Today we are reading 2 Corinthians 10. In this chapter we read about spiritual warfare. “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:3-5‬ ‭ESV‬‬ When you think of the present times with all the worldly arguments being thrown around, how do these words line up with our faith? Are the words appropriate for believers to speak? How can you engage but still conduct yourself in a manner worthy of the Gospel? Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 2 Corinthians 9. In this chapter we read about Paul encouraging the people of Macedonia and Achaia to give generously to help with the famine in Judaea. “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭9:6-8, 10-11‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Have you ever been concerned that you are giving too much to the Lord’s work? God has always blessed us and supplied everything we need. May dad taught me about tithing. As a teenager I asked him, “Dad, do you always give a tenth to the church?” He answered, “Yes, and sometimes more.” If my parents could tithe while raising 8 kids we can all tithe. May God bless you in your generosity! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 1 Corinthians 8. In this chapter we read about the extreme generosity of the Corinthians in an offering taken to help the Judean Christians. “We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints— and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭8:1-5‬ ‭ESV‬‬ How have you been the beneficiary of another person’s generosity? My wife was a single mom and she remembers how people helped her through that time. It gives her special joy to help others in need. Who is God putting on your heart to help today? Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 2 Corinthians 7. In this chapter we read about the person Paul rebuked in 1 Corinthians. Notice the positive result in a godly rebuke. “As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭7:9-10‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Have you ever been confronted with your sin? How did you respond? Most people are initially defensive. A wise person pauses to consider the validity of the accusation. In a healthy way, we should be reflective and responsive. If we are sinning then we need the rebuke! If we are sinning then we are harming ourselves and those around us. Godly sorrow produces repentance that leads to salvation without regret. Salvation is the goal. We must do what is necessary for people to come to salvation. May God give you wisdom as you live your life for Him. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 2 Corinthians 6. In this chapter we read about how we are not to blend in with secular society. “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭6:14-16‬ ‭ESV‬‬ I heard recently that Americans believers have been pushing the limits trying to see how secular they can be and still be “Christian”. Think about major trends in our culture today and you will see there is truth in that conclusion. God calls us to stand apart. How have you been tempted to blend in? How can you guard your thoughts, words and choices so that you do not compromise your faith in Jesus? How can you find your way back if you have wandered? May God guide you and guard you every moment of every day. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 2 Corinthians 5. In this chapter Paul writes about the ministry to which he was called. “For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:14-15, 17-19‬ ‭ESV‬‬ How do you live for Christ? When we live for Christ we are used by God to draw others to himself. Paul writes, “the love of Christ controls us”. What are some things you have done because the love of Christ controlled you? Who has been blessed by this love? May God use you to love your neighbors. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 2 Corinthians 4. In this chapter we read about the temporary challenges we go through as Christians. “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:16-18‬ ‭ESV‬‬ What is this “light and momentary affliction” Paul is talking about? What are the momentary afflictions you are going through? Paul was confident that what we have waiting for us in Heaven is so wonderful that it cannot even be compared to our sufferings on earth. May God renew your inner self for every challenge you face! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 2 Corinthians 3. In this chapter we read about being ministers of a new covenant. “Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭3:4-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬ With these words Paul refers to himself and those who partner with him in preaching the Gospel. They may also be applied to us. We are called to be equipped by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the message of God’s reconciliation and love. We have to be very careful not to come off as legalistic Pharisees. We must demonstrate God’s love to open doors for people to hear about God’s love. How can you demonstrate God’s love today? Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 2 Corinthians 2. In this chapter we read about forgiving the sinner and triumph in Christ. “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing,”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭2:14-15‬ ‭ESV‬‬ In my imagination I picture walking through a hospital filled with desperately ill patients. In Jesus, we have the medicine they need. Some refuse treatment. Some are brought to faith in Jesus

Today we are reading 2 Corinthians 1. In this chapter we read about How God uses us to comfort others. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:3-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬ How has God comforted you in your difficult times? Who has He used to comfort you? What Bible verses are especially comforting? I have also added singing hymns or other types of Christian songs to my comfort strategy. Who has God sent you to comfort? Pastor Tim