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12/07/2018 — Romans Chapters 1-3

Anthropologists write that throughout all of human history they have never found a society that did not worship a god of some kind — animals, nature, man-made objects, etc.    An 2011 Oxford University Study involving 20 countries found that in the opinion of the researchers  “human thought processes were “rooted” to religious concepts.  And

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12/06/2018 — 2 Corinthians Chapters 10 – 13

2 Corinthians 12: 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. How powerful are these words & the promise we have in these verses.  A commentator writes: When we have

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12/05/2018 — 2 Corinthians Chapters 5-9

2 Corinthians 5: For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent,

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12/04/2018 — 2 Corinthians Chapters 1-4

Ecclesiastes 1:9  What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. I can think of few greater dangers to the Body than the false/exaggerated claims and/or lifestyles of some highly visible “preachers.”  (Jim Baker & others come to mind…)   They distort the Word of

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12/03/2018 — 1 Corinthians Chapters 15-16

When I hear of the death of a Christian believer I feel sadness for the family that may be left in this world.  But when those moments exist all I need do is then read    1 Corinthians 15:35-58.  In particular verses 40-44 — what a glorious vision of what awaits us and what a

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12/02/2018 — 1 Corinthians Chapters 12-14

I can think of no better description of teamwork than when Paul makes the comparison to the working of the body in 1 Corinthians 12:14-23 (it is another concept I use often in business training.) And as a practical example have you ever been walking and developed a blister on a little toe?  Suddenly, this

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12/01/2018 — 1 Corinthians Chapters 9-11

Scripture provides guidance and there are some that speak personally to each of us.  I find myself often silently quoting the following “in my mind” — I call it finding the “back-door” away from temptation: 1 Corinthians 10:  12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation has overtaken you except

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11/30/2018 — 1 Corinthians Chapters 5-8

In Chapters 7 and 8 we see Paul address questions from the Body in Corinth in what must be a “lost letter.”  And while Chapter 8 is about “food offered to idols” Coffman comments that Paul establishes four principles of Christian behavior among believers that still apply today: (1) that what is permissible behavior for

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11/29/2018 — 1 Corinthians Chapters 1-4

Only one verse into 1 Corinthians and a possible example of God’s grace struck me. 1 Corinthians 1:  1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,  So, do you see the grace revealed in the fist verse? If not, refer back to Acts 18: 16 So he drove them off.  17 Then

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11/28/2018 — Acts Chapters 18 & 19

Acts 18:   2 There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla,because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them,3 and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them.4 Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to

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11/27/2018 — 1 & 2 Thessalonians

When I read these letters my thought was how much as a Body I would like to hear the same words spoke of us.  For Paul is mostly very pleased with the work of the Body in Thessalonica. Just for a few examples: 1 Thessalonians 1: 6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you

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11/26/2018 — Acts Chapter 17

As we have been reading Acts I hope you have been tracking Paul’s journeys on a map.  (If not it is not too late to start.)  Knowing where is he located and the heritage of the people helps us understand his method of teachings. Acts 17:  2 As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on

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11/25/2018 — Galatians Chapters 4-6

A short passage in Galatians 4 caused me to reflect a bit.  How many times have we set-off with plans of adventure or mission that were not fulfilled and, yet, what we encountered was marvelous once we accepted where we were?    I’m sure you can remember a few examples. Galatians 4: 13 As you know, it

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11/24/2018 — Galatians Chapters 1-3

Inspired by the Holy Spirit the Apostle Paul is a remarkable author.  Through his writings we will see many “faces” pf Paul in his letters — Paul, the teacher; Paul, the debater; Paul, the mentor; Paul, the disciplinarian; and Paul, the friend. In today’s reading I saw another face — Paul, the lawyer.  With great

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11/23/2018 — Acts Chapters 15-16

Acts 15:  5 Then some of the believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees stood up and said, “The Gentiles must be circumcised and required to keep the law of Moses.” But we know the “end of the story.”  The Gentiles were not required to be circumcised and to place on their necks  “a yoke that neither we nor

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11/22/2018 — The Book of James

First, I am sure you noted that we are leaving the Book of Acts for another book – we will do this several time.  Remember that the developers of the reading plan are making their best effort to keep us in “chronological order.”  Of course the books are not dated, so in their opinion the

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11/21/2018 — Acts Chapters 13 – 14

When we look at the logarithmic growth of the church I am amazed because it occurred during a time without “social media,” electronic media and even the printing press.  Yet, through the Lord the church grew! Acts 13:  42 As Paul and Barnabas were leaving the synagogue, the people invited them to speak further about these things on

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11/20/2018 — Acts Chapters 11-12

I think most of us recognize that even out of unimaginable tragedies the will of God can be seen if we only take time to look.   While this may not diminish the pain we feel at the time the long-term result may offer us comfort.  I see this reality fully shown in the following passage:

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11/19/2018 — Acts Chapters 9 – 10

OK — folks in New England certainly know who Bill Belichick is, the Head Coach of the New England Patriots.  As Head Coach he is the focus of and  most often quoted by the media.  I doubt if he could walk through the streets of Hyannis without being recognized.  But what about Josh McDaniel, Dante

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11/18/2018 — Acts Chapters 7-8

Acts 7:   25 Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not. Stephen’s reiteration of Israel’s history and God’s ultimate plan for His people has always been inspiring & a terrific review of the Old Testament.  In the margin of my Bible I had scribbled

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