Be Wise: Conduct & Communion in God’s House
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Be Wise: Conduct & Communion in God’s House

Up to this point we have seen Paul emphasize the necessity of reflecting God’s glory in our everyday lives. The sad reality that chapter 11 addresses is that despite Paul’s encouragement and exhortation, the church of Corinth actually failed to do so when they gathered for public worship. Paul addresses two of these areas specifically,...

Be Wise: Priorities
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Be Wise: Priorities

When you think of the word idols, what do you immediately think of? Do you think you have idols in your life? What if everything that you value and cherish on this earth is actually hindering you from being closer to God? God has given us so many wonderful things, but when we seek our...

Be Wise: Christian Liberty & Love
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Be Wise: Christian Liberty & Love

Many of us are familiar with the idea of recipes, which describe to us how to properly mix something together that results in a delicious treat or meal. And it is likely that if you have spent any time in the kitchen pouring over a recipe card, you know from experience how important it is...

Be Wise: Three Gifts
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Be Wise: Three Gifts

I am very confident that no one reading this finds it distasteful or offensive to receive gifts, especially from those who love and care for us. That is in large measure why all of us, young and old alike, look forward to birthdays and Christmas, for these events are generally characterized by the receipt of...

Be Wise: Things You Should Know
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Be Wise: Things You Should Know

All of us live and exist in situations dictated by “things you should know.” If you are a pastor, you should know that Sunday mornings are not a morning for sleeping in; if you are a teacher, you should love children and possess incredible patience; If you are a hunter, you should know how to...

Be Wise: Purity, Purging, & the Passover Lamb
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Be Wise: Purity, Purging, & the Passover Lamb

Have you ever heard or used the phrase “sweep it under the rug?” Probably so, for it is not uncommon that as certain detrimental or harmful activities, actions, or even attitudes exhibit themselves we find ourselves tempted to ignore, downplay, or excuse them away over that of the difficult work of simply dealing with them...

Be Wise: Self Evaluation
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Be Wise: Self Evaluation

Ignorant people…No one likes people who are willfully ignorant. But are ignorant people even aware they are? It’s doubtful they are, or they wouldn’t choose to be that way. If that’s the case, how do we know we’re not falling into the ignorant category? The Apostle Paul actually addresses this issue in his letter to...

Be Wise: Build Smart
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Be Wise: Build Smart

For most of us, our first experience in ‘building’ likely consisted of Lincoln Logs, Legos, or the sandbox. Regardless of beginnings, and unlike the Clint Ackerman’s, Dan Erickson’s, and Matt Sandvold’s amongst us, I never achieved the status of a “wise, master builder”. This fact Gloria can attest to, and the most common building materials...

Be Wise: The Christian Mind
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Be Wise: The Christian Mind

I recall moving to Ottawa, Illinios some 15+ years ago as a seminary intern, knowing absolutely nobody and virtually nothing of the church and congregation I had been assigned to. My first correspondence came through a man named David Holl, who would become one of my dearest friends during that year of internship (God bless...

Be Wise: The Christian Calling
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Be Wise: The Christian Calling

Wisdom is likely something we all wish we had more of. The Word of God has much to say about true wisdom, and while we likely associate wisdom with the book of Proverbs, let’s not overlook the book of 1st Corinthians. It is here that Paul outlines wisdom for a number of topics including the...