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    Christian Devotional – April 29, 2021

    Corinthians, Day 18 How are we seen by others? Read 2 Corinthians 2. As Paul continues, he reminds the Corinthians of the importance of forgiveness. Paul wants the people to stay strong and to stay firm in their faith and in the standards of what they know Christ has called them to. However, when people repent, they must forgive. Once they forgive, they must build them back up in the body of Christ. Paul recognizes, and wants to emphasize, the importance of building up the body of Christ so that Satan doesn’t have an opportunity to use this for evil. Also, the church was a witness to the people around…

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    Christian Devotional – April 28, 2021

    Corinthians, Day 17 God is our comfort. Read 2 Corinthians 1. As we move into the second letter that Paul wrote to the Corinthians, we can tell that time has passed and Paul’s ministry has certainly become more challenging and full of more persecution. As he writes to the church in Corinth, we see how he is reminding them that God is the source of all comfort. Only in and through God can we experience the comfort that truly brings peace. Only through Christ are we really working to be able to understand all that God provides to us and lifts us up with. How do we know true comfort?…

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    Christian Devotional – April 27, 2021

    Corinthians, Day 16 Final thoughts. As we conclude Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he ends with his final thoughts and closing remarks. Read 1 Corinthians 16. Paul has been sharing so many things with the Corinthians throughout this entire letter and now he finds himself drawing the letter to a close. What are the final things that he knows he must share with them? What are the last pieces of advice that he can remind them of and encourage them with? As we read through this last chapter, we see him closing up and reminding the people to be strong. They can stand firm in their faith. They need…

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    Christian Devotional – April 26, 2021

    Corinthians, Day 15 Stand firm. Stay focused on the work of God. Read 1 Corinthians 15. Paul goes through a number of important messages in the 15th chapter of 1 Corinthians. Paul wants the people to know and understand that we have hope. Even those who have already died while believing in Jesus Christ have hope. What we have believed in is not in vain. What we do is not in vain. Because of our relationship with Jesus Christ, we have hope that he will be with us and provide the purpose and the meaning for all that he has us doing. Our hope is in Christ. In the meantime,…

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    Christian Devotional – April 25, 2021

    Corinthians, Day 14 Build up others. The gifts of the Spirit are part of the church, but what is the purpose of those gifts? Glory God and build up the church. Read 1 Corinthians 14. As we read through this chapter, we see a discussion on what the gifts of the Spirit are for. Paul wants the people to understand the importance of using the Spiritual gift to glorify God and build up others. How are we using the gifts that God gives us? Are we building up others?

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    Christian Devotional – April 24, 2021

    Corinthians, Day 13 We don’t have the complete picture. Read 1 Corinthians 13. This chapter is so famously referred to as being love chapter. And rightfully so, so many pieces about love are explained in detail here and we get a fully complete picture of what it means to truly love. Part of truly loving is knowing and understanding someone. God loves us in a way that we cannot fathom or understand. As a result, God fully knows us completely, wholly, in every way. We don’t have to wonder about whether or not God understands what we are going through or if God understands what we feel. There is absolutely…

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    Christian Devotional – April 23, 2021

    Corinthians, Day 12 The gifts of the Holy Spirit are topics of great debate among believers. Read 1 Corinthians 12. The Holy Spirit is given to each one of us who have believed in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. As a result of that, the Holy Spirit can be seen working through our lives in different ways for each person. The way He works and moves can be different from person to person. Throughout the years there has been much debate among believers as to who has what gift of the Holy Spirit. However, sometimes we miss the bigger picture and the more crucial point which is why…

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    Christian Devotional – April 22, 2021

    Corinthians, Day 11 Do we follow the example of Christ? Read 1 Corinthians 11. Paul continues to remind the people of various practices and important procedures that they need to keep in mind as they are coming together to worship. Paul wants them to be an encouragement to each other and to build each other up, not to be a distraction or to result in division among them. He continues to remind them to follow Christ’s example. Sometimes when people tell us to follow and be like Christ, that can feel overwhelming and seem like it’s much too hard for any of us to be able to do. That’s actually…

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    Christian Devotional – April 21, 2021

    Corinthians, Day 10 Do everything for God’s glory. Read 1 Corinthians 10. Paul wanted the Corinthians to understand they cannot just use their own criteria of determining what is good to do and what is not good to do. They are still subject to Christ in everything that they do. As a result, everything they do should be done in such a way that it glorifies God. Even the little things. Eating, drinking, conversations… all of them must be done in such a way as to glorify God. When we look at our life and all the things that we do, are we doing these things in a way to…

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    Christian Devotional – April 20, 2021

    Corinthians, Day 9 Are we running to win? What is our goal and focus as we go through each and every day? Paul gives us some ideas as we read 1 Corinthians 9. Paul had worked very hard to establish credibility with the people he was they’re speaking with. And he had it! Paul could explain why he was given the authority to say the things that he was saying. And then he issues this challenge: run the race in such a way that you will win. Paul is referring to the race of the Christian life. Every day we get up and we make progress down the path that…