God’s Great Sovereign Purposes

God’s Great Sovereign Purposes

What are some implications of the hostility from the world being used by God as a refiner’s fire—1) God has a sovereign purpose in the hostility incurred by Christians from the world. Notice what Peter doesn’t say—”Don’t be surprised at the trials because...
Fighting Glory-Stealing Boasting

Fighting Glory-Stealing Boasting

Part of Paul’s descriptions of love in 1 Corinthians 13 include prohibitions from arrogance and boasting.  These are self-exalting and others-demeaning characteristics.  However, if we’re seeing ourselves as slaves of Christ, acknowledging that anything we have...
The Inner Instigator of Impatience

The Inner Instigator of Impatience

Why is patience so difficult for us? Solomon sheds some light on it in Ecc. 7: 8b…the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. 9 Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the heart of fools. There is an incredible pride resident in...
When Giving All Counts For Nothing

When Giving All Counts For Nothing

In this first part of 1 Cor. 13:3, Paul does not use the normal word for give as he does in the 2nd part of the verse, but here it infers a piece-by-piece distribution. What this means is that this isn’t a one-time decision to give a lump sum gift to someone—“Here’s...