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Month: February 2020

2020 Day 60 – 1 Corinthians 13-16 and Psalms 60

2020 Day 60 – 1 Corinthians 13-16 and Psalms 60

Love is something hard to define.  In that famous chapter of love, 1 Corinthians 13, we are given many of it’s characteristics.  It is patient, kind, does not envy or boast, is not arrogant, is not rude, does not insist on it’s own way, is not irritable or resentful, does not rejoice at wrongdoings but rejoices with the truth, it bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things, and it never ends!  Putting all of…

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2020 Day 59 – 1 Corinthians 10-12 and Psalms 59

2020 Day 59 – 1 Corinthians 10-12 and Psalms 59

Paul explains to the Corinthians that as followers of Christ we should be striving for the same goal.  “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.” (1 Corinthians 12:12)  He also lets them know that even though everyone has different talents, each one is vital to His work.  He compares this to the human body and how each body part is…

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2020 Day 58 – 1 Corinthians 7-9 and Psalms 58

2020 Day 58 – 1 Corinthians 7-9 and Psalms 58

It is easy to let knowledge and confidence turn into pride and arrogance.  There are many places throughout scripture that warn us against letting this happen.  Proverbs has several of those warnings, and one is found here in 1 Corinthians.  “If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know.”  (1 Corinthians 8:2)  Paul follows this verse with an answer how to combat this attitude.  “But if anyone loves God, he is known…

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2020 Day 57 – 1 Corinthians 4-6 and Psalms 57

2020 Day 57 – 1 Corinthians 4-6 and Psalms 57

Paul reminds the Corinthians that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of heaven. (1 Corinthians 6:9)  He then starts to name off many types of sinful people.  All this negative talk begins to turn positive.  “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:11)  We know that each one of us has sinned and fallen short…

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2020 Day 56 – 1st Corinthians 1-3 and Psalms 56

2020 Day 56 – 1st Corinthians 1-3 and Psalms 56

The book we know as 1st Corinthians is a letter Paul wrote to the church at Corinth to “water” the seed he had previously planted there.  Word had gotten back to him that there were contentions among the brethren there.  He knew that they needed correction and he rebuked them for having divisions in the church.  “Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I…

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2020 Day 55 – Romans 13-16 and Psalms 55

2020 Day 55 – Romans 13-16 and Psalms 55

We do not always agree with things done by our government, but as Christians we are commanded to follow the laws of the land.  The only exception would be when those laws are contrary to God’s word.  “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” (Romans 13:1) Today’s reading: Romans 13-16 and Psalms 55

2020 Day 54 – Romans 10-12 and Psalms 54

2020 Day 54 – Romans 10-12 and Psalms 54

When I was younger I remember seeing signs on the way out of some stores and restaurants that said “Thank You, Please Call Again”.  That always confused me since obviously I had not called them if I was already inside their business.  (No cell phones back in those days).  In that context, call means to come or visit.  Similar to the meaning of “house calls” that some doctors would make.  In Romans 10:13 we have a call to be made, “For whosoever…

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2020 Day 53 – Romans 7-9 and Psalms 53

2020 Day 53 – Romans 7-9 and Psalms 53

In chapter 8 of Paul’s words to the Romans, we can find great encouragement.  The blessings described there are not for everyone, but come to “them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Rom 8:1)  By living this way we are not promised a perfect life or a life without some struggles, but we are promised that all things will work together for good. (8:28)  When things are not going our way…

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2020 Day 52 – Romans 4-6 and Psalms 52

2020 Day 52 – Romans 4-6 and Psalms 52

Everything we have is from God.  Just like Abraham, we have nothing to boast about.  “For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.” (Romans 4:2)  Since he was not justified by his works, was a strong faith all he needed?  James 2:14-26 tells us that our faith must be accompanied by works to back it up.  Talking again about Abraham, James 2:22 explains, “You see that faith was active along with his…

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2020 Day 51 – Romans 1-3 and Psalms 51

2020 Day 51 – Romans 1-3 and Psalms 51

Have you ever been ashamed of something?  There are things that should cause us to be ashamed, but as Paul tells us in his letter to the Romans, the Gospel is not one of them.  “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)  In the next chapter he shares with us that along with that believing…

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