1. Perceiving the Same Thing Differently
    21 May, 2018
    Perceiving the Same Thing Differently
    For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? 2 Corinthians 2:15  If you've been on the internet recently, you've probably heard about the audio clip that sounds like different words to different people. Some people hear "Yanny". Some people hear "Laurel". Same clip.  Different perceptions.  It's an interesting
  2. One for the Money
    28 Feb, 2018
    One for the Money
    And in this matter I give my judgment: this benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to desire to do it.  So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have.  For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have.  2 Corinthians 8:10-12 When I was a child, my dad would sometimes come into the room in the morning singing . .
  3. Examine Yourselves
    09 Feb, 2018
    Examine Yourselves
    Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?- unless indeed you fail to meet the test!  2 Corinthians 13:5 When I was in school, test time was almost always an anxiety producing event.  I wanted to do well on any test I took, and the thought of failure was usually too awful for me to consider.  At times there were even sweaty palms, racing heartbeat, and wide-eyed deer in the headlights fear
  4. Being a Pastor
    07 Feb, 2018
    Being a Pastor
    I feel a divine jealousy for you, for I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.  But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.  2 Corinthians 11:2-3 Pastors can often be the subject of many a joke. You've probably heard one or two in your time.  There are jokes about how many hours a pastor works each week.  There are jokes about how long, or how boring, or how
  5. Generosity
    31 Jan, 2018
    We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.  For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own free will, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints- and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to
  6. Are You of Good Courage?
    16 Jan, 2018
    Are You of Good Courage?
    So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight.  Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.  2 Corinthians 5:6-8 When it comes to serving the Lord Jesus, are you of good courage? Maybe you hear that question and say, "Huh?". 21st century Americans don't usually say things like, "I am of good courage."  No, what we would say is something more