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1 Corinthians 13
Teacher: Lee W.
upper room community church
chula vista, ca

In this expository teaching through 1 Corinthians 13, explore what the Bible teaches about the Gift of Tongues, Love and more. A straight forward teaching with no glitz or glamour, just an honest look at Paul’s word to those living in Corinth and the church at large (see Chapter 1 – to all the churches of God).


Understanding Early Christianity

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This video does an excellent job explaining early Christianity. Did Christians serve in the military? The tie between Gnosticism and Reformed Theology and more. Well documented.


Do Not Go Beyond What is Written.

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For those who are passionate about digging into God’s Word and studying the prophetic realm, you no doubt have noticed a tendency among Bible Prophecy teachers to go well beyond what is written in order to force the scripture to fit the current day’s events. This not only is unhelpful but it also hurts the “perceived” validity of the scripture. Don’t get me wrong –the scripture stands alone and is 100% accurate without error in the original texts. What I mean is this, it opens the door for people to make remarks that challenge and question the scripture at hand because of a misinterpretation given of it. Outsiders looking in then assume the scripture was inaccurate and do not consider that the interpretation and the teacher were actually what were inaccurate.

In John 21, we are given a specific example of the disciples doing this very thing, and they too turned out to be wrong. Read the whole chapter of John 21 for context. The key verses are posted below.

John 21:18-23 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!” Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”)  When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.”  Because of this, the rumor spread among the believers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?” (emphasis mine)

The believers started spreading a rumor that John would not die, but that is NOT what Jesus said. When dealing with prophecy, we too must be very careful not to fall into this trap. When we try to fill in the blanks and go beyond the Word, we are running a risk of hurting the ‘perceived’ validity of Scripture for the unbelievers who are often watching and listening. An inaccurate interpretation causes them to walk away thinking the Bible isn’t true and can not be trusted, which nothing is further from the truth.

I do believe that God gave us the Word for us to understand, and I’m not suggesting we don’t need to study prophecy. I do not believe He would have given us prophecy if He did not want us to study it and watch things unfold.

I believe it would be worthwhile for some of the modern day Prophecy teachers to show a bit more caution when forcing current events to fit the end times paradigm. We are without a doubt living in the end times, and every Word that was written in the scripture will come to pass, but let us not add our words to the WORD OF GOD as if they are the same thing.


Devotion 6 | Hebrews 13:5 | Contentment

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Hebrews 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” NIV

With Christmas right around the corner, the pressure to make a few extra bucks can make this time of the year stressful. The fact is, it should be a time that we rejoice, remembering the faithfulness of our God who sent His Son Jesus Christ into the World.

Money has a subtle way of reemerging itself as a false god in our lives, stealing our joy and creating discontentment – especially at this time of the year. Our culture has put so much emphasis on wealth and pleasure that we are constantly being reminded of these things every time we turn on the TV, drive down the street or walk into a store. It is everywhere.

In the parable of the sower, Jesus warns us about a certain seed that fails to produce crop:

Mark 4:18-19 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word;  but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.NIV

The reason this seed fails to produce crop is because the person takes their eyes off of Jesus and starts to worry about the things and desires of this life, trying to get ahead (not trusting in Jesus to provide). They get consumed chasing the things of this world: the next tech gadget, the car, the mortgage, something more improved. They heard the word, and for a time there was growth, but wealth, like thorns, comes and chokes out the plant destroying its life. It is a warning because Jesus throws the unfruitful plants into the fire.

So as Christmas season approaches, don’t stress, Jesus has promised to provide for our NEEDS (listed as clothes and food) and has reassured us that He will not leave us or forsake us.

Keep your eyes on the prize… and choose to be content and thankful for what you have. Being content is a choice we make. Being thankful is a choice we make. I’m not suggesting that giving your kids a nice gift is wrong, but if your desire to get that money/gift is stronger than your desire to be in fellowship with the Lord, you need to reevaluate your priorities. Are you taking a second job and skipping worship with your church in order to have a nice Christmas?

So stay focused and alert this Christmas as the love of money creeps like a thief in the night, to steal your contentment and joy in the Lord.

Supporting Verses: 1 Timothy 6:6-8 & Philippians 4:12

LOVE OF MONEY Article Here


Devotion 5 | Romans 12:15 | Comfort

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Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Romans 12:15 NIV

In his letter to the Roman church, Paul gives them practical instructions on living with one another. One area that has always spoken to me was the this verse. We are instructed to rejoice with those who are rejoicing. Let’s face it, this is not always easy. When a friend has their fourth baby and you and your husband/wife have been trying for the first one for 8 years, rejoice with them, don’t get jealous or upset, REJOICE with them. When a friend gets a promotion at work and you are struggling to make ends meet, REJOICE with them. This is not a competition, though our culture has made it a bit of one. We are called to be happy for them. On the other hand, when people are going through some sort of hardship, loss of a family member, a sick spouse, etc – support them and comfort them in their need, pray for them.

I was a youth pastor for 12 years serving a community nestled on the border of a low income and upper middle class divide. During that time I would constantly see jealousy come into play among the teens. It was ugly and made my heart turn watching it happen over and over. It was in that season that I realized that jealousy prevents us from becoming what God has called us to be. Instead of being grateful with how God is working in our lives and finding joy in serving him no matter what our circumstances, we are trying to live someone elses life preventing us from becoming what God has created us to be. In 1 Corinthians 3:3, Paul writes, You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?

In short BE THERE FOR ONE ANOTHER no matter what we face as believers. The Christian church has too many fair weather friends amongst us. The scripture is clear in Galatians 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. When we say we are brothers and sisters in the Lord, this isn’t just a phrase, Jesus literally meant we are of the same family. Now let’s live like family.

Be in tune with the family of God. Don’t get jealous and try to be someone that God has not made you. Use your talents to be faithful and serve Him. When jealousy starts to peek its ugly head, recognize it and take that thought captive.

In Context: Romans 9:21


Devotion 4 | 1 Peter 1:24-25 | The Word

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For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you. 1 Peter 1:24-25 NIV

When we are young, we tend to think we will live forever. We perceive ourselves as strong and indestructible. However, as we enter into adulthood, we recognize just how quickly our lives pass. Too often people get so wrapped up in their jobs and responsibilities that when they look back on their years, they wonder where the time has gone and wished they could go back and live the years differently. The bottom line is this, Life Is Short, which begs the question, what are you doing with it? Are you going to live for Christ or live for yourself?

This passage reminds us that our years are fleeting and we all shall die, but God’s Word is eternal, unchanging. It can be trusted. It is tried and true. It contains everything we need to know pertaining to eternal life. That Word tells us we must be born again. This message remains true for all generations. It speaks to someone 2000 years ago just as much as it speaks to us today. We must be born again if we want to enter into the Kingdom of God. We are born again by repenting and putting our FAITH in Jesus Christ. For only He can save us from spiritual death. Not money and possessions or connections and relationships, but faith in Christ alone.

Once you are born again, you have taken on the imperishable seed, through the Word of God – unchanging truth. When we physically die, we will immediately enter into everlasting life where there is NO MORE SIN OR DEATH (imperishable seed). Those who do not take on the imperishable seed will enter into EVERLASTING DEATH (perishing seed). Spend some time giving thanks to the Lord for what He did on the cross on behalf of His people. Oh what a wonderful Savior we have!

Read the whole passage in context: 1 Peter 1:13-25

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