This is a picture of our back yard from the depths of winter–not today. Still, if this snow keeps up, it will soon look just like this again. I’m ready for global warming. We’re spending the day indoors. I don’t mind snow so much in winter, but in spring, it just seems wrong.
We had a great Children’s Church today. (My daughter, Cheri, and I teach Children’s Church.) Lots of puppet stuff and lots of fun. I usually spend the rest of the day on Sunday doing some kind of reading, often Bible study.
My current favorite version of the Bible is the Holman Christian Standard Bible, which I have absolutely fallen in love with. I love the way the writing style doesn’t call attention to itself. I love the New King James for the way the writing style does call attention to itself–it’s great for memorization, but I think the HCSB is probably more accurate and also an easier read.
I’m going to post a little bit of my bible study on 1 Corinthians, which is a wonderful book. You can look at the passage here. It will open in a new window so you can click back and forth and, of course, you can choose a different version if you like. I hope my musings will help you in your own musings.
Chapter 1, verse 1
Paul is called as an apostle. Few are so called, yet every task is as honorable and rewardable as Paul’s when done in answer to God’s call. If God calls me to an obscure ministry and I aspire to and pursue a highly visible ministry instead, I am outside of His will and cannot expect to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Sosthenes was the leader of the synagogue in Corinth and is likely the same Sosthenes mentioned here as Paul’s mention of him seems to suppose the Corinthians would be familiar with him. Sosthenes was beaten by a mob after losing a case against Paul. Paul now calls him brother. Perhaps he was acting as Paul’s scribe in this letter. He may have even shared his own insights with Paul as he wrote. You can read about Sosthenes here in Acts 18:17.
Paul seems to expect his letter to have a wider audience than the Corinthian church. No doubt he expected it to be passed around, but I wonder if the Spirit might have also hinted to him that it would be read down through the ages.
Paul’s frequent greeting was “Grace and Peace”. I didn’t really know what grace meant here, so I looked it up in the Greek. There are a lot of nuances, but the bit that really spoke to me was
Grace–the divine influence on the human heart, including making us acceptable, conferring benefits and favour, gifts, joy, liberality, pleasure, gratitude, and the reflection of this grace in ones life–. Wow! Meditate on that–what a gift!
For good measure, I also looked up peace.
Peace–the way that leads to peace (salvation) tranquil assurance of the saved soul, contentment with ones earthly lot–.
These benefits come only from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit.
Well, I don’t want to overwhelm anyone with verbosity, so I’ll quit here for now. I hope Paul’s greeting is as much a blessing to you as it has been to me.
God’s blessings on you,