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Week 48 – Letters to Corinth by bob

November 29th, 2010

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DEVOTIONS                The longer I live and the wider I keep my eyes open, the more I am convinced that humility is not a virtue Americans value.  We don’t read books by humble people.  We don’t elect politicians for their humility.  We don’t listen to people who ask good questions; we listen to people who […]

Week 47 – Romans by bob

November 22nd, 2010

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DEVOTIONS                I’ve said before that this year I have been writing down “great quotes” from my Bible reading.  Romans is another book that makes me want to “copy and paste” the whole book.  Rather than adding my own thoughts, let me just give you twelve favorite quotes from Romans.  It was VERY hard choosing […]

Week 46, Acts by bob

November 15th, 2010

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               Guidance.  Discernment.  Decision-making.  How do we know God’s will? These are themes that resound in the history of the church since the time of Jesus.  When Jesus was on the earth, his disciples could simply ask him where he wanted them to go, what he wanted them to do, how a particular decision could […]

Week 45 – John/Acts by bob

November 8th, 2010

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DEVOTIONS                My pastoral predecessor at Corinth from 1930-69, Dr. Harry D. Althouse, once preached a sermon on John 21.  Dr. Althouse loved to fish, and he loved the outdoors, so I’m sure this passage grabbed his attention.                  He particularly focused on Jesus’ thrice-repeated question to Peter, “Do you love me?” Here’s what […]

Week 44 – John by bob

November 1st, 2010

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DEVOTIONS Because I’ve been reading the Bible almost all my life of five-plus decades, I don’t remember many “firsts” in terms of discovering a text in Scripture. But I remember exactly where I was when I first read John the Baptist’s remarkable statement, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30, KJV).