Paul speaks here to the tendency toward self- indulgence common among Corinthians; he challenges them to consider the discipline of a Greek athlete (every other year Corinth hosted the Isthmian games in which athletes competed for a coveted prize. The Corinthians were, therefore, intimately acquainted with the discipline Paul was talking about). Paul challenges the Christians to the same discipline and rigorous self -denial as a prize -winning athlete, yet not for the reward of a garland of green leaves, but for a crown that lasts forever (Women of Faith Study Bible, 2001). [Read more…]
Read Psalm 107: 1-16
Vs 1-2 – We often hear these verses in songs we sing in church. “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.” At first glance we think the “redeemed” are those saved from sin, which they are but the redeemed mean so much more. Verse 2 says, “Those He redeemed from the hand of the foe.” God not only redeems/saves us from sin, but from circumstances. [Read more…]
Psalm 84 is so full of the wonder of God—reading it can only encourage anyone. Linger in the beauty. Rest in it. This is a love song to God. When was the last time you were so much in love with someone that you couldn’t wait to see them—that you thought about them all the time—that everything you did or saw reminded you of them? That is how much the writer of this love song loves Almighty God. Read it again and live in the love. [Read more…]
Psalm 84 is a psalm of longing for communion with God in His tabernacle and possibly tells of a pilgrim’s journey to the Temple to celebrate one of the feasts. I think we could liken it to our journey in life and our ultimate goal: reaching heaven.
Just as it should be our desire, the psalmist’s desire and longing is to be in the presence of the living God. The pilgrim knows that there will be a place for him in the temple because if even birds are allowed to build their nests in the courtyards, as they do, how much more hope has the believing heart to find its home in the house of God! [Read more…]
In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul is chastising the congregation of the Corinth church. This is not the first time Paul has had to address their worldliness. He has spoken with them before. In fact, this is the third time. Paul believed they were not using their GOD given spiritual gifts. Especially they were not practicing the greatest gift of all—Christian Love. Their lifestyle proved they were not—they were confusing love with lust. They seemed not to understand that GOD’S love is directed outward, not inward to ourselves. We were given the spiritual gifts to use in building His church. When we are finally with HIM we will no longer need these gifts. When we get to see HIM in person, we will be able to understand HIS plan for HIS kingdom on earth. [Read more…]