I've known few ministers and even fewer churches that join Paul in the emphasis he
stressed in this text. Have you met many who eagerly seek Christ's resurrection power? I
know some that want to have a strong influence in their communities. I know others that
love to display their oratorical skills and their divinity degrees. Others like to brag about
their organists, choirs, and praise teams.
None of that meant anything to Paul. He would have quickly jettisoned the "gifts
extraordinaire" in which most of us like to glory. He understood that all of the above will
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War II, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.