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  • From the Song of Solomon in the Bible

  • Set me as a seal upon your heart as a seal upon your arm

  • The love is as strong as death

  • Passion fears as the grave

  • It's flashes are flashes of fire a raging flame

  • Many waters cannot quench love

  • Neither can floods drown it out

  • The late dr. Martin Luther King

  • once said and I quote we

  • Must discover the power of love

  • the redemptive power of love and when we do that

  • We will make of this old world a new world

  • Belov

  • Love is the only way

  • There's power in love

  • Don't underestimate it

  • Don't even over sentimentalize it

  • There's power power in love

  • If you don't believe me

  • Think about a time when you first fell in love

  • The whole world

  • Seemed to center around you and your beloved. Oh

  • this power

  • power in love

  • Not just in its romantic forms, but any form any shape of love

  • There's a certain sense in

  • Which when you are loved and you know it

  • when someone cares for you, and you know it

  • When you love and you show it

  • It actually feels right

  • There's something right about it

  • And there's a reason for it

  • The reason has to do with the source

  • we were made by a power of love and

  • Our lives were meant and are meant to be lived in that love. That's why we were we are here

  • Ultimately the source of love is God Himself the source of all of our lives

  • There's an old medieval poem that that says where true love is found God Himself is there

  • The New Testament says it this way beloved

  • Let us love one another

  • Because love is of God and those who love are

  • Born of God and know God those who do not love do not know God why for God is love

  • There's power in love

  • There's power in love to help and heal when nothing else can

  • There's power in love to lift up and livering nothing else will

  • There's power in love

  • To show us the way to live

  • Set me as a seal on your heart a

  • seal on your arm

  • for love

  • It's as strong as death

  • But but love is not only about a young couple

  • Now the power of love is demonstrated by the fact that we're all here

  • To young people fell in love and we all showed up

  • But but it's not just for and about a young couple who we rejoice with it's more than that

  • Jesus of Nazareth on one occasion was asked by a lawyer to sum up the essence of the teachings of Moses

  • And-and-and-and. He went back and reached back into the Hebrew Scriptures to Deuteronomy and Leviticus

  • And Jesus said you shall love the Lord your God with

  • All your heart all your soul all your mind and all your strength

  • This is the first and Great Commandment and the second is like it

  • Love your neighbor as yourself and then in Matthews version

  • He added he said on these two love of God and love of neighbor hang all the law all the prophets

  • Everything that Moses broke everything into holy prophets everything in the scriptures

  • Everything that God has been trying to tell the world. Love God

  • Love your neighbors and while you're at it love yourself

  • No

  • someone once said that Jesus began

  • the most revolutionary movement in all of human history a

  • movement grounded in the

  • unconditional love of God for the world and

  • a movement

  • Mandating

  • people to live that love and in so doing

  • To change not only their lives but the very life of the world itself

  • I'm talking about the power

  • Real power

  • Power to change the world

  • If you don't believe me

  • Well

  • There were small slaves in America's Antebellum self

  • who explained the dynamic power of love and why it has the power to transform they explained it this way they sang a

  • spiritual even in the midst of their captivity

  • It's one that says there is a balm in Gilead a healing balm something that can make things, right

  • There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole

  • There is a balm in Gilead

  • To heal the sick soul. And one of the stanzas actually explains why they said if you cannot preach like Peter and

  • You cannot pray like all

  • You just tell the love of Jesus how he died to save us all oh, that's the balm in Gilead

  • This way of love it is the way of life

  • They got it. He died to save us all he didn't die for anything. He could get out of it

  • Jesus did not get an honorary Doctorate for dying

  • He didn't he wasn't getting anything out of it. He gave up his life

  • He sacrificed his life for the good of others for the good of the other for the well-being of the world for us

  • That's what is love is not selfish and self-centred love can be sacrificial

  • And in so doing

  • becomes redemptive

  • In that way of unselfish

  • Sacrificial

  • redemptive love

  • Changes lives

  • And it can change this world

  • If you don't believe me, just just stop and think for magic think and imagine

  • Well

  • He can imagine a world where love is the way

  • Imagine our homes and families when love is the way imagine

  • Neighborhoods and

  • Communities where love is the way it imagined?

  • governments and nations

  • Where love is the way?

  • imagine business and Commerce when love is the way

  • imagine this tired old world when love is is the way when love is the way

  • Unselfish sacrificial redemptive when love is the way then no child will go to bed hungry in this world ever again

  • When love is the way?

  • We will let justice roll down like a mighty stream and righteousness like an ever-flowing group

  • In love is the way poverty will become history

  • When love is the way the earth?

  • Will be a sanctuary

  • And love is the way

  • We will lay down our swords and shields down by the riverside

  • to study war no more

  • When love is the way

  • There's plenty good room

  • Buddy good room for all of God's children

  • Coz when love is the way

  • We actually treat each other

  • Well

  • Like we're actually family

  • When love is the way

  • We know that God is the source of us all and we are brothers and sisters

  • Children of God

  • Brothers and sisters

  • That's a new heaven a new earth a new world a new human family

  • And let me tell you something old Solomon was right in the Old Testament

  • That's fire

  • They are dishing on and with this I will sit down we got to get you all married

  • French Jesuit ard showdown

  • Was arguably one of the great minds great spirits of the 20th century

  • Jesuit Roman Catholic priest

  • scientists the scholar a

  • mystic in

  • Some of his writings. He said from his scientific background as well as his theological one some of his writings

  • He said as others have that the discovery or invention or harnessing of fire was one of the great one of the great

  • scientific and technological discoveries in all of human history

  • Fire to a great extent made human civilization possible

  • Fire made it possible to cook food and and and to provide

  • Sanitary ways of eating which reduced the spread of disease in its time

  • fire made it possible to to heat warm environment and thereby made human migration around the world a

  • possibility even into colder climates

  • Fire made it possible. There is no there was no Bronze Age without fire

  • No, Iron Age without fire. No Industrial Revolution

  • without fire the advances of science and technology are greatly

  • Dependent on the human ability and capacity to take fire and use it for human good

  • Anybody get here in a car today

  • an automobile

  • Knock your heads. If you did I'm guessing I know there were some carriages

  • But those of us who came on cars

  • Fire the controlled harnessed fire made that possible

  • I know that the Bible says I believe Jesus walked on the water

  • But I have to tell you I didn't walk across the Atlantic Ocean to get here

  • controlled fire in that plane got me here fire makes it possible for us to text and tweet an email and Instagram and and

  • Facebook and socially be dysfunctional with each other

  • Fire makes all of that possible and and de Chardin said fire one of the greatest

  • discoveries in all of human history and

  • he then went on to say that if humanity ever harnesses the energy of fire again, if

  • humanity ever captures the energy of love

  • It will be the second time in history

  • That we have discovered fire

  • Dr. King was right

  • We must discover love

  • The redemptive power of love and when we do that

  • We will make of this old world a new world

  • My brother my sister God, love you