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Today's reading: 1 Corinthians 5:1-13

As the church in Corinth grows, it encounters and has to deal with worldly problems--one of them being sexual immorality. So as we come to 1 Corinthians 5, we see Paul delivering a strong rebuking message to the church body for their overlooking and excusing of immoral sexual activity that has been taking place within the body of believers. Paul starts his message by emphatically reminding the Corinthians about sexual sin. He admonishes them for excusing and even condoning such sinful activity within the church and then warns them about the dangerous impact unchecked sin can have on the entire body of believers.

What do Paul's words in 1 Corinthians 5 reveal about God's view of sexual immorality? Why is it important to address sinful behavior (of any kind) within the church body? Tami

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Today's reading: 1 Corinthians 4:1-21

Throughout 1 Corinthians 4 Paul conveys what being a minister of the Gospel message looks like and entails to the believers in Corinth--being teachers, stewards, servants, trustworthy, held in disregard, poor, etc. What he describes is not a particularly easy road. Then Paul reminds the Corinthians of his special relationship with them (a spiritual father in that he introduced them to Jesus), and urges them to be imitators of him as they live for Christ.

How would you describe being a disciple of Christ to a new believer? What does being a disciple look like in your day-to-day life? Tami

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Today's reading: 1 Corinthians 4:1-2

One of the driving factors behind Paul's letter to the Corinthians is to respond to criticism and personal attacks from the believers at Corinth against Paul and some of the other disciples. So as we come to 1 Corinthians 4, what we see front and center, is Paul defending himself as a preacher and teacher for God. One of the criticisms that has been levied against him is that he isn't particularly grand in appearance or eloquent in his speech when compared to other orators of the day. Paul knocks out this complaint right away in verses 1 and 2, by putting forth the proper picture and mindset for those who are committed to following God. The message is a straight forward one--once we become a follower (a disciple) of Christ, we are simply servants and stewards of God's message of love and salvation.

Do you think of yourself as a steward of God's message of love and salvation? What motivation do you draw from knowing that as a follower of Christ, God has entrusted you with keeping and delivering the life-giving message of salvation? Would you say that you are a faithful steward? Tami

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Loving Thanks

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Today's reading: Psalm 18:1-50

David pours out love and gratitude to God in Psalm 18, but he doesn't just say "I love You." He goes further, telling God some of the reasons why he loves Him so much. I was drawn to the way David remembers and then describes, quite specifically, the ways in which God has protected, provided and responded to him. Thank you, David, for showing us such a meaningful way to spend time telling God how much we love Him and what He means to us!

Take a few minutes to recall a time or situation when God was your rock and refuge. Write down (like David did here) some of the specifics of that situation and how God provided, answered and sustained you. Then pray. Tell God how much you love Him, and thank Him for things you just recalled and wrote out. Tami

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Today's reading: Psalm 17:1-15

As David looks to God and asks for His protection, he declares and reminds God about his right heart and actions. What stood out to me was how David's righteous living was intentional. It didn't just happen. It was the result of David choosing and then purposefully putting into action his choice to live completely for God (vs. 3, 4 and 5 "I have purposed," "I have avoided" and "my steps have held fast").

How intentional or purposeful would you say that you are when it comes to living for God? Do you start your day with a plan or strategy for right living? How does recalling your right thoughts and actions help you stay the course as you move forward? Tami

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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