Today’s thought (September 05): “Bringing holiness to completion”

The three chapters in 2 Corinthians today total 55 verses and are quite a challenge to grasp all the points Paul is making. He is concerned about “those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart” (5:12). He tells them, “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation… Read More Today’s thought (September 05): “Bringing holiness to completion”

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Today’s thought (September 03): “That was to make us rely … on God”

In 2 Corinthians Paul writes of his experiences of afflictions and the comfort God gives him to cope with them. Paul’s comfort is also founded on the comfort believers give to each other. “The father of mercies”, writes Paul, “comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who… Read More Today’s thought (September 03): “That was to make us rely … on God”

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Today’s thought “The manifestation of the spirit for …” (August 30)

Today’s thought “The manifestation of the spirit for …” (August 30) We have come to that part of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians which is about the gifts of the Spirit which were possessed among the believers there. The Gospels were not yet in circulation, probably they had just been written. Now what was the… Read More Today’s thought “The manifestation of the spirit for …” (August 30)

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Today’s thought Good and bad traditions (August 29)

Today’s thought Good and bad traditions (August 29) The word “tradition” can arouse a negative attitude in our minds because of the way Jesus condemns the religious leaders in the Gospels for their traditions; he told them “you leave the commandment of God and hold the tradition of men” (Mark 7:8). The word “tradition” is… Read More Today’s thought Good and bad traditions (August 29)

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Today’s thought “Elijah went up by a whirlwind” (August 28)

Our reading in 2 Kings 2 records the transfer of responsibility from Elijah to Elisha. Elisha requests, “Let a double portion of your spirit be upon me” (verse 9) and it is significant that Elisha ultimately performs twice as many miracles as Elijah. However, in doing God’s most important work and conveying God’s messages it… Read More Today’s thought “Elijah went up by a whirlwind” (August 28)

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Today’s thought “Have you found me, Oh my enemy?” (August 26)

“Have you found me, Oh my enemy?” This saying was spoken by Israel’s evil king Ahab when Elijah challenged him over Naboth’s vineyard. Ahab’s evil wife Jezebel had organised the death of Naboth. Elijah had only found Ahab because God had directed him, he was acting for God. Let us always be aware, as Ahab… Read More Today’s thought “Have you found me, Oh my enemy?” (August 26)

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Today’s thought “Do you not know that …” (August 25)

Four times this phrase is used by Paul in 1 Corinthians 6. The Corinthians were becoming spiritually blind to the follies that they had slipped back into. It happened then and it happens today. It appears to be worse among those who proclaim that once you are saved you are always saved, regardless of the… Read More Today’s thought “Do you not know that …” (August 25)

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Today’s thought “It is not a wisdom of this age” (August 22)

Today we start reading Paul’s letters to the Corinthians. The believers there had been converted from the foolish philosophies of the Greeks who believed in a spirit afterlife and in many gods of their imagination. Paul says, “The Jews demand signs and the Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to… Read More Today’s thought “It is not a wisdom of this age” (August 22)

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Today’s thought “It was out of envy” (August 20)

One characteristic of human nature is the capacity to be jealous, to envy others; many advertising tactics exploit this. The gospels repeatedly show that those in positions of authority were envious of the popularity Jesus enjoyed. In Mark 15 we see that it was easy for Pilate to “perceive that it was out of envy… Read More Today’s thought “It was out of envy” (August 20)

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Today’s thought “In vain do they worship” (August 12)

Although atheism is rife in many countries, but worshipping God in a way He does not care for is also a problem. We must not be judgmental, which is God’s prerogative, but we cannot help seeing some of the differences between first century Christianity and that which exists today. Our first aim must be to… Read More Today’s thought “In vain do they worship” (August 12)

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Today’s thought “Overcome evil with good” (August 3)

Today’s thought “Overcome evil with good” (August 3) Chapter 12 of Paul’s letter to the Romans abounds with challenging principles – these are a wonderful guide to our lives. The chapter is, in a sense, summarised by its final words, that followers of Jesus should “overcome evil with good”. Actually, this largely completes Paul’s spiritual… Read More Today’s thought “Overcome evil with good” (August 3)

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