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Month: July 2021

Stronger With A Cheering Crowd

So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him. 2 Corinthians 2:8 I enjoy CrossFit, which, if you’re unfamiliar, is basically weightlifting with a bunch of burpees and other random stuff thrown in. A couple of times a year, I participate in competitions where we all get together and see who can lift the…
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Guilt, Shame, and Second Chances

Now if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some measure to all of you. For such a one, this punishment by the majority is enough, so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. 2 Corinthians 2:5-6 Even though…
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Sometimes Love Means Saying No

For I wrote to you out of much affliction and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to cause you pain but to let you know the abundant love that I have for you. 2 Corinthians 2:4 I’ve practiced medicine – in the Emergency Room and Urgent Care – in the same town for…
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I’m Not Doing That

Was I vacillating when I wanted to do this? Do I make my plans according to the flesh, ready to say “Yes, yes” and “No, no” at the same time? 2 Corinthians 1:17 Years ago, I knew an individual who would say that he’d do something, but then simply wouldn’t do it. To those of…
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Pills and God

We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace. 2 Corinthians 1:12 (NIV) When I first sought recovery, I was told that I needed to learn a healthy relationship with medications. I was offended. I was a physician. I knew medications better than most. Honest introspection however, revealed that I did…
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A Clean Conscience

Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity. 2 Corinthians 1:12 (NIV) I used to enjoy working overnights in the Emergency Department but the consequence of that shift was that I struggled to return to…
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Getting Out of My Own Head

You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many. 2 Corinthians 1:11 Several weeks ago, my son and I were driving when two cars collided at an intersection right in front of us. Occurring at highway speeds, it…
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Why Doesn’t God Take This Away?

For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. . . But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. 2 Corinthians 1:8-9 I often write of the part we play in causing our own misery. We all have…
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See One. Do One. Teach One

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5…
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Difficult People

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13 We all have those people in our lives with whom we’d rather just never interact. Maybe they’re manipulative, rude, demanding, or simply annoying. Whatever it is that makes them so, any…
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