The body does not consist of one member but of many (1 Corinthians 12:14). As Paul wrote to the church at Corinth, it seems that some of their members, far from consciously affirming the diversity in their midst, were working against it. One group in the church was suggesting everyone should be just like them—have the same ministry, the same social status, the same convictions about idol-food, the same favorite preacher. Others, who felt inferior, were allowing themselves to drift into inactivity by embracing the lie that they were not useful to the church. Into this unhealthy atmosphere, Paul speaks,
At a recent men’s prayer breakfast at our church, I shared the following devotion. I share a brief outline from it with you in hopes that all husbands everywhere might be stirred up to, or renewed in, their determination to love their wives with Christ-reflecting purity and power. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
Along with so many other “small” sins in our lives, self-pity is actually very dangerous and self-destructive. The good news, however, is that the Bible gives us some very insightful help regarding this age-old sin. Some time ago I preached a message on self-pity, as part of a series “Beware of Small Sins.” Let me share a brief outline of it with you. Here are four ways that self-pity distorts your perception of reality, with some biblical solutions.
Text: Genesis 36:1 – 37:36 Introduction Genesis 37, and the chapters that follow, could hardly be a greater contrast to Genesis 36, which brushes quickly past Esau and his descendants. From here, to the end of the book of Genesis, God will share in painstaking detail the life and labors, trials and triumphs, struggles and successes of one man named Joseph. While Esau and many of his descendants did achieve a certain kind of success in their day, God is not impressed with efforts that are at their core rejecting Him as Creator and Lord. On the other hand, God is