Your New Resumé

Thursday of the Eleventh Week in Kingdomtide
1 Corinthians 15—16

Nick reads the one-minute introduction.

Chapter 15 teaches the intimate connection that exists between Christ’s resurrection and ours. One gets its meaning from the other. We are not to believe in the resurrection of Jesus as a reality for Jesus alone, apart from its impact upon the very nature of our own lives.

This chapter is a glorious new resumé about who you are in Christ Jesus. It expresses the very essence of your faith. The reading stands in contrast to any less worthy way that you see your life—worthiness not of your own doing, but rather of what Christ Jesus has recreated you to be in his own body.

As you prayerfully read this and the final chapter, the very familiar verses will take on a greater, inner illumination for your own nourishment. Give thanks to the Lord for this great letter—and for your new resumé!


Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels. During the season of Kingdomtide this year, we read 1 Corinthians.


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From Mind to Spirit

Thursday of the Tenth Week in Kingdomtide
1 Corinthians 13—14

Nick reads the one-minute introduction.

However familiar you may be with chapter 13, read it today as though for the first time. Though this chapter does not mention God, the traces of God who is love penetrate every verse, challenging the listener to go beyond the world’s mind about love, deep into divine understanding. Reflect upon the spiritual gifts outlined in chapter 14. Paul describes the gift of tongues, a spiritual language that many discover the Holy Spirit continuing to give. Ordinary language tends to keep one in the mind alone; a language of the Spirit allows the recipients to yield the heart to those communications from the Lord that transcend the limitations of the mind; they are one-on-one contacts with the Spirit.

Pray that the Lord give you understanding about these gifts—surely offered today as well as to the community of Corinth.


Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels. During the season of Kingdomtide this year, we read 1 Corinthians.


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A Way Out

Thursdays: The New Testament
1 Corinthians 9—10

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The passion of Paul to preach the gospel is especially present in chapter 9. He finds the example of running a race as an image to describe this intense focus of his life.

From 9:19, there is a sacred principle at work: do everything that would have the conscience of another aided in coming to the gospel; do nothing that would hinder this approach. You will find verses as you read that I suggest you write down in your best handwriting and place near you to engrave in your mind for continual recall in your heart.

10:13 will bring comfort to you in times of trial. There is nothing too great for you to endure. The Lord God will give you a way out by the light and power of grace.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
This is My body for you v. 24
Cup of the new covenant v. 25
Bread and cup of the presence v. 26
Bread and cup until You come v. 26

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This is the eighth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year A.
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Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.


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Standards for Marriage

Thursdays: The New Testament
1 Corinthians 7—8

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Paul seeks to reorient the Corinthians according to moral principles, especially about sexuality. His understanding rests on the power of the Christian life to make holy a marriage with an unbeliever. Greater is the power of holiness than the power of unbelief. This holy fidelity can result in the conversion of the unbeliever. Both faith and love can move mountains.

There is strength, yet gentleness in the teaching of Paul. Perhaps you have come to a place in your life and are sharing it with someone, without having previously adhered to these standards. Live the standard now, by the grace of the Lord. Renew your repentance for past sin, asking the Lord to let holiness of life flow through you to all those who depend upon the commitment of your love.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Standing balanced in the Lord v. 12
Ne’er tempted beyond my strength v. 13
No way out: You make a way v. 13
With Your strength, I will endure. v. 13

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This is the seventh of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year A.
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Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.


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With Whom Are Your Joined!

Thursday of the Sixth Week in Kingdomtide
1 Corinthians 6

Nick reads the one-minute introduction.

Paul uses the image of sexual union to address the Corinthian Christians who had once surrendered their lives to Jesus, later committing fornication, along with other vices. From verse 15 Paul uses this principle: your identity is found from the one with whom you are joined. If joined to a prostitute, you are a prostitute; if joined to Christ, you are “one spirit with him.”

Clear boundaries must be set between those who live in Christ’s body, and those who do not. It is a sacrilege for those who profess oneness in Christ to settle disputes by recourse to those outside this sacred boundary.

Paul’s admonition is strong‐as strong as his love for these children begotten of him. Write down the loving and perhaps confronting words the Lord speaks to your heart.


Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels. During the season of Kingdomtide this year, we read 1 Corinthians.


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Without Wax

Thursdays: The New Testament
1 Corinthians 5

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The word “purity” in verse 8 can also be translated as “sincere.” This word is from the Latin sin-cera meaning “without wax.” The word in turn translates the Greek eilikrineia, meaning, “judged by sunlight.” Stay with me—there is soul food here!

In ancient flea markets, unscrupulous merchants would fill wax into the cracks and broken pieces of a work of art to fool the interested into thinking the piece was whole. Careful buyers would take the piece and hold it up to the sunlight to be sure that it was “sincere”—without wax.

Take the sweet urging of Paul that your heart be without bad leaven. As you read, see where there are “cracks” in your spirit. Do not hide them by dishonesty, feigning, pretense, flattery, manipulation, etc. Take your soul and expose it to God’s holy light and let the Lord burn away impurities until you shine as pure gold.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
My whole life alive in You v. 5
The joy of being humble v. 6
Bread of purity and truth v. 8
Praying that all live in love v. 9 ff

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This is the fifth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year A.
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Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.


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Doing God’s Thing

Thursdays: The New Testament
1 Corinthians 4

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The key word in this chapter is “steward.” The word in Greek is the one which gives us the word “economy.” Oikos is the word for “house,” and nemo, the word for “manage.” A steward is the one who “manages the house.”

Now the “house,” here in Paul refers to God’s House. Remember that you are to be the place where God dwells in the Holy Spirit. How you manage your life and your body is God’s business, not yours. We are also called to “manage” the wonderful things of God—divine priorities and plans. Everything about our world belongs to God and is given to us for our safekeeping and furthering.

“Do your own thing”—that is the world’s way. “Do God’s thing”—the way of being God’s steward.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Never judging anyone v. 5
Wishing well when others hurt v. 12
When cursed at, using kind words v. 13
Your kingdom: not words, but pow’r v. 20

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This is the fourth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.


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