet experienced real conversion. He was a diligent student and finished high school at the top of his class. During this time he became kno

Sun, Red Moon

The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. [Joel 2:31] In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ [Acts 2:17-21]