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1 Corinthians 14:26-40 All Things In Order

There is order and then there is rigidity. Strive for balance.

Paul is continuing on the matter of spiritual gifts. In our reading today he is setting out an order or framework for the service. He is putting forth God’s commands for orderly worship.

Ok. Before we get going too far I’m going to come out and say that I believe the bible was for yesterday, today and forever. God’s word doesn’t change. But our customs do. Things that people in Paul’s day thought “shameful” are not considered shameful now. Case in point is women speaking in church.

Another issue I have with the command for women to keep silent in churches is that previously Paul was talking about women prophesying. He didn’t tell them to stop but to cover their heads if they were married. So what circumstances is Paul speaking to when he says for women to keep silent? Is it only married women? The single woman wouldn’t have a husband to ask but would instead ask her father, in Paul’s society. My bible helps suggest that Paul’s command was possibly made concerning judging prophecy. I could see that interpretation, but still we come back to the cultural changes. How does that apply today? Read more »

1 Corinthians 1:10-17 No Division

God doesn’t share

Paul begins his address of the central issue in our reading today; division in the body. This division was founded on who the “teacher” was that each group was following.

It is interesting to see divisions cropping up so soon in the church. It has been roughly 20 years since Jesus’ death yet “cliques” are already developing. This was something that the apostles all tried to prevent. They had a head council in Jerusalem that doctrinal issues were brought to and decided as a group. One example of this was when we saw this played out in Acts concerning circumcision of the Gentiles. The decision was made and discriminated throughout all the churches. Read more »

Happy New Year!

Make a joyful noise to the Lord

Make a joyful noise to the Lord

I want to start off by apologizing again for being inconsistent in my posts during this month. The Christmas season has increased the demands on my time, including a LOT of child care. This weekend is another high capacity home time. I find myself entertaining everyone and running out of time to sit and think. Top that off with more noise than a schoolyard at recess.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE having the kids over. But I am once again in need of your forgiveness as I will be missing posting bible study time. I started working on our next reading, but it is bed time already and I am going to have to focus on that for the rest of the night. I will most likely be facing the same thing for the next two nights. I’m hoping to be back up and running Monday night but can’t be sure.

I love sharing with you all but until I can find quiet time, I will be taking a break. I’ll be back strong in the new year. Thank you for your patience and Happy New Year!

 

Taking a short break. Sorry. Be back soon

Handmade Christmas stockings

Christmas at my house

I want to apologize for my periodic skipping of days lately. I am running behind in my Christmas preparations for my family. I have a LARGE family that I try and make homemade gifts for each year. It is getting down to the wire and I find myself working into my writing hours on occasion. Right now though I’m taking a planned break as I’m hosting two of my grandchildren at my home for a few days. I don’t know what each day will end up like and, if I have the time, I will write too. But I enjoy playing with them and watching movies together at night. Please forgive my absence and know that I am thinking about you and God’s word in the meantime.

Be back soon! Love to all!!

So sorry, Doing it again!

Wanted to apologize because I’m skipping out on writing tonight, again. We just came back from a fun time with grandkids and I’m EXHAUSTED! Got home at 9:30 PM, so heading to bed instead of writing. Will see you all tomorrow.