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A Tribute to Wives and Mothers

A Tribute to Wives and Mothers

As I think of my own wife and my own mother, the lovely poetic words of Proverbs 31 warm my heart and remind me of the unconditional love of both my wife and my mother.

2 Corinthians 1 & 2: Reconciliation Motivated by Unconditional Love and Complete Confidence

2 Corinthians 1 & 2: Reconciliation Motivated by Unconditional Love and Complete Confidence

This passage of Scripture demonstrates the powerful strategy Paul used to motivate the Corinthian church —by expressing love and confidence rather than criticizing.

2 Corinthians Chapter 1: The God of Comfort

2 Corinthians Chapter 1: The God of Comfort

Today’s devotional is on 2 Corinthians Chapter 1 and looks at the comfort God can provide to those who suffer.

2 Corinthians – An Introduction

2 Corinthians – An Introduction

Our new devotional series focuses on Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians. This important letter still serves as wise guidance for our churches today, almost 2,000 years later. The first devotional in the series will be posted on Sunday.

1 Corinthians Chapter 15: A Hopeful Close to the Letter

1 Corinthians Chapter 15: A Hopeful Close to the Letter

Today’s devotional is the last one to focus on First Corinthians. Paul ends this letter with a lovely and hopeful declaration that we will ultimately be raised imperishable and that death will be swallowed up in our victory.

1 Corinthians Chapter 15: Paul on the Resurrected Body

1 Corinthians Chapter 15: Paul on the Resurrected Body

This passage of Scripture is filled with hope about the glorious new life and spiritual bodies God will give us in the afterlife.

1 Corinthians Chapter 14: Paul’s Perspective on Speaking in Tongues

1 Corinthians Chapter 14: Paul’s Perspective on Speaking in Tongues

A topic that divides many Christians today is the spiritual gift of speaking in tongues. We can gain clarity on this matter by reading Paul’s views with an understanding of the context of the worshipping practices at the time in Corinth.

1 Corinthians Chapter 13: The Greatest of These Is Love

1 Corinthians Chapter 13: The Greatest of These Is Love

On Easter Sunday, I thought it would be appropriate to post chapter 13 of 1 Corinthians in its entirety. This chapter is often referred to as the “love chapter” and is easily recognized as perhaps the most popular biblical passage to be recited at weddings.

1 Corinthians Chapter 12: Service to the Lord Using Your Spiritual Gifts

1 Corinthians Chapter 12: Service to the Lord Using Your Spiritual Gifts

On Maundy Thursday (the Christian holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter) of this Holy Week, I thought it would be instructive for you to consider Paul’s teaching in chapter 12 on the nature of spiritual gifts. Each of us has such gifts. As we recognize Christ’s enormous sacrifice on the cross, we should contemplate our own gifts through which we can serve Him as a member of the body of Christ in advancing the Kingdom.

1 Corinthians Chapter 11: Public Worship and the Role of Women

1 Corinthians Chapter 11: Public Worship and the Role of Women

I hope you had a blessed Palm Sunday and a start to the holiest of weeks in celebration of Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem. We continue to cover Paul’s teachings on the role of women in the church and in worship, with passages from his first letter to the Corinthians that are often misunderstood.

1 Corinthians Chapter 8: Warnings About Food Sacrificed to Idols

1 Corinthians Chapter 8: Warnings About Food Sacrificed to Idols

Today’s posting is about Paul’s deep concern for the idol worshipping taking place in polytheistic Corinth. The historical context of ancient Corinth may be quite different than today’s society, but the message remains applicable today — more than 20 centuries later.

1 Corinthians Chapter 7: Paul on Marriage, Separation and Divorce

1 Corinthians Chapter 7: Paul on Marriage, Separation and Divorce

In this devotional, Paul discusses what he believes to be the appropriate behaviors for married couples who are considering separation or divorce. He also expresses his views on couples willing to remain together when one is a believer and the other is not.

1 Corinthians Chapter 7: On Singleness, Marriage and Women’s Equality

1 Corinthians Chapter 7: On Singleness, Marriage and Women’s Equality

This devotional debunks the popular myth that the Bible espouses male dominance and the subordinate role of women in marriage. Paul views marriage as a partnership of equals.

1 Corinthians Chapter 6: Honor God with Your Body — Flee from Sexual Immorality

1 Corinthians Chapter 6: Honor God with Your Body — Flee from Sexual Immorality

In this passage of Scripture, we learn to balance our freedom of choice with Paul’s reminder that our bodies are temples of Christ and that sexual immorality is an affront to Him.

1 Corinthians Chapter 5: The Disciplining of Persistent Immorality in the Church

1 Corinthians Chapter 5: The Disciplining of Persistent Immorality in the Church

This devotional addresses sexual immorality within the church community in Paul’s time and the detrimental influence that boasting about such behavior can have on the community of new believers.

1 Corinthians Chapter 4: True Apostleship and the Source of Our Gifts

1 Corinthians Chapter 4: True Apostleship and the Source of Our Gifts

In this passage of Scripture, Paul uses irony and sarcasm to stress to the Corinthians that he and his followers are humble servants of the Lord, in contrast with some of the more flamboyant, high profile religious leaders among the Corinthians.

1 Corinthians Chapter 3: Christ as the Foundation of the Growing Church

1 Corinthians Chapter 3: Christ as the Foundation of the Growing Church

In this devotional, we learn a powerful lesson from one of Paul’s letters to the Corinthians: that we are all united as part of the temple of Christ, so none of us should boast about human leadership or argue over non-essential elements of doctrine or who is a better leader.

1 Corinthians Chapter 2: The Holy Spirit Within Us

1 Corinthians Chapter 2: The Holy Spirit Within Us

In this Bible study, we learn that human wisdom comes from knowing God’s mind, which comes from the Holy Spirit within us.

1 Corinthians Chapter 1: God’s Wisdom and the Crucified Christ

1 Corinthians Chapter 1: God’s Wisdom and the Crucified Christ

In this devotional, we see that salvation comes from faith in Christ and His resurrection and not from supernatural signs, which the Jews valued, or the wisdom, which the Greeks valued.

1 Corinthians Chapter 1: Division in the Church

1 Corinthians Chapter 1: Division in the Church

Divisions in the church are just as damaging today as they were in Paul’s time. In this devotional, Paul emphasizes Christ’s centrality to the Christian faith of the Corinthians.

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