Monthly Archives: September 2011

Being Spiritual

These days, when people tell me they are spiritual,  I usually ask, “do you mean the Holy Spirit?”  Just trying to be clear.  While the Bible allows that all men may have an awareness  and appreciation for God and the supernatural realm, … Continue reading

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Word first

“And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles. . .” (1 Corinthians 12:28)  “But eagerly desire the greater gifts” (1 Corinthians 12:31)  It is confusing to consider how we are to be  individually content … Continue reading

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Like a symphony

When God is at work in the church, it often seems disorganized, inefficient by human standards.  There will be no uniformity.  We will not all be in the same room singing the same song–at least not always.  The tubas will … Continue reading

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Different by design

“There are different gifts, but the same Spirit.”  (1 Corinthians 12:4)  You have to wonder.  Why does the Creator make us all so different?  Wouldn’t unity (His plan and prayer) be easier to acheive and maintain without so much built-in … Continue reading

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More than words

“No one can say Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:3)  It is more than words.  Saying that Jesus is Lord (and meaning it) is a supernatural act  made possible by the Holy Spirit.  Beginning in 1 … Continue reading

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An Important Question

I have a question for you.  Please ask yourself as you leave church in a few hours.  “Did I love anyone?”  It is a higher question than the one we often ask, “Did I learn anything?”  (Itself, higher than the most common question of all, “Did … Continue reading

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It’s complicated

There is a movement these days toward Simple Church.  There is even a book.  While I admit the need, I wonder if it is possible.  I am all for adjusting schedule or order of worship.  What I don’t expect is that relationships will … Continue reading

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The limitations of love

“But if anyone should say, ‘This is meat sacrificed to idols’ do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for conscience sake” (the other man’s)– 1 Corinthians 10:28.  Paul has clearly declared the freedom that … Continue reading

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The power of one

Paul is very wise in dealing with the Corinthians.  He knows that people are not the same–not by creation or experience.  He knows that “one size fits all” is a lie.  So, he teaches them the principle of love ( vs 1)  and … Continue reading

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Knowledge puffs up. Love builds up.

In 1 Corinthians 8:1 the Bible marks a contrast between knowledge and love.  Knowledge puffs up. It makes a person seem bigger than they really are, gives an apperance of spiritual life without the reality.  “Where’s the BEEF?” said the Wendy’s … Continue reading

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