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Day 58 - Chili

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Reading: Romans 16:21-24

Reflective Thoughts


I don't know about you, but I still look at chili with suspicion. A story about a severed finger found in Wendy's chili in 2005 did me in. The plot turned out to be a hoax-one woman hoped to cash in on a lawsuit. Instead she landed in jail. Meanwhile, Wendy's will never be the same to me--there is something horrible about severed body parts.

Each of us who believe in Christ is a member of the Body of Christ. Like the ears or eyes or even the gall bladder, we depend on each other to properly function. Together we minister the way God intended. Together we are beautiful. But severed from one another...we're at best ineffective and at worst, a horrible hoax.

The Apostle Paul was surrounded by others on whom he depended and with whom he partnered for the sake of the gospel. One of the greatest joys you can know is fulfilling your purpose in partnership with others. You don't have to look very hard for where you will fit in. Just look for the next person you can serve.



Day 57 - Smooth Talk

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Reading: Romans 16:17-20

Reflective Thoughts

Smooth talk

Type the words "false teacher" into Google's search engine, and you'll find 2.3 million results on the web. Depending on whose calling whom a false teacher and for what reason, you may even find one of your favorite Bible teachers or evangelists on the list!

Paul, however, is not warning the Roman believers against teachers whose views on certain issues might be slightly off-center. Rather, he asks believers to be observant and attentive against those who deliberately deceive the unsuspecting with flattery and smooth talk. Their motive is not to serve Christ but to benefit themselves. The result is division between brothers and sisters and stumbling blocks to living out the faith. Their teaching and practices are contrary to what the believers have learned about Christ and the gospel.

How prepared are we to compare and contrast teaching that sounds really good against what we already know? Do you practice anchoring your faith directly to the Word of God, so that you won't be vulnerable to deception? Today is a great day to start.

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