The Best Comfort (2 Cor 1:3-7)

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3–4, KJV)Continue reading “The Best Comfort (2 Cor 1:3-7)”

Communications (2 Cor 1:1)

“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:” (2 Corinthians 1:1, KJV) The introduction to First Corinthians, bears a similarity to this introduction. Yet, there is a difference. Here, PaulContinue reading “Communications (2 Cor 1:1)”

Blessings (1 Cor 16:23-24)

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.” (1 Corinthians 16:23–24, KJV) How do you signoff with a letter? How do you signoff with any communication? When I was in the United States Army, the standard way to end a radio communication wasContinue reading “Blessings (1 Cor 16:23-24)”

First Love (1 Cor 16:21-22)

“The salutation of me Paul with mine own hand. If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema. Maranatha.” (1 Corinthians 16:21–22, KJV) One of the saddest things I have observed is a marriage where one person does not love the other. It is sad, because the joy that should beContinue reading “First Love (1 Cor 16:21-22)”

Greetings (1 Cor 16:19-20)

“The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house. All the brethren greet you. Greet ye one another with an holy kiss.” (1 Corinthians 16:19–20, KJV) One of the things that seems to be fading in our society is the artContinue reading “Greetings (1 Cor 16:19-20)”

Recognition (1 Cor 16:15-18)

“I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,) That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and laboureth. I am glad of the coming of Stephanas and FortunatusContinue reading “Recognition (1 Cor 16:15-18)”

Demonstrate Love (1 Cor 16:14)

“Let all that you do be done in love.” (1 Corinthians 16:14, ESV) Popular culture has always been obsessed with love. As we look through some of the most popular songs in the past 50-years, we see many hits. In 1956, Elvis Presley recorded “Love Me Tender.” In 1975, Captain and Tennille recorded “Love WillContinue reading “Demonstrate Love (1 Cor 16:14)”

Strength Training (1 Cor 16:13)

“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.” (1 Corinthians 16:13–14, ESV) My dad was born and raised in Trenton New Jersey, and used to tell us a lot of stories about what life was like for him as a child growingContinue reading “Strength Training (1 Cor 16:13)”

Act Like Men (1 Cor 16:13)

“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13, ESV) Many years ago, I discipled a young couple. The man was Vietnamese and the woman was Burmese. They met at an English as a third language course. The first night that we met, the man came to faith inContinue reading “Act Like Men (1 Cor 16:13)”

Authentic Christianity (1 Corinthians 16:12)

“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13, ESV) In our society today, there is a quest for authentic manhood. As a young boy, I wanted to be a man, a real man. I thought that a real man was one who was strong, one who would standContinue reading “Authentic Christianity (1 Corinthians 16:12)”