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WISDOM FROM GOD THROUGH THE SPIRIT
1 Corinthians 2:6-16


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The Enemy loves it when people view science and faith to be at odds. He wants lost people to think that Christians have abandoned all rational thought and check their brains in at the door when they come to Church. He wants Christians to fear the intellectuals of the world as if they might actually prove that God does not exist or the Bible isnít real or that Jesus had a wife and children. Thus, the dichotomy is formed: science vs. faith. The Enemy delights in this because it is a lie (he is after all the Father of Lies) and it keeps people from seeing the truth that Christians are not anti-reason or anti-intellectual or anti-science. We simply believe in the wisdom from above which guides and shapes our understanding of all truth. When the scientific world teaches as truth something that denies the truth of God, then we reject that teaching not because we hate science or knowledge, but because we submit to Godís revealed Word and admit manís limited understanding of the world. It is not anti-science, but a humble, God-fearing, approach to the study of our world.

Last Updated ( Friday, 28 August 2015 )
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1 Corinthians 1:10-2:5: Christ Crucified, the Wisdom and Power of God Print E-mail

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Tuning is very important when playing a musical instrument. Two issues are involved when tuning a stringed instrument. The first is making sure that the instrument is in tune with itself. If you play a guitar that is not at least in tune with itself then it will sound very bad. Yet, the second issue is that a guitar may be in tune with itself but it is not in tune with the other instruments that it is playing with, like say a piano. The guitar and piano might sound fine when played by themselves, but when you play them together, the sound is terrible. So what is the cure for these difficulties? Simple, you need a standard for tuning. This is something that every instrument can conform to and thus sound good when played together. This is called being in true tune. But if even one string is out of tune on the guitar, then things will sound bad.

Last Updated ( Friday, 28 August 2015 )
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1 Corinthians 1:1-9: Christ in Corinth Print E-mail

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We are all familiar with the term Ďfixer-upperí when we are talking about real estate. Any home that needs some work due to age or inattention can be called a fixer-upper. Sometimes a good paint job will go a long way. And sometimes you have to take it down to the studs, or even worse. But the hope and belief is that the home can be lived in with a few minor (or major) improvements. All at a reasonable cost, of course!

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 August 2015 )
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Psalm 121: From Where Does My Help Come? Print E-mail

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When I went to Jerusalem in college, my professor who taught our class talked about Psalm 121. The old city of Jerusalem, which includes the Temple Mount and the Wailing Wall, is surrounded by huge block walls and sits somewhat elevated. My professor told us that the original city sat south of the Temple Mount and would have been lower in elevation. At one point we were standing in that lower section of the old city and he read verse 1 of Psalm 121: I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? After he read it, he told us to look around, and in every direction we were surrounded by hills. He explained that when the psalmist penned this, he very well could have been thinking about the view from Jerusalem in his day, even looking around as we did at the hills above us. If an army was going to attack the city, then they would first appear on those hills, where would help come from then?

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 August 2015 )
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Psalm 120: In My Distress Print E-mail

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My van broke down last Friday. Glenna, Isaiah, Jake, and I were headed to a Mexican restaurant for lunch and one of my belts came off. I was able to guide her into a parking spot so we went in and ate, while I called Andy and asked for some advice. After we finished, Andy brought me the tool I would need to get the belt back on and Jake and I started trying to get it on. At one point, when both my arms were covered in black oil and I was pouring sweat, I prayed and asked the Lord for help in removing a bolt that I thought needed removing (for the record, I later realized that I should not have even been trying to loosen it, but thatís another story). As I prayed, the bolt immediately began to turn in my hand. I thought for sure it was sign (apparently what I should have been praying for was the wisdom to know that the bolt did not need to be removed!) In my distress, I cried out to the Lord and he answered me.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 August 2015 )
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Judges 20-21: The Right Perspective Print E-mail

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On Friday, the Supreme Court of the United States legalized gay marriage in all 50 states. Many of us have spent the last few days reading and watching the various responses to this historic decision. Many are celebrating. Perhaps they are thankful for the opportunity to marry legally or just thankful that others they know can now do so. Others are saddened. They believe that God has defined marriage in the Bible as between a man and a woman and the Courtís decision is a marked departure from that understanding. As a follower of Christ who believes in the faithfulness and inerrancy of Scripture, I side with the latter. I am burdened for those who believe that joy and contentment can be found outside of faith and obedience to Christ. I am not angry at what they believe, just further burdened at the steps our culture has taken to further normalize those beliefs. Such actions cannot help but have grave consequences.

Last Updated ( Friday, 21 August 2015 )
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