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May 17, 2018

What I read today

Genesis 33-34; Psalm 17; Isaiah 17; Matthew 17; 1 Corinthians 1

In 1 Corinthians Paul is writing a letter to a church that is badly divided.  People have broken into factions behind individual leaders. Each group arguing that their group is better than the other.

Sadly, we see this in the church today.  We proudly proclaim that we’re Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, Pentecostals, Catholics or Baptists.

In many churches our clergy revere figures who founded our denominations.  Men like Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, Wesley or any number of popes, and many other great leaders.  These people receive inordinate amounts of praise in our churches, almost bordering on worship.

Today sometimes it gets even crazier as people in the local church breakdown among the “spiritual people” or the people who clean the church or the older members or the younger members, or those who like contemporary worship or those who like traditional worship.  The list of things that we fight about goes on and on, doesn’t it?  A lot of the fighting borders on the ridiculous.

It’s truly amazing that the church today, looks so much like the church in Corinth, doesn’t it?  I guess human nature really hasn’t changed that much.  Truth is that over the years I’ve gotten myself caught up in these petty arguments and being completely honest,  I’ve been right in the middle of the infighting almost enjoying the fight.

But Paul has a cure for this division.

We need to forget about our petty differences and focus on Jesus!  Paul’s got it right.  We need to focus on the fact that God himself stepped out of heaven and subjected himself to the ultimate humiliation of being born a baby on this earth.  He did it knowing that his life would end on a cross.  He did it knowing it was the only way that mankind could have peace with a Holy God.

Forget the petty squabbles and infighting.  Focus on the creator of the universe who stepped out of Heaven to save you and me!

Focus on Jesus!

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