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No matter what our circumstances, and no matter what our relationship is with others, we have no excuse: the wide-open, spacious life reflects the Holy Spirit inside us.
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“Daniel Plan 6 – Your Winning Hand”2 Corinthians 4Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Virginia Beach, VAEaster SundayMarch 30, 2014 What a great day! It’s Easter, the day when we celebrate Jesus’ being raised from the dead. A dead man came back to life! Now, did you know other people were brought back to life according to the Bible? There was widow of Zarephath raised by Elijah in 1 Kings 17, the Shunamite woman’s son raised by Elisha in 2 King»
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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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          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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2 Corinthians 6 gives us no excuse -- the believer must reflect the grace and love of Christ regardless of the circumstances.
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In my last post, we started digging into 2 Corinthians 5:20 and figuring out what it means to us. We started by breaking out the various components of the definition of an “ambassador,” applying each component to our own situations. You really need to read that last post [HERE] to get the full effect. Today, I want to cover the remaining points that I believe are most critical in this verse. Ambassador Defined Just to make sure you rememb»
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In my last post, we started digging into 2 Corinthians 5:20 and figuring out what it means to us. We started by breaking out the various components of the definition of an “ambassador,” applying each component to our own situations. You really need to read that last post [HERE] to get the full effect. Today, I want to cover the remaining points that I believe are most critical in this verse. Ambassador Defined Just to make sure you rememb»
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1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. It was a particularly hot day in Dallas, and I was driving around the city looking for an apartment. Having just graduated from seminary, Lori and I needed to move from the condo we had rented for four years. I had resumes scattered throughout the country, but was getting no response; o»
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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»