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The God of All Comfort and Mercy

In all our afflictions and hardships, the Lord comforts us mightily through the resurrection comfort of Christ, and God does this so that we may then pass on this sweet comfort to others as they suffer.

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Spiritual Gifts: Are Signs and Wonders for Today?

The church in Corinth faced the problem of an abuse of spiritual gifts, especially with regard to speaking in tongues.  Paul corrects their worldly view of spiritual gifts by grounding the use of all gifts in love.  The pursuit of love is the answer to the abuse of spiritual gifts.

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Uncomfortable Condescension

Guests, Mark Hogan   |   May 3, 2016   |   New Testament, John   |  Type: Morning Devotions Series

 Jesus' life proved that humility leads to glory. It is only when we see how much we have been served by Christ when we can forsake ourselves and count it a joy to follow in the example of Christ--and wash the feet of the saints. It is through suffering and humility that we follow in Christ's footsteps, and through suffering we can rejoice until our mortal bodies are glorified. 

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Momentary Affliction, Eternal Glory

To those who are weary and tired, Paul exhorts them to "not lose heart."  How is this possible?  While the afflictions are momentary, eternal glory awaits for those who are in Christ. 

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The Unmaking of a Man of God

Guests, Mark Lauterbach   |   April 26, 2016   |   New Testament, Luke   |  Type: Morning Devotions Series

 God makes faithful ministers through prayer, study, and suffering. Over the years he purposes to diminish our self-confidence and bring us into greater dependence on grace. The ever increasing discovery of our weakness makes us increasingly effective shepherds of God's flock.

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A Merciful, Public, Integral Ministry

The Apostle Paul's defense of his ministry against the accusations of the self-described "super apostles" and other critics is instructive for ministers young and old. In contrast to theirs, his ministry began with God's mercy to sinners in Christ, was conducted in the open for all to see, and unlike his critics, his preaching and life were consistent.

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How Great is their Darkness

In 2 Cor 4:3–6, Paul asserts the deadly work of Satan on unbelievers blinding them to the glory and life-giving light of Christ in his gospel which believers know and which shapes his ministry.

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The Five-fold chain

Adjunct Faculty, James M. Renihan   |   April 12, 2016   |   New Testament, 2 Timothy   |  Type: Morning Devotions Series

 As Paul encourages Timothy to press on in his ministry, he describes the Gospel and its spread. It is all the work of God, and yet the Lord's servants play a crucial role. 

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