1 Corinthians 1-4 by Katie McCormick

Hello everyone! My blog is over 1 Corinthians 1-4, and I’m going to focus on a few verses from each chapter.

1 Corinthians 1:5-9

These verses contain two important things. The first is that God gives us spiritual gifts and things we need in this life as we wait for him to return. 1 Corinthians 1:5 says “For in him you have been enriched in every way- in all your speaking and in all your knowledge,” and 1 Corinthians 1:7 says “Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.” We are provided with everything we need, such as words and wisdom, so that we can influence those around us. Not only that, but God has given us each our own spiritual gifts that we can use as well. God has given us all our own individual gifts, and they are all equally important. We do not need to feel unqualified or inadequate when it comes to living our lives for God because he has given us each our own gifts and talents that we can use for his kingdom! The other important thing mentioned in these verses is that we are considered blameless to God; he sees us as clean and righteous, and it’s not because of our gifts or our works, but solely because of Jesus Christ and his death on the cross. By having faith in Jesus, we are saved and seen as blameless in God’s sight!

1 Corinthians 2:1-5

In these verses, Paul’s preaching was to display God’s power. He says that he spoke of nothing except Jesus Christ and the crucifixion when he was with the people of Corinth. Also, when he preached to them, he said he came to them in weakness and fear, and without wise and persuasive words. He allowed the Holy Spirit to guide his words when he was preaching, so that he could demonstrate the Spirit’s power. He did not focus on his own wisdom, but allowed the Spirit to help him preach to the people. He did this to show the people that they should not rest on their own wisdom or anyone else’s, but that they should rely and trust in God’s power.

1 Corinthians 3:10-11

These verses discuss that Jesus should be the foundation of the church and of all believers. He is the only foundation that will last. If we try to build our lives on other things, such as money, success, and relationships, it won’t last, and we will be left trying to find something else to be the foundation of our lives. But with Jesus as our base, we will never be left searching or unsatisfied. A building is only as strong as its foundation; with Jesus as our foundation, we can build our lives according to him and his purpose.

1 Corinthians 4:1-5

Paul starts these verses off by telling the people to regard him as a servant and as someone who has been trusted by God. He also says that since he has been given trust, he needs to prove himself faithful. We, like Paul, are servants as well, and with God as our master we should obey him, and be open and ready for the opportunities he has planned for us. Paul also warns us about judging others. 1 Corinthians 4:5 says, “He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.” By saying this, he means that only God knows a person’s heart. We should not judge people on whether or not they are considered a good Christian because by doing so, we are viewing ourselves as better and being arrogant. We shouldn’t judge anyone, but instead confront them if they are sinning and encourage them.

Well thanks for reading, and I hope everyone has a great week!

Katie

Romans 14 15 16

Gutentag! Hope everyone is having a splendid June 29, 2014 but anyways here’s my blog for Romans 14-16. Good luck!

The first few verses of chapter 14 fall into place in my life. Over and over again I catch myself judging someone else’s faith when I should just be worrying about my own faith. “Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for The Lord is able to make them stand”. When I read this I thought of the scripture Matthew 7:3 “why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brothers eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” At times it’s easier to judge others sins then to point out our own sins. But it’s important to remember that no matter what our God is the most loving and forgiving God who will always love us, to the end of time no matter how big the plank in our eye is. Later on in verse 9 it mention Christ dying and coming back to life “so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living” which is just a great reminder of Gods love that he has for us. To wrap chapter 14 up it states “everything that does not come from faith is sin” which is great for the popular question “how much is too much?” or “how far is too far?”. Whatever the case might be weather it’s drinking, sexual, or whatever else if it’s note coming from a faith with a strong foundation it’ll be sin.

Throughout everyday life I find myself comparing my faith to others faith, which is not a good thing. If an Obtern or another friend stumbles we shouldn’t look down on them or think highly of ourselves; Instead stay directly next to them and help them out. Romans 15:1 “We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves”. Next few verses talks about praising the Lord with everything you have no matter where your faith my or no matter where you neighbors faith might be, “so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ”. The rest of the chapter talks about Paul’s traveling. Throughout the verses it mentions mercy. Often I find myself not thanking God for the little things such as his Grace, Mercy and Love. Finally it talks about prayer and as it talks about in the bible over and over again, keep your faith strong and pray with an expecting heart. Go, Slow, No.

At the beginning of chapter 16 it’s all about the personal greetings. They go through and greet many people like this “Greet Jeff Winter in the household of Jeff and Vicki Winter, Obtern and brother and sister in Christ.” It states in verse 16 “greet one another with a holy kiss” but that’s okay y’all don’t need to kiss me. Verses 17 through 23 talks a lot about being careful of people who puts obstacles in your way. Be smart about who you hangout with and who you allow to influence your life. Remember that there are only a limited about on seats at your table. Choose wisely on who you put directly at the left and at the right at your table. Not only your table but remember to keep your yoke in mind. Don’t let anyone close who will keep you from moving forwards. Be wise and keep your faith strong.

