Paul says the people of Corinth are to be “Ambassadors for Christ.” This raised the question for me of just what did he mean by saying this? How can one be an ambassador for Christ? Of course, this led me to thinking about ambassadors and their role as diplomats here and now in our country and all over the world.
Growing up my favorite books to read were mystery books. I loved putting the pieces together trying to solve the mystery…hoping to solve it before I would get to the end of the book…
I don’t know if you are familiar with this trending story coming from Santa Fe, New Mexico. It’s a story that has been repeated in several newspapers but originally it came from the local television station KOAT out of Santa Fe.
John Winthrop, an English Puritan lawyer was one of the leading figures in the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. If you are a historian or remember your history classes back in elementary school you will remember the establishment of the 13 Colonies…those brave, courageous people crossing the Atlantic ocean to be independent from Great Britain.
Each time I read and re-read this passage in 2 Corinthians, I have been moved by Paul’s words. The very beginning of this passage has the title, “thanksgiving after affliction.” Is this really possible? Is it really possible to be thankful for our burdens, our problems, for our hardships?
I like the image of the Holy Spirit…the many colors of red and yellow swirling around. Beauty and chaos all blended together. Hard to even describe the essence of just what is happening. The Holy Spirit has arrived with all of her power and mystery. I doubt the apostles and disciples were ready for this.
The Scripture John 9: 35-39 35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36 “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.” 37 Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he...
I am quite sure that when I just read this passage from 1 Corinthians the 13th chapter most of you found these verses to be very familiar. Why yes of course…this passage in 1 Corinthians is one of the most popular scripture verses to be read at weddings.
These passages we just read are about conflicts: conflicts between leaders in the newly formed churches in Corinth! I would like to say I’m surprised, shocked really…how can there be conflict when the people are just learning about their faith in Christ?
This first reading in Acts, the conflict between the emperor’s decrees and the message of Christ, sound so similar to what is going on right now in the different governmental arenas. Almost at every level, what seems to be at the forefront is the various contradictory understandings of power, authority and control.