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So Much More (1 Corinthians 1,2)

Written by Dave Schmidgall | May 31, 2010 |

“Just as it is written, ‘Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.’” - 1 Corinthians 2:9 NASB

On August 31, 1803, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark began their journey to the Pacific.  One of the most significant contributions of the expedition was a better perception of the …

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Sex in the City (Book Background: 1 Corinthians)

Written by Will Johnston | May 31, 2010 |

Sex in the City

Corinth was infamous during the first century.  As a center of commerce and trade it was a cosmopolitan city, a Roman colony known for its bronze workers, wealth, and temple prostitutes.1  It has been called the “New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas of the ancient world.”2  The phrase “to live like a Corinthian” meant to live a life of drunkenness and sexual debauchery.3

It was …

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We Need The Power

Written by Ross Middleton | May 30, 2010 | Acts 19 - 20

I want to focus on the verse in Acts chapter 19 that I consider to be the linchpin of this passage. Verse 20, chapter 19 says, “In this way, the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.”

We have everything we need in America, modern comforts, modern medicine, modern technology…..you get the point. We have everything we “think” we need. Many times I feel like we …

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Those Who are Lazy

Written by Andy Pisciotti | May 28, 2010 |

Have you ever looked at one of those pieces of art that play tricks on your eyes? You know, you can look at it one way and then turn it and see something totally different. Pretty freaky huh? I think that can happen to us sometimes when we read through the pages of scripture. We can read something that perhaps we have read before a few times and out of …

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A Shameless Plug for Small Groups…

Written by Andy Pisciotti | May 26, 2010 | 1 Thessalonians 1 - 3

When I first read this passage in Thessalonians, it seemed rather routine to me.  Here’s Paul, again, talking to a new church, encouraging them and instructing them.  I had a hard time seeing it with fresh eyes, and if your purpose for reading the Bible is to find the key verses worthy of memorizing, you might want to turn elsewhere.  But there’s another way of looking at it.  When I …

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Accompany A Ministry Leader (Acts 16-18)

Written by Kari Olney | May 26, 2010 |

Timothy joins Paul and Silas as they travelled from town to town, presenting the simple guideline the Jerusalem apostles and leaders had come up with. “So the churches there were strengthened in the faith, and they increased number to number daily.”

As they travelled around the world to spread the Gospels and plant some churches, they waited for the doors to be opened. The words of the holy one, the …

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Galatians 4-6

Written by Andy Pisciotti | May 25, 2010 | Galatians 4 - 6

“Walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”

In Paul’s letters you will see a lot of references to the Spirit and the flesh and at times it can seem dichotomous with the flesh being evil and harsh and the Spirit being gentle and good. I don’t know if they are always in opposition to each other as much as they need to be …

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Galatians

Written by Heather Zempel | May 24, 2010 | Galatians 1 - 3

The book of Galatians is one of the two “theological” epistles written by Paul for the primary purpose of systematically organizing his beliefs about sin, law, grace, and redemption. The other is the longer, more developed book of Romans. There is a fair amount of scholarly debate over the timing of the authorship of the book. Some place it during Paul’s third missionary journey (circa 57 AD), others date it …

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Acts 13-15

Written by Joel Schmidgall | May 22, 2010 | Acts 13 - 15

While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off. Acts 13:2-3

Worship OF God should lead to action FOR God. When we spend time in the genuine presence of God, it should shake things up.  People …

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The Hand of the Lord (Acts 11-12)

Written by Heather Zempel | May 22, 2010 | Acts 11 - 12

The book of Acts is insane. Seriously. Where do you even begin posting a pithy devotional thought on today’s reading? We’ve got Peter confronting legalistic people who are more concerned about circumcision than repentance. Barnabas builds bridges between new converts and the religious establishment. James is killed. Peter is miraculously released from prison while those who were praying for him couldn’t believe it. Herod is eaten by worms. And the …

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