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February 25 Prayer Blog

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2 Corinthians 4:7-18 We are jars of clay – commonplace, of low value, and easily broken. Paradoxically, we contain a great treasure – God shining in our hearts. Pastor Dave noted that we can all tell stories of affliction from our own lives. The question is, were we afflicted but not...

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February 18 Prayer Blog

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2 Corinthians 4:1-6 Paul’s ministry – “this ministry” – was the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the change from the old covenant to the new, from the Law and eternal death to the Spirit and life, from condemnation to righteousness. This ministry is ours...

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February 11 Prayer Blog

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2 Corinthians 3:1-18 Some of the Corinthian Christians had apparently accused Paul of being braggadocious, but he responds by proclaiming that his confidence and sufficiency come from God. Pastor Todd asked where our confidence lies. How can we be confident that we are on the right track? As...

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January 28 Prayer Blog

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2 Corinthians 2:5-11 Read out of context, this week’s passage is rather baffling. Pastor Dave explained that, in context, it is clear that Paul is talking about church discipline. The church at Corinth has disciplined a member for sin, and Paul is telling them it’s time to...

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January 21 Prayer Blog

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2 Corinthians 1:12 – 2:4 Pastor Shannon began by reflecting on the sad reality that conflict occurs even between sincere and godly believers. Paul knew this. Because he changed his travel plans, believers in Corinth accused him of uncaring vacillation. Shannon drew three wise...

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January 14 Prayer Blog

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2 Corinthians 1:3-11 Pastor Dave quoted scholar David Garland as saying, “The word comfort has gotten soft in theEnglish language.” Today, we often think of comfortas running away from suffering or affliction to some “safe space” or as running to self-indulgence in...

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January 7 Prayer Blog

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Introduction to 2 CorinthiansIn his introduction to 2 Corinthians, Pastor Dave stressed context. The context of the letter is the state of the church in Corinth, and we must dig deep in both of Paul’s preserved letters to the Corinthians to find clues about was going on. I took...

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December 10 Prayer Blog

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Titus 3:1-15 Throughout Paul’s letter to Titus, he has stressed both sound doctrine and good works. We often think of good works as serving in a soup kitchen, giving money to charity, and the like. But Paul includes in “good works” our everyday conduct as Christians, as...

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December 3 Prayer Blog

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Titus 2:1-15 In this passage, Paul speaks very plainly about what sound doctrine, or teaching, looks like in the lives of men and women, young and old. Pastor Dave noted that one prominent theme in Paul’s instructions to each group is self-control, the ability to say “no” to...

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November 19 Prayer Blog

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Titus 1:1-9 I know enough about the book of Titus to know that Paul quotes a Cretan saying that describes the people of Crete as liars, evil beasts, and lazy gluttons (1:12). Before hearing Pastor Shannon’s sermon, though, I had not considered the parallels between 1st century Crete and...

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