No Freeloaders Here

In today’s Bible reading, Paul says that those who are unwilling to work shouldn’t eat. In other words, Believers aren’t to be freeloaders. Now, is that a cut-and-dried statement? Or is it a principle? I think Paul intended this to be a principle. It comes down to a person’s heart, his/her motivations. If a person…

What a Contrast!

I read today’s Bible reading a few hours after I read a Facebook post from friends, Billy and Cindy Foote. In Billy’s new song, he has set the Prosperity Gospel peddlers in his crosshairs and fired his shot. Billy begins his song, “All the Wolves”, with, “I know some preacher men, men with some business…

Clothe Yourselves with Humility

Peter closes his first letter in today’s Bible reading. He reminds the elders how they should lead their churches: with humility. Humility goes a long way in leading people! Humility recognizes accountability to someone else. In any organization, everyone is accountable to someone else. Unless you’re working for yourself, someone else has the ability to…

Honor the Elders

When Paul talks about honoring the elders in today’s Bible reading, he isn’t talking about honoring your parents or honoring people who are older than you. He’s talking about honoring church elders. Elders in the First Century church were pastors and mature men who had been called to provide spiritual and financial leadership of the…

The Principle of Sowing and Reaping

Paul continues to address the Corinthians regarding the financial support of God’s work in today’s Bible reading. He summarizes his appeal, “The point is this: The person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously.” 2 Corinthians 9:6 (CSB) Note that Paul doesn’t use manipulation. He…