Thanks for tuning in and hopefully I didn’t jump around too much.✌️.

Love,
Jeffrey Winter

Blog: acts 25-28

Hey guys, sorry i am super late! I did not see me name. My fault. Anyway i just wanna start by saying how funny it is i am talking about a chapter with the dude named Festus in it. Ha. But anyway… I really liked these chapters of Acts because it talked about Paul’s courage to stand up for Jesus and his faith that Jesus would come through throughout the chapters. Paul also showed his good attitude through out in spite of his circumstances. Great lessons.

So the first part that stood out to me happened in Chapter 26 verse 6. It says, “And now it is because of my hope in what God has promised our ancestors that I am on trial today.” (Acts 26:6 NIV). Even when Paul was on trail to be jailed or even put to death he was thankful because he was a christian. Even though being a christian meant being persecuted, Paul looked at it as a privilege. I would like to think i would be as thankful and brave as Paul was in this moment but it is a lot easier said than done. It can be hard to have a good attitude in a time of struggle but knowing Jesus’ love should over shadow that plus much much more.

A couple lines later Jesus comes to Paul in a vision and verse 6 has Jesus talking to Paul saying, “Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and a witness of what you have seen of me and what i will show you.” Now as Americans, our culture tells us that being a servant is not a good title to have at all. That we must make the most money and have to most power and HAVE servants beneath us. But fam think about it. What other title would you have than the servant of the king of the universe! I think a lot of times we can take for granted how prestigious being servants of the great I Am really is.

Acts 27 tells of Paul and other prisoners sailing to Italy to be given to Julius. While they were sailing there was a massive storm that lasted many days. It said how many of the people lost hope. But then Paul received news from God that they would be okay but the ship would sink.
I think it is interesting how often there are big storms in the bible. (At least i feel like there is). But i feel like this is very relatable to our own lives. How often do we go through big “storms” in our life and sometimes we even give up all hope. But then Jesus is always there to either make it better or get you through it. Great stuff.

Lastly i want to touch on chapter 28. Paul gets bitten by a snake and after he just casually shakes it off into a fire, everyone thinks he is gonna die but he does not die. I believe he didn’t die because God needed him for a bigger purpose. So he could go to Julius and tell about Jesus among a great many people so they could not inly receive the good news but so that we could read about it a few years later. God has a plan for us fam!

Anyway that is my blog. Paul is a pretty cool dude.

Blog City! Romans 9-11

Happy Friday!

So I have a story to start off my blog and I’m just warning you that its a pretty crazy and a little traumatic story. So today I began my journey of job shadowing at hospitals. I’m starting to build my resume for college, and I thought I’d start simple and shadow a respiratory therapist. So I go in today and it was just as I said, simple. I saw a lot of lung function tests and respirators. However, the lady I was shadowing also manned the respirators in the ER. She told me that if anything “exciting” came into the ER I could go watch, but nothing came. So we wrapped up my tour of the hospital and went and got my purse so I could leave. The end. Just kidding……as she was walking me out she got a page that a trauma was coming in that needed respiratory assistance. We got to the trauma room and they put me in a corner out of the way. There were about 12 people in this little room all with different jobs and they seemed anxious. They handed me a gown and a special mask that covered my eyes and they explained that this was to protect me from blood… um what?? What kind of trauma is going to come in that I need protection from blood. I began to get extremely nervous. I over-hear the doctors and nurses talking about how it is a 50 year old man that fell off a two story barn……again, what?! I came into shadow a respiratory therapist and here I am in the corner of a level 1 trauma room and here is an unrecognizable man being wheeled in on a bloody stretcher. I’m not going to go into details here, but the energy in that room went from 2 to 9,395,103 when that man was wheeled in. And after about 10 minutes of intensive procedures to save the man, a time of death was announced. I have never been more shaken up in my life. The first question that went through my head when it hit me that this man’s life had ended was if he knew God. 

When I got to my car all I could do was pray. And when I got home the first thing I wanted to do was dive into God’s word. And I had amazing realizations while doing so. 

Paul tells the story of how God chose Jacob, the younger brother, over Esau to continue the family line of the faithful because he knew Jacob’s heart was for God. A lot of people in that time did not understand this. The study notes do a marvelous job of explaining why God does things we don’t understand. The notes say: Keep in mind the kind of God we worship is sovereign, he is not arbitrary, in all things he works for our good, he is trustworthy, he will save all who believe in him. And it ends by saying, When we understand these qualities of God, we know that his choices are good even if we don’t understand all his reasons. 

