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A New Body

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1 Corinthians 15:35-49 Corinth was a real city with real people. I don’t think they had Netflix, Amazon Prime, or even movie theaters, but they were just as fascinated with sex and violence as any city in our world. They may not have had electricity, but they were people just like you and me. At the Preaching of Apollos and others, some of the residents of Corinth came to Christ. They put their faith in Jesus for salvation and formed the First Church of Corinth. Because of its location and significance in the transportation and shipping industry of the day, Corinth was exposed to ideas from all over the Roman Empire and also catered to the appetites of many travelers. As a result, the Corinthian church spawned heresies and errors almost as rapidly as YouTube. The Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth to correct some of these errors. He corrected their allegiance to various teachers and sectarianism. He corrected ideas about morality, incest, lawsuits, marriage, c

Building a Solid Foundation

Luke 6:46-49 What do you do when everything around you is falling to pieces? Some have reacted with fear and even panic at the threat of COVID19. Others have not been upset at all. Some are predicting doom, gloom, economic collapse and full hospitals. Others are focused on the opportunities that are being created. The question that came to my mind was: “What do we do when the foundations of the world around us crumble?” Jesus uses house foundations to illustrate the importance of what we base our lives on. We find an account of this illustration in Luke 6:46-49. Matthew gives his account of this same illustration in Matthew 7:24-27 In Luke’s account, Jesus starts with a question. He says, “Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do what I tell you?” ( Luke 6:46 ESV ) I want to begin by considering the impact of a “why” question in relationships. If we see a person tying a hook on a string, we might ask, “Why are you doing that?” And we would get a

Reciprocity

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Luke 6:37-38 It was a beautiful day. It was not too hot, I am guessing, but if it was too hot people would have fainted from the heat. It was not windy, if it was windy the huge crowd would not have been able to hear His voice. Jesus walked and talked with the twelve every day, but occasions like this occurred only a few times. Huge crowds followed Him and He taught constantly. But this time, He was in a natural amphitheater where His voice would carry and the crowd was exceptionally large.  Jesus sat for His lecture (Matthew 5:1), and He presented central truths for kingdom living. The truths He taught summarized the law and gave practical ways to apply the law.  The kingdom is God’s kingdom. Living in the kingdom of God means one must obey or please God and get along with his fellow citizens. The law addresses these two different aspects of kingdom life by commanding love for God and love for our neighbor. Loving our neighbors is an important part of kingdom li

Mercy

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Luke 6:32-36 According to Jesus, mercy is to be a part of all our relationships.  He said, “ Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.” ( Luke 6:36 ESV ) Mercy is an uncommon practice. Many of us do not even know what the word means. Watch all the television shows, movies and videos on Netflix, CBS All Access and Disney Plus and you will see very little mercy. Mercy is not popular. Jesus talked about mercy as part of His “Sermon on the Mount.” The introduction or opening of His discourse is as follows: "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets. But woe to you who