Speaking as a Fool (2 Cor 11:16-21)

“I say again, Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me, that I may boast myself a little. That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting. Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I willContinue reading “Speaking as a Fool (2 Cor 11:16-21)”

Too Good to be True (2 Cor 11:12-15)

“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” (2 Corinthians 11:13–14, KJV) Some time ago, we saw an advertisement on the internet. It seemed to be from a major outdoors outfitter. Their clothing and other thingsContinue reading “Too Good to be True (2 Cor 11:12-15)”

Faulty Market Mechanism (2 Corinthians 11:7-11)

“Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?” (2 Corinthians 11:7, KJV) There is an economic/business expression that I heard while I was in college called, “faulty market mechanism.” It explains a somewhat deceptive marketing ploy. It works likeContinue reading “Faulty Market Mechanism (2 Corinthians 11:7-11)”

Truth Trumps Eloquence (2 Cor 11:6)

“But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.” (2 Corinthians 11:6, KJV) There is an old joke, “How do you tell when a politician is lying?” The answer is, “When he is speaking.” It is unfortunate that we would makeContinue reading “Truth Trumps Eloquence (2 Cor 11:6)”

Proper Boasting (2 Cor 10:13-18)

“’Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.’ For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.” (2 Corinthians 10:17–18, ESV) My dad taught me a lot of things. One was that a man should not have to toot his own horn. To “tootContinue reading “Proper Boasting (2 Cor 10:13-18)”

Two Standards (2 Corinthians 10:12)

“For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.” (2 Corinthians 10:12, KJV) I used an illustration in a sermon once to demonstrate people’s flawed evaluation of themselves. I took a gray pieceContinue reading “Two Standards (2 Corinthians 10:12)”

Be Consistent (2 Cor 10:6-11)

“For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible. Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present.” (2 Corinthians 10:10–11, KJV) My wifeContinue reading “Be Consistent (2 Cor 10:6-11)”

Weapons of War (2 Cor 10:1-6)

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thoughtContinue reading “Weapons of War (2 Cor 10:1-6)”

The Greatest Gift (2 Cor 9:15)

“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” (2 Corinthians 9:15, KJV) I truly cannot think of a time that I was left speechless. As the saying goes, no preacher is ever left without something to say. I know there must have been some. I just cannot remember them. The only thing that comes toContinue reading “The Greatest Gift (2 Cor 9:15)”