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1 Corinthians 4: Kings or Criminals Print E-mail

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There are those who believe in heaven on earth. Their lives are marked by such joy and blessing that they cannot really imagine anything better in the life to come. Granted, very few hold on to that belief when trials come (and they always come), but it seems to be true for a season. There are even professing Christians who claim that Christ came to bring us heaven on earth. Through belief in His work on the cross, we can now be free of any difficulty or suffering. We rise above the trials of this life and bask in the blessings of the Kingdom. Our future existence in heaven will simply be a continuation of the joys we experienced in life. Jesus, the King, has ushered in the Kingdom of God and we get to enjoy it in all its fullness here and now.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 September 2015 )
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1 Corinthians 3: God's Field and God's Temple Print E-mail

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A few years ago, my wife and I planted a garden. We asked our neighbor to bring his tractor over and dig up a spot in our backyard. We went to Lowe’s and picked out the stuff that we wanted to grow: bell peppers, jalepeno peppers, tomatoes, and some other stuff I can’t remember. We prepared the soil (or we dug around in it like we knew what we were doing) and planted our crops. I think we watered it some, but not nearly enough. We tried to keep the weeds out, but eventually gave up. We had no idea what we were doing. But eventually, things started growing. Unfortunately, the squirrels and the birds and maybe even a rabbit or two ate most of our produce, but we did get to enjoy some of it. We planted a garden and edible things actually grew up out of the ground. Amazing.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 September 2015 )
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1 Corinthians 2:6-16: Wisdom from God through the Spirit Print E-mail

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The Enemy loves it when people view science and faith to be at odds. He wants lost people to think that Christians have abandoned all rational thought and check their brains in at the door when they come to Church. He wants Christians to fear the intellectuals of the world as if they might actually prove that God does not exist or the Bible isn’t real or that Jesus had a wife and children. Thus, the dichotomy is formed: science vs. faith. The Enemy delights in this because it is a lie (he is after all the Father of Lies) and it keeps people from seeing the truth that Christians are not anti-reason or anti-intellectual or anti-science. We simply believe in the wisdom from above which guides and shapes our understanding of all truth. When the scientific world teaches as truth something that denies the truth of God, then we reject that teaching not because we hate science or knowledge, but because we submit to God’s revealed Word and admit man’s limited understanding of the world. It is not anti-science, but a humble, God-fearing, approach to the study of our world.

Last Updated ( Friday, 04 September 2015 )
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1 Corinthians 1:10-2:5: Christ Crucified, the Wisdom and Power of God Print E-mail

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Tuning is very important when playing a musical instrument. Two issues are involved when tuning a stringed instrument. The first is making sure that the instrument is in tune with itself. If you play a guitar that is not at least in tune with itself then it will sound very bad. Yet, the second issue is that a guitar may be in tune with itself but it is not in tune with the other instruments that it is playing with, like say a piano. The guitar and piano might sound fine when played by themselves, but when you play them together, the sound is terrible. So what is the cure for these difficulties? Simple, you need a standard for tuning. This is something that every instrument can conform to and thus sound good when played together. This is called being in true tune. But if even one string is out of tune on the guitar, then things will sound bad.

Last Updated ( Friday, 28 August 2015 )
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1 Corinthians 1:1-9: Christ in Corinth Print E-mail

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We are all familiar with the term ‘fixer-upper’ when we are talking about real estate. Any home that needs some work due to age or inattention can be called a fixer-upper. Sometimes a good paint job will go a long way. And sometimes you have to take it down to the studs, or even worse. But the hope and belief is that the home can be lived in with a few minor (or major) improvements. All at a reasonable cost, of course!

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 August 2015 )
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Psalm 121: From Where Does My Help Come? Print E-mail

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When I went to Jerusalem in college, my professor who taught our class talked about Psalm 121. The old city of Jerusalem, which includes the Temple Mount and the Wailing Wall, is surrounded by huge block walls and sits somewhat elevated. My professor told us that the original city sat south of the Temple Mount and would have been lower in elevation. At one point we were standing in that lower section of the old city and he read verse 1 of Psalm 121: I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? After he read it, he told us to look around, and in every direction we were surrounded by hills. He explained that when the psalmist penned this, he very well could have been thinking about the view from Jerusalem in his day, even looking around as we did at the hills above us. If an army was going to attack the city, then they would first appear on those hills, where would help come from then?

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 August 2015 )
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