Today we read Paul’s final benediction to the somewhat unpredictable Corinthian church. His closing remarks in 2 Cor. 13:11-14 remind me of ones you might hear at a graduation ceremony. Poignant. Succinct. Meaningful. If you recall over the last few chapters, Paul has addressed these city-dwellers with instructions on how to live life. These are… Continue reading
There’s more to being a Christian than attending church, singing worship songs, and memorizing a few scripture verses now and then. Am I really a true Christian? Or am I a counterfeit?
I wonder how many of us are guilty of this same thing? We want more proof that God is real. We’re looking for proof in blessings and materialism. Proof in large ministries and twitter followers. Proof in a life of comfort and ease. What does proof look like today?
Have we lost this in the church today? A sense of deep community where we are invested in the lives of others over the long-haul. Have we lost this in our community? A desire to know others so that they can know God. Have we lost this in our own families? A passion to see others pursue God with all of their heart, strength, and soul.
Have you ever loved someone so much that you feel spent? Empty? You pour out. And give. You love them to your utter core. And yet, there is barely a heartbeat in response. Go The Extra Mile You can feel the pain of Paul today in our text, 2 Cor. 12:11-18. Paul has tirelessly given… Continue reading
How has God’s grace been sufficient for you? How is His power made perfect in weakness?