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Reflections to consider

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6: 33 NIV). Jesus’s first two words are critical: “Seek first.” Seek means “to strive for diligently” or “to desire strongly.” The action is continuous. It says, “keep on striving for,” “keep on seeking,” and

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1 Corthians 14

This reading is often used to teach that tongue speaking is about speaking some angelic language that only God understands. There is no reason to believe that the gift here is different from the gift of tongue speaking that took place on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2. “The gift of tongues is the

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1 Corthians 13

Our reading text does such an amazing job of helping us understand what true Love is all about! Love has more to do with will, than it does with feelings. You can take any relationship in your life & read through this text and determine if you are expressing true love in that relationship. The

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1 Corthians 12

This chapter has always struck a cord with me! For Paul drives home the principle that when we obeyed the gospel we were placed in a community- the body of Christ, His church. We need the body and the body needs us, everyone of us has a role to play in this community! All of

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1 Corthians 11

Over the years I have been asked about 1 Corthians 11:1-16 more than any other text in scripture. So, let me share what I have written before on this text. There are those who believe that this text is teaching a woman should be wearing a hat when they come to worship. Those who feel

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1 Corthians 10

Paul after writing what he did about meat offered to idols – wanted to make sure the Christians in Corinth did not misunderstand that Christian can NOT take part in pagan worship! For a Christian can not participate in the worship of a pagan god. There is a good chance that Christians during this period

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Reflections

Today is a day to reflect over our readings. Paul said this week: “To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.” Paul and met people where they were to help bring them closer to Christ

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Reflections to consider

Though the Old Testament talks about love, Jesus calls this a “new commandment.” How is it new exactly? What’s new is this bit: “just as I have loved you.” He’s commanding us to love each other the way we’ve been loved. Here, “just as” is a causative phrase, which means the verse could be translated,

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1 Corthians 9

Paul in our reading stresses the focus and dedication he places on his spiritual walk! The apostle’s choice of the words “I beat my body” is best explained by the fact that he is continuing to use the rigors in athletic competition as an example of the focus we should have in our Christian walk.

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1 Corthians 8

The issue that Paul is dealing with here in our reading is the meat offered to idols and then sold in the market place or used for functions at the pagan temple. It was a common practice to use the dining rooms within the pagan temples for social events. These temples not only had an

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1 Corthians 7

A focus in our reading is that each should retain the martial status they were in when called by the gospel. This calling took place when they heard the gospel and responded to it (2 Thess. 2:14). In fact if you are a Christian couple – God calls for you to remain married, if that

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1 Corthians 6

Paul notes in our reading that as we look at our actions and what we involve ourselves in as Christians that we need to ask two questions. The first question that we need to ask ourselves, is it beneficial? Something might not be a sin, like those sins that Paul listed in this reading, but

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1 Corthians 5

The chapter is talking about a Christian who is living in sin and is not willing to repent. The sad thing is that the church was tolerating the sin and in the process allowing those in the church to be influenced by this rebellious attitude! Paul is very clear in this text that if a

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Reflections

This is a day to reflect over our readings. Paul in our readings compared those who depended on “worldly wisdom” to guide their lives as compared with those that are guided by the “spiritual wisdom” that we find in His word. Maybe it would be good this day to reflect over your own decisions over

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Reflections to consider

When the crowd at Jesus’s crucifixion was given the choice to release one prisoner—as was the local custom—they chose a notorious prisoner named Barabbas over Jesus (Matthew 27: 15-26). Barabbas was Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein rolled into one. He was a murderer, a robber, a rebel, and a thief who’d been convicted more

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1 Corthians 4

Paul warned the Corinthians in our ready: “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not take pride in one man over against another” It is clear that which is written is in reference to the O.T. It is important to realize that the N.T. was in the process of being developed when

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1 Corthians 3

Paul notes in our reading that we are the very temple of God’s Spirit. Paul declared: “If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.”  This passage is often used to say that we should not do things to abuse our bodies – but that

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1 Corthians 2

The “Natural man” is one whose outlook is essentially earthly; his outlook in no sense reaches beyond the human dimension – he lives totally oblivious to God. Thus is one who closes his eyes to that which is spiritual and frames his world with “earthly wisdom.” Paul makes it clear that which he shared did

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1 Corinthians 1

“Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” When I read that statement from Paul I thought of so many conversations I have had with people who just don’t get it when I share

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Luke 24

That must been an amazing journey as Jesus unfolded to these disciples the O.T. scriptures and how they are related to Him! All of a sudden the dots would have come together and a veil was being removed as it all became ever clearer. They would have come to understand that the coming kingdom was

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