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1 Corinthians 2:1-16

Paul begins the second chapter on the issue of wisdom. There are two types of “wisdom” he talks about. There is the conventional human wisdom, and then there is the wisdom of God. By the conventional human wisdom, Paul admits he did not share with the people. Everybody likes the idea of people sharing quick one-liners as a tidbit of wisdom. We open the fortune cookies at the Chinese restaurants and have our daily calendars that remind us of some wise saying. Most of these sayings may be helpful to an extent. We take it in, ponder it for a second, and feel better or somehow a little smarter. Then we go on with our lives. Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 1:4-15

Verse four of Chapter one gives praise to God for the community at Corinth. Paul is actually appreciative of the people there. He also gives praise to God for all the graces He has given to the people of Corinth. Gratitude is such an important part of the Christian life. Without stopping and reflecting on the gifts God has given us, life would be too much to bear. Paul is thankful of the very people that are causing such heartache for him. Continue reading