Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange furnished his favorite scripture this month. Todd explained that his father died when he was a young boy. At that time, Todd says he was extremely mad with God because his father had died. However, over the years, scriptures found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-13 helped him to cope with his father’s death and not to be angry. Todd is a dedicated Christian who loves the Lord and serves Him daily. He is doing an outstanding job as mayor of the Capital City.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:4-13
Mike Crow, one of the veteran lawyers in our firm, furnished two verses for this issue. Mike says these scriptures have helped him to raise his two teenage children. He has to explain the virtues of patience and strength to his children quite often. Those virtues are great qualities to have – whether you are a teenager growing up in today’s world or a grown up coping with all of today’s stressors.
Fear not, for I am with you, Be not dismayed, for I am your God, I will strength you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:3,4
Erick Armster, the Urban Area Director for the FCA in Alabama, sent in a timely verse this month. Erick says that the theme for the 2015 FCA summer camp is “undefeated,” and he points out that we serve a God who is undefeated.
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor. 15:57
Debbie Galloway, from Albertville, Alabama, furnished a timely verse to be included in this issue. Her verse discusses spiritual gifts. Incidentally, Mrs. Galloway is Chris Glover’s mother-in-law.
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 1 Corinthians 12:1& 4-7
Brittany Scott, a lawyer in our Mass Torts Section, furnished a verse for this issue. Brittany says that she loves 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 because it teaches that anyone can share God’s word if they allow Him to speak through them.
And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Courtney Gray, who is working in our Mass Torts Section, furnished one of her favorite verses for this issue. Courtney says that at times it can be difficult to understand what is going on in your life, or why certain things happen, but that she knows everything happens for a reason.
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. Psalm 27:14King James Version (KJV)
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