Giving Comfort from Our Own Comfort

I’ve said many times that when you see a word or idea repeated several times in a few Bible verses, it’s a pretty good sign that the word or idea is important. Well, in today’s Bible reading* the word “comfort” appears nine times in 2 Corinthians 1:3-7. That’s nine times in five verses! It’s safe to say that…

Dealing with Immorality

Paul speaks very strongly regarding sexual immorality in the Corinthian Church in today’s Bible reading*. He says that a man is committing an act that even unbelievers in Corinth don’t condone: he is having sexual relations with his father’s wife. Paul recommends that the church deal with this individual in a very strict way: remove…

To Walk on Water, You Have to Get Out of the Boat

Today’s Bible reading* includes the story of when Peter tried to walk on water, but began to sin because of his weak faith. It’s interesting that three of the four Gospels record Jesus walking on water, but only Matthew records Peter attempting it. (Matthew 14:28–32) What’s particularly interesting is that tradition tells us that Mark…