1. Messed Up Church
    08 May, 2018
    Messed Up Church
    Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes, To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:1 -3 The church at Corinth was messed up! Divisions and factions plagued them. Sexual immorality was in
  2. The Now and Not Yet of Victory
    22 Dec, 2017
    The Now and Not Yet of Victory
    "O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?"  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:55-57 The Mizelle's saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi this week.  I have conflicted thoughts about this installment of the franchise, but don't worry.  I will spare you from my geek critique.  And if you haven't seen it, I will resist giving intentional spoilers. The thing I will
  3. Jesus and the Messed Up Church
    24 Mar, 2017
    Jesus and the Messed Up Church
    Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes, to the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way
  4. Edifying the Whole Church
    21 Dec, 2016
    Edifying the Whole Church
    The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church.  Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up.  Now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching?  If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute
  5. Worship That Builds Up
    20 Dec, 2016
    Worship That Builds Up
    What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.  1 Corinthians 14:26 So far in these ponderings on worship we've seen there is worship that is acceptable to God.  We've seen that worship to God must always be in connection with Jesus since without him our worship is always unacceptable.  And we've seen that while Jesus is the only one who can make our worship acceptable, being in
  6. Flee From Idolatry
    19 Dec, 2016
    Flee From Idolatry
    Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. 1 Corinthians 10:14 In the last pastoral pondering I brought up the truth that our worship cannot be acceptable unless we are in Christ. That point brings up an important question . . . If our worship is only acceptable in Christ, does that mean there are no rules, principles, or guidelines for worship?   One may be tempted to say, "All that truly matters is Christ!"  And in a profoundly significant way, that sentiment is true enough. Without