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October 20 1 Corinthians 4 About judging, having pride, and prosperity
Friday, October 20, 2017      2 comments

Paul addresses these topics and some more but I'll focus here today. The world today has gotten caught up in the phrase to judge not, but the meaning of the word used today is not what was implied by scripture. The original was to condemn not, w... Read more
October 19 1 Corinthians 3 Envy, strife, division
Thursday, October 19, 2017      1 comments

Paul chastens the church for these three things, envy, strife and division. It begins with thoughts, progresses to disagreements and eventually a division. I think Paul is writing to the church of America. The only part of the gospel message the... Read more
October 18 1 Corinthians 2:6-16 The wisdom of the world vs the wisdom of God
Wednesday, October 18, 2017      1 comments

Paul doesn't speak directly to either concept but we can discern what the wisdom of the world is fairly easily. It's been the same throughout history. Amass as much stuff as you can, do everything to try and leave a mark on the world before you ... Read more
October 17 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 Trying to sell Jesus
Tuesday, October 17, 2017      1 comments

All day every day we are bombarded with advertising, trying to get us to buy something or we're trying to sell something. Ads typically follow the same format, a flashy colorful picture. Images depicting success or things that are pleasurable. A... Read more
October 16 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 The cross is foolish and a stumbling block
Monday, October 16, 2017      1 comments

Christ was a stumbling block to the Jews because they live all their lives with The Law and believed salvation was only by The Law. And foolish to the Greeks as they represented the intellectual society. It's easier to reach a child than it is t... Read more
October 15 1 Corinthians 1:1-17 Foolish quarreling and prejudice
Sunday, October 15, 2017      1 comments

Paul writes specifically to the church at Corinth, one that he helped to establish. He begins with a greeting then gets more to the point. Stop quarreling about who or who's teachings you follow. These were Christians that were divided within th... Read more
October 6, III John 1 Do what is good
Friday, October 06, 2017      1 comments

John writes to a friend, possibly someone who he lead to salvation, with a word of encouragement. He also cautions against a false teacher who will not recognize authority and is seeking personal gain. A lot of that going on today. But here's th... Read more
October 5, Genesis 50 Forgiving yourself is hard to do
Thursday, October 05, 2017      1 comments

This final chapter of Genesis begins with the death of Israel. Because of Joseph's position the body is embalmed, which was more like the tanning of hides than any form of embalming today. And also for respect to Joseph the funeral party is huge... Read more
October 4, Genesis 49 Jacob prophecies over his sons
Wednesday, October 04, 2017      3 comments

Some of these seem a bit vague but some are more direct. Reuben was the first born and should have received a double portion and greatest blessing. But he challenged Jacob by sleeping with his concubine and forfeited the blessings. He is unstabl... Read more
October 3, Genesis 48 Israel prepares for his death
Tuesday, October 03, 2017      2 comments

Israel or Jacob is now 147 years old, from the text he's having trouble seeing. He will call all of his sons to come to him before he dies but here he calls Joseph first, the son he loved more. He remembers the times when God spoke with him, and... Read more
October 2, Genesis 47 Farming arraignments and Joseph takes after Jacob
Monday, October 02, 2017      1 comments

The first section sets up a beneficial relationship between Israel and Pharaoh. The text indicates that the Egyptians were not good shepherds and Pharaoh asks Israel to care for his cattle too. A mutually beneficial relationship. It's the rest o... Read more
October 1, Genesis 46 Israel goes to Egypt
Sunday, October 01, 2017      3 comments

Israel, or Jacob, and all of his family are journeying to Egypt but before going we again see that he went to Beersheba. It seems that this was a sort of holy place for the patriarchal family. It is where God spoke with both Abraham and Isaac. W... Read more
September 30, Genesis 45 Happy endings. Maybe not.
Saturday, September 30, 2017      3 comments

We have what could be called a happy ending, the family of Israel is reunited and they are given a place of choice land to live in. But there are no real endings, life continues and what may seem like something great today could turn bad later. ... Read more
September 29, Genesis 44 More posturing and something that's disturbing
Friday, September 29, 2017      1 comments

I don't get the logic in what Joseph did, maybe he's looking for a little revenge for what his brothers did to him. It just seems a bit out of the way to frame his brother for theft. If he's trying to scare his brothers that's certainly working,... Read more
September 28, Genesis 43:16-34 Why can't people just be honest?
Thursday, September 28, 2017      2 comments

I can't say that I understand all that's going on here. I do get the part where Joseph wants to know that Israel is still alive, but all of the plotting and deception baffles me. I see that in people's lives all over. I can understand when someo... Read more

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