Something Missing.

Paul ends his writing about the spiritual gifts with, “And yet I will show you the most excellent way” (12:31). This “most excellent way” is the gift of love. Without love, all other gifts (& anything else), are worthless. Love is the centerpiece of all we are as Christians. Love is the beginning, middle, and … More Something Missing.

Come Together

In this second half of 1 Corinthians 11, Paul is specifically talking about the Lord’s Supper. However, what Paul is writing about also has a bigger perspective that applies outside of the Lord’s Supper as well…a way of life & being. In participating in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, we are to remember Jesus’ … More Come Together

Undivided

What is your distraction? What gets you off-task or misdirected? Paul continues to teach us how to MODEL God’s way of living so we can SHOW the world the hope, love, grace, mercy, redemption, and Truth he offers. In verse 35 Paul writes, “I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, … More Undivided

Pay Attention

Paul dives headlong into sin and the repercussions of sin (very specifically, “sexual immorality”). Unfortunately the church is sometimes blind about the seriousness of all sin and its consequences in our lives and how that affects the Gospel message that we are called to live out as Christ’s ambassadors to the world. Paul was concerned … More Pay Attention

Double-Standard

We live in a society filled with double-standards…Double-standards are EVERYWHERE. Often we find that, as a people, we are very lenient with ourselves (or those like us/those we like), but very judgmental of others (or those we disagree with). Double-standards seem to be the rule. If we “zoom out” and begin to look where our … More Double-Standard

Follower-ship

What does it mean to be a “loyal supporter”? A “true follower”? An Apostle? In his first letter to the church in Corinth, Paul both challenges and encourages the church in their “follower-ship”… By “navigating the gray” in a godly way, we are able to stand boldly, but lovingly, for God’s Truth in all walks … More Follower-ship

Navigate the Gray

Red State vs. Blue State…Liberal vs. Conservative…Us vs. Them. We see in society the results of setting up false dichotomies. In an “us versus them” society, anyone who doesn’t agree with you, think like you, look like you, etc. is your enemy. Life isn’t meant to be lived that way because we are ALWAYS going … More Navigate the Gray