His choices are good even if we don’t understand all his reasons. Wow. The comfort I feel after reading that statement is unreal, especially after what I experienced today. God has a reason for everything, even if I don’t understand it. God has a reason for what I saw in the ER today. And I find comfort in trusting that. I just pray and pray and pray that the family of that man can realize this too. 

I apologize for only focusing on a few verses and stories from these chapters, but they’re pretty long! 

At the beginning of chapter 9 Paul expresses much concern for his Jewish brothers and says he would willingly take their punishment if he could save them (Romans 9:1-3). Even though Christ is the only one who can save us, Paul is showing a rare depth of love. He is willing to take an nnumerable amount of punishment to save others whom don’t know Christ. The study notes ask a powerful question here. How concerned are you for those who don’t know Christ? 

How concerned are we? As interns are we doing our best to reach out? Are we truly “concerned”? Was anyone concerned for the man in the ER today? Did a Christian reach out to him? I can only hope so because if they did, they changed his life for eternity.

We as a group of young Christians have unlimited capacity to change lives for eternity. 

Not to mention, God calls us to do just that. In chapter 10 verse 9 it says “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” 

Lets get at it interns!! “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:15). Lets have beautiful feet!!! (tbt to Tom’s message on Sunday) 

I want to end with Paul’s song of praise that he ends chapter 11 with. I would encourage you to say it out loud, its pretty powerful stuff!

 

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! 

How unsearchable his judgements, 

and his paths beyond tracing out!

Who has know the mind of the Lord?

Or who has been his counselor?

Who has ever given to God,

that God should repay him?

For from him and through him and to him are all things.

To him be the glory forever! Amen. 

(Romans 11:33-36)

 

-a bergs

 

The Fake Danny Hans Take On Romans 7-8

Hi everyone.

These are probably my two favorite chapters in the bible. Its kind of crazy that one of the first passages I have ever read was romans 8 two years ago and now I get to blog on it right? Well maybe not.. but I hope you enjoy my scraping of the surface of this deep word.

Romans 7

Paul is describing to us what the law is and what it does he is telling us that the law is like an MRI machine that tells us who we are. But that’s all it can do. It reveals us our problems and disease but it can’t fix it. That’s when we need the doctor to come and save us and that’s where Jesus came in. And Jesus went to medical school on the cross.

The goal of the law is not to produce perfection but it reveals that we need Jesus. God didn’t give us the law to give us a list of commands to obey; he gave us the law to show us that we’ve never been good enough.

This is bad news, That we’ve never been perfect and we can never be perfect.

That’s why Paul says in Romans 7:24

O Wretched man that I am, who can save me from this body of death?

Thank you God for verse 25…

Thanks be to GOD through JESUS.

Because of what Jesus did for us on the cross paul goes into romans 8

 

Romans 8

So now Paul goes on to tell us the good news that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. We don’t have to stay slave to the law that holds us down. Because GOD HAS DONE (Romans 8:3), not us.

You weren’t good enough, smart enough, you weren’t able. God did what you couldn’t. Apart from him we are slave to the wages of sin and death but with him we have life to the full. Nothing we can do can make this life better other than making the decision to follow christ and out him fully in charge of our lives because God Has Done what we can never do. and its already done.

 

When we put our minds on Jesus, we are given life and peace. But when the mind is set on the flesh it’s death. The world does that. It attracts us with attractive things, it makes us think sin is cool and tempts us with harmful behaviors that leave us feeling empty, dry and dead. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of righteousness. (Romans 8:10) Paul tells us over and over again that living life apart from Jesus is death. It is repeated for a reason. Because living apart from Jesus IS DEATH.

 

We know that for those who love God all things work together for good for those who are called according to his purpose. for those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be the conformed to the image of his son, in order that he might be firstborn among many brothers. and those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. (Romans 8:28-30)

 

We are Gods chosen people whom he is choosing to free from sin and death. Through Christ, death has lost its sting and we are glorified through our lord in heaven who calls us according to his purpose.

 

This next little bit is some real good word

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?(Romans 8:31-32)

The lord provides. For me and for you. He is for us in an unreal way, the craziest love story that could ever be written is God and us. He loves us so much that he gave his only son to die for our sins and mistakes, so that everytime we fall short and miss the mark it is covered by the gracious blood of Jesus Christ. Now I don’t know about you, but that’s good news!

Aside

Hello everyone! Sorry this is late it’s yesterdays blog. I didn’t expect to spend this much time with it but I loved it. i wrote this over Romans 4-6. Enjoy!

