THIS WEEK’S BROADCASTS
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#031 – Air Date 8/19/2018
This Weekend – Nowhere in the Bible does it say that Jesus is all about “improving” our lives. He’s not into changing us by degree. He’s not into taking decent people and making them more decent. He’s not into taking moral, upstanding citizens of a community and making them more moral and more upstanding. He’s into making “new creations” out of all of us! Listen to Letty Kirkpatrick’s story of her journey and you will see exactly what we mean!
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A WILD CHURCH IN A WICKED CITY
Message 14, Airing Week of 8/20/2018
What’s Love Got to do with it?
I Corinthians 8:1-13
This Week – One of the most significant problems in the church at Corinth had to do with food! Sacrifices happened around the clock in pagan temples of Corinth. They were offered up in sacrifice to a pagan god or deity. Paul would say bluntly in chapter 10 that were really offered to demonic spirits! That was no small thing to some people. Some Christians had no problem eating the meat; others struggled with doing that. Both views were to be respected!
What’s Love Got to do with it? Podcast
Monday (8/20) – In my 35 years on the radio, I can honestly tell you I’ve never referred to a story I’ve told as being “stupid”. And yet, that’s what I do with the opening illustration told by Dr. Kenneth Chafin. It’s a true story of a woman associating a small town bowling alley with sin and degradation. It’s somewhat funny, but it’s a great lead in to the message from I Corinthians 8.
What’s Love Got to do with it? Part 1
Tuesday (8/21) – Christians in Corinth had a major dilemma in their spiritual lives. Do I eat meat that has been sacrificed to an idol in a pagan temple? Wouldn’t that be a compromise of my faith? Paul deals with this problem by admonishing people to act in love, not in legalism. Love trumps knowledge. Don’t do anything, Paul would say, that might cause a fellow believer to “stumble”.
What’s Love Got to do with it? Part 2
Wednesday (8/22) – Paul tells the believers at Corinth that on one level an idol is absolutely nothing! And yet the man or woman with a sensitive conscience might think it was terribly wrong to eat meat that had been offered up to an idol. Paul was saying to be respectful of people who thought it was wrong. Why? Because of love, not because of legalism or liberty! What do you do or not do out of love for others?
What’s Love Got to do with it? Part 3
Thursday (8/23) – Paul says we are to “do nothing that might cause my brother or sister in Christ to sin”. How does that admonition play out in your personal life? If you thought by going to a certain place might be a “stumbling block” to a fellow believer, would it make any difference where you went? A teacher connected to a local Christian college told me he thought this was just maybe the most important message from the series. I’m not sure I agree, but it is really an important issue in your life and mine!
What’s Love Got to do with it? Part 4
Friday (8/24) – We close with a story that wasn’t found in a “Christian book or publication”. It was found in a motivational magazine for sales people. The essence of the story is this: “Tell me what you love and I’ll tell you what you sell!” We always “sell” or promote what we love. When we love the Lord with all our hearts and minds, we will hold Him up to other people. Does that make sense? Love trumps knowledge. It trumps what we do in every area of life.
What’s Love Got to do with it? Part 5