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2 Corinthians 5

So chapter 5 is rich with so many themes.  It’s hard to know where to start.  Mortality.  Heaven.  Judgment.  Motives.  Redemption.  Reconciliation.  Forgiveness. I’m going to focus on the area in the middle about One dying for All.  Then we no longer live “for ourselves.”  New creatures live for the One who died on their…

Losing Heart – 2 Corinthians 4

Chapter 4 is about endurance in the face of setbacks. Paul feels beaten up in many ways, but also hopeful. His perspective on the great value of the ministry given to him keeps him going even when he’s physically and emotionally exhausted. He focuses on the eternal, not the temporary. So maybe some questions would…

2 Corinthians 3

While Dave visits family this week, I’ll be filling in and building a message from II Corinthians. Here are a few thoughts from our next chapter (3) in this second letter to the Corinthians. Last week, Dave addressed God’s desire for reconciliation and restoration in church community, and challenged us to embrace the “messiness” of…

Playing into the Enemy’s Hand’s – 2 Corinthians 2

This chapter is mostly about fractured church relationships.  This comes up quite a bit in the early church.  It was certainly no haven of peace and tranquillity.  Paul refers to a situation where the group confronted somebody about something (we’re not sure what- it may or may not be the same guy whose sin they…