Call to Think for God, The

When I was approached last December about the possibility of bringing this commencement address, it was because of the thought, or hope, that I might be able to cast light on the problem of how to balance the intellectual life with the spiritual life. I work as a professor of philosophy at the University of Southern California, which calls for something in the way of an intellectual life – or at least a sturdy appearance thereof – and I have recently published a book on the spiritual life and its…

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Corinthians-Servants of Christ

About this letter Corinth Corinth was an important city. It was on a very narrow section of land (called an ‘isthmus’) in the southern part of Greece. 1. It was the capital city of the region called Achaia. 2. It had two harbours. The harbour on the east coast was 4 miles (6 km) from the harbour on the west coast. Today a canal joins the two harbours. In Paul’s time, people pulled small boats across from one harbour to the other one. They dragged them on a kind of…

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“What is Pauline Christianity?”

Pauline Christianity is a term applied to what some perceive as the religious teaching unique to Paul’s writings and distinct from the gospel of Jesus. That is, Jesus taught one thing, and Paul taught something completely different. Those who believe in a separate Pauline Christianity believe that the Christianity of today has little to do with Jesus’ teachings; rather, it is the product of Paul’s corruption of those teachings.We believe that the New Testament is a unified whole: the Gospels present the life and work of Jesus the Messiah; the…

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Marriage for a Lifetime

“When you get married, you pack your suitcase and you go off on your honeymoon. When you get home, you start unpacking your bags and you unpack those bags for the rest of your married life. And you never know what’s going to come out of them…”I’d heard my mom say this a million times, but I really didn’t understand what she meant. So, as fate would have it, I was on Facebook one day when I saw that one of my friends had shared a video called “What is…

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Love and Faith

What Love Does John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (emphasis added)God’s love gives to the world, so that they can have faith in Him.When we operate in God’s love we give. Walking in God’s love is God’s motivation to change the world, to endure all obstacles, and to exhibit his will to the world.I John 4:12 No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another,…

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The Pre-Eminence Of The Lord Jesus Christ

God has exalted him and bestowed upon him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend of those in heaven, on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.In Matthew 3:17, God’s voice from heaven statesThis is my Son whom I love.John 3:31 statesHe who comes from above is above all.John 13:13states You call me Teacher and Lord; and rightly so, for that is what I am.In 1…

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Loving the Way Jesus Loves

Every once in a while, a book comes along that immediately becomes a “must read.” Phil Ryken’s Loving the Way Jesus Loves is one such book. As a lover of old books, I do not say this lightly. Yet, it does not seem an exaggeration to say that Loving the Way Jesus Loves will become a classic exposition of 1 Corinthians 13. Dr. Ryken’s expositions of the “love chapter” were some of the last sermons he preached at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia before assuming the presidency of Wheaton College.…

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I Am In Christ

I am: God’s child for I am born again of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God. 1 Peter 1:23. I am: Forgiven of all my sins and washed in the Blood. Ephesians 1:7, Hebrews 9:14, Colossians 1:14, 1 John 1:9. I am: A new creature in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17.I am: The temple of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:19.I am: Delivered from the power of darkness and translated in God’s kingdom. Colossians 1:13. I am: Redeemed from the curse of the law of sin and death. 1…

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What is true love and how do you know when you have found it?

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” —I Corinthians 13:4-8a (NIV)This verse describes the characteristics of true love. These qualities can certainly be found in the person of Jesus Christ, and they can be found in all…

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