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9/21/19: Galatians 6:1-18; Psalm 65:1-13; Proverbs 23:24

In the Galatians passages Paul, again, refers to our Christian walk as containing “independent verification” of one another’s actions.  And did you note how he counseled us to correct one another’s behavior? Galatians 6:1 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves,

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9/20/19: Galatians 5:13-26; Psalm 64:1-10; Proverbs 23:23

If you are like me you had much rather read well-crafted words of beauty and encouragement.  That is why (if you are like me) in today’s reading I usually focus on the “fruits of the spirit” in Galatians 5:22-25. But during our self-evaluation it is equally as important to remind ourselves of where living a

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9/19/19: Galatians 5:1-12; Psalm 63:1-11; Proverbs 23:22

As we read today’s passage we can be reminded of the recent protests in Hong Kong.  The people fear that the passage of some laws will place them under the control of China and they will lose certain freedoms.  And throughout history we have seen that “freedom” is a condition that has driven men to

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9/17/19: Galatians 3:10-22; Psalm 61:1-8; Proverbs 23:17-18

We recently completed a study of “Genesis Genealogies” where we looked at the lives of the 20 patriarchs from Adam to Abraham.  In doing so we followed the “thread” of the promise of the coming Messiah who would redeem not just Israel but the entire world. In today’s reading from Galatians we see Paul state

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9/16/19: Galatians 2:17-3:9; Psalm 60:1-12; Proverbs 23:15-16

Just as he did with the church in Corinth we see Paul correcting the church in Galatia for following false teachers.  And to me this is an indication of just how widespread the infiltration of false teachers among the first century church had become. And while Paul certainly addresses and condemns the false teachers he

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9/15/19: Galatians 2:1-16; Psalm 59:1-17; Proverbs 23:13-14

Earlier I wrote about a work-process called “independent verification.”  In this process you ask a co-worker to watch you perform a job.  It is their responsibility to stop and correct you if you are about to make a mistake. Galatians 2: 11  When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12 For before certain

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9/14/19 – Galatians 1:1-24; Psalm 58:1-11; Proverbs 23:12

Galatians:1 I Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead …  During this reading the word “apostle” caught my eye especially as I note that Paul highlighted  his “apostleship.”  So, what is an apostle?  When you take a look back at the Greek

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9/13/19: 2 Corin. 13:1-14; Psalm 57:1-11; Proverbs 23:9-11

On my job we develop “Performance Objectives” that are used to evaluate our work performance.  In developing the Objectives one of the tasks that I find the most difficult is to perform a “self-assessment.”  That is to honestly examine myself to determine my job-related strengths and weaknesses.  We then address how to improve on my

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9/12/19: 2 Corin 12:11-21; Psalm 56:1-13; Proverbs 23:6-8

Proverbs 22: 6 Start children off on the way they should go,     and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Two thoughts came to mind when I read this verse. (1) Children may stray from God’s plan as they mature.  But if parents have been faithful in teaching them God’s will for their lives

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9/11/19: 2 Corin 12:1-10; Psalm 55:1-23; Proverbs 23:4-5

Pages have been written on what was Paul’s “thorn in my flesh,” including epilepsy, vision problems, malaria, Malta fever, spiritual weaknesses, false teachers, etc.” In this life I do not think we will ever know for sure.  But what we do know is that Paul, through Christ, set an example for us all. 2 Corinthians

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9/10/19: 2 Corin. 11:16-33; Psalm 54:1-7; Proverbs 23:1-3

When reading 2 Corinthians 11 we certainly need to keep in mind the historical perspective.  As we have seen the Corinthian church had been vulnerable to false teachings of men who claimed to be “greater” apostles than Paul.  So, Paul’s “boasting” is more to remind the church of his divinely given authority than it is

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9/8/19: 2 Corin. 10:1-18; Psalm 52:1-9; Proverbs 22:26-27

How different are Believers in dealing with the daily challenges of our worldly existence?  Paul explains this beautifully in the following passage: 2 Corin. 10:  3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they

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9/7/19: 2 Corin 9:1-15; Psalm 51:1-19; Proverbs 22:24-25

Sometimes the simplicity and wisdom of Proverbs is striking. Proverbs 22:24-25 24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person,     do not associate with one easily angered, 25 or you may learn their ways     and get yourself ensnared Can’t we just replace “hot tempered” with “deceitful,” “immoral,” “thieving,” or any other bad attribute and retain the same

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9/6/19: 2 Corin. 8:16-24; Psalm 50:1-23; Proverbs 22:22-23

2 Corinthians 8: 7 For Titus not only welcomed our appeal, but he is coming to you with much enthusiasm and on his own initiative. 18 And we are sending along with him the brother who is praised by all the churches for his service to the gospel. 19 What is more, he was chosen by the churches to accompany us as we carry

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9/5/19: 2 Corin. 8:1-15; Psalm 49:1-20; Proverbs 22:20-21

2 Corinthians 8: 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. 5 And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of

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9/4/19: 2 Corin. 7:8-16; Psalm 48:1-14; Proverbs 22:17-19

One of the techniques I teach nuclear power workers is called “independent verification.”  That is you have a co-worker watch you perform a task and if you are not performing it correctly the observer will correct you.  In the training we also reminder the “performer” of the task that they need to thank the observer

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9/3/19: 2 Corinth. 6:14-7:7; Psalm 47:1-9; Proverbs 22:16

As I read the passage from Psalms I, again, needed to ask myself a question.  “What is my attitude when I enter into the auditorium to worship?”  Is my mind still “outside the building” focused on my own concerns?  Or am I entering just to fellowship and chat with friends? Or am I considering worship

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9/2/19: 2 Corin. 6:1-13; Psalm 45:1-17; Proverbs 22:15

2 Corinthians 6:  3 We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. Reading this passage this time I was struck by the instruction it provides.  First — how do we put a “stumbling block” in anyone’s path.  Perhaps through outright “false teaching” but what about our actions, our witness?   I

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