Monday, November 23, 2009

the corinthians

Ever noticed how in our younger student years we gravitate towards the issues and debates which surround 1 Corinthians? They really heat us up as we identify in various ways with the grocery-like list of church-problems which these pages contain...

Then after life is lived for awhile, the ups and downs of ministry experienced, 2 Corinthians comes into focus as a close companion with understanding and empathy for the situations we face as we live for Jesus in this world.

nice chatting

Paul

1 comment:

Mark Maffey said...

I find myself gravitating to 2 Cor 4 vs 7-9 - especially at this time of the year - it is timely to recognise that apart from God we can do nothing - we need to be malleable in the potter's hands -poem below

2 Corinthians 4 vs. 7-9 We Have This Treasure in Earthen Vessels

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels
That the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us
At times we struggle with life, with its ups and downs we wrestle
We get wrapped up in the stress of every day life, over it we fuss
In the midst of this we need to turn to Jesus and in him nestle
It’s not for us to do things in our own strength, to God second guess
We need to allow God to shape us, to us be the mortar, him the pestle
Open so God may mold and shape us, our lives be in God and not of us

We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed, we are perplexed
But not in despair, persecuted but not forsaken, struck down but not destroyed
For in these things God can build our character, of this I am convinced
That as we open ourselves to him, his Spirit in our lives can be employed
Seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness, of his love he will us remind
For he to us gives good gifts, and a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind.


Mark Maffey, August 2007
(NKJV)