Day 340 2 Corinthians 10-13

Day 340
2 Corinthians 10-13

In the final unit of Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians he shifted from his impassioned appeal to the repentant majority (9-11) to offer an intense rebuke of the “super-apostles” who were


Day 339 2 Corinthians 5-9

Day 339
2 Corinthians 5-9

Paul ended the previous section by declaring that even though the outward body is slowly deteriorating–one ache after another–the inner life of the Christian is being renewed daily. Gripped by a gospel-shaped resiliency, he maintained that any “momentary affliction” will be


Day 338 2 Corinthians 1-4

Day 338
2 Corinthians 1-4

As it happened, in the weeks following his letter to the Corinthians (54-55 A.D.) Paul and his team were beleaguered. He intended to stay in Ephesus until Spring, but there was a change of plans.


Day 337 1 Corinthians 15-16

Day 337
1 Corinthians 15-16

Unusual ideas had found indubitable traction in Corinth. One of those ideas was a low view of the human body. Earlier in the letter, Paul had to correct an early Gnostic influence in the church that


Day 336 1 Corinthians 12-14

Day 336
1 Corinthians 12-14

Next, Paul responded to a question the Corinthians asked regarding “spiritual things” (pneumatikoi, v.1). The word is more general than simply a reference to spiritual gifts and probably


Day 335 1 Corinthians 9-11

Day 335
1 Corinthians 9-11

When it comes down to how Christians should live and the factors that influence the decisions they make within the arena of freedom, Paul argued that love is the decisive dynamic. A Christian may be free to do something (i.e. where there is no


Day 334 1 Corinthians 5-8

1 Corinthians 5-8

After Paul confronted the problem of internal dissension by explaining the nature of Christian ministry, he next tackled a scandalous matter being tolerated by the Corinthian church (5:1-13). As it happened, a man was having a sexual relationship with his stepmother (the tense


Day 333 1 Corinthians 1-4

1 Corinthians 1-4

Paul probably reached Corinth in the spring of A.D. 50, spent a year and a half there, and labored to plant a church in the largest city in Roman Greece. Over one hundred years before Paul founded the church in Corinth, the city was re-founded


Day 332 Acts 18:19-19:41

Day 332
Acts 18:19-19:41

While in Corinth Paul had taken a Nazirite vow. The vow was voluntary, its details unknown, but he did shave his head which obliged him to visit the Temple in Jerusalem to offer his hair. He traveled to Ephesus accompanied by Aquila and


Day 331 1 Thessalonians 1-5, 2 Thessalonians 1-3

Day 331
1 Thessalonians 1-5; 2 Thessalonians 1-3

As it happened, before Paul left Corinth, he heard reports about the progress and challenges the fledgling church in Thessalonica was facing. The city of Thessalonica was an influential, affluent, and populous metropolis of two hundred