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Fight the Good Fight, With Love! – 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.  Do everything in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NIV There is an interesting dichotomy between the two verses in this passage.  Paul starts off with a series of four directives that are somewhat military in nature.  These are instructions that you might give a soldier who is going out into harms way.  Be on your guard; pay attention to what is going on around you so that the enemy can’t sneak up on your unawares.  Stand firm; hold the ground that you have been assigned to defend, not …

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Perfume and Pennies – 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

There are a couple of stories in the gospels that at first glance seem unrelated, and yet I think they have a powerful lesson to teach.  The first occurs when Jesus is people watching and notices what appears to be an insignificant contribution into the temple treasury. As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of …

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