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2 Corinthians 12:9-10 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. Paul had a “thorn in [his] flesh.” We don’t know what it was,»
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2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! Jesus meets us where we are, but he doesn’t leave us there. Can you imagine a fireman who broke through the walls of a burning house, found those trapped inside, but left them in the inferno? Can you imagine an open water rescue with the helicopter hovering above shining a spotlight on the drowning victims only to leave them in the w»
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2 Corinthians 5:17-20 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation . . . We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. At one time, I was an enemy of God. My back was turned on him and I was headed in a different direction. I wanted to be in ch»
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Paul has been encouraging Timothy to endure for the sake of the gospel throughout the letter of 2 Timothy. In a fitting conclusion to that appeal, he draws everything back to the foundational element of the message of the gospel: Jesus Christ. You can see this week’s passage in 2 Timothy 2:8-10: The second chapter of Paul’s letter is full of different images of the believer who serves or ministers, whether that person is on staff at a church»
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          Godly sorrow is a concept that appears often in scripture; you'll see it in the Proverbs whenever the author is discussing discipline and how it brings life. In the same way, there are several situations within which we are able to grow mightily by the influence of sorrow in our lives. To start out with, let us go to 2 Corinthians 7:10-11:10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly so»
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After Paul’s diversion onto the topic of three individuals, two who abandoned the faith, and one who stayed strong, he returns to his plea for Timothy to “endure hardship” and stay faithful to the message, and to Paul. You can see this week’s passage in 2 Timothy 2:1-3: Over the next few verses, Paul will encourage Timothy to stay strong in the faith. He will use a series of illustrations to make his point throughout this chapter. He wil»
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And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.2 Corinthians 8:9do parents have favorites?kids know the truth.  we say 'absolutely not!  i love all my kids the same!', and that's 100% true, but it's dishonest to deny that there's one kid you relate to the best, or have the best rapport the bible they didn't seem to have any qualms about ch»
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As you begin your day today I wanted to just give you a reminder of how great God’s love for you is and how much is grace covers us. This passage from 2 Corinthians reminds me that when I struggle it is an opportunity for me to see God’s grace at work in me. Read this verse and remember that God’s grace is at work in your weakness. “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefor»
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I’ve often heard people say you can’t measure discipleship. I don’t know if that’s true. It is true that you can’t necessarily put a number or percentage on discipleship growth, but you can tell — over time — if it has happened or is happening. Here are 10 indications a church is making disciples: Those who have been in the church the longest complain the least. - Do everything without complaining or arguing. Philippians 2:14 The»
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Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord Psalm 33:12 If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.” Jeremiah 29:17 Trust in the Lo»