1 Corinthians

Living the life you dreamed of

“…  no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him…” –1 Corinthians 2:9 Is your life everything God expects it to be? Are you living the life that you desire to live in Christ? If not, you need to know that there […]

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Where God’s sovereignty meets your responsibility

I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. –1 Corinthians 3:6–7 A farmer bought a brand new piece of land that was nothing but dirt and weeds. He worked it for years, weeding, plowing, fertilizing, and […]

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Do you value your reputation or your character?

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. –1 Corinthians 15:58 What kind of qualities should we look for in a godly, faithful man? Well, no doubt many would say that a godly man ought to have […]

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Can Love Last a Lifetime?

God wants your love to last a lifetime. And He has given us everything that we need to sustain and strengthen that relationship every step of the way. He has promised to provide for us, to protect us, to preserve our marriage if we live according to His will and His word. A Christ-center, Spirit-filled […]

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How you can stay strong in the race of life

But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. –1 Corinthians 9:27 It seems like following every Olympics we inevitably hear the phrase, “Competitor Disqualified and Stripped of Medals.” All the time, athletes who thought they were at the apex of glory are exposed […]

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Promoting Unity Amidst Diversity in the Church

As General George Westmoreland was surveying his troops in Vietnam several years ago, he was talking to some paratroopers. And he asked one of them, “Do you like to jump out of these planes?”  That paratrooper replied, “Yes, sir!  I love it!” He walked to the next one and asked the same question. The reply was, “It’s the greatest experience of my life, sir!”

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Are you in the game or in the stands?

I heard a joke once that every baseball team would love to have a player who never makes an error, who never strikes out, always gets a hit, and always plays perfectly. But the only problem is that they can’t get that guy in the stands to drop his hot dog and get out on the field and play!

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Your very first responsibility

Billy Graham once said, “Too many Christian churches, television and radio programs have been geared to please, to entertain and to gain the favor of this world – (but) within the New Testament there is no indication that Christians should be healthy, wealthy and always successful in this present age.”

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Choosing to be Fearless: Day 4, Persuading

I am an introvert by nature. I love calm and order. I think best when I am in control. Yet, I have learned that this is not always best for my spiritual life. Being a minister’s wife, I have learned to hold my tongue, keep my opinions to myself, and shy away from controversy. However, in the Scriptures, we are told to be persuasive. I was reminded of this commandment this morning when I watched Franklin Graham on television. He presented a heartfelt persuading plea for people to turn to God in this, our time of need. God bless him – he is fearless in his quest to persuade people to find the Lord because he loves people. My goal today is to be strong in the persuading power of the Gospel. For to do so enriches my life, honors God, and rescues people who desperately need hope.

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How to use your giftedness for greatness

I remember when Deb and I had just gotten married, and we went to the pound and bailed out a little puppy for our first dog. We brought him home, but we didn’t have a fence. So I went to the hardware store and bought one of these fences you just roll out. I thought it would be easy. 

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