1 Corinthians, Lesson 27: The Resurrection of the Body, Part 2

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Some in the Corinthian congregation had denied, or downplayed, the resurrection of the body. To counter this error, and to show just how important that doctrine was, Paul contrasted the “natural” body with the “spiritual” body. The natural body is the “ensouled” body, the physical body that encases the soul. The spiritual body is the […]

Matthew 7:15-23: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

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“Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” That’s what one of my seminary professors taught me. But there is a problem with that statement. It can be misleading. Oh, it is true in this way: In our fallen natures, we may not care how much someone knows until we […]

1 Timothy, Lesson 10: Elders and Overseers Continued

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Last week, Paul spoke of “honoring” elders/overseers: They were to receive a wage for their work. Moving from there, Paul then told Timothy how he was to handle accusations against an elder/overseer. Unless there were “two or three witnesses” for those accusations, Timothy wasn’t to consider them. This was to help prevent frivolous complaints or […]

Church and State after the Supreme Court’s Recent Decision on Marriage

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In this article, our pastor reflects on the recent Supreme Court decision on marriage as a pastor of the Church and a United States citizen.  He delves into the differing roles of Church and State. ———- You know you’re in a bind when two enemies band together to get you. That’s what happened with Jesus. […]

Mark 8:1-9: In Compassion, Jesus Feeds Us

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“In the beginning, God” (Genesis 1:1). “The Lord God formed the man from the soil of the ground.” The Lord God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.” “The Lord God planted a garden in Eden.” There, the Lord God “put the man he had formed.” “The Lord God caused to grow out of […]

1 Corinthians, Lesson 26: The Resurrection of the Body, Part 1

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Paul has delivered what it means that God the Father has raised Jesus from the dead by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 15:20, Romans 8:11). Because Christ was raised alive, those who are in Christ will also be made alive (1 Corinthians 15:22). But this will happen at His “coming,” when He returns on the […]

1 Timothy, Lesson 9: An Overseer’s Relationship with the Congregation

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Paul, having finished with a string of imperative verbs (that is, commands) that Timothy must do, Paul now switches between imperative verbs and other verb forms to help highlight between what is beneficial (or what may have to be done because of circumstances) and what must be done.   Older Widows in the Church Note: […]

Exodus 20:1-11, 1 Corinthians 10:1-4: Jesus is Our Sabbath Rest

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Over the centuries, people have numbered God’s Ten Commandments several different ways. Why the difference? First, God does say that He gave “ten,” not nine or 11 (Deuteronomy 10:4). And when you look at the Ten Commandments, you find that they contain more than ten subject areas. But today, we’re going back to beginning, to […]

1 Timothy, Lesson 8: Instructions for Overseers/Elders

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Earlier, Paul had told Timothy that the Church is a pillar and bulwark of the truth (1 Timothy 3:15). Paul then delved into what the Christian religion is that the Church catholic believed and confessed (as opposed to the dysfunction in Ephesus, where Paul had placed Timothy as pastor to “clean up the mess”). Now […]

1 Kings 19:11-21: God humbles Himself, bringing life, not death

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Who here has never been burnt out? Who has never felt emptied of strength, energy, and motivation? It could be overwork and “underplay.” It could be one stress after another, draining your reserves past empty, leaving you gasping on fumes. That was Elijah in our Old Testament reading. He had just faced down the prophets […]