 “Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness. Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before!” This verse stood out to me in Chapter 4 simply because it states that Abraham was not counted out of God’s blessings because of a ritual. No matter if you are circumcised or not you can still receive Gods beautiful grace. Anyone can come to Him no matter what you have or haven’t done His love for us is greater than we can even put into words. Another part that stood out to me in this Chapter was verse 19-20, “Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead–since he was about a hundred years old–and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God.” Abraham had so much faith in God that when he realized that his body was worthless his faith was strengthened even more then before and he gave glory to God. I pray that us interns can have as much faith in God as Abraham did. Even in the bad times Abraham gave glory to God because he had faith in God. I think this is a good verse for all of the people that we prayed for during our meeting on Tuesday who are going through a hard time with illnesses and death. Like chapter 4, chapter 5 also talks about our sufferings. Romans 5:3-4 says, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” When we are at a low part in life the Bible tells us to rejoice in our sufferings instead of letting it bring us down. In the notes of my Bible it says, “We rejoice in suffering not because we like pain or deny its tragedy, but because we know God is using life’s difficulties and Satan’s attacks to build our character.” God knows about the hard times we are going through in this life and only uses it for our own good which is why we should “rejoice in suffering” because these bad times are only going to grow our faith in Jesus Christ. Another awesome verse in this chapter is 5:8, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” This is something that we are very familiar with as followers of Christ, but it’s such an awesome verse that you can’t pass it up. God loved us so much that he gave his perfect son to die for our sins not because we are good people but because he loved us. This is just another example of how great Gods indescribable love is for us. In Romans five, the second part was titled Death through Adam, Life through Christ. In this part of Romans, Paul explains that sin was brought to this world by the sin that Adam committed and that through sin came death. But Paul also explained that just as sin entered the world through one man grace also entered the world through one man, Jesus Christ! Just like sin was passed on to the world, Gods Grace was also extended to us but even more abundantly. Romans 6:6-7 says, “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.” I thought this verse was great because of the fact that we no longer have to be slaves of sin and can truly be free. It’s awesome to know that we can truly be set free from our sins by the grace of God.   

 

Romans 1-3 —Elise Thomas

Hello, everyone! Totally excited to dig into Romans, and I couldn’t be happier to be assigned the first three chapters! So, let’s get started!!

Chapter 1:

“Forgiveness is available through faith in Christ” In Chapter 1, and the other two chapters too, quite a few things stood out to me- so bear with me! In the notes, it says, “Our willingness to serve and obey Jesus Christ enables us to be useful and usable servants to do work for him-work that really matters. Obedience begins as we renounce other masters, identify ourselves with Jesus, discover his will and live according to it, and consciously turn away from conflicting interests, even if these interests have been important to us in the past.” I absolutely loved this little note at the bottom because the words are so true! Throughout this summer, we are called to serve others whether that be on Sunday or any other day of the week. We are his servants, and what an honor that is to be called a servant of Jesus! We dedicate this summer to Jesus: finding the right community to surround ourselves, praising Him, and digging deep into his Word. I believe that little note at the bottom totally summed up our goal that we all have for this summer. Anyways, moving on…      

Another part that stood out to me in this chapter was the section titled Paul’s Longing to Visit Rome- I enjoyed this section because it was a prayer that Paul was saying to the Lord. He prayed boldly. Paul says he is not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God. Paul continued to say the same prayer over and over: that he wanted to go to Rome to teach Christians. God answered this prayer, but not in a way that Paul expected. This stood out to me, because prayers are always answered- it may not be right away and it may not be in the way we expect, but God hears and answers OUR prayers!— how promising! 

Chapter 2

2:1 states “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgement do the same things.” So many times, I and I’m sure many others, judge others. We judge them for what they may be doing, what they said, or even how they look or dress. But Scripture says that we have no right to judge, because we too make mistakes and sin, daily. Yet, through Jesus we are saved from our sins-“we depend on Jesus Christ for salvation and eternal life.” God is the only who can have judgement on others. 

Another part that stood out to me was 2:29– “No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God.” Wow, absolutely love this verse. How true can it get? The way we follow Christ comes from within, followed by our actions that we demonstrate on the outside. We love Christ with all our heart, and we must give Him our all. Many times we perform an act of service and expect praise for it. But that isn’t how it works. When we do something, we must not seek for praise from other people for what we did. God is always by our side, and He is aware of the acts that we have done— we must accept that He is praising us, even though we may not hear actual words. 

Chapter 3

3:10-18— what I got out of these verses, is that we are so incredibly undeserving of God’s love, and yet, He still loves us with all His heart, despite our mistakes. We serve an awesome God, who is faithful, mighty, loving, and forgiving. “This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” I think a goal we all need to set is admitting our sins so we can keep striving for an amazing relationship with our Father, the Creator. 

 

What amazing promises Scripture holds! So I challenge everyone to seek for opportunities to serve the Lord today- be obedient and bold with your actions! See you all tonight! 

 

Elise Thomas