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Then Face to Face

1 Corinthians 13:8-13

August 5, 2018 • Rev. David Juelfs

How do you know that? The Corinthians prided themselves on their knowledge about spiritual things, and it made them miserable people. As they grew more knowledgeable, sophisticated, and experienced as followers of Jesus, they grew less loving, more divisive, and toxic to the people around them. This is terrifying to me. How can we avoid hurting ourselves and those we love in our pursuit of knowing God? Read, meditate on, and pray through 1Corinthinans 13:8-13. May we learn together how to love each other well, even as we too grow in our knowledge, sophistication, and experience. I can't wait to worship together. Pastor David

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1 Corinthians 15:1-22 • August 19, 2018 • Rev. David Juelfs

Is it really that important? "If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain… If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins… If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied" (1 Corinthians 15:14, 17 and 19). All of Christianity hinges on the resurrection of Jesus. This event is the very fulcrum of history. If Jesus stays in the grave he joins the ranks of the many failed would be messiahs of his day. Instead Jesus rises in victory and the world is never the same. We are never the same. The resurrection of Jesus guarantees our rescue from sin and death, and the renewal of God’s good creation. All of 1 Corinthinans has been building to this powerful articulation of the centrality of the resurrection. This Sunday we will focus on the reasons why we can have confidence in the historical reality of Jesus rising from the dead and begin to explore how it really does change everything. I look forward to worshiping together this Sunday. Pastor David

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1 Corinthians 14:26-33 • August 12, 2018 • Rev. David Juelfs

Read two things: All of 1 Corinthians 14 and the below excerpt from Annie Dillard. "On the whole, I do not find Christians, outside of the catacombs, sufficiently sensible of conditions. Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we so blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning. It is madness to wear ladies’ straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews. For the sleeping god may wake someday and take offense, or the waking god may draw us out to where we can never return. " Now read, meditate on and pray through 1 Corinthians 14. In what ways could we all come to worship this Sunday with greater expectations and deeper preparation for God to speak? I can't wait to worship together. Pastor David

Love

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 • July 29, 2018 • Rev. David Juelfs

Is this supposed to make me feel good... or bad? 1 Corinthians 13 is one of the most well known passages in the Bible and for good reason. The lyrical and beautiful pronouncement of the priority of love can send the hopeful and aspirational heart soaring. Thus we hear it often at weddings. However for those struggling to love or challenged by the seemly lack of love in their lives, this passage can feel like a lead weight around the neck. How will we carry the weight of living this way? We all want to experience love as described in this passage. We all want the strength and courage to love this way. Oh but it is hard. 1 Corinthians 13 offers no invitation to skip through the wild flowers with your love. This is a call to hack through the jungle on a wild adventure, wiping sweat from our eyes, legs aching on the way to a breathtaking vista, on a mission to rescue those in danger, well worth it, but no small feat. Read 1 Corinthians 13 this weekend. Meditate on it. Pray through it. Feel good and uplifted. Feel bad, challenged and disappointed. Feel both and let Jesus speak into both. Let’s see what he says to us together this Sunday. I can’t want to worship together. Pastor David