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Day 126~ 1 Cor. 15-15~ Those trumpets!

The verse that stood out to me today was, “Behold! I tell you a mystery” (that grabbed my attention!) “We shall not all sleep but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.” (15:50)
Wait, I’ve heard about that trumpet before!  
1 Thess 4:15 says, “For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not proceed those who have fallen asleep.  For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice  of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God.”
What did Jesus say about trumpets?  Well, he said the trumpets would happen after the tribulation.  “Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven t…

Day 125~ 1 Cor. 13-14~ Ladies, we need to submit!

Ok, if you are a lady, did you find it difficult to read, “As in all the churches of the saints, the women should keep silent in the churches for they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says.” (14:34) What about 3 verses later?  Paul says, “If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that these things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord.” (14:37) So, women should keep silent and that is a command of the Lord! 😳 Hummm… Well, I’ve written about this before.  You gotta remember to take all writings into account before thinking Paul is prohibiting women from talking altogether.  As you may remember, he allowed women to pray and prophesy corporately (11:5, 13).  Therefore, his instructions in all these verses has to do with proper decorum. 
It’s interesting to me that he even needed to address the issue.  You would think that the culture of the time insisted on women being submissive.  Yet, they sound very similar t…

Day 124~ 1 Cor. 11-12~ For the common good.

Well, I understand the Amish a little better after reading Paul’s letter to the Corinthians!  They “shun members to shame the wayward member into returning to the church”, which follows Pauls’ teaching in chapter 5.  They also ware head coverings like we just read about in chapter 11. All I can say about chapter 11 is, I’m glad I have hair that acts as my covering (11:15). So, I don’t think I need to worry about wearing a bonnet.  I’m not quit ready to become Amish. Haha!
The verse that stood out to me was 12:7, “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” (12:7)
I just thought that was something interesting to ponder.  People may have talents or interests, maybe even gifts of the Holy Spirit…. “but if it’s only for a man’s own benefit it would cease to be a manifestation” (as per Ellicott’s Commentary)  No man has a spiritual gift for himself. The Spirt uses the gifts to make himself known.   I like that!   It takes the focus off of what “special gift” the perso…

Day 123~ 1 Cor. 9 & 10- The end of the ages is now!

These two chapters speak of the freedoms we have in Christ. Yet, we may want to bridle those freedoms for the sake of nonbelievers. That is the overt teaching, but I caught a phrase Paul used that intrigued me. One that had nothing to do with the topic Paul was addressing.

“Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.” (10:11)
Wait....what?.....Paul calls the age in which the Corinthian Christians are living “the end of the age”. Isn’t that interesting? But....what does that mean? Oh boy, it seems like I
open a new can of worms everyday when I’m reading. 😜
This obviously got me to do a little more research on what exactly the “end of the ages” entails. I found some other very interesting verses that define that talk of the ‘end of the age’.

“He has appeared once for all at the end of the age to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.” (Heb. 9:26) (That verse may imply the end of the Jewi…

Day 122~ 1 Cor. 7 & 8 ~ Known by God

“But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.” (8:3) 
That verse really jumped out at me today because I found it helps me to understand other verses in the Bible!  
For example, isn’t Matt. 7:22-23 a little confusing when you read it by itself? “On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord did we not prophesy in your name…?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness’ .” After today’s reading, the above verse can be written like this, “And then will I declare to them, ‘You never loved me; depart from me…”
Likewise, take a look at Gal. 4:9, “But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again…?” That can be read like, “But now that you love God, how can you turn back..?”.
Wouldn’t you agree? Maybe that is why Jesus made such a point with Peter in John 21.  He really made Peter think about his answer.  “Do you love me?” (vs15-17)  
When we love God, He “knows” us.

Day 121~ 1 Cor.5-6 -Please stop calling yourself a Christian!

You know what?!?  I have decided, I don’t like chapter 5!  😳 I couldn't write my thoughts about the reading, first thing in the morning like I normally do. I have been chewing on todays reading a lot longer than usual.  I’ve spent time reading several commentaries on 5:11 in particular.  Everybody agrees with Paul!  I even went back to what I wrote about it last year ~ Day 49~ May 18, 2017.  I made a good point back then and I am still in a quandary today! 
I am a rule follower.  If I am told to do something, especially by God, I will do it!  So, this chapter kind’a upsets me because I don’t know what to do with it! 
It’s interesting to me that although we all sin in different ways, Paul singles out 5 behaviors that are obvious to the unbelieving world to be “sin”.  Even nonbelievers have a “gauge” so to speak, that they use to say, “You are just as bad as me.”  The 4 behaviors involve: 1.) Sex (immoral-all types of sexual activity outside marriage)  2.) Money/Possessions- “covetous”=…

Day 120~ 1 Co. 3-4~ We are in a secret club!😉

"But I brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ.” (3:1)
Spiritual people are taught differently?…..well, yeah…Paul says so in 2:13, we are “taught by the spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual”. Hmmmm…sounds kind’a exciting…like we are in a secret club!
I don’t know exactly how the sprite teaches us differently, but I can relate to Paul when he says he could not “address you as spiritual people”. Don’t you find you can talk with a fellow Christian easily about spiritual matters?  They just get it. I experienced that yesterday.  I was doing a scan on a pregnant gal (remember, I work at the Pregnancy Resource Center).  Because her dating and my measurements didn’t match, I was concerned about the viability of the pregnancy.  It was just too early to tell what was going to happen.  During the course of the visit I found out that her and her husband were devote Christians who desperately wanted this ba…