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Praying for Discernment

Praying for Discernment

All of Paul’s writings are quite dense. This week I have chosen to focus on just three verses from our passage. Paul’s prayer for the Philippian Christians is a model prayer for all of us. We should pray it for ourselves, our family members, our friends, our...
Moving Toward Maturity

Moving Toward Maturity

  Ephesians 4 through 6 This is one of those weeks when I feel guilty that I will write only 1500 or so words on these three chapters. That is not nearly enough for any one of the sections to follow, let alone all three chapters. Be that as it may, here are some...

Christ Formed In You

    After taking a couple of weeks off from blogging prior to Easter, I’m continuing our series based on the Ocoee Oaks Bible reading plan. You can find the plan by clicking here. Galatians 4 Verses 1-7 The imagery here is somewhat convoluted because Paul...
Persevering Through Adversity For God’s Glory

Persevering Through Adversity For God’s Glory

  2 Corinthians 2 Verses 1-11 On one of Paul’s previous visits to Corinth, someone was apparently antagonistic toward Paul and threatened the well-being of Corinthian church and the Corinthian believers took action against him. They had apparently expelled him...
How To Use Your Spiritual Gifts

How To Use Your Spiritual Gifts

This entire reading is on one subject: spiritual gifts. Apparently, there was a dispute (imagine that: a dispute in a church!) about the relative value of certain spiritual gifts. Chapter 12 Verses 1-3. Idolatry causes one to be led astray. When we place anything or...

Should Pastors Be Paid

Paul covers a variety of topics ranging from pastoral compensation, to how to properly hold the Lord’s Supper,  Chapter 9 Verses 1-14. Paul considers himself to be an apostle in the same way that Jesus’ first followers, like Peter, were an apostles. That role in...