Lending to the Lord (2 Corinthians 8)

My son and oldest daughter clearly have the spiritual gift of giving. Even before they could write “thank you” notes by themselves, their grandparents would open notes from the kids to find a scribbled picture and 17 cents in change in thanks for a birthday or Christmas gift. I once got an end-of-year tax deduction […]

Doing All That We Can (2 Corinthians 1)

For a man who wrote and taught so extensively about unity, the apostle Paul surely had a lot of personal conflict. He famously (and publicly) fought with Peter (Galatians 2), became so fed-up with John Mark that he wouldn’t even take him along in ministry for a time (Acts 13), then clashed with Barnabas so […]

Instant Change (1 Corinthians 15)

A woman in my Bible study has been walking with some dear family friends though the end of life process with their elderly mother. The mother is a lovely Christian woman, but this process has been long and painful. The mother has been bed-ridden for some time and one day was holding her husband’s hand […]

Follow Me as I Follow Christ (1 Corinthians 11)

When I was a kid there was a professional basketball player who famously told a reporter, “I’m not paid to be a role model!” This statement sparked an enormous debate about how much responsibility celebrities have to be good examples, particularly to children. In 1 Corinthians 11:1, the apostle Paul takes an entirely different approach. […]

Our Escape Plan (1 Corinthians 10)

In First Corinthians 10, the apostle Paul listed a variety of situations that happened in the Old Testament and then wrote; “These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us (vs. 10).” How grateful we are that some lessons can be learned from the pages of scripture, rather than […]

A Little Balance (1 Corinthians 7)

Sometimes we need a little balance in our Bible study. The Bible was always meant to be taken in its entirety, studied from cover to cover, over and over again throughout the course of our lives. I heard a pastor once warn; “Never base your theology on just one verse. Always look for at least […]

Healthy People (1 Corinthians 5)

In 1 Corinthians 5, Paul addressed an issue that we would more likely find in a trashy daytime drama than in church, but there it was. A member of the Corinthian church was sleeping with his father’s wife. The Greeks were extremely tolerant of nearly all sexual situations. In fact, there was a Greek saying; […]