The Apostle Paul exemplified the patience and grace of God in dealing with spiritual infants. Here are three ways we can be like him in our care of new and young believers. [Note: This post is based on last week’s reading:1 Corinthians]. Pen Pals Paul wrote this letter to the church in Corinth which he had established on his second missionary journey. We call it the “First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians” because it is the first one that we have in our Bibles. But this w
Three verbs capture much of what the life in Christ is about for His people of all the earth–walking, serving, fearing. Do they describe you? Today’s Reading Micah 4-5; Revelation 11 Selected Verses And many nations shall come, and say:
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths.” Micah 4:2 The nations raged,
but your wrath came,
and the time for the dead to be judged
The solution to abusive authority is not to question the concept of authority altogether but to reject authority which defies God. Today’s Reading Daniel 11-12; Third John 1 Selected Verses And the king shall do as he wills. He shall exalt himself and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak astonishing things against the God of gods. He shall prosper till the indignation is accomplished; for what is decreed shall be done. Daniel 11:36 I have written something to the
The New Covenant brought a wonderful equality and calling in the Church unknown under the Old Covenant but created a tension we must maintain. Today’s Reading Ezekiel 41-42; Second Peter 1 Selected Verses When the priests enter the Holy Place, they shall not go out of it into the outer court without laying there the garments in which they minister, for these are holy. They shall put on other garments before they go near to that which is for the people. Ezekiel 42:14 Simeon P
Can believers make a positive impact on culture without being consumed by it? How can we avoid the dangers and find the balance? Today’s Reading Jeremiah 29-30; Titus 1 Selected Verses But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. Jeremiah 29:7 This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you
Local churches need leaders but what do those leaders need? Here we find a clear answer from the Apostle Paul and a vivid example from the Prophet Jeremiah. Today’s Reading Jeremiah 9-10; First Timothy 3 Selected Verses Correct me, O Lord, but in justice; not in your anger, lest you bring me to nothing. Pour out your wrath on the nations that know you not. Jeremiah 10:24-25 I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how
Human love is a reflection of the love of Christ for His Church. For that reason, we can learn a little about Christ’s love from human love stories. Today’s Reading Song of Solomon 6-8; Galatians 1 Selected Verses I am my beloved’s,
and his desire is for me. Song of Solomon 7:10 But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately c
Deep disappointment, alienation, pride, and disagreement occur in relationships, but the God of peace is glorified with reconciliation. Today’s Reading Song of Solomon 4-5; Second Corinthians 13 Selected Verses I opened to my beloved,
but my beloved had turned and gone.
My soul failed me when he spoke.
I sought him, but found him not;
I called him, but he gave no answer. Song of Solomon 5:6 Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with
The character of a man or woman is revealed in their response to wise instruction. The wise listen to wisdom and act. Fools choose foolishness. Today’s reading Proverbs 9-10; First Corinthians 15:1-32 Selected Verses Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. Proverbs 9:9-10 Now I would remind you, broth
Idol worshipers are not beyond the saving grace of God in Jesus Christ. So how should we welcome them into the fellowship of His Church? Today’s reading Psalms 132-135; First Corinthians 8 Selected Verses The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of human hands.
They have mouths, but do not speak; they have eyes, but do not see;
they have ears, but do not hear, nor is there any breath in their mouths.
Those who make them become like them, so do all who trust i
Sin among God’s people should not be. Sadly, it has always existed. Here we find instructions for dealing with it. Let us take heed. Today’s reading Psalms 120-123; First Corinthians 6 Selected Verses Too long have I had my dwelling
among those who hate peace.
I am for peace,
but when I speak, they are for war! Psalm 120:6-7 To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? But you yourselves wr
God blesses His people so that they shine as a light to the world and the nations come to Him in faith. But what if believers are hypocrites? Today’s Reading Psalms 65-67; Romans 2 Selected Verses May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us,
that your way may be known on earth,
your saving power among all nations. Psalm 67:1-2 You who boast in the law dishonor God by breaking the law. For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed amon