Week 44   Day 1

 

  

            it is such a challenge to try to get along with everybody 

                        and then we don't get along with everyone anyway 

 

                        there are so many different ways

                                    of seeing things 

                                    of interpreting messages

                                    of responding to situations  

 

            we think people should see things our way 

            as though there were only one way

                        or one angle of

                                    light and direction 

                                    movement and color 

 

            and how can we deal with the feeling

                        that we are right

                        and others are wrong

 

            how can there be diversity and still be unity 

            how can we work together and still

                                    appreciate

                                    acknowledge 

                                    affirm

                        each other's uniqueness

 

            God calls us to be saints together   

                        not carbon copies of each other  

            we are part of the whole

                        and not the whole 

                        others have insights we have not known 

                        others have thought deeply about things

                                  we have only touched in passing 

 

            in our calling to be saints together 

            we are not lacking in any spiritual gift  

                        we are enriched 

                        we are sustained

 

                                                                           ---rus

 

 

 

                                         CONTROVERSY

      Agree in spirit even when you can not agree in detail.

                                     I Corinthians 1, 2 & 3

 

    1Paul, and Sosthenes our brother, 2to the church at Corinth: 

3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and Jesus Christ.

    4 I thank my God always for the grace which was given to

you by Christ Jesus, 5that you were enriched in everything by

Him, 7so that you come short in no gift, as you wait for our

Lord Jesus Christ, 8who will confirm you to the end.

    10Now I plead with you, by the name of Jesus, that you all

speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among

you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind.

1 It has been declared to me that there are contentions among

you.  12That each of you says, "I am of Paul," or "I am of

Apollos," or "I am of Cephas," or "I am of Christ." 

    13 Is Christ divided?  Was Paul crucified for you?  Or were

you baptized in the name of Paul? 

    18The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are

perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 

26Not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not

many noble, are called.  27But God has chosen the foolish things

of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the

weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are

mighty.  30You are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom 

and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.

    13These things we speak, not words which man's wisdom
teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches.  14The natural
man
does not receive the things of God, for they are foolishness
to him;
nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 

    1And I could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to
babes in Christ.  2 I fed you with milk and not with solid
food;
for you were not able to receive it.  Where there are
strife and
divisions, are you not behaving like mere men? 

    5Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers

through whom you believed?  6 I planted, Apollos watered,

but God gave the increase.  7Neither he who plants is anything,

nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.  8Now

he who plants and he who waters are one.

    9For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field,

you are God's building.  10According to the grace given to

me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and

another builds on it.  16Do you not know that you are the

temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

              This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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