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Month: September 2021

I Dislike Crowds

You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:11 Long ago, I realized that I don’t like large parties or huge social gatherings. I’m not good at small talk, networking, or mingling, and big events suck the life out of…
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I Guess I’ll Do It, If I Have To

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7 While applying to medical school, I was told that a reference from a specific college professor would look good for me. I didn’t feel great about asking him. Honestly, I…
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True Life and Joy Aren’t Found in My Money or Possessions

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 2 Corinthians 9:6 There’s a story in the book of Matthew that I’ve always found troubling. In the narrative (Matthew 19:16-22) a rich young man came to Jesus asking what he must do to find eternal…
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Overconfidence, Inaction, and Failure

Otherwise, if some Macedonians come with me and find that you are not ready, we would be humiliated—to say nothing of you—for being so confident. 2 Corinthians 9:4 When I went off to college, I went armed with the confidence that I was a pretty good wrestler. On one of the first days of football…
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The Things We Hide

We aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man. 2 Corinthians 8:21 I was taught as a kid that God sees everything I do, and I can recall a brief time when this was a deterrent to my bad behavior. That fear soon evaporated though…
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Reputation

With him we are sending the brother who is famous among all the churches for his preaching of the gospel. 2 Corinthians 8:18 While floundering in my addiction, I spent an excessive amount of time worrying about what others thought of me. I desperately wanted to keep my drug use hidden and I grew paranoid…
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Christian Communism?

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich . . . For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness your…
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I Don’t Think It’s Love

I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine.  2 Corinthians 8:8 I’ve used this analogy of our family dog before, but it’s too fitting for today’s passage not to share again. So, here goes. My kids have a strong emotional attachment to…
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The M&M Dispenser

For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints. 2 Corinthians 8:3 When my kids were young, we had a vintage gumball machine that we used as an M&M dispenser.…
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Shame and Hopelessness

For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. 2 Corinthians 7:10 Almost anyone who’s been on a diet knows what it’s like to do well for a few days or weeks, only to give in and fail. In that feeling of failure, we’ve likely felt some…
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