Today we are reading 1 Corinthians 6. In this chapter we read how God’s word clearly condemns sexual immorality. “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭6:9-10, 18-20‬ ‭ESV‬‬ In chapter 5 Paul spoke of the sexual sin in Corinth. Now, he speaks to us all. An unrepentant sexually immoral person is excluded from Heaven. This issue cannot be ignored. We must speak the truth in love. Paul urges us to “flee sexual immorality”. What can you do to fight against sexual temptation? The best response is to resist. Don’t just go along with the devil’s schemes. Fight against them and call on God to help you. May God help you to live a sexually pure and decent life. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 1 Corinthians 5. In this chapter we read about sexual immorality in the church. “It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife. And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you. For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing. When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus, you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord. Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭5:1-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Sexual immorality is not to be tolerated in the Christian church. Our society is rampant with immoral practices. While we cannot control what happens outside the church, God makes it clear that the church is a place where sexual purity must be taught and encouraged. How are you teaching your children and grandchildren to be sexually pure? May God bless you to be a role model and advocate of sexual purity. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 1 Corinthians 4. In this chapter we read about Paul’s dispute with the Corinthians. “Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! Without us you have become kings! And would that you did reign, so that we might share the rule with you! For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless, and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things.” ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭4:8-13‬ ‭ESV‬‬ It appears that the Corinthians have been blessed with prosperity but they are arrogant as a result. Do you know anyone who is arrogant because they have been blessed? How can material wealth hinder a person spiritually? Why do you think God gives someone prosperity? What obligation comes with great blessings? May Gods give you the opportunity to be generous! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 1 Corinthians 3. In this chapter we read about divisions in the Corinthian church. “What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭3:5-9‬ ‭ESV‬‬ When pride and arrogance enter into a congregation, divisions happen. This is not pleasing to God and in fact it is the work of the devil. How does your pride hinder you spiritually? Paul says, “neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything.” That is reality. If we ever think that we are somehow indispensable to God we are deluded. God can replace us. Humility is essential in all things. Jesus is the Lord of the Church! Help us to serve you with humility Lord. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 1 Corinthians 2. In this chapter we read about spiritual discernment. “Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:12-15‬ ‭ESV‬‬ So, the truth of God is only comprehended through the work of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit gives us faith which trusts God’s word. Without the Holy Spirit it is impossible to understand God. How have you experienced the Holy Spirit teaching you? May God bless you as you learn the Scriptures! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 1 Corinthians 1. In this chapter we read about the necessity of humility in the church. “For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭1:26-31‬ ‭ESV‬‬ When are you most tempted to boast? How do you feel when someone around you is boasting? How do you feel after you have finished boasting and people look uncomfortable? May God give you a spirit of humility so that you exalt Jesus and not yourself. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Matthew 28. In this chapter we read about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. “Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”” Matthew‬ ‭28:1-10‬ ‭ESV‬‬ The disciples went from the lowest of lows (the suffering and death of Jesus) to the highest of highs (the Resurrection). It’s hard for us to grasp what they went through—in just a few days. Some still doubted. Why? I believe they doubted because their grief pain wouldn’t allow them to entertain thoughts of Jesus being alive. They couldn’t emotionally risk losing Him again. Does your pain limit your faith in Jesus? May God heal you today from the pain behind your doubt. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Matthew 27. In this chapter we read about the crucifixion and death of Jesus. “Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.” And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink. But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.” And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭27:45-51‬ ‭ESV‬‬ This is the moment that God kept His promise. The Savior had come and sacrificed Himself. The sins of the world were paid for. Imagine if you were watching the crucifixion…it would be next to impossible to see that event as good. From our perspective today we see it as a great day when our sins were paid for and we were reconciled with God. It is crucial in our faith to remember Jesus’ death and resurrection. How can we make sure we never forget? May God bless you to live every day with gratitude in your hearts to Jesus. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Matthew 26. In this chapter we read about the night when Jesus was betrayed and arrested. “Peter answered him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.” Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!” And all the disciples said the same. And Peter was following him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest, and going inside he sat with the guards to see the end. Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came up to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you mean.” And when he went out to the entrance, another servant girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” And again he denied it with an oath: “I do not know the man.” After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Certainly you too are one of them, for your accent betrays you.” Then he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know the man.” And immediately the rooster crowed. And Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.” Matthew‬ ‭26:33-35, 58, 69-75‬ ‭Clearly, Peter loved Jesus. He vowed to die for him. He followed after Jesus as the mob took Him away. Now, when Peter’s life is in danger, he denies Jesus. Sometimes it seems like our world is becoming more and more anti-Christian.
How will you respond if you are threatened because of your faith? Will you shrink into the shadows of will you boldly declare your faith in Jesus? May God give you the courage to be a faithful witness for Jesus! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Matthew 25. In this chapter we read about Jesus teaching about the Second Coming. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” Matthew‬ ‭25:34-40‬ ‭ESV‬‬ This is a description of what Christians do. The Holy Spirit lives in us and compels us to love our neighbors. How are you like those commended by Jesus? What opportunities to love your neighbors do you see? How can you “tune in” to the needs of your neighbors? May God open your eyes to the hungry and hurting around you today. Pastor Tim