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November 17, 2019, 1 Peter 1:13-25 – Post 2

VI. Let’s read over the passage again today and look for the contrasts you see in the passage. For instance, “reverent fear.” Does “reverence” and “fear” create contrasting images of ideas for you? Or do they somehow “fit” together? What … Continue reading

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November 17, 2019, 1 Peter 1:13-25

I. On my first reading of this passage I had a sense of “overload.” There is a lot going on here.  It starts with “… prepare … disciple … hope … conformed …”  And toward the end, “… withers … … Continue reading

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November 10, 2019, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 – Post 3

VIII. I have asked you to pay attention to what Paul writes about being “… imitators … [and] … example.” Actually, thus far I have mentioned being an imitator and asked you to recall persons (and groups) that are maturing … Continue reading

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November 10, 2019, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 – Post 2

V. Let’s pick up where we left off Monday. Who and what is on the list I asked you to think about? Where have you encountered something of the lifestyle Paul saw in the folks he was writing to? I … Continue reading

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November 10, 2019, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

I. This week we focus our attention on the first few sentences of a letter of Paul to the church in Thessaloniki. After the typical start to Paul’s letter where he invokes “grace and peace” for the community he writes, … Continue reading

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November 3, 2019, 2 Corinthians 13:1-11 – Post 3

XI. Before we leave this portion of Paul’s letter, allow me to mention one more item Paul writes, Examine yourselves to see whether you are living in the faith. Test yourselves. XII. Maybe we could start to implement Paul’s direction … Continue reading

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November 3, 2019, 2 Corinthians 13:1-11 – Post 2

VI. What is Paul’s overarching concern as he gives these closing words to the church at Corinth? He does mention his authority as an apostle. If you skim back over previous remarks in the letter you will see that has … Continue reading

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November 3, 2019, 2 Corinthians 13:1-11

I. This week we turn to the closing sentences of 2 Corinthians. We hear Paul bring to a close (at least until he is able to visit them again) the several conversations that went on between him and the church … Continue reading

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October 27, 2019, Luke 7:36-50 – Post 3

VIII. Earlier this week the following quote from Dallas Willard came to my inbox. I am convinced it is the best way to close our reflections for this week. IX. Who deserves your blessing? “You are really walking in the … Continue reading

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October 27, 2019, Luke 7:36-50 – Post 2

IV. Today let’s turn our attention more to the uninvited guest, the woman, and the reactions her presence and actions seem to precipitate. Our narrator tells us she is “a woman in the city, who was a sinner” who when … Continue reading

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