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Romans 1:1 – 3:31 (July 7)

Paul wrote this letter to the church in Rome from Corinth perhaps during his third visit to that city (2 Corinthians 13:1). If he indeed did write this from Corinth, it may explain why he begins the letter to the Romans with a detailed account of God’s anger over sin. In the opening chapter God is the Judge and sinful humans are accused.

The moral person, the pagan, and the religious.

The moral person believes he should be excused because he is not as bad as others.

The pagan believes he should be excused because he is ignorant of the truth.

The religous person believes he should be excused because he is…religious!

The bottom line, there is none righteous, not even one. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Man is only justified by the free gift of God’s grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus!

Read Romans 1:1 – 3:31

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2nd Corinthians 10:1 – 13:14 (July 6)

The Law-lovers (Judaizers) were always after Paul. He defends his apostleship against the lies of these men who are trying to bring down the gospel. But not only Judaizers, false apostles would come too.

Paul, an apostle by the will of God explains his servanthood, his sufferings, along with his jealousy and concern for the church.  He would love to visit them again!

In his threefold closing (or benediction) of his letter he cements his love for the church:

  1. May the love and peace of God be with them (13:11)
  2. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with them (13:14)
  3. May the fellowship (communion) of the Holy Spirit be with all (13:14)

Read 2nd Corinthians 10:1 – 13:14

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2nd Corinthians 5:1 – 9:15 (July 5)

What will it be like to have a new body? We will soon find out, and in that new body we will stand before the judgment seat of Christ to receive the things done in [the] body…whether it be good or bad.

While in this earthly body we groan, and Paul shares how he suffered greatly in his.

Meanwhile we serve the Lord, not out of duty, but out of love for Christ and the grace He bestows upon us!

Read 2nd Corinthians 5:1 – 9:15

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2nd Corinthians 1:1 – 4:18 (July 4)

God Bless America! May our country support Israel, and may we continue to see God’s blessings showered upon us.

The moral climate in Corinth was not good.  The apostle Paul knew the church was influenced by the debauchery around them (Romans 1:21-32,written from Corinth). The church was impressed by signs and wonders, and the external qualities of eloquence and superior wisdom. This is much the way we find the church today.

Paul sought to amend this by his visits and letters.  He writes to them about the grace of God and the glory of the new covenant. He guides this wayward church in how to handle the Scriptures and how to deal with suffering.

Read 2nd Corinthians 1:1 – 4:18

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1st Corinthians 15:1 – 16:24 (July 3)

From La Palma, California.

The gospel is plainly presented.  If Christ is not risen, then our proclamation of the cross of Christ is empty, and our faith is empty. But Christ is risen! He is the firstfruits of all those who have died. Believers will be resurrected and changed; in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. All because of Christ.

As Paul concludes his letter he is excited about an effective door of the preaching of gospel being opened to him.  Yet he warns there are many adversaries.

Read 1st Corinthians 15:1 – 16:24

 

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1st Corinthians 12:1 – 14:40 (July 2)

From La Palma, California.

The spiritual gifts of the Spirit have been a cause for great disagreement among Christians.

[In my Daily Dose of Logos, I will break down these chapters verse-by-verse (albeit several months down the road!).  Nonetheless, I invite you to join my Daily Dose of Logo Bible study which can be found by clicking here.]

Paul discusses spiritual gifts and lists them. No believer is given all the gifts. In anything we do within the church, love (agape) is the key.

Paul contrasts the gift of tongues and prophecy.

Prophecies will fail. Tongues will cease. Knowledge will vanish. When?

Read 1st Corinthians 12:1 – 14:40

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1st Corinthians 9:1 – 11:34 (July 1)

From Indian Wells, California.

Paul defends his authority as an apostle, and offers himself as a proper role model in regards to Christian liberty. The Israelites who wandered in the desert present a contrasting example that should be a warning to us all.  The bottom line:  Flee idolatry.

There was disorder in the Corinthian church and the Lord’s table was being abused and dishonored.

Read 1 Corinthains 9:1 – 11:34

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1st Corinthians 5:1 – 8:13 (June 30)

From Indian Wells, California.

Pride alone wasn’t the only problem this Corinthian church faced.  There was fornication taking place and some were prideful about it.  We don’t use the word fornication much today.  We should, it packs a greater punch.

