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“God structures the world so that love for others is the true foundation of every flourishing human interaction. True and loving acts arise when we discern the truth and walk uprightly…True lovingkindness toward others, as a response to God’s love, is one of those “works of the Lord,” and therefore spiritually healthy.” (Dynamis 4/2/2020)

“Jesus laid the foundation for the church through relationships. His influence was (and is) indelible because He changed people.” (David Kinnaman & Gabe Lyons)

“The foundation is already in place, and no one can change it. Let us therefore build on it and cling to it in the way that branches cling to the vine, so that there is no gap between us and Christ. For the minute a gap opens up between the vine and its branches, the branches wither and perish. Similarly, if a building is not cemented to its foundation, it will collapse. Therefore, let us not merely cling to Christ, but let us be cemented to him, for if we stand apart we shall perish.” (St. John Chrysostom)

“Samuel’s attitude was one of readiness and eager response with a desire to listen. It is that attitude of listening that was foundational to Samuel’s whole life and ministry. Throughout his life we see him listening to God’s word and following God’s direction. He listened for the general will of God and also had an ear for the more specific directions that God gave him. Sometimes he raised questions about why he was doing a particular thing, but the word from God was paramount. He listened for it and responded to it.” (Foundation Study Bible, 1 Samuel 3:1-19)

“Part of being able to bear witness is to be able to talk about the Lord with others. The foundation of our witness is to be able to articulate what we believe to ourselves. If we don’t know what we believe, then it has no power for us. We are either “mechanical” Christians, who go through the motions of Christianity, or we are frustrated mechanical Christians who lose interest in the motions…Christ our God is the foundation of the Temple and the foundation of our faith, and issues an astonishing call—that we become signs in this age, showing forth His nature!” (Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, Edith M. Humphrey)


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