Love makes Jesus visible

1 Corinthians chapter thirteen is one of the most recognized in the Bible. It is used in many different settings. But, to understand this chapter in its fullest measure, you must keep in mind that it is part of a whole. The apostle Paul writes this chapter in concert with what he has been teaching […]

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Spiritual Gifts

The use of spiritual gifts in the corporate (church) setting is a messy endeavor. Yet, the Bible never says to cease the usage of the gifts but to operate in them in a spirit of love, humility, and submission. As we have seen in some earlier blogs, the problem of pride had infected every area […]

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Remaking God

We have been studying the apostle Paul’s teaching regarding our liberties in Christ versus our responsibility to love the brothers. It’s interesting that I just said, “versus”, like the two were in conflict with each other. In fact, they are not in conflict. Just as we have been set free from the bondage to empty […]

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The Church and Money

Money is such a controversial topic in the church. As soon as some pastors begin a talk about money, some people turn the preacher “off”. I know why this is. Usually it is a response to the incorrect teaching and practical abuses of money in the church by church leadership. At other times, people don’t […]

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Marriage, Divorce and the Church

Recently, I have taken upon myself to write about some common church problems. I have been using the church at Corinth as a foundation in addressing these issues.  In Corinth, as in our day, people were getting saved through the power of Christ. Some who were getting saved were married, having married before their salvation. […]

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The Compartmentalized Church

The apostle Paul has addressed some interesting problems in the church at Corinth. First, he warned the parishioners to put a stop to the divisions among them. The people of the church were divided because of spiritual pride. This was breaking the church down from a unified body with one purpose to a fractured group […]

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