Wednesday, February 22, 2017

SEXUAL MORALITY

Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 5-6

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

Corinth was an important city in ancient Greece and it played a major role in the missionary work of the Apostle Paul. Seen behind the Temple of Apollo is the steep mountain of the Acrocorinth. On top is the fortified citadel of ancient and medieval Corinth (see David Reynold's picture below). It is the most important fortification work in the area from antiquity until the Greek War of Independence in 1821. The mountain is 575 metres high and its walls are almost 2,000 metres in length. At the highest summit was the Temple of Aphrodite, where prostitution was a prominent part of the worship of the goddess.

Corinth was an important city in ancient Greece and it played a major role in the missionary work of the Apostle Paul. Seen behind the Temple of Apollo is the steep mountain of the Acrocorinth. On top is the fortified citadel of ancient and medieval Corinth (see David Reynold’s picture below). It is the most important fortification work in the area from antiquity until the Greek War of Independence in 1821. The mountain is 575 metres high and its walls are almost 2,000 metres in length. At the highest summit was the Temple of Aphrodite, where prostitution was a prominent part of the worship of the goddess.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 6:11

And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

 

The Amish call the practice of separating a person from the congregation, “shunning.” Paul, in 5:11-13, gives a list of those who are to be set aside from participating in the congregation. There is another list in 6:8-10. The leaders of the church in Corinth had written to Paul, who had founded their church, to ask him for his guidance in handling these most difficult matters (7:1). Why would Paul be so strict? The answer is found in 5:6-8. If we can find the time, we might do well to reread the words in the references listed here. Leaven, or yeast, will cause the bread to rise well above the pan, unless checked by the heat of baking. Unchecked, it can make quite a mess. Sin, unless checked, will eventually infect the whole loaf, the church, the family, the individual life, and even the life of our country. The role of government is to stop evil from spreading out of control. More about that tomorrow. We might want to pray for a turn-around in the health of huge numbers of people infected by sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Sexual promiscuity is the root cause of this modern epidemic. May God help us to be faithful to one man, one woman marriage, or else remain chaste as a single person.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, I’m well aware that sin is not just those actions mentioned in Paul’s lists. I often think of Your Word that says, “To know to do good and to not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:17). Anything less than Your perfect plan for the human family is sin. Therefore, I have no problem agreeing with the Apostle John in 1 John 1:8-9. Thus, I ask for Your constant forgiveness and Your cleansing action in my life. In Your Holy Name I pray. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

When I was a very young minister, my hero in the ministry, Tom Johnstone, shocked me with this story. He was a Pastor in Montreal when he discovered one of the prominent men in his church was unfaithful to his wife. Here’s what happened! Pastor Johnstone, a one-time boxer, took this man by the lapels of his suit coat and said, “With the spiritual authority God has given me as your Pastor, I now deliver you unto Satan for the destruction of your flesh, so that your spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus” (5:5). The man fell to his knees, repented before God and his Pastor, and later to his wife, and the woman with whom he had committed this sin. God forgave him and so did his wife. That family was restored. His flesh was destroyed in that he, by his godly sorrow, identified with Christ in death. In Galatians 2:20 Paul writes, “I am crucified with Christ.” In Romans 6:11, Paul writes, “Reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” I’ve never been brave enough to do what Tom Johnstone did, but I’ve seen the same results in a number of wayward men. I’ve knelt beside them and prayed fervently for the gift of repentance, and for the power of God to deliver them from evil. I know God answers prayer. AMEN!!!!!

Yours for living right before God and people,

David

A view from the entrance to the top of the Acropolis Hill (Acrocorinth).

A view from the entrance to the top of the Acropolis Hill (Acrocorinth).

13 thoughts on “Wednesday, February 22, 2017

  1. Thank you Pastor David for the manna that you continue to give us each morning. We are truly fed by the Scriptures and your comments, you and your family are such a blessing and a fine example to all of us.
    Praying for Mary as she has her operation at 12:30 today and for her husband’s recovery. Blessings to all , Eleanor M.

  2. Really appreciate Reynolds pictures, he has really blessed us with this gift, they add so much to the blog! Bless you, David, thank you for your faithfulness!

  3. Praying for you, Mary, for rest and wellness and healing and comfort; and for you, Pastor David, for renewed strength and a sense of loving peace and serenity with your family close by; and for all saints of the living blog. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” Jn 3:16 ESV. We are nothing without You but everything with You, Lord. Amen!

    “Be still, and know that I am God.” Ps 46:10 ESV

    ♫ “Peace Be Still” by Rush of Fools ♫
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNkbmJfcYWU

  4. How true, Pastor David, sin needs to be dealt with before it spreads out of control. “sin, unless checked, will eventually infect the whole loaf”.

    What a glorious day, the sun is shining in a clear blue sky, here in Alberta!!!

  5. I have not been receiving the posts in the last couple of days. This seems to be continually happening. Is there a problem?

    Trust all went well with Mary Stewart’s hip operation earlier today.
    Praying for ongoing recovery for Mary during the next six weeks when she is recuperating at home and for her husband following the major surgery he underwent on Feb. 12th.

    Thank you David for 100 words, your comments and your transparency. Also, great photos of Corinth by Reynold. I was there a few years ago and saw the long canal and other ruins. Amazing.

    Corinthians! What a great book. We wouldn’t have this book and all the clear instruction if the Church at Corinth didn’t have so many problems. What a gem! What great guidance – and challenge!

  6. Have found that reading aloud greatly assists me to slow down and concentrate on what I am reading, thereby taking it in more effectively. I am seeing and hearing. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by word of God! God Bless us as we read His word!

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