Contributed on Sep 6, 2014
1) Our Past is already taken care of (1 Corinthians 1:3-4, 6), 2) Our Present is provided for (1 Corinthians 1:5, 7a), and 3) Our Future is assured (1 Corinthians 1:7b-9).
There's a certain degree of optimism at the start of a new school year. There are no late homework assignments or projects. There are no low results from tests, no absences and no detentions from bad behavior. In essence, there is a flawless report and a blameless record. The challenge naturally is ...read more
Contributed on Nov 22, 2014
1) The Assets of Liberty (vv. 1–4), 2) The Abuse of Liberty (vv. 5–10), and 3) The Application of Liberty (vv. 11–13).
One amazing part of first person video is watching amazing daredevil accomplishments. Seeing a cyclist, climber or skier using a go-pro camera in first person detail is exhilarating. However, the blooper reels are full of daredevil's who pushed the envelope one step too far and tumbled. Often their ...read more
Contributed on Sep 13, 2014
1) The Plea for doctrinal agreement (1 Corinthians 1:10), 2) The Parties that were loyal to particular leaders (1 Corinthians 1:11–12), 3) The Principle of oneness in Christ (1 Corinthians 1:13), and 4) The Priority of preaching (1 Corinthians 1:14-17).
Tragically—though it is forbidden by God, is totally out of character with our redeemed natures, and is in complete opposition to everything our Lord prayed for and intended for His church—fighting does occur among believers, among those who are called to be one in the Lord Jesus ...read more
Contributed on Sep 21, 2014
In discussing True Wisdom, Paul presents the case in: 1 Corinthians 2:6–16 that we can understand the things freely given by God from the Spirit of God. Therefore: (1) True Wisdom is not Humanly Discovered (1 Corinthians 2:6-9)and (2) True Wisdom is Divinely Revealed(1 Corinthians 2:10-16).
It is impossible for a lesser creature to understand a more advanced one. How can anything understand something more complex and advanced than itself? For a flea to understand a dog it would have to be at least as advanced as a dog. For a dog to understand a man it would have to be at least as ...read more
Contributed on Oct 4, 2014
1) The Cause (1 Corinthians 3:1–3a), 2) The Symptoms (1 Corinthians 3:3b–4), and 3) The Cure (1 Corinthians 3:5-9) for division.
When Companies struggle with human or mechanical processes, they hire experts which come into and identify faulty processes. Often those who engage in a task every day, become blind to the problems. They often fail to see the pitfalls before them. The Corinthian believers had an especially hard ...read more
Contributed on Oct 18, 2014
1) How one should Judge (1 Corinthians 4:1), 2) What is Required to Judge (1 Corinthians 4:2), and 3) Who should Pass Judgment (1 Corinthians 4:3-4)
For those in the public light, they often describe their existence as living in a fish bowl. They often mention how they are constantly judged by tabloid journalism about their weight, look, who they are dating, and just about every aspect of their lives. As people reflected on the spiraling train ...read more
Contributed on Oct 25, 2014
1) The Need (1 Corinthians 5:1–2a), 2) The Method (1 Corinthians 5:2b–5), and 3) The Reason (1 Corinthians 5:6–8) that the discipline should be imposed.
One of the common themes in modern news reporting is the "failure to act" story. Reporters mention attacks in places like Bagdad and Syria and how forces have failed to act to repel ISIS. We see how we must root out domestic forms of terrorism or face domestic terrorist attacks like the one ...read more
Contributed on Nov 9, 2014
1) The Principle (1 Corinthians 8:1–3); 2) The Reality: (1 Corinthians 8:4-7) and (3) The Liberty: (1 Corinthians 8:8-13).
One of the key elements in the celebration of Remembrance Day is the acknowledgement of the achievements wrought through conflict. In fighting tyranny and oppression, veterans protected freedom. Without this sacrifice, dictators would have forced their twisted ideology upon us while eliminating the ...read more
Contributed on Nov 15, 2014
In order to reach people with the truth of the Gospel, we must be willing to accept 1) Self-Denial (v.19-23) and be willing to practice 2) Self -Control (v. 24-27)
After any election, like the recent municipal one, newly elected counselors have a particularly hard calling. They realize that not everyone voted for them yet they must work on behalf of everyone. In Corinth, Paul had the difficult task of working in two distinct cultures: that of Jewish ...read more