Teaching

A Fool’s Speech, Part 1 (2 Cor 11:16-33)

2 Corinthians 11:16-33 (ESV) 16 I repeat, let no one think me foolish. But even if you do, accept me as a fool, so that I too may boast a little. 17 What I am saying with this boastful confidence, I say not as the Lord would but as a fool. 18 Since many boast according to the flesh, I too will boast. …

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Peace and Purity or Petty and Pejorative (2 Cor 11:1-15)

2 Corinthians 11:1-15 (ESV) 11 I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me! 2 For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. 3 But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be …

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Sometimes the Best Defense is a Good Defense (2 Cor 10)

2 Corinthians 10 (ESV) 10 I, Paul, myself entreat you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward you when I am away!— 2 I beg of you that when I am present I may not have to show boldness with such confidence as I count on showing against some who …

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Meddling in Money Matters (2 Cor 8-9)

2 Corinthians 8-9 (ESV) 8 We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, 2 for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. 3 For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, …

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Good Grief (2 Cor 7:2-16)

2 Corinthians 7:2-16 (ESV) 2 Make room in your hearts for us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have taken advantage of no one. 3 I do not say this to condemn you, for I said before that you are in our hearts, to die together and to live together. 4 I am acting with great boldness toward …

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Grace That Is Not Vain (2 Cor 6:1-7:1)

2 Corinthians 6:1-7:1 (ESV) Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2 For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 3 We put no obstacle …

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His Own Arm (Isaiah 59)

Isaiah 59 (ESV) Evil and Oppression 59 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; 2     but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear. 3     For your hands are defiled with …

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A Typical Son, Atypical One (Luke 2:1-35)

Luke 2:1-35 (ESV) 2 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of …

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The Birth of the Promise, Part 1 (Luke 1:57-80)

Luke 1:57-80 (ESV) 57 Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. 58 And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. 59 And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child. And they would have called him Zechariah after his father, 60 but his …

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Promise Conceived, Part 2 (Luke 1:25-56)

Luke 1:25-56 (ESV) 25 “Thus the Lord has done for me in the days when he looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.” 26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And …

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