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
In Acts we see the power of Christ to change lives. One such man—a worthy example to us–considered his life expendable in the service of his Lord. This blog is based on last week’s reading: Acts 13-28; Numbers 1-10 Alternating between Old and New Testaments This is the tenth week of the winter quarter. Last week our schedule took us through the end of Acts and into Numbers. Most of the time, we are alternating between Old and New Testament books so if you are new to the Bi
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
Honoring Christ by maintaining hope even in the midst of great trials and suffering, makes the Christian life a huge curiosity to unbelievers. Today’s Reading Ezekiel 36-37; First Peter 3 Selected Verses In accordance with their ways and their deeds I judged them. But when they came to the nations, wherever they came, they profaned my holy name, in that people said of them, “These are the people of the Lord, and yet they had to go out of his land.” But I had concern for my
There are two kinds of wisdom. They are very different. Which kind do you have? Learn how you can distinguish between them. Today’s Reading Ezekiel 24-26; James 3 Selected Verses For thus says the Lord God: Because you have clapped your hands and stamped your feet and rejoiced with all the malice within your soul against the land of Israel, therefore, behold, I have stretched out my hand against you, and will hand you over as plunder to the nations. And I will cut you off fro
All authority comes from God, so it must be used in God-honoring ways. Here we have contrasting examples of men in authority. Today’s Reading Jeremiah 36-37; Philemon Selected Verses As Jehudi read three or four columns, the king would cut them off with a knife and throw them into the fire in the fire pot, until the entire scroll was consumed in the fire that was in the fire pot. Yet neither the king nor any of his servants who heard all these words was afraid, nor did they
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
Christians are called to shoulder a heavy responsibility, one that even the Apostle Paul found daunting. Did you know you emit a distinct fragrance? Today’s Reading Proverbs 17-18; Second Corinthians 2 Selected Verses The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,
and the Lord tests hearts. Proverbs 17:3 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are t
Giving to the needy honors God, their Creator. It should be done in an orderly way so as to minimize the danger of misappropriation of funds. Today’s reading Proverbs 13-14; First Corinthians 16 Selected Verses Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker,
but he who is generous to the needy honors him. Proverbs 14:31 Now concerning the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. On the first day of every week, each of you is t
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
There must be discipline in the church. But what attitudes must members have to submit to discipline? How should pastors and leaders administer discipline? Today’s reading Psalm 119:105-176; First Corinthians 5 Selected Verses My eyes shed streams of tears, because people do not keep your law. Psalm 119:136 Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.” First Corinthians 5:12-13 Reflections The su
What should we do when we see people in need? We can’t possibly respond to every worthy cause. Here is guidance that will help us help others. Today’s reading Psalms 107-108; Romans 15:21-33 Selected Verses Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
He led them by a straight way
till they reached a city to dwell in.
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man! Psalm 107:6-8 A