Contributed on Jan 19, 2001
Paul roots the troubled Corinthian Church in the source of their identity- Him!
Him January 20, 2001 How many of you are gardeners? This is the time of year when we start to think about gardens. It seems that when the snow is deepest and days are coldest, days are shortest and nights are longest, we get out seed catalogs, if we received them, or start to look longingly at ...read more
Contributed on Jan 25, 2001
You must make a choice of alignment- either with the weakness and foolishness of God- or the supposed strength and wisdom of the world.
Weakness January 27, 2001 Strength is a ‘big deal’ anymore. It shows up in many guises and in many different situations. Just a week or so back, there was a lot of advertising from the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) encouraging people not to miss the wonderful wrestling by the world’s ...read more
Contributed on Feb 9, 2001
Paul uses tremendous contrasts to show the need to distrust the world and to completely trust God and what He offers.
The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly February 10, 2001 Contrasts can be a wonderful tool to use in order to make a point. We’re very familiar with contrasts that use extremes and represent opposite ends of a spectrum. Some of these include, black and white, big and small, tall and short, fat and ...read more
Contributed on Feb 25, 2001
Christians can live with confidence in the reality of the Day of reckoning we will have and the salvation into the Kingdom that will follow!
The Day February 24, 2001 Introduction: Skit about Parable of the Talents Need 15 coins & 4 ‘volunteers’. Skit is about 5 minutes in length. The three volunteers walk up to the Master. Master: I want to give each of you something, according to your ability. Handing 5 coins ...read more
Contributed on Mar 2, 2001
Everything we have came from God- even our personalities- and we need to exercise proper stewardship within this reality.
Stewards March 3, 2001 We don’t have stewards in most areas of our lives anymore, but in a bygone day, stewards were tremendously important. In fact, the efficient operation of a household depended on the faithfulness and diligence of the steward. The steward was the official who controlled the ...read more
Contributed on Mar 16, 2001
All behaviours are not acceptable in the Church.
Get Rid of the Leaven! March 17, 2001 The Globe and Mail has been running some rather controversial and attention grabbing advertisements of late. In one that I hear on the radio, the idea is that a CEO is promoting someone to a vice-presidency, I believe, and states: “Jones is over 6 feet ...read more
Contributed on Apr 20, 2001
Making Godly choices in all matters is an essential part of our Christian walk.
Choices, Choices, Choices April 21, 2001 We live in a wonderfully free country! One of the incredible freedoms we have in our nation is to be able to make choices. We can decide what we want to eat today, and all of us have choices. We can decide to buy a different vehicle, and we have not ...read more
Contributed on Jul 7, 2001
How can you bring material from being just words on paper to being words of life lived from your heart?
“Words on Paper” July 7, 2001 What if you were a new Christian in the church in Corinth, having come into Christianity after a lifetime of worshipping all the many gods and goddesses around you in that ancient city? What if you were someone who had been diligent about that worship and who had ...read more
Contributed on Oct 23, 2001
What is God’s ideal for pastoral ministry? He gives us more than an indication in 1 Corinthians 9.
Tent Making, or More? October 13, 2001 Over the past decade or so, a lot of discussion about ministry has been about whether or not ministers should be tent makers or fully supported. As we are aware, in many denominations, including our own, financial conditions seem to encourage the support ...read more
Contributed on Oct 23, 2001
Do you know what the ultimate idol is? Paul gives us some insight into this. We might not like the answer!
The Ultimate Idol October 20, 2001 In life, we sometimes talk about what is ‘ultimate’ in many different fields. You might speak of the ultimate ice cream, or the ultimate chocolate. You might have a place, which is, for you, the ultimate restaurant, or have the ultimate dish that you enjoy. ...read more