Praying for Enough
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Praying for Enough

I suspect we are all guilty to some extent of permitting small things to overwhelm us and detract us from greater things. To my shame I have often allowed some petty or small concern grow until it is nearly out of control and becomes something that consumes me. It might be something someone has said...

Be Wise: Back From the Future
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Be Wise: Back From the Future

You have likely heard the statement, often offered as a subtle critique, of someone being “so heavenly minded that they are of no earthly good.” After spending an entire chapter on the glory of the resurrection and the sure hope of our own glorious resurrection, Paul takes opportunity in closing out his letter to the...

Be Wise: Where is Death’s Sting?
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Be Wise: Where is Death’s Sting?

I recall the “olden” days of classrooms with chalkboards and the task generally assigned to a student every couple of days to take the erasers outside and ‘bang them’ together in order to clean them. Of course, with the advent of computers and the recognition that chalk dust isn’t healthy for students or computers, we...

Be Wise: Building Up the Body
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Be Wise: Building Up the Body

I am reminded of some years back hearing from my doctor that the 5 pounds I was gaining a year would end up really being a problem health wise. Through the course of a long season of time I endeavored to watch what I ate (no more Twinkies or Chinese buffets twice a week), and...

Be Wise: Spiritual Gifts
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Be Wise: Spiritual Gifts

I liken Paul’s discussion of spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12 to that of “opinions”—everybody has one! Seriously though, Paul sets forth for us this week an extended discourse on spiritual gifts, which like all good things, if used improperly, will bring harm and not benefit. Our focus will be upon how we are to...

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: 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...