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1 Timothy 1

We see in our reading that Paul had sent Timothy to the Ephesians to deal with the false doctrine that had come into the church. In the first century, new churches were being formed and established churches were learning to create community and order. During these beginning years, false doctrine attacked the foundations of the

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Reflections

Today is a day to review and reflect on our readings. Something you will note in our readings is how Paul framed his world. When he told us how he dealt with is “thorn in the flesh” we saw that he saw his world through the prism of his relationship with his Lord. We might

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Reflections to consider

Traveling with his disciples, Jesus is in the midst of a bustling crowd. People are pushing and shoving just to get a look at him, just to be able to tell their grandchildren that they saw Jesus. Parents are holding up their children so they can see him. Perhaps there are people who, like Zacchaeus,

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2 Corthians 13

Paul in our reading encouraged them to examine their faith and take a spiritual inventory of their walk with the Lord. To take inventory of our walk and faith at times is needed – for we might think we are being faithful in our walk when in fact we are walking according to the flesh

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2 Corthians 12

We discover a very powerful principle in our reading! Paul was suffering from what he called a “thorn in the flesh.” By all indications this was a physical problem, many feel it was his eye sight. Whatever it was this problem was tormenting him and he prayed that it be removed from him. Three times

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2 Corthians 11

When I read in our reading that “Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light,” my first reaction is – that is not fair! How is one to know who is really an angel of light and who is Satan dressed up to look and act like an angel of light? The only way one

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2 Corthians 10

Paul in our reading reminds us that we do not wage war like the world wages war. The world uses force, where we use arguments to convict the heart. For you can not change hearts by force and you can not change hearts by laws. The only way that hearts will be changed is when

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2 Corthians 9

Paul in our reading when talking to them about their giving reminds them of a great spiritual principle. The more we sacrifice and give to others, the more we will gain in return. This principle has played out in my life over and over again! The more I sacrifice and give the more I am

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Reflections

Today is a day to reflect and review our readings. My thoughts go back to the concept of “Godly sorrow.” From time to time I think that it is important that we take a spiritual inventory of our lives. There are times that we become stagnant in our spiritual growth because there are sins and

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Reflections to consider

Here is an observation about how Jesus dealt with the woman caught in adultery that is worth considering. We’ve all heard the saying many times, “God loves the sinner, but he hates the sin.” That is a theologically true statement. This woman’s sin was forgiven, but her sin was not excused. Jesus doesn’t just wink

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2 Corthians 8

Paul was on a mission to help the church grow together as one body. One of the ways he was going to do that was by taking a collection among the Gentile congregations to help the saints in Jerusalem and Judea. Jerusalem and Judea had suffered through a number of droughts and Paul saw their

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2 Corthians 7

In our reading Paul shares why he was so hard on the Corinthians in his prior letter. The reason he came down on them so hard, was because he wanted to produce Godly sorrow that would result in true repentance. The world often confuses sorrow with repentance! Paul makes it very clear that sorrow is

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2 Corthians 6

Paul declared that we should not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. I came across these comments that I think are worth considering. “The concept of the ‘unequal yoke’ comes from Deut 22:10, ‘Thou shalt not plow with an ox and an ass together.’ The ox was a clean animal to the Jews, but the ass

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2 Corthians 5

We are Christ’s ambassadors! Those words should ring in our hearts everyday. When we leave the house in the morning for work we need to remind ourselves – “we are Christ’s ambassadors!” When we are among our friends we should remind ourselves – “we are Christ’s ambassadors!” When we interact with our spouse and children

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2 Corthians 4

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”  Over the years this has become one of my favorite verses!! Paul reminds us in this text that even when life gets hard and troubles begin to stack up, hold on and keep your focus on the

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Reflections

Today is a day to reflect over our readings. Our reading this week talked of a veil that was over the hearts and minds of Israel. I see that veil all too often as I interact with people of the world! They know about Jesus and they know the stories, some are even very religious,

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Reflections to consider

After Christian fighters captured Jerusalem during the First Crusade, pilgrims from all over Western Europe began visiting the Holy Land. Around AD 1100, a French knight formed an organization called the Knights Templar. Their job was to protect these pilgrims during their visit. When these knights were baptized by the church, they brought their swords

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2 Corthians 3

Paul in this reading makes a contrast between the old covenant and the new covenant. He uses the image of when Moses veiled his face after spending time with God (Ex. 34:29-35). The reason Moses veiled his face was because his face would glow with the glory of God and this scared the Israelites, so

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2 Corthians 2

There is good reason to believe that Paul is addressing the man who had his father’s wife (1 Cor. 5). Paul had instructed the congregation to withdrawal fellowship from this person. It looks like the congregation followed Paul’s instructions and their actions worked because the man repented. The tact and consideration of Paul are evident

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2 Corthians 1

Paul as he opened this letter shares with the Corinthians some of the struggles he had experienced for the sake of the gospel. There was even a point that Paul felt that he was facing death in the face. God spared him from this fate, but by going through this process he came to understand

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