2 Corinthians 2

You can read the entire chapter here. VS 1-4 I wrote to you with many tears As we will find throughout 2 Corinthians this chapter is fluid with the previous chapter.  Here Paul espouses what unity should accomplish.  If you cause someone grief, how will they encourage you?  Grief should cause us to repent (2Continue reading “2 Corinthians 2”

2 Corinthians 1

The chapter may be found here. Paul begins his second letter to the Corinthians (this was probably his 4th letter in actuality: 1 Corinthians 5:9, Acts 18:1-17 & 2 Corinthians 2:3–4) with a warm greeting: “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” HCSB.) Paul used a wordplay commonContinue reading “2 Corinthians 1”

The purpose for edification.

Edification is not for making you feel better about yourself so you can go back to sleep. Edification is for building up & encouraging the Body of Christ so she is prodded on to good works & service for her King Jesus. Edification helps the church when she feels weary in doing her Masters willContinue reading “The purpose for edification.”

‘A Relationship With the Abba of Jesus”

“I want neither a terrorist spirituality that keeps me in a perpetual state of fright about being in right relationship with my heavenly Father nor a sappy spirituality that portrays God as such a benign teddy bear that there is no aberrant behavior or desire of mine that he will not condone. I want aContinue reading “‘A Relationship With the Abba of Jesus””

Running to God for Refuge

Reuben Smith July 2011   Psalm 91 (NLT) Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.     Proverbs 18:10 “The name of theContinue reading “Running to God for Refuge”

Forming Christ in Us

Reuben Smith July 2011   God took great care in the formation of man and the image was primarily spiritual.  That is why sin marred the likeness.  When we are rebellious we are no longer Christlike (Luke 22:42).  Little is said in scripture of God’s creation of animals (though it is clear) and never wasContinue reading “Forming Christ in Us”