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“11 Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others. God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this, too. 12 Are we commending ourselves to you again? No, we are giving you a reason to be proud of us, so you can answer those who brag about having a spectacular ministry rather than having a sincere heart. 13 If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. 14 Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. 15 He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.

16 So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! 17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

18 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. 20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, ‘Come back to God!’ 21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.”

2 Corinthians 5:11-21

“Those who speak for themselves want glory only for themselves, but a person who seeks to honor the one who sent him speaks truth, not lies.”
John 7:18

Teach Me

April 23, 2009

“Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom.” Psalm 90:12

Being Wise

April 22, 2009

“Whoever walks with the wise will become wise; whoever walks with fools will suffer harm.”
Proverbs 13:20

Light & Protector

April 15, 2009

“For the LORD God is our light and protector. He gives us grace and glory. No good thing will the LORD withhold from those who do what is right.”
Psalm 84:11

Hard Work

April 3, 2009

“Hard work means prosperity; only fools idle away their time.”
Proverbs 12:11 (NLT)

Stand True

August 25, 2008

Be on guard. Stand true to what you believe. Be courageous. Be strong. And everything you do MUST be done with love. (emphasis mine)
1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Do you know where else in the bible that it asks you to be courageous and strong? Tell me if you know – remember to write where it is in the bible in your comments. Hint — it is in more places than you think!