May 30, 2021
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 end of all we are meant to be.
So, then, what is love?
May 23, 2021
Modern society is becoming increasingly individualistic. The more we "advance" as a society, the less and less communal we become...the less we rely on each other.
In this chapter of his letter to the church in Corinth, Paul writes some of the most encouraging & strengthening words for the life & work of the church.
We are all given gifts by the Holy Spirit that we are to nurture & devote to Him for His purpose of building up the church and serving each other and our community.
We are not meant to live this life alone. We are stronger together than we are on our own!
May 20, 2021
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' life & teaching, His resurrection & the hope it brings, His purpose in this world, & everything about Him - Love, forgiveness, purpose, hope, presence, power...
If this is true, we are also to apply all that we remember of Him in our daily life and how we interact with each other. We are reminded to focus on others, not ourselves. To come together despite our differences in opinions & perspectives. To place Jesus, & His mission & purpose, above everything else & then come together to serve others.
We are to set aside ME, & choose WE. Choose TOGETHER. Choose UNITY!
May 9, 2021
Happy Mother's Day!!
On this Mother's Day, it is important for us to realize the power & beauty God has placed in mothers, women, girls.
Women, you are of infinite worth. You are powerful beyond measure.
And, with great power comes great responsibility.
In this passage, Paul is talking to the church about our interdependence. We need each other, men & women, in order to be the best we can be.
May 2, 2021
"The most spiritual thing you will ever do is choose." (Erwin Raphael McManus)
Praying, reading the Bible, serving, loving, forgiving, offering grace and mercy...all choices we are free to make.
There is nothing more real than Christian freedom, but that freedom is to be used to help/build up others! We have the choice to follow God and love and serve others, or to serve ourselves. Those of us who follow Christ are called to be the best example of humanity...living what it means to be humane.
"For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved" (1 Corinthians 10:33).