The word in the Greek is porneia. Do you recognize that word?  This wasn’t just sexual immorality as some translations put it, this was illicit sexual intercourse. The word fornication encompasses adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals, etc.  It comes from the root word to prostitute one’s body to the lust of another.  It is not a mild word.  Fornication was alive and well in the Corinth church.

But there was more! They were defrauding each other and taking each other to court. Marriages were falling apart. Men were not leading in their marriages. And, with all their sins and failings, they had become legalists.  Prideful, unconfessed sin will always lead to legalism and judging others in an attempt to rationalize personal behavior.

Read 1st Corinthians 5:1 – 8:13

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1st Corinthians 1:1 – 4:21 (June 29)

From Indian Wells, California.

There is trouble in the Corinthian church! It all has to do with men being puffed up, that is, pride.

Pride in the church will cause contentions (heated dissensions). The church members were prideful over who baptized them or who was their spiritual mentor. Paul makes it clear that it is not about any man; Paul planted the church, Apollos watered it, but only God gave the increase.  The planter and the waterer are one in Christ, God uses them both. Therefore there is no reason for the church members to take sides or to pit one man over another.

Read 1st Corinthians 1:1 – 4:21

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Acts 18:19 – 19:41 (June 28)

From Indian Wells, California.

The apostle Paul moves from city to city, reasoning with the Jews and Gentiles, making his way to Jerusalem. Keep in mind the transtion that is taking place between the dispensation of the law  and the new dispensation of grace.

Paul, as an apostle is able to perform kingdom works and miracles. Many are healed simply by touching a handkercheif or apron which Paul had touched. Later in Paul’s ministry, toward the end of his life, he is no longer able to heal (see 2 Timothy 4:20) as the dispensation of grace takes hold.

As people turn to Jesus Christ, Paul is accused of destroying their economy of making little gods and idols. It is doubtful Paul told the new Christians to boycott the idol makers, he simply told them the truth “they be no gods, which are made with hands.” The new believer simply turned to the true God.

Paul would most likely have been seriously injured or killed as the crowd assembled in an uproar to protest. But fellow disciples would not permit him.  What a blessing to surround ourselves with Godly people.

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1 Thessalonians 1:1 – 5:28 and 2 Thessalonians 1:1 – 3:18 (June 27)

From Corona, California.

In reality we are reading two letters, not books. Does that help soften the blow of reading eight chapters?  It will take 20 minutes or less to read these two letters.

These letters to the Thessalonians are packed with promises of the rapture of the church and the second coming of Jesus Christ.

Look at a few of the references his promises!

  • Rescue us from the “wrath to come” (1 Thess. 1:10),
  • We will be “in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming” (1 Thess. 2:19)
  •  “To the end he will establish your hearts…at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess. 3:13)
  • “The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout…the dead in Christ shall rise…we will be caught up and…ever be with the Lord” (1 Thess. 4:16,17)
  • “God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ…” (1 Thess. 5:9).

How about 2 Thessalonians?

  • “When he shall come…”(2 Thess. 1:10)
  • “We beseech you…by the coming of our Lord Jesu Christ” (2 Thess. 2:1),
  • “The Lord direct your hearts…into the patient waiting for Christ” (2 Thess. 3:5).

Read these short chapters with hope, and joy, and anticipation.  Beloved, Jesus is coming soon!

Read 1 Thessalonians 1:1 – 5:28  and  2 Thessalonians 1:1 – 3:18

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Acts 17:1 – 18:18 (June 26)

Paul was constantly on the move because of the Judaizers following, stirring up trouble.  He was able to stay a step ahead of them.

Sailing away to Athens, waiting for his team (Silas and Timotheus) to catch up, Paul found the synagogue first, as was his practice, and disputed (literally debated) with the Jews.  He did the same with the Greek philosopers on a rocky high place called Mars Hill, Hill of Ares, or the Areopagus.  Paul never stood still. He reasoned and persuaded day-after-day;  Always desiring men to seek the Lord.

Departing for Corinth, Paul plied his trade as a tentmaker in order to have money to live. He work six days a week, and on the Sabbath, reasoned and persuaded in the Synagogue. When Silas and Timotheous finally arrived, they brought funds so Paul could devote himself fulltime to the work of teaching the word of the cross.  He did that for eighteen months.

Paul stayed in Corinth a good while and sailed to Syria.  The church in Corinth was firmly established.

Read Acts 17:1 – 18:18