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Faith, Hope, Love, and a Ford Coupe

This past Sunday for Father’s Day my kids purchased me a ticket to the nationally acclaimed, ‘Mecum Auto Auction’ that was here in Portland. It was a real treat! There were some fabulous cars both vintage and new, domestic and imported. Mecum did a great job of doing the auction up big and loud and making sure the place was full of energy. Andria and I had a lot of fun and stood in amazement as a few thousand of us watched the 500 active bidders have no problems in bidding $50k to over $100k on the car of their dreams! I stood in awe at the one particular individual who won the bid on a beautiful ’65 Shelby Fastback Mustang for a measly $305k! No matter how tight the economy may seem, there is still a lot of money out there!  

What impressed me the most was the restoration job done on so many old classics, like the 1930 Ford coupe. I wonder if Henry Ford would have imagined that over 85 years after producing the car folks would willingly pay $40k for a restored version of it? I imagine that 50 years from now people will still be willing to pay a mint for it simply because the car will forever be deemed a classic. According to Webster’s the car will forever,  ‘serve as a standard of excellence.’ At the risk of sounding cheesy, it’s sort of the same way with classic truths found in the Bible like this one:

1 Corinthians 13:13 (New Century Version)
So these three things continue forever: faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.

Here are 3 classics that aren’t going away any time soon. The first being faith. Something will always happen when we believe that what God has said is true to the point we live or walk that truth out.  Then there is hope. Something will always happen when we challenge contradictory feelings and thoughts with the mindset that something good is about to happen. Last but not least is the greatest classic of all time – love. It’s more than a feeling. It’s placing value on someone so high that we end up giving them our best. When we do this, something amazing, something God-inspired always happens. Check out how the Apostle Paul ended this verse. He said that love is the greatest classic of all. Think about that. The greatest gift we could give to someone is love. God did it. He loved mankind so much that He gave. Jesus did it. Jesus loved mankind so much that He gave. Love gives. There’s no doubt that having faith in God will impact us forever. Having hope keeps us from getting ‘lost in our head’ and keeps our perspective straight. But love…well to quote the classic musicians Captain and Tennille, love is what keeps us together! There’s nothing greater in our lives than to give our love. It costs us everything, but the rewards are phenomenal! 

So shine up that old ‘30’s coupe and fire up the engine. We all have something to give!

Pastor Shian

John 15:12-14 (New King James Version)
This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. 

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