Posts made in June, 2019

Help Me to Hear Your Voice

Therefore I tell you . . .  What a treasure we have in the Gospels!   We can ponder the words and teachings of Jesus whenever we want.   We don’t have to guess at what he would say if he were here today because his words are not about abstract issues.   They may seem extremely difficult at times, but they are always practical teachings that we can live out every day. Part of the challenge, though, is figuring out exactly how we should apply...

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I too will boast

I too will boast Don’t you find it funny that Paul would condemn those who boast, but then turn around and spend a lot of time boasting himself?   He goes to such great lengths to tell the Corinthians about his credentials as an apostle and about all the hardships he has endured.   It’s almost as if he were pointing to himself as some sort of superhero they should admire!   Later on, he again states that boasting is not “profitable,” but then...

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The Gift of Forgiveness

If you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions For hiding Jews in her home during World War II, Corrie ten Boom was imprisoned in the infamous Ravensbruck concentration camp.   She survived the Holocaust, and after the war, she traveled all over Europe speaking about the need for forgiveness and reconciliation. At one such event, she recognized one of the Ravensbruck prison guards.   He said to her, “I know...

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You are being enriched

You are being enriched in every way for all generosity Have you ever been asked to make a contribution to a good cause at a time when you were worried about paying the next bill?   When Paul decided to take up a collection for the Christian community in Jerusalem, some of the believers in Corinth probably found themselves in such a predicament.   They may have wondered why they should give to people hundreds of miles away when they didn’t have...

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Simply to make you rich

Jesus Christ . . . became poor although he was rich, so that by his poverty you might become rich In a surprising headline in 2010, Austrian millionaire Karl Rabeder announced that he was selling all of his properties and businesses.   At age forty-seven, he had become convinced that he needed to stop what he was doing and begin his real life.   His goal was to “have nothing left, absolutely nothing.”   So he set up an organization to help...

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