To know God's love, to show God's love

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Our Easter

Easter is celebrated globally as a holiday, it’s recognised as a central part of the church calendar, but is it personal. Paul could say, “thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 15:57). Is it that personal for us? Is this Our Easter?

Prepare for War

The first chapter of Numbers is a census of the Israelite people, but not the kind of census we might expect. It counts only men, and of the men it counts only the men able to fight in the army. This isn’t a simple numbering of the population, this is a preparation for war, this…

How to love the church

Towards the close of 2 Corinthians Paul, talking about his upcoming visit to the church, confesses that he is afraid: afraid that he will not find the church as he wants to find it, afraid that they will have been led astray from a sincere devotion to Christ, afraid that if he is forced to…

The True Measure

In 2 Corinthians 12 Paul’s ‘boasting’ takes another turn as he asks, Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you? 2 Cor. 12:19 Because what Paul has been doing hasn’t been about protecting his own position or reputation but helping the Corinthian church. His parody of boasting is about…

A Real Warrior

For the Corinthian church, which has succumbed to the temptation to wage war as the world does, with the world’s weapons, in chapter 11 Paul describes A Real Warrior – taking for his example … himself. But his boasting has a sting in its tale as he shows them that … A Real Warrior takes…

Welcome to the War

There are a few seconds missing from the beginning of the recording 2 Corinthians 10 marks a significant shift in tone in the letter. Up to here Paul has dealt with a difficult situation with the church but seemed genuinely pleased with their progress. Now however he feels compelled to address a fundamental issue that…