Category: Daily Reflections

LIVING IN A DANGEROUS NEIGHBORHOOD

“My fear is that, just as the serpent seduced Eve by his cunning, your thoughts may be corrupted and you may fall away from your sincere and complete devotion to Christ.” —2 Corinthians 11:3 In the first century, the city of Corinth was a cesspool of promiscuity, violence, and occult practices. The culture was sophisticated and secular humanistic, as is our culture of death today. St. Paul was very concerned that the Corinthian Christians would let their thoughts be corrupted from their sincere and complete devotion to Christ (2 Cor 11:3). Paul recognized that the Corinthian Christians were easily deceived...

WHOLE-LIFE GENEROSITY

“He who sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will reap bountifully.” —2 Corinthians 9:6 Our giving in response to God’s call involves so much more than being generous on the day of giving. We can write a generous check to a charity and never think about them before or after the gift. Alternatively, we can pray for discernment beforehand and pray for that charitable ministry afterward. This makes our gift even more fruitful. “In seedtime the sluggard plows not; when he looks for the harvest, it is not there” (Prv 20:4). The sluggard was not totally...

RICH PEOPLE WHO THINK THEY’RE POOR

“You are well acquainted with the favor shown by our Lord Jesus Christ: how for your sake He made Himself poor though He was rich, so that you might become rich by His poverty.” —2 Corinthians 8:9 What if a person was rich but didn’t know it? He may unnecessarily deprive himself, his family, or others of basic necessities. It is even possible for a rich man to starve to death, if he didn’t know he was rich. Do you know that “for your sake [Jesus] made Himself poor though He was rich, so that you might become rich by...

THE ONLY LIFE WORTH LIVING

“In all that we do we strive to present ourselves as ministers of God.” —2 Corinthians 6:4 I hope you have made the decision of a lifetime and have decided to live for Jesus and work for Him full-time. If you are a housewife, plumber, garbageman, teacher, elected official, etc., and are serving Jesus full-time, your life is truly worthwhile, challenging, and indescribably joyous. You live “with patient endurance amid trials, difficulties, distresses, beatings, imprisonments, and riots; as men familiar with hard work, sleepless nights, and fastings” (2 Cor 6:4-5). By the power of the Holy Spirit, you have “innocence,...

MORE OF GOD

“We are at peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” —Romans 5:1 Most people know there is a God. Some people even experience that God is present, loving, and/or personal. Others only sense God as a force. Those people who are aware of God as a person know they can reject God by sinning. They sometimes know when they’re not at peace with God. Then they feel a need to get right with God, to be justified (Rm 5:1). Few people experience much more of God than this, but there is much, much more of God. Jesus said